El Día de los Muertos "Day of the Dead" Festival
On November 1, from 5-9pm, Kentucky Museumof Art & Craft will host festivities that will include food, live music and dancing, a sugar skull contest, tissue flower-making, a Frida Kahlo costume contest, fire dancers, flamenco dancer Christina Smith, face painting, puppets, art cars, a candle lit march and much, much more. Guests are encouraged to attend, wearing costumes and masks.
Also that day, Suzanne Edds of Louisville, KY will host a Clay Skeleton Masks workshop at KMAC from 11am-3pm. Participants will learn about the history and traditions of this holiday, while crafting clay skulls to honor the dead & celebrate life.
Festivities kicked-off with an altar-making workshop on October 25 in which participants will create their own shrine to someone or something that is important to them using a variety of materials.
KMAC also constructed public altars in which members of the public are encouraged to bring items to honor family, friends, passed artists and soldiers.
Students and faculty of the U of L Latin American and Latino Studies Program erect an altar in memory of César Iván Aguilar-Cano. Members of the community are invited to place toys around the altar, which will then be donated to the surviving family members of homicide victims, during the upcoming Christmas season.
On U of L's campus, the Annual Day of the Dead Altar Contest will be hosted at Ekstrom Library, from October 27 to 31, and there will be an additional Day of the Dead celebration at the George Howe Red Barn from 10:00am-2:00am on November 3.
Beginning October 31, 21c Museum will display 3 altars, including one dedicated to Frida Kahlo, erected by Professor Christopher Fulton's Mexican Art and Architecture class, a glass altar created by the students of Fine Arts Professor Che Rhodes, and an altar being dedicated to the "Las Muertas de Juarez", the dead women of Juarez.
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About Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a joyous holiday, originating in Mexico that blends native Aztec and Roman Catholic traditions and beliefs to celebrate and honor the lives of deceased friends and family members. In this tradition, death is not seen as the end, but rather a new stage of life. It is now celebrated with cultural variations in areas throughout Latin America and the United States.