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13th Annual Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival
November 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

Support Disaster Relief during the festival

2017’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) brings together more than 30 community altars, a colorful tapete (sand painting), traditional foods, Aztec dancing, mariachi, artmaking, and more!

As a special treat, TAM members get EXCLUSIVE access to the sugar skull making activity. More Info

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

11 am – Welcome Remarks

11:15 am – Aztec Dancing from CeAtl Tonalli

2 pm – Mariachi Performance by Mariachi Ayutla

10 am to 4 pm – Artmaking in TAM Studio

10 am to noon – Shrinky dinks with Teresa Martinez in TAM Studio

Create a keychain inspired by traditional Día de los Muertos images, such as sugar skulls, marigolds, la Catrina, and more. As a nod to her own work, artist Teresa Martinez will guide you through the process of creating the keychain with shrink plastic.

Teresa Martinez grew up surrounded by Mexican and Latin American culture is drawn back to her roots through her artwork. Teresa creates colorful Aztec bowls, cups, shirts, earrings, necklaces, and more. Visit for more information.

Noon to 2 pm – Printmaking with Roberto Sanchez in TAM Studio

Dabble in printmaking with artist Roberto Sanchez, taking inspiration from traditional Día de los Muertos imagery and Jose Posada!

Roberto B. Sánchez, a son of migrant workers, grew up listening to the stories and history of his family in the fields of Eastern Washington. Though he has met many challenges in life, he always remembered to honor his family and his ancestors by celebrating Día De los Muertos. He loves to share the stories of his ancestors to keep them alive and pass their stories onto the next generation. Visit for more information.

2 to 4 pm – Calaveras Ornaments with Blanca Santander in TAM Studio

Create a colorful Frida ornament! Using traditional Día de los Muertos imagery of calaveras (skulls), artist Blanca Santander will guide you through the process of creating mixed media, textural ornaments of one of the most beloved Mexican artists. Visitors can also choose to make their ornament in the likeness of a friend or loved one.

As a communicator and part of the Latino community of the Northwest, artist Blanca Santander shows her heritage through painting. She believes in and shares in the world’s necessity of compassion, love, and environmental defense. Her paintings are intimate, spiritual, and feminine, often reflecting connections to Pachamama, or Mother Nature. Visit for more information.

Ongoing from 10 am to 4 pm

Tapete by Rene Diaz on view in TAM Lobby

“Huitzilopochtli Guided Us” – Diaz’s tapete design is dedicated to all “Dreamers”.

Depicted as a hummingbird, the Aztec god Hutzilopochti told all Mexicans to find the promised land, to break free and conquer. Guided and strengthened in most cases by the love of their family and by the hope of a better future for their kids and loved ones, migrants cross many barriers in pursuit of better life conditions. Diaz’s tapete design is a small tribute to those kids.

Community Altars on view in Russell Gallery and TAM Lobby

Preview the altars starting Tuesday, October 24. Learn More

Community altars coordinated by Proyecto MoLE.

Free Face Painting in 3rd Floor Cheney Classroom

Face paint generously provided by Coordinated Care; face painting coordinated by Jesenia Ifie, Centro Latino, and Shimmered Alicorn.

(Members-Only) Sugar Skull Making on 3rd Floor Atrium

TAM Members get exclusive access to the sugar skull making activity. Drop-in with your membership card to participate. One sugar skull per member, while supplies last. Not a member? Join Today

Pan de Muertos by Teresita’s Mexican Bakery

Tamales by Grit City Grub


Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival is presented in partnership with:

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Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival t-shirts generously sponsored by Custom Shirt Shop.