Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Western Folklife Center


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2008
Contact: Darcy Minter, 775.340.4240
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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Western Folklife Center on November 1
Day of the Dead Activities Include Exhibition Tour and Community Potluck

Elko - On Saturday, November 1, the Western Folklife Center will observe Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage in the United States, which honors deceased loved ones and celebrates life. Families come together to create offrendas, or altars, that are lavishly decorated with flowers, favorite foods, photographs and mementos. The Western Folklife Center is observing Día de los Muertos with activities for children and adults, including an opportunity to decorate sugar skulls for offrendas, a curatorial talk, a community potluck and a display of offrendas. All events are free and open to everyone.

Bring your children to the Western Folklife Center on Saturday, November 1, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, to decorate sugar skulls, traditional Mexican candies used to decorate Día de los Muertos offrendas. This event is free and appropriate for children and adults. Supplies will be provided.

The evening celebration will feature a 30-minute tour of the current exhibition in the Western Folklife Center's Wiegand Gallery of Voces Latinas: Works on Paper from 1921 - Present. Ann Wolfe, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, which developed this exhibition from its own collection, will conduct the tour from 5:30 to 6:00 pm, which will be followed by a community potluck dinner in the Pioneer Saloon. The evening will also feature a display of Día de los Muertos offrendas made by Elko community members and members of the newly formed academic collaboration between Great Basin College and Elko High School called Latinas Unidas: United Latina Scholars. If you are interested in creating your own offrenda for this display, please contact Christina Barr at the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508, ext. 236.

These Día de los Muertos activities complement the exhibition Voces Latinas: Works on Paper from 1921 - Present in the Western Folklife Center's Wiegand Gallery from September 29 to November 16, 2008. Voces Latinas showcases artworks by 15 artists who represent the diverse range of creative voices within the Latino community. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Voces Latinas highlights works on paper from the earliest years of the 20th century to the present and touches on complex subjects and issues that continue to inspire dialogue and debate. The exhibition includes a print by Diego Rivera, one of the best-known Mexican painters of the 20th century.

Voces Latinas is presented as part of the Nevada Arts Council's Nevada Touring Initiative, and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Initiative and the Nevada Museum of Art. The Día de los Muertos activities are supported by the Bretzlaff Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs and the Nevada Arts Council.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.