Día de los Muertos Festival
Known in English as Day of the Dead, this life-affirming celebration of the eternal cycle of life has been observed for centuries. Day of the Dead combines ancient and colonial traditions, folk customs, and spiritual beliefs. Celebrated in Mexican and Latin American communities on November 1 and 2, Día de los Muertos is a powerful, symbolic way to honor relatives and friends who have died.
Traditionally, families assemble altars in their homes laden with offerings of food and drink to nourish the spirits on their long journey back home. Flowers, candles, clay figurines, sugar skeletons with the names of the deceased, and personal messages to the spirits are placed on the altars.
Exemplifying TAM’s mission of connecting people through art, Tacoma Art Museum’s annual Día de los Muertos Festival has grown over the past fifteen years, bringing together community organizations, schools, families, and individuals to create altars, celebrate, and share.
Join Tacoma Art Museum and partners in celebrating the 16th Annual Día de los Muertos virtually!
After an incredibly challenging year, we saw an even greater need for people to come together to share the love and memories of those we have lost. Safe social distancing means we won’t be able to host thousands on November 1st as we originally planned, but our commitment to this festival has not wavered.
A new, online version of the festival allows us to create art from afar, enjoy performances, and present a virtual ofrenda or altar exhibition. The altars are a beloved centerpiece to the annual festival at TAM. Traditionally, families assemble altars in their homes laden with food and drink offerings to nourish the spirits on their long journey back home. Flowers, candles, clay figurines, sugar skeletons with the names of the deceased, and personal messages to the spirits are placed on the altars. Over the years at TAM, we have seen many beautiful and powerful offerings to those who have passed, and we look forward to sharing the beautiful altars created in homes, schools, and organizations across Tacoma this year.
The 2020 Dia de los Muertos Community Festival is generously supported in part by the Haub Family Endowment, The National Endowment for the Arts, Tacoma Creates, and presented in partnership with Proyecto MoLE and Centro Latino.
Free Community Festivals are generously supported by the Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, Tacoma Creates, and by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. The Día De Los Muertos Festival is supported in part by YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties and presented in partnership with Proyecto MoLE and Centro Latino.