The Walters Art Museum will celebrate Mexico’s largest cultural festival with online and in-person events this year.
Día de los Muertos, a holiday that originated in Aztec culture, takes place on Nov. 1 and 2 each year.
The holiday, celebrated in Mexico and parts of Latin America and the United States, is an opportunity for remembrance and community.
The traditional way of celebrating is by making an ofrenda – an offering – to a deceased loved one.
Between now and Nov. 7, visitors can pick up an ofrenda kit and contribute their offering to the community altar on view at the museum.
The altar was created in partnership with local Baltimore artist Edgar Reyes.
Visitors can also view the exhibition “Translations and Transitions/Traducciones y Transiciones,” a celebration of Mexican and Central American independence, until Nov. 7.
The museum is also offering online events, such as art making, videos about artworks in the Ancient Americas collection, and a conversation with Edgar Reyes.
On Oct. 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the museum will host an online community conversation with local artists Jessy Desantis, Alondra Flores, and Edgar Reyes.
The artists will discuss Día de los Muertos traditions and the role of the traditions in their lives.
“As we reconnect with and share in the arts and culture of so many different communities throughout Baltimore, we are particularly mindful of the loss of life that has resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic,” Theresa Sotto, the museum’s director of learning and community engagement, said in a statement.
“We hope our community altar, or ofrenda, can act as a public space for people to come together in collective grieving and healing through the arts,” she said.