DES MOINES, Iowa – October 15, 2021 – The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is hosting their Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Tribute on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The event will occur from 1-4 p.m. at La Placita, 1524 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
This year’s Tribute will include live music, guest speakers, children’s activities, Catrin and Catrina Contests, and hot chocolate and pan dulce – traditional Dia de los Muertos treats. The Coalition invites the community to join them in remembering the names, faces, and stories of individuals who have lost their lives to gender-based violence. Attendees are welcome to bring a photograph of a loved to place on our ofrenda (alter) to honor and elevate the stories and names of individuals who have been taken from their families and communities too soon.
“Gender-based violence is a public health issue with serious consequences to individuals, families and communities,” says Dr. Maria Corona, executive director of ICADV. “Supporting victims of crime takes all of us, and our Annual Dia de los Muertos Tribute is the perfect opportunity for our community to come together, recognize and support the stories and experiences of individuals who have experienced violence.”
Admission and activities at the Annual Dia de los Muertos Tribute are free, and masks are required. Pre registration is required for the Catrin and Catrina Contests, and there are two ways to participate – in person at the Tribute on October 23, or online. Please visit www.icadv.org to register for the in-person or online contests. Cash prizes for the top three entries will be awarded in each category.
To learn more about ICADV’s activities during DVAM, their programs, or to connect with your local victim service program, visit www.icadv.org.