Día de los Muertos Events
October 17 - November 5, 2011
In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It is now one of Lawndale's most popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. These retablos are then sold at the gala to benefit both Lawndale and the artists. Many well-known Houston and nationally known artists participate; the exhibition attracts a large audience and the gala is one of the most fun parties in Houston!
October 17 - November 5, 2011
Starting October 17, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones. Thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico for their assistance with assembling this year's ofrenda.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 5:30-7:30PM
Performances begin at 6:15PM
Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A River Oaks Chamber Orchestra chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCO, Inprint, Musiqa and Lawndale Art Center.
Papel Picado Workshop
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6PM
Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter, Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year's Día de los Muertos celebration. The workshop is free and open to the public. Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation.
Sugar Skull Workshop
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Demonstrations at 6 and 6:30PM - FULL
In conjunction with our 24th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering a sugar skull making workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested as space is limted.To register, please email email@example.com.
Bring a bag of sugar and add it to the mix or just drop in for a quick demonstration. All participants may take home one sugar skull and a printed recipe.
10/17/2011 Update: Both the 6 and 6:30PM demonstrations are full. Click here if you'd like to download the recipe and try making a sugar skull on your own. Molds are avaiable for purchase at Casa Ramirez on 19th St. in the Heights. Join us for the Family Day Fiesta on November 5 to decorate one of the skulls made at the workshop.
Family Day Fiesta
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 12-4PM
Lawndale's 24th annual Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday fiesta honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Mezzanine Galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Paedarchy Puppets.
This year's exhibition includes work by 20 Houston area schools including:
Bay Area Montessori House, Carver Magnet High School, Cesar E. Chavez High School, Cypress Lakes High School, Davis High School, De Zavala Elementary School, DeBakey High School for Health Professionals, Harmony Science Academy Houston High, Johnston Middle School, Manvel High School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center, Sam Rayburn High Shool, Sharpstown International School, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, YES Prep Brays Oaks, YES Prep East End, YES Prep North Central and YES Prep Southeast