The FIGGE Art Museum in Davenport in partnership with LULAC QC, Hola America and Hola Iowa would like to invite you to the annual Day of the Dead Family Day Celebration at the FIGGE on Sunday October 29 from Noon to 5 PM.
Despite of its name, The Day of the Dead, 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.
There will be plenty of activities for children and the whole family.
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 permanent collection 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 some members of the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico, the Glenview Mariachi Band, Danza de Santa Maria de Moline and others. After the program there will be authentic Mexican food to sample.
This event is made possible with the financial support of Ascentra Credit Union and Group O
Experience the Day of the Dead Celebration now
October 29 is not the only day when you can learn more about this traditional Mexican Holiday “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead). The FIGGE is currently showcasing the exhibit “Celebrating Day of the Dead” featuring life-size Catrinas, altars and many interactive activities were guests will learn facts and explore the art and ethos surrounding this increasingly popular cultural event.
This exhibition is available for you viewing from September 23 to December 17, 2017.
Don’t miss another amazing and unique activity currently happening at the FIGGE. Make time and come out to see what Mexican Paper Artisan (Cartonería) does. Juan Hernandez will be here for 2 weeks teaching the children from the Davenport Creative Arts Academy how to build a traditional paper life-size Catrinas. When done, 3 new Catrinas, built by the CAA 6th grade class and Mr. Hernandez, will join the “Celebrating Day of the Dead” exhibit.
Juan Hernandez is a third-generation paper artisan that is visiting the Quad Cities thanks to the State of Guanajuato, Mexico and their Cultural program in partnership with Hola America, the FIGGE Museum and Mercado on Fifth. Mr. Hernandez will also be making public workshops at Mercado on Fifth in Moline, IL on Friday October 6 and Friday October 13. For more details visit Hola America News Facebook page.