Dia de los Muertos art series at Volcano Art Center


Volcano Art Center is partnering with local organizations to create experiences that highlight global cultural identities. The goal is to unify community in appreciation of the ethnic variety and cultural diversity of Hawaii’s people.

Mortality is a fundamental feature of the human experience and rituals that focus on the cycle of life and death exist throughout the world.

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Dia de los Muertos, or “The Day of the Dead,” is a traditional Mexican celebration that focuses on the remembrance of loved ones who have passed away.

* 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19

Memorial Shrines Create your own shrine for a deceased loved one to display in our “community shrine” during Dia de los Muertos. Bring a shoe box or a box of similar size and sentimental photos, fabric or embellishments to create something deeply personal. Free community creative time. Items included in the display will be available for pickup on Nov. 7. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus: 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano Village.

* 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 29

Keiki Theater and Mask-Making Create beautiful paper mache skeleton masks for Dia de los Muertos with Lee Walczuk! Keiki Theater is an opportunity for youth ages 6 and up to explore new ways of creative engagement. $10 drop-in. EHCC back annex: 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo, 96721. Contact Lee for details: (808) 968-1505

* Noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29

Mexican Folk Art Day at East Hawaii Cultural Center with Lee Walczuk. Colorful, traditional craft projects. Free activities for all ages. Donations accepted for materials. Located in the back annex classroom at the EHCC: 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo, 96721. Call Anne: (808) 967-8222 for details.

* 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2

Grievin’ and Groovin’ Art Exhibit: In a two-day celebration honoring our beloved departed, this exhibit will represent art work, writing, movement and rituals based on the subject of Dia de los Muertos, death, loss, mortality and the passage of time. Based on the actual dates of the traditional cultural celebration, it will close in a fiesta celebration on the evening of the second day. Hale Ho’omana Educational Facility Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus.

* 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1

Dia de los Muertos: Procession and Shrine Illumination
In the cultural tradition, a procession will be lead through downtown Hilo, beginning and ending at the East Hawaii Cultural Center. Participants are encouraged to wear their finest, most creative skeleton masks or face paint and attire. Meet in the rear of the building at EHCC: 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo beginning at 4:30p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring flowers (marigolds in particular but any will do). The community is invited to share their personal words in short, individual readings of 3 minutes or less.
Free event.

* 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2

Grievin’ and Groovin’ Fiesta and Art Reception: Community art, entertainment, a blessing and the enjoyment of Mexican fare. Themed event with masks/attire strongly encouraged. Dine and dance the night away as an energetic finale to the event. With complimentary pupus from 5-6 p.m., guests can later purchase full plates of delicious, fresh Mexican food for $8-$10. Cast your votes for the most impactful, inspirational and festive art in the exhibit with artist awards at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are available. $12 advance/$15 at the door (limited, first come first serve). Free entry for artists featured in the art exhibit, tickets must be confirmed in advance.

For further information, call 967-8222 or e-mail community@volcanoartcenter.org

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