(COLORADO SPRINGS) – The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College invites the community to its Día de los Muertos celebration on November 1 and 2, with two days of live performances and hands-on arts activities.
Día de Muertos is a celebration of life and death that demonstrates love and respect for deceased family members. The tradition has its origins in various indigenous cultures and is celebrated throughout Latin America and parts of the United States.
“Orendas” are altars created to honor a deceased person and are traditionally filled with food, flowers and candles. Within the ofrenda community at the Fine Arts Center is a work titled “WE ARE ALL CONNECTED,” an installation by Denver-based artist Cal Duran. The Palais des Beaux-Arts party begins on Friday, October 21 with this installation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ofrendas created by students from seven local schools and community organizations are also on display at the museum from October 12 to November 12. 6. Over the past two months, students have spent time discovering the tradition and creating their own ofrendas reflecting their own contexts and communities.
The celebration continues Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2 from 4-8 p.m. with free museum admission, artist demonstrations, performances, food, activities led by Colorado College’s Mobile Arts Truck, and more. Colorado College’s Mariachi Tigre Ensemble will perform Mexican popular and folk music. Mexican folk dance groups Ballet Folklórico de la Raza, Ballet Folklórico de Barajas, Grupo Folklórico Sabor Latino de Denver will also perform.