“Celebrating Day of the Dead” at the Figge

 

Once again the FIGGE Art Museum in partnership with Hola America/Hola Iowa and LULAC QC,  would like to invite you to the annual Day of the Dead Family Day Celebration at the FIGGE Art Museum in Davenport on Sunday October 28 from Noon to 5 PM.

Despite of its name, The Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday, is an occasion celebrated with great joy, laughter, music and dance. This is the day to remember the lives of the dearly departed.

Come out to The FIGGE to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) through art projects, live performances, music and food. You don’t have an excuse for missing this event because museum admission will be free on that day.

“Day of the Dead has become a treasured tradition at the Figge Art Museum for over a decade.  This rich cultural celebration reaches across barriers of gender, race and socioeconomic backgrounds to embrace and express the universal human truths of life, death, love, loss and personal expression.” Heather Aaronson, Education Programs Coordinator, Figge Art Museum

There will be plenty of activities for children and the whole family.

“Hola America has the honor of being part of the committee that organizes this event every year and together with other organizations and volunteers it has become bigger” commented Erika Macias from Hola América and Hola Iowa “being able to see the children enjoying the variety of workshops is pretty exciting for me because they can learn how to decorate a sugar skull or how to paint a small catrina. “she added.

Families can see how traditional Calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls) are made, and then decorate one to take home. Kids and their parents can create a calavera out of clay or make a pop-up Day of the Dead scene, make a marigold or butterfly to leave in memory at the community altar, or to take home to enjoy.

And of course, you can have your face painted to look like a Catrina or Calavera. You can also walk through the FIGGE’s and view the larger than life Catrinas on display.

LULAC Youth Council in Davenport will set up the community Day of the Dead altar at the lobby where members of the community are more than welcome to bring pictures of those loved ones that are no longer around to place on the altar.

The program will have performances by members of the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico, the Glenview Mariachi Band, and others. After the program there will be authentic Mexican food to sample.

This event is made possible every year with the financial support of Ascentra Credit Union and West Gateway Partners, L.L.C.

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