Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present its 42nd annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Altares y Ofrendas, with even más cultura this year, Día de los Muertos on the Old Spanish Trail.
Altars on The Old Spanish Trail: 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.
Procession from Deco HEB to Centro Cultural Aztlan: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Community is invited to wear their traditional Día de los Muertos regalia and bring offerings for Centro Aztlan’s Community Altar.
Altares y Ofrendas Exhibition at Centro Cultural Aztlan and Avenida de los Artesanos: 12 noon-10:00p.m.
Altares, Refreshments, Avenida de los Artesanos Arts and Crafts Fair, Food Trucks, Face Painting, Complimentary Pan de Muerto and Ponche de Frutas.
Music by Network for Young Artists, Conjunto Heritage Taller, El Tallercito de Son SATX, Juan y Armando Tejeda, I Ching Gatos, y Volcán
Centro Aztlan’s authentic, community driven exhibition features unique altares made by local artists to honor family and community members who are no longer with us. Community artists are invited to create altares, helping to facilitate a dialogue that examines the history and traditions of this cultural celebration. This event illustrates the artistic, cultural, and religious facets of this popular pre-Columbian Mexican tradition where death is seen as a natural part of life and this reality is approached with humor a celebration of life. Photographs of loved ones passed grace altars as well as offerings of food, marigolds, incense, candles, and other traditional offerings.
Since 1977, Centro Cultural has opened its doors to tourists and residents to take part in the biggest and oldest Día de los Muertos Celebration, paying tribute to this ancient tradition. In addition to Centro Aztlan’s traditional celebration and exhibition in the gallery from 6-10pm, beginning at 12 noon visitors are invited to Día de Los Muertos on The Old Spanish Trail, which has recently been designated as a cultural district by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Local artists have been paired with businesses along The Old Spanish Trail from the Deco HEB on Fredericksburg at Hildebrand, to North Flores and W. Elmira. We cordially invite the local community and visitors to meet at 5:00pm in the parking lot of the Deco HEB for our Día de Los Muertos procession. Join Centro Aztlan, local artists, musicians, and the community in your Día de los Muertos regalia, and don’t forget to bring offerings for Centro Aztlan’s Community Altar. Enjoy pan de muerto, ponche de frutas, and other treats as you shop for special Día de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists, artisans, and crafters in our Avenida de los Artesanos.
This year, Centro Aztlan is excited to have an outdoor stage with live music featuring students from Network for Young Artists, El Conjunto Heritage Taller, El Tallercito de Son, I Ching Gatos, Juan & Armando Tejada, y Volcán! Bring your dancing shoes, and your appetite too! Food Trucks will be serving up local eats and treats!
Most altares are made to honor family members but a few will address important community members who have recently passed away; such the first female mayor of San Antonio Lila Cockrell, renowned surgeon and patron of the arts Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, famous jazz musician Jim Cullum and artist and gay rights activist Gene Elder. There will also be an altar for children who have died in detention facilities or crossing the border, an altar for victims of domestic violence made by Bonnie Mann. These installations will be placed in storefronts, within businesses, on patios and/or other structures near businesses. Some of San Antonio’s most important established and emerging artists are participating in this event.
Including: Kim Bishop, Luis Valderas, Raul Servin, Adan Hernandez, Laurel Gibson, Kristina Uriegas-Reyes, Alexa “Sasha” Nelipa, Garrett Mormando, Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Maria Chavez Vasquez, Kathleen Trenchard, Henry De Leon, Michelle “Naradi” Hamilton, Lauri Garcia Jones, Justin Scheider and students, Victor Tello, Melanie Lira, Chel Delaney, Hector Garza, Dolores Zapata Murff, Don Nuñez, Petra del Sol Eubanks, Emily Blase, Alejandro Flores, Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle, Lynn Maverick Denzer, Nancy Oakly Klapp, y más!
Altares y Ofrendas Exhibition runs through November 2-8, Monday-Friday, 9-5 p.m.
Artist Installations on The Old Spanish Trail: October 28-November 15, 2019.
For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103. www.centroaztlan.org