Davenport, Iowa – The Figge Art Museum in partnership with LULAC Davenport, Ascentra Credit Union and Hola America invite you to come celebrate Día de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, at the Figge Art Museum on Sunday, October 16 during the annual FREE Family Fiesta.
Guests are invited to honor the memories of loved ones through music, dance, food, and community. Get up close to the larger-than-life Catrinas that will be on view throughout the galleries and experience a traditional altar created by the LULAC Davenport Youth Council, on view in the Figge’s Quad City Bank & Trust Grand Lobby through November 4.
“Not only does Day of the Dead have strong ties with our Hispanic community, it was declared a World Heritage Day by UNESCO in 2003, acknowledging the importance and strength of living heritage that is transmitted through community from generation to generation. We are honored to work with our long-standing community partners, continuing to celebrate our collective humanity through this beautiful holiday and share world culture with our Quad Cities.” – Heather Aaronson, education programs coordinator Figge Art Museum.
A variety of activities will be taking place throughout the day including the chance for attendees to dress as a Catrina and enter a costume contest, join a parade around the building, and take in performances by Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and the West Liberty HS Mariachi Band: Los Cometas Mariachi. Guests can make a clay figure and take home a sugar skull to decorate. Traditional Mexican food will also be offered to sample.
The public is invited to share a picture and/or memory of a loved one who has passed by emailing the information to [email protected] to be shared on the community altar.
This is a FREE event with FREE museum admission all day!
Schedule of Events:
Noon – 5 p.m.: FREE Museum Admission
Noon – 3 p.m.: Food, Crafts and Performances
1:30 p.m.: Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico
2:30 p.m.: West Liberty HS Mariachi Band: Los Cometas Mariachi
Additional Events Include:
Catrina Costume Contest
Sidewalk Parade around the Figge Art Museum
Share your Memories station
Take home a Sugar Skull
This event is sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company and being held in partnership with Hola America, LULAC Council 10, and Ascentra Credit Union.
About the Figge Art Museum:
The Figge Art Museum is dedicated to bringing art and people together. Located on the Mississippi River in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street, the Figge is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. Its landmark glass building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections and presents world-class exhibitions, art classes, lectures, and special events that attract visitors of all ages. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Reservations are not required but can be made at www.figgeartmuseum.org or by calling 563-345-6632.
Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 children ages 4-12. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and to all on Thursday evenings. You can become a member for as little as $50 by visiting the Figge website. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.
About the partnership with LULAC Davenport, Ascentra Credit Union and Hola America.
Since 2016 the Figge Art Museum has partnered up with LULAC Davenport, Ascentra Credit Union and Hola America to revive this amazing inclusive cultural celebration that was started in the year 2005 by Hola America and the FiggeArtMuseum.