New and exciting news coming soon for the Tonantzin Society’s 2nd annual Día de los Muertos city wide Festival 2013!
March 29, 2013 – Official logo announced April 15, 2013 – Regional Art call begins
May 15, 2013 - Vendor application process for Street Fair opens
September 24 - October 17 - Kansas Children Discovery Center's Camp: "The Monarchs Fly Home! - The Art & Science of the Enchanted Monarch Migration " Where do the Monarchs go for the winter? Join artist Kelly Thomas-Sanders and build a life-size replica of the Monarch Sanctuary Forest Mexico. Students will investigate the habits of the Monarch butterly, learn about the forest animals of Mexico and explore the unique connection between the Monarch migration and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Students will also participate in the traditional activity of sugar skull decorating andc reate a personal "Monarch" to leave in the forest. Ages: 8-12 Dates of Camp: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 24- Oct 17 (no classes on Oct. 8) Time: 4:15PM - 5:45PM Pricing: $60 member $65 non-member October 15 - November 23, 2013 – Dia de los Muertos selections from the collection of woodcuts created by Yucatan artist, Alberto Garcia M.Location: Mulvane Art Museum Cost: Free Hours:(http://www.washburn.edu/about/community/mulvane-art-museum/visit/index.html)
October 17, 2013 - Washburn Multicultural Affairs DDLM activities: Dia de los Muertos mask decorating in the main level of the Washburn Memorial Union. Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Cost: Free. Also Huitzilopotchli Aztec Danzantes will perform at Washburn University outdoors on the Northside of the Memorial Union. Time: 12:15pm - 12:45pm Cost: Free October 17, 2013 –Danny Stange with Azteca Art Colorado will present Azteca Philosophy Class 101. Stange has been a student of the astrology, mathematics and philosophy of ancient Mexico for more than 15 years and will instruct on how the Aztec calendar is understood and discuss the real meaning behind the symbols and belief system. Language is a key to understanding the truth of any culture and the Nahuatl language of Mexico is full of metaphors and clues that give us a clear picture of the depth and beauty that is the real legacy of Mexico. Class Location: Ballet Folklorico in the NOTO Arts District Time: 6:00pm Cost:FREE (limited seating) NOTE: refreshments will be served
October 19, 2013 – DDLM 2nd Annual Street Fair @ NOTO (11am – 5pm) Juried art show awards presented. Join us for a truly fun-filled, family oriented Festival! Food and craft vendors. A full line up of entertainment, including Trio Aztlan from Kansas City. Puppet shows, paper flower making, chalk art, mask decorating and more for children! Also come check out and PARTICIPATE in choosing one of our Art Show Winners! Our ofrenda exhibit will also be open and the artwork of several 501 schools will be on display. Plus check out all the great NOTO Arts District stores and galleries!
October 25, 2013 – The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center sugar skull decorating classes! Come and create your very own sugar skull and complete with royal icing, feathers, foils, sequins and more! This workshop is a great opportunity for families and teachers interested in a fun, artistic way to get in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos! Location: KCDC, 4400 SW 10th Street Times: 10:30am and 1:00pm Cost: $5 per skull
October 25, 2013 - Mulvane Museum of Art Opening Reception for Dia de los Muertos woodcut exhibit. Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00pm Location:2nd Floor GalleriesCost: Free
October 25, 2013–Mexican art expert Gregorio Luke will present a lecture on the history of Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead). Luke currently resides in Long Beach, California and the former director at the Museum of Mexican Art in Long Beach Lecture Location: Washburn University, Memorial Union, Room A Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm Cost: Free (http://www.gregorioluke.com/) "This fully illustrated presentation provides a detailed discussion of the Days of the Dead celebrations in Mexico. Its origins are traced to the pre-Hispanic belief in duality, in which death was considered a natural part of life. In many artistic creations of civilizations like the Aztec and the Maya skulls are used as an important artistic motif. Another aspect that survives from the prehispanic era is the idea that in the afterlife the soul travels through different stages. From the Catholicism the Days of the Dead tradition incorporates the idea of communication with souls and the afterlife. In this presentation we will analyze the different elements of these celebrations from the papel picado, the altars and ofrendas, the burning copal incense, the use of cempasuchitl(marigold flowers) to build pathways for the souls as well as the cleaning and decoration of graves, music and special dishes prepared during these celebrations." October 26, 2013– Su Teatro from Denver, Colorado will present a special play written for Topeka’s DDLM Festival. Join us as Su Teatro presents Dancing with the Spirits/Bailando con los Espiritus a performance on the celebration of life and our ancestors. Play Location: Brown v. Board of Education, NHS Time: 7:00pm Cost: FREE (http://www.suteatro.net/) "Over 40 years, Su Teatro has established a national reputation for homegrown productions that speak to the history and experience of Chicanos. Su Teatro has created more than 15 original full length productions that have toured widely to venues such as New York's Public Theater, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX and Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA." Su Teatro has become a vital anchor in Denver's Santa Fe Arts District
October 27th, 2013- Art Workshop (presented by guest artist Rosina Ramirez)– Dia de los Muertos Paper Mache Mask - While listening to the sounds of Mexican Ballads, you will embellish & alter a ready-made blank mask to honor and reflect the memories of your loved ones who have passed on. This project will be all encompassing of visual creativity as well as a time for remembrance. Paints, glitters, ephemera, found objects, beads and much more will be provided to pique your creative flow.
