BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Halloween is just around the corner, as is Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday celebrating deceased friends and family.

By November 7, visitors to the Walters Art Museum can mark the party by purchasing an art kit to make an ofrenda, or as a gift, to be left on an altar designed by artist Edgar Reyes.

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The museum will also be holding an online conversation on October 28 with Reyes and other artists Jessy Desantis and Alondra Flores, who will discuss their personal traditions for the holidays.

The exhibition “Translations and Transitions / Traducciones y Transiciones” runs until November 7, showcasing works from indigenous societies in what is now Mexico and Central America.

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“This year, we are delighted to offer personal ofrenda kits as well as virtual and in-person programs featuring a range of voices representing Central American traditions,” said Theresa Sotto, Director of Learning and Development. community engagement of the museum. “As we reconnect and share the arts and culture of so many different communities in Baltimore, we are particularly aware of the loss of life resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that our community altar, or ofrenda, can serve as a public space for people to come together in collective mourning and healing through the arts.

There will also be virtual artistic creation sessions, online tours and other events.

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Last year, nearly 1,200 people took part in the virtual Día de los Muertos hosted by the Walters, the museum said.


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