Tacoma Art Museum announces its 11th annual Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival, taking place Sunday, November 1, 10 am-4 pm. This day-long celebration is TAM’s largest annual community event. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Family-friendly activities, events, and performances are scheduled throughout the day, and the galleries are open.
New for 2015:
- Calavera Costume Competition – Get artsy and win $100! Calaveras are the iconic Dia de los Muertos skeletons made famous by artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. Contestants are encouraged to dress from head to toe. Please note, face paint is allowed, but masks are not allowed. All ages can enter. Each contestant receives a small gift; the winner receives a $100 prize! Judging will be held at 2:30 pm with costume presentation and awards at 3:00 pm.
- Outdoor chalk memorials – In the practice of Día de los Muertos, celebrate your ancestors by creating an outdoor chalk memorial under TAM’s entry canopy (all materials supplied). Get inspired by visiting the community altar installations.
- See Latino Americans – TAM will screen episodes of this 6-part PBS film series in the Haub Visitor Orientation Space. Film website: www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.
- Face painting without the long wait – Centro Latino will offer free face painting, one of the most popular activities at the festival! This year TAM will implement a 30-minute blocked ticketing system to alleviate the wait. Sign up for a time in the Cheney classroom on the third floor.
- Art making in the TAM Studio – Create your own artwork inspired by the prints of Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Back this year:
- The traditional tapete (sand painting) – This year’s tapete will be created by artist Rene Julio. Julio was born in Mexico City, studied visual arts in Mexico, and immigrated to the United States 17 years ago. He has painted more than 20 murals in the Seattle area.
- Cónsul Eduardo Baca Cuenca, Mexico Consulate in Seattle, will present the welcome greeting.
- Community altars are on view from October 20 through November 1.
- Mariachi Lucero – Tap your toes to live musical mariachi music from 11 am-12 pm.
- Danza Quetzacoatl de Olympia – See this colorful 30-minute performance of traditional dance at 2 pm.
- Sugar skull decorating – Another popular favorite, offered all day in the Murray Family Event Space off the lobby.
- Mexican food – Burritos, Mexican soda, and more at TAM Cafe.
Tacoma Art Museum, Centro Latino, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of Puget Sound worked together to receive the NEH/ALA Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant, which is funding 6 programs related to the Latino American experience, including Día de los Muertos.