Tacoma Art Museum
Program: Dia de los Muertos 2011, Partners: Grant Elementary School, Orting High School, Hilltop Artists, Centro Latino, Proyecto MoLE
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and in many cultures around the world. Each year the Tacoma Art Museum celebrates Day of the Dead with art installations leading up to a free community festival that includes hands-on art making and live performances. Over a dozen community groups and individuals create altars of significant personal meaning. The museum also encourages K-12 schools to participate. The 2011 program included an installation of prints by a high school art class, and a large-scale tapete (sand painting) created by a local artist and 20 public high school students. These photographs document the installations at the festival.