Longmont Museum and Cultural Center is looking for Día de los Muertos altar builders – Longmont Times-Call
The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center is looking for Día de los Muertos altar builders for its 2021 exhibit and community celebrations in October and November.
“This is an opportunity to pay tribute to deceased loved ones such as family, friends, ancestors, public figures or devastated communities and to be part of the museum’s annual celebration of this important holiday,” said Ann Macca, Día de los Muertos event. museum organizer.
Residents interested in participating in the making of public altars for the community should submit a request, in English or Spanish, to the museum by September 21, at bit.ly/LongmontMuertos.
“After more than a year of challenges and losses, the Longmont Museum’s annual exhibit and programs will bring the community together to honor the memories of those we have loved and lost and celebrate together again in person,” said Macca . “Día de los Muertos, the day of the dead, is a time to honor and celebrate our deceased loved ones.”
The annual event, which has grown in person to virtually last year due to pandemic concerns, is taking place entirely in person this year, but is spanning a longer period of time.
This year marks the 21st year that the museum has organized the Día de los Muertos in Longmont. It attracts more than 6,000 people each year. It is the oldest Day of the Dead exhibit and celebration in Colorado.
Macca said that the Día de los Muertos exhibit, at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, is free to all members of the community during normal business hours, October 7 to November 7.
The Día de los Muertos exhibit returns to the Museum’s Swan Atrium this fall, featuring ofrendas (altars) built by members of the community and the work of Longmont artist Mario Olvera. Olvera is a visual artist, educator, youth mentor, Aztec dancer and father who uses “art as a vessel to foster self-acceptance and respect among marginalized populations,” Macca said.
A Day of the Dead celebration will be held downtown, off Fourth Avenue and Main Street, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on October 9.
The celebration of the Día de los Muertos family brings back the street festival, including music and dance performances, arts and crafts activities, cultural education, delicious food, downtown shopping altars and the Procession Gigantes, ”Macca said. “The Día de los Muertos exhibitions at the Longmont Museum and at the fire station (art center) will also be open and free.”
“The programs show how our diverse community comes together to share a common experience – full of life, food, family, fun and often reflection,” added Macca. “It’s a great opportunity to learn cultural appreciation through artists, food, poets, musicians, artisans and just celebration in general.”
Día de los Muertos is traditionally a Mexican holiday celebrated by other Spanish or Latin American cultures associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints on November 1 and All Saints on November 2.