Walters Art Museum Announces Día De Los Muertos Celebrations – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Halloween is fast approaching, as is Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday celebrating deceased friends and family.
By Nov. 7, visitors to the Walters Art Museum can mark the holiday by picking up an art kit to make an ofrenda, or offering, to leave at an altar designed by artist Edgar Reyes.
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The museum is also hosting an online conversation on Oct. 28 with Reyes and fellow artists Jessy Desantis and Alondra Flores, who will discuss their personal traditions for the holiday.
The exhibition “Translations and Transitions / Traducciones y Transiciones” is on view until November 7 and features works from indigenous societies in what is now Mexico and Central America.
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“This year, we are thrilled to offer personal ofrenda kits as well as virtual and in-person programs featuring a range of voices representing Central American traditions,” said Theresa Sotto, Director of Learning and the museum’s community involvement. “As we reconnect and share the arts and culture of so many different communities across Baltimore, we are especially mindful of the loss of life that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that our community altar, or ofrenda, can serve as a public space for people to come together in collective grief and healing through the arts.
There will also be virtual art-making sessions, online tours and other events.
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Last year, nearly 1,200 people participated in the virtual Día de los Muertos hosted by the Walters, the museum said.