PHOENIX (Oct. 13, 2011) On November 5 and 6, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix will combine efforts to present “Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life through Music.” The two-day event will feature multiple activities, performances, and opportunities for the community to celebrate and learn about this cultural tradition.
Día de los Muertos is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly those in Mexico and Central America. The annual event is a time when families and friends come together to honor the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. Rather than a time of mourning, Día de los Muertos is a joyful tribute to the lives of loved ones.
MIM’s event kicks off with multiple activities that will run throughout the weekend, including setting up a community altar where guests are encouraged to bring photos, mementos, and other ofrendas (offerings) honoring their loved ones; a display of altars created by local children; music-inspired crafts such as calaca (skeleton) shakers, mini-altars, and guitar decorations; a mercado (market) featuring one-of-a-kind Mexican art, gifts, and jewelry available for purchase; and screenings of the Mexican short film, “Hasta los Huesos.”
Performers for the weekend include Mariachi Pasión, Nosotrosound, Ted Ramirez, Paul McDermand, Gustavo Angeles, and Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company. Mexican artists Joaquín García Quintana and Gladys López Peña will be creating the community altar and an artists’ cemetery that will honor famous musicians who have passed away. Artist Lalo Cota, who provided the calaca logo for the event, will also be on hand creating original artwork in Jill Dahlin Courtyard.
To teach community members about Día de los Muertos, storytellers will roam the museum during the weekend recounting the history behind the unique traditions and sharing their own experiences. MIM docents will also be in the galleries to discuss the museum’s exhibits on Mexico and the Árbol de la Vida (Tree of Life).
The Café at MIM will feature a variety of Mexican entrées and beverages available for purchase. The menu will include beef cube steak mole, cream of black bean soup with Mexican crema and sage, and tres leches cake.
“MIM is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix to produce an authentic celebration,” said Courtney Tjaden, MIM’s events and volunteer manager. “We have worked closely with the Consulate to ensure that our event mirrors the traditions of Latin American cultures and provides an opportunity for members of the community to experience and learn about the unique customs associated with Día de los Muertos.”
“It is important for us to share this Mexican tradition with our friends in Arizona. The ‘Day of the Dead’ is a blend of the religion and history of our country, our Hispanic heritage. It is a festivity of color and patterns that refer to death from a cultural perspective,” said Victor M. Trevino, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix.
The community is invited to attend the festivities, which will take place at MIM. Entrance to all Día de los Muertos events is included in general museum admission. Visit www.theMIM.org for the full schedule of events.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). Please visit www.theMIM.org or call 480.478.6000 for more information.
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Erin Kozak, Media Relations Specialist