Sunday, October 16, 10 am–5 pm
Help us welcome Día de los Muertos to Tacoma Art Museum. Observe or participate as artists Fulgencio Lazo and Jose Orantes, with a team of professionals and volunteers, create two large tapetes, or sand paintings, in the museum’s lobby, exploring the complimentary themes of song and dance. School and community groups and individuals will also install thematic altars remembering loved ones and raising social awareness on the atrium. Free with museum admission.
Tapetes and altars remain on view through our free community festival, Sunday, October 30. Interested in being involved in the tapete installation or creating an altar? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Third Thursday, October 20, 6-7 pm
Join us for free Third Thursday to learn about Día de los Muertos altars from the artists themselves. The construction of altars and ofrendas (offerings) dedicated to the spirits of the deceased are an important tradition of Día de los Muertos. This year, Tacoma Art Museum invited community groups to display altars—some remembering loved ones, others raising social awareness—on the museum’s atrium from October 16 through 30.
Saturday, October 29, 10 am–1 pm
In conjunction with Día de los Muertos at Tacoma Art Museum, practice the traditional Mexican art of paper cutting with artist Victor Gonzales to make festive banners, and bring back ideas for the classroom. Cost: $30 ($20 for members). To purchase tickets, click here.
Sunday, October 30, 10 am–4 pm
For the seventh consecutive year, join thousands of your friends and neighbors to celebrate Day of the Dead at Tacoma Art Museum with art-making, performances, music, traditional food, sugar skull decorating, and exhibitions of tapetes (sand paintings) and community altars as we honor the cycle of life. Museum admission free.