Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a vibrant community celebration honoring both los muertos and the beauty of life.
Day of the Dead celebrations began in Central America and have roots in indigenous and Catholic traditions. Sweet sugar skulls, bright colors, and bitter-smelling cempazuchitl (calendula) flowers evoke vibrant, ephemeral life and bitter, inevitable death—embracing both.
Each year Tieton Arts & Humanities hosts a celebration and creates a large community altar for everyone to add to. Visitors can bring photos of loved ones, write messages, help decorate, and bring candies or breads. This provides a special opportunity to remember those who are no longer with us.
Community Altar Exhibition
October 27 - November 17
Open Fridays from 4 - 7pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 12 - 3pm
The Community Altar and gallery is open for public viewing during gallery hours. The exhibition features a sandpainting by Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, exhibits on the sacred traditions, contemporary and traditional altars, sugar skull displays, paper marigolds, and papel picado.
Tieton Arts & Humanities is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.