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Celebrating Cultures With Day of the Dead Traditions

Credit Becky Stockert
Detailing of Emily's front altar.

Creative Women of the World is celebrating Mexico's Day of the Dead with a special installation of ofrendas, or altars, an authentic and key tradition of the holiday.

Two ofrendas, crafted by storyteller Emily Guerrero, founder of Mexica Arts, honor Frida Kahlo, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the deceased loved ones of visitors to the store during the exhibition.

To learn the significance of this custom and other important aspects of the holiday, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Guerrero and Irma Gonzalez, who grew up in Mexico and came to the United States to work as Legal Affairs Officer for the Consulate General, into the studio to share their personal Dia de los Muertos experiences, reflections and memories .

Event Information: 

Whispering Monarchs: Day of the Dead Ofrendas/Altars
@ Creative Women of the World, Fort Wayne
Friday, October 23rd through Saturday, November 7th, 2020
Masks and Social Distancing required

Find more information and store hours at the Creative Women of the World Facebook page.

Another installation by Emily Guerrero:
Dia de los Muerto Ofrenda @ St. Mary Magdala Spiritual Center, Fort Wayne
Wednesday October 28th & Thursday October 29th, 2020

Find more information and exhibit hours at Sophia's Portico Facebook page.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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