Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos 2018

Join us October 28 from 2-6pm to celebrate Día de los Muertos, a day especially for families to learn more about the richness of this holiday in Mexican and American culture.  Enjoy children's activities from 2-4pm, including hands-on activities and story telling, and from 4-6pm, celebrate the exhibition with music, dancing, traditional folkloric costumed characters, Mexican food, desserts, and beverages. Suggested donation: $3. All ages are welcome.

Days of the Dead Altar Exhibition: October 25 - November 11
This community-centered altar exhibition includes traditional elements of the ancient Latin American holiday, Dia de los Muertos, such as sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts, and photos or personal items of deceased relatives to honor the souls of the departed.

The holiday has evolved from a blend of Meso-American and Christian cultures, and those traditions come to life with this celebratory exhibition at FWMoA featuring memorials created by artists, families, and community groups from throughout the region.

Dia de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and many parts of Latin America, is considered a festive time when family members remember and honor their dead and the continuity of life. At FWMoA, a series of artist and family-made altars fill a gallery, often honoring deceased loved ones or groups of individuals who have died for a cause or as a result of persecution or injustice. Common symbols include colorful skeletal figures, laughing in the face of death, or the glamorous La Catrinabased on a famous etching by Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada, which depicts a female skeleton dressed in aristocratic styles of Europeans of her time. This figure satirizes those Mexican natives who Posada felt were over imitating European traditions of the aristocracy in the pre-revolutionary era. 

Thank you to our 2017 Dia de los Muertos Sponsors! Interested in sponsoring in 2018? Contact Ashley Stoneburner at 260.422.6467 to learn about the benefits of supporting this event!

Are you interested in creating an altar for the 2018 Dias de los Muertos exhibit at FWMoA? 
Email Emily Uphoff at to receive an application!

Dia de Los Muertos altars 2013-2017 Photo Gallery

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