Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Arts Council of Princeton!

Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Arts Council of Princeton! - Похоронный портал
Day of the Dead Workshop: Traditions of El Día de los Muertos for Child & Caregiver
Day of the Dead Workshop: Sugar Skulls
Day of the Dead Workshop: Nichos and Calaveras
Day of the Dead Workshop: Papel Picado & Paper Flowers

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The Arts Council of Princeton to Host Creative Workshops to Celebrate Day of the Dead

The Arts Council of Princeton to Host Creative Workshops to Celebrate Day of the Dead

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Arts Council of Princeton! Join them for socially-distanced, outdoor workshops to learn about this culturally rich holiday and the traditional folk arts associated with Day of the Dead. Not only will you learn a new folk art craft, but you’ll be invited to display your work in their Day of the Dead exhibition in their Taplin Gallery from November 1-14.  Workshops are intended for ages 10+.

El Día de los Muertos is observed in Mexico and throughout the world this time of year, where family and friends gather to remember and honor those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of the deceased to celebrate their lives.

Workshops will be held following all mandated guidelines, including proper social-distancing, temperature checks, and of course, masks are a must! Some workshops will require a few things brought from home to help ensure safety. The ACP will provide hand sanitizer for frequent use. In the event of inclement weather, workshops will be held in the spacious Solley Theater.

10/10: Papel Picado & Paper Flowers - These festive workshops will kick-off on Saturday, October 10 with Papel Picado & Paper Flowers. The art of cutting paper banners is a true talent in Mexico, traditionally done with chisels. We will make the festive tissue paper banners that flutter over every plaza, shop, and doorway during Day of the Dead. 

Flowers are also a large part of this holiday, gathered in bunches and placed at cemeteries. Learn how to make a bouquet of the brightly colored cempoalxochitl flowers the Arts Council has used to decorate our altar arch for their annual festival. 

10/17: Nichos & Calaveras - On Saturday, October 17, join them to create Día de los Muertos nichos, a three-dimensional box used as a small, portable shrine to an important figure or loved one.  Participants are encouraged to make the nicho their own by bringing old photos, trinkets, or artwork along with them.

Jose Guadlupe Posada was a Mexican lithographer who created Mexico’s most famous calavera, La Calavera Catrina, for posters, prints and other images. Catrina has become a beloved figure and iconic symbol of Day of the Dead. Learn the history behind skulls and skeletons as a representative image for Day of the Dead and embellish not only your own Catrina, but additional skeleton and skull projects. 

10/24: Sugar Skulls - Everyone loves making and decorating sugar skulls for Day of the Dead. In previous festivals they have made hundreds! On Saturday, October 24 learn how to mix the sugar with meringue powder to pack into a traditional mold. Royal icings are used to embellish your skull which is typically placed on the altar, or ofrenda. Wear clothing you won’t mind getting messy, and see how magical a sugar skull can be! Please note: students will need to bring their own mixing bowl and spatula. 

11/7: Traditions of Day of the Dead for Child & Caregiver - Activities culminate on Saturday, November 7 from 2:00pm-4:00pm with a Traditions of Day of the Dead for a child and a parent or caregiver to complete projects together. Receive a tour of their vibrant El Día de los Muertos gallery installation and learn the customs of this colorful, art-filled holiday! Then join the instructor for creating your own nichos, papel picados, Calaveras, or paper flowers. These projects will certainly become treasured family heirlooms for many Day of the Dead celebrations to come. 

For more information, and to register please visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of building community through the arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region. 

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The Arts Council of Princeton to Host Creative Workshops to Celebrate Day of the Dead
Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Arts Council of Princeton!
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