Celebrating Día De Los Muertos At The Center


Here’s an at-a-glance list of all of the great events at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido that are celebrating the history and significance of this time of year in the Hispanic culture. Learn, enjoy, get creative, dance, paint, laugh, and have fun! One of USA’s newest holidays, Día de los Muertos announces itself everywhere from elementary school classrooms to Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade.

Celebrating Día De Los Muertos At The Center:

Re-membering Our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves: A new exhibit at the Center’s Museum:
From October 10 through November 22Re-membering Our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves
Día de los Muertos announces itself with luxuriant images and unforgettable icons. Local, regional, traditional and non-traditional artists share the exuberance of the holiday while contemplating how memory can reintegrate lost members of families and communities.

The exhibition will feature Latina, Latino, and other artists sharing their reckonings of Día’s outward forms and deeper meanings. The show will also share the value of family resiliency as expressed by cultural traditions around the world that celebrate those who have gone before us and who we keep alive through ritual and memory.

Curated by David Avalos, Artist and Professor of Visual Arts at California State University San Marcos.
For more information and tickets: artcenter.org
Museum Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm  |  Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Second Saturday: Sugar Skull MakingSecond Saturday: Sugar Skull Making
October 10th at 10am, Free

We provide the materials — attendees just bring their creativity! All ages are welcome.

This month learn about the history and significance of the sugar skull in the Día de los Muertos holiday – mold and decorate your own sugar skull into a work of art! Take part in this month’s Second Saturday and enjoy free admission to Re-membering Our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves in our Museum.

The second Saturday of every month*, the Center’s Education Department offers free family arts activities to engage and entertain the whole family. These arts activities, held in the Education Studios, explore various artistic mediums.

México…Vive Su Folklor At The CenterCCAE Mex Viva Su Folklore
Sunday, November 1 @ 4:00 PM
Concert Hall, $15-20

As part of the Center’s 20th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival, Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts will perform “México…Vive Su Folklor,” directed by the award-winning José Jaimes.

A vibrant, cheerful, and celebratory show, “México…Vive Su Folklor” will feature an exciting blend of music, dance, and traditional costumes that will highlight the history of Mexico on stage.

The production will showcase Mexico’s diverse regional dances and feature “la Catrina Garbancera” and “el Catrin” as presenters.

For more info and to buy tickets, go to artcenter.org or call 800.988.4253

Día de los Muertos Festival Dia de los Muertos Festival
Nov. 1 @ 6:00 PM
Great Green & Lyric Court

This year is our 20th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival! Each year, guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center’s museum.

While these altars are the focus of the festival, the event will also feature live music by Son de San Diego and Mariachi Divinas and Ballet Folklorico by youth from Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts.

The Center’s Museum exhibition, Re-Membering Our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves, will be free and open to the public for the duration of the Festival.

Additionally, guests can enjoy free face painting, sugar skull decorating, and other celebratory activities. Traditional Mexican fare will also be available for purchase.

Before the Festival, enjoy México…Vive Su Folklor, a special Ballet Folklorico performance by Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts.

For more info, go to artcenter.org or call 800.988.4253

Día de los Ancestros: Honoring Ancestors in the 21st Century Panel Discussion

Experts in the field discuss contemporary practices of honoring lost ancestors while connecting those practices to long-held and ancient traditions.

Regina Marchi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University.
Bonnie Bade, a Professor and Medical Anthropologist at California State University San Marcos.
Gloria Pindi, a recently hired faculty member in CSUSM’s Communications Department whose areas of interest include women/gender/feminist studies.
Guillermo “Cuez” Kuezpallin Rodriguez’ art mediums include film, painting, photography, web development, and animation.

For more info and tickets, go to artcenter.org

Día de los Ancestros: Honoring Ancestors