El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is all about honoring the memories of deceased loved ones by celebrating their lives, and for the past twelve years, the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center has been furthering this tradition, holding events during which the community can learn about the holiday and become involved. "One of the key ingredients is that it's a very inclusive celebration," says Jill Orr, curator of education at the museum. "Everyone can relate to having lost a loved one at some point in their lives, no matter what their cultural background is."
La Ofrenda de los Muertos art exhibition features pieces by local artists like Brandon Maldonado (who designed the art for the last Zac Brown Band album) and Stephanie Hilvitz. A mural painted by the kids of Casa de la Esperanza will be on display, as well as community altars and a Mexican market and plaza display. Every Tuesday at noon, Orr will give a tour of the exhibition, with Spanish interpretation available.
The celebrations will continue until the end of the month at the museum, 400 Quail Road in Longmont, with sugar-skull sculpting, skull-mask decorating and dancing-skeleton puppet-making. The final celebration is on October 27 and includes live music, food and family activities. For more information and the full schedule, visit www.ci.longmont.co.us.