Día de los Muertos Ofrenda (Day of the Dead Altar): Community Invitation
Creating a bit of sacredness
November 2nd – 6th
Columbia Center for the Arts is honoring Day of the Dead this year by offering our Theatre space (November 2nd-6th) for an altar (Ofrenda) as a way to remember family members and friends who are no longer with us. As well as, honoring the grief and loss our community is experiencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family members can honor their deceased with Ofrendas, or offerings, which may consist of photographs, bread, other foods, flowers, toys, and other symbolic offerings. Altars may contain all hand-made items or ones that have been purchased.
The celebration is traditionally held on November 1 (All Saints’ Day, which celebrates children who have died) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day, which celebrates adults). Ofrendas which can consist of several levels, depending on space – are a place of gathering and are traditionally erected in homes, cemeteries or community spaces, like Columbia Center for the Arts. A component of the celebration is the telling of stories to honor the history and life of the person(s) you are honoring.
In partnership with The History Museum of Hood River County and Arts in Education of the Gorge, we will honor the rich history of the Hood River area, with a Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, November 6. The celebration includes the erection of a community Ofrenda at Columbia Center for the Arts, and a screening of The History Museum of Hood River County’s 11th production Cemetery Tales (buy tickets here).
Arts in Education of the Gorge will be providing a visual art experience to pay tribute to people that someone wants to honor, it will be an aluminum embossing self-guided activity. The Ofrenda will be open to the public to honor their loved ones who have passed and grieve the impacts of the pandemic. CCA will install the Ofrenda on November 2 and leave it open for public offerings through November 6.
Traditional offerings include orange marigolds, painted skulls, flickering candles (battery tea lights please), baked goods, salt, colorful paper cutouts, and photographs of family and friends who have passed. In true CCA creative fashion, we encourage community members to be creative and bring items that hold meaning to who they are honoring.
We hope you will join the Columbia Center for the Arts and The History Museum of Hood River County in celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and participate in this celebration!
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