THE LIVING ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER'S DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL

 

Festival del Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead Festival is a true community event bringing together individuals, groups, students and teachers from the Latino and non-Latino communities.   Join the celebration and experience the rich visual, musical, dance and culinary traditions of this holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central and South America.  The festival will include live music and dance performances, hands-on crafts, a candlelight parade and an exhibition of altars in the Old Episcopal Burying Ground.  Traditional food and drink will be offered for sale.
Altar Exhibit --- Old Episcopal Burying Ground
At dusk, musicians and dancers will lead participants in a beautiful candlelight parade from the LASC to the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane.
In the cemetery, participants will view an exciting exhibition of altars in and around the gravesites of this historic cemetery and enjoy additional performances by traditional dancers and musicians.
Altars are being created by Latino and non-Latino artists and community and student groups.   Viewers may talk with artists, school groups and community members who have created both traditional altars as they would be presented in Mexican cemeteries as well as altar designs inspired by this joyful celebration. 
Applications are available on the LASC website for those interested in creating an altar for the 2015 Festival --- http://www.lasclex.org/index.php/art-exhibits/artist-opportunities/call-for-entries
Community Schools Art Project - Monarch Butterflies
In the weeks leading up to Festival del Dia de los Muertos, local school children will be creating monarch butterflies using transparencies, pipe cleaners and acrylic paint, and installing them along the fence at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at the corner of East 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane.
This community art project draws on a deep history dating back to the Ancient Aztecs.  Every autumn millions of beautiful orange and black monarchs flock to Mexico to avoid the cold weather of the North. Their migration coincides with Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Ancient Aztecs of central Mexico believed that the monarch butterflies were the souls of their fallen warriors and that they should be honored.  This is a time of joyous celebration when the souls of loved ones are remembered and rejoiced. This art project may be viewed the weeks leading up to the festival as well as the night of El Festival del Dia de los Muertos celebration taking place on November 1, 2015.


Now celebrating our 46th year, The Living Arts & Science Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences.  Art galleries, a Discovery gallery, and arts and science classes and workshops are provided year-round for children and adults.  In addition, the Living Arts and Science Center partners with community agencies and organizations to provide free hands-on arts activities at community events and programs and classes for special needs and at-risk students.
A Capital Campaign, Imagine This!, is on-going and construction is in progress to renovate the LASC’s historic building and to expand their facility into an additional building with new classrooms, a Digital Media Lab, a teaching kitchen, a planetarium, a clay studio, and more.  Completion of the addition is expected early 2016.  For more information contact Kristin Voskuhl at[email protected]

 

 

 

 


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