Dia de los Muertos at the University of Arizona


Wed, 11/02/2016 - 08:00 to 20:00

Día de los Muertos event to honor Tucson and popular leaders

What: Tucson/University of Arizona Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

When: Wed. Nov. 2, 2016 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Where: 2nd Floor UA Cesar E. Chavez, 1110 E. James E. Rogers Way, and procession ending at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop 218 E. 6th St.

Why: A free UA community event to honor Local and Popular S/heroes

Who: Presented by (UA) Mexican American Studies (MAS), Social Justice and Popular Culture Students. Co-sponsored by The Department of Mexican American Studies, M.E.Ch.A., Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Center, UA Bookstores, Raices Taller, Binational Migration Institute, Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, Derechos Humanos, Commonground Alliance, Calpolli Teoxicalli.


As part of an international observance and celebration of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, UA’s MAS students are hosting this year’s altar setup and program. The date Nov. 2 is traditionally recognized to give tribute and honor the lives of the deceased. In Mexican Indigenous tradition, death is seen as natural part of life and not something to be feared. As a memorial to the deceased, altars are set up as offerings that display images, favorite foods, and other tokens that were personal to the deceased. Marigolds, candles, pan de muertos, and sweets are also offerings set on altars.


The altar viewing will be between 8a.m.-6p.m. Between 10am and 11:45, there will be a Calaveras workshop in Chavez 205. This year’s student altars are dedicated to figures in Social Justice struggles and popular culture/media. There will also be a community altar of local community activists who were directly related to social justice struggles with Mexicano/Chicanx people, and altars dedicated to the lives of migrants crossing the desert.

Central MAS/Community Altar, 2nd floor, honoring: Richard Ruiz, immediate past chair of MAS, Consuelo Aguilar (former student, graduate of MAS), Maria Teresa Velez (former assistant dean, graduate students), Lorraine Lee, Hank Oyama, Pepe Barron, Frank de La Cruz, Nelly Bustillos.


At noon, The UA Bookstore will be hosting Maestra and Nahuatl elder, Angelbertha Cobb, who will be presenting on her community’s observance of Día de los Muertos, followed by her altar construction in Chavez. At 1p.m. the Guerrero Center will have free food, champurrado, and pan de muertos. It is to be followed by students presenting their altars.


To conclude the programming, a 5:15 pm procession will lead students and community members from Chavez to Raices Taller, located at 222 Art Gallery & Workshop (218 E. 6th St.) for their inaugural Día de los Muertos exhibition.

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