Free Day of the Dead Altar Making Workshops in Union Square and East Somerville


In Celebration of the Upcoming Day of the Dead Celebration (Dia de Muertos), the Arts Council will lead various altar-making workshops. Learn to make your version of the creative altars. Bring a personal items and/or picture of a loved one(s) that you would like to honor. Additional workshops will be held October 20 at SomerStreets Festival on Somerville Ave. Additional altar-making workshops will be held throughout the month prior to the Day of the Dead event. Participants are, then, invited to display their finished pieces at Cantina La Mexicana on November 2. If you can not make the workshops, you are still welcome to submit an altar for display. For more information, please read the submission guidelines attached to the message

Additional Day of the Dead Workshops
* Altars are made to honor the lives of those who have passed. These joyous creations will be constructed with the use of boxes and colorful papers and sparkly, beautiful items. Materials will be provided for all of the workshops and is free to the public. Just bring your imagination and photos and/or small keepsakes of the loved one to be remembered to be placed in the altar.

Monday, October 21, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Somerville Arts Council LCC grant winner, Suzanne Lubeck, will be coordinating and teaching an altar making workshop at the East End Grill in east Somerville. Suzanne is a multi-media, research based, intuitive artist. Working in arrays, series include; abstract oil paintings, figurative paintings (oil and acrylic), encaustic paintings & collages, papier mache sculptures, wood & found object constructions. Subject matter includes; women lost in history’s telling, Somerville history, immigration & travel, and elegant, precise, mathematical and scientific formulas to explain obscurities. This workshop is made possible by the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

what: Come to a free ALTAR MAKING WORKSHOP*

where: Hosted at the East End Grille
118 Broadway, Somerville, 02145
(Meeting Room in back of restaurant)

who: All ages: children and adults
No prior experience needed. All** materials provided.

Thursday October 24 from 6-9pm at Bloc 11
Tuesday October 29 from 6-8pm at Bloc 11
Lead by Meagan O’Brien of the Somerville Arts Council. Learn to make mini versions of the creative shrines.

Saturday, November 2 at 6pm
At Cantina La Mexicana in Union Square.
Lead by the Somerville Art Council

About Day of the Dead

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends, family members, and ancestors. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. To commemorate the life of loved ones, family members construct altars to pay tribute those who have passed on. In honor of this fine tradition, the Somerville Arts Council would like to invite folks to get creative and design their own version of a Day of the Dead altar.


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