All supplies and materials will be included but you are encouraged to bring your own Xeroxed photographs of loved ones that you wish to include on your mask. Examples include small portraits that are photocopied in either black and white or full color. You can do this at your local copy/printing store. 2x2-3x4 inches would be best. You will be cutting these images and adhering them to your mask.
**NOTE** Please do not print from an inkjet printer. This ink will smear when using your adhesives.
Location:Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Time: Noon – 3pm Cost: FREE Class Size: 20 MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE! Music & Refreshments Provided Registration is Closed
October 27th, 2013- Art Workshop (presented by guest artist Rosina Ramirez)– My Sacred Nicho - What is a “nicho”? A nicho, also known as a “retablo” is a box-like object of Latino folk art that is created from mixed media and typically combines elements from the popular culture, music, spirituality and iconic figures. Nichos can serve as a religious altar to mark a special event, or to honor a favorite patron Saint. Using 2 small stretched canvases, you will paint, embellish and assemble a Nicho that uses hinges to be a free-standing “altar”. It will open and close and includes a metal “closure”. A very unique and self-gratifying project to honor your loved ones or a favorite icon/patron saint.
Unique items that will be available for your assemblage will be: tin & aluminum metals, hardware, alcohol based markers/inks, beads, clay & small plastic figurines. Basic assemblage techniques will be taught and ideas/samples will be available to spark your flow. Create while listening to the melodies of Mexican Ballads. All supplies & materials are included. You may bring your own special trinkets that hold special meaning to you if you wish to include them in your Nicho.
Location: NOTO Community Center Time: 5pm – 8pm Cost: $25 (includes all supplies/materials) Class Size: 20 students Music & Refreshments Provided
October 28th, 2013- Art Workshop (presented by guest artist Rosina Ramirez)– “Frida” – Art Jewelry - Frida Kahlo is an icon in the history of Latino Art. She has been the focus of many art inspirations and she will be that during our workshop! Using polymer clay, we will create a large medallion that is reflective of Frida’s art. We will teach you how to transfer an image onto your work and then adorn it with paints, glitters and other ephemera. You will then use your focal piece to assemble a piece of jewelry (earrings, bracelet or necklace) with an assortment of colorful beads and baubles! This workshop is the ultimate way to get your creative momentum flowing! Music and refreshments will be provided as well! Hope to see you!
Location: NOTO Community Center Time: 9am – Noon Cost: $25 (all supplies/materials included) Class Size: Max 20 students Music & Refreshments Provided Registration is Closed
October 29-31-Sunny Birklund from New Mexico will conduct 3 public workshops to construct mobile artwork for our Dia de los Muertos closing community procession. Items to be created: Painted banners Giant paper flower wands Giant decorated candle tubes with foil flames La Catrina hats A make it and take it table for tagboard butterfly wings Location: NOTO Community Center in NOTO Arts District Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm Cost: FREE Please Note: Children can attend over 8 years of age. Space is limited and registration will occur in September! THERE ARE SPACES FOR 20 PEOPLE EACH EVENING
November 1, 2013 –Noche de los Muertos Community Ofrenda and Community Procession - Join us at 6:00pm at the Ballet Folklorico in NOTO for a truly wonderful and heartfelt celebration in memory of our loved ones that have passed on. We will have a community ofrenda and encourage individuals and families to bring photos of a loved one you would like to remember on this special evening. We will have music, traditional pastries and Mexican hot chocolate. On this First Friday as well view the displays of ofrendas and our art show. At 7:00pm our community procession begins. Follow with us as mariachi music fills the air and we move down the sidewalks of NOTO with candles lit, and our mobile artwork in hand for our 2nd annual community procession. We encourage participants to dress up and/or attend with faces painted in the traditional style of the beloved holiday. NOTE: Please bring a copy of a photo only since we will keep the ofrenda up for display until Nov. 19th. An inexpensive frame would be best to insert photo in./Candles will be provided./We encourage families to attend!
November 2, 2013 – The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center- Come Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on a Saturday loaded with FUN! Sugar Skull Making Workshop Times: 10:30am and 1:00pm Cost: $5 per skull (REGISTRATION is required) Help decorate the KCDC ofrenda (all material provided). Check out the Life of a Monarch butterfly. See the Butterfly Art Exhibition with printmaker Angie Babbit and make sure and eat some of the yummy Day of the Dead bread! Location: KCDC, 4400 SW 10th Street Times: ALL day except skull workshops Cost: $7.25 children and also $7.25 for adults/ 65 and older $6.25/under 1 yr. and members FREE
November 19, 2013 – Art show and Ofrenda exhibit – CLOSE
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