Oct 282015


Dia de los Muertos

Photo courtesy of Dan Lutzick

The Winslow Folklorico Ballet perform at Winslow’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration in 2014.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, Snowdrift Art Space will present Winslow’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration from 1 to 9 p.m. at 120 W. Second St. This free program is a partnership with the Winslow Arts Trust, the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces (Our Roots).

Families celebrate Día de los Muertos throughout Latin America and the Southwestern United States to remember their departed ancestors and loved ones. They pray, sing, dance, and place ofrendas (offerings) at graves and altars for the departed, who are thought to briefly visit the earth at this time each year to make sure that all is well and they have not been forgotten.

The process of creating an altar may help transform grief into acceptance. Members of the public are invited to set up individual altars at Snowdrift for departed family and friends. Ofrendas on altars often include flowers, candles, incense, sugar skulls and statues of saints, as well as pictures, personal items and favorite dishes of the departed. Attendees are also encouraged to add ofrendas to the Snowdrift Community Altar by lighting candles, and placing prayers and pictures of the departed.

Attendees can decorate paper skull masks at the craft tables, where at 3 p.m. Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will host a Sugar Skull Workshop. From 7 to 8 p.m., the Winslow Ballet Folklorico will perform. There will be Día de los Muertos crafts by Sandi Martinez and family for sale throughout the day, as well as cake and refreshments for everyone.

For more information or to make an appointment to set up an individual altar, call Snowdrift Art Space at (928) 289-8201 or visit www.snowdriftart.com.

Support for this event has been provided by Snowdrift Art Space, the Winslow Arts Trust, the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, which is dedicated to promoting Hispanic culture and history through events, gatherings, and the performing and visual arts.

Photography and videotaping are allowed in the Main Gallery of Snowdrift. There is free parking on the street and in the parking lot directly across from the main entrance. The Main Gallery and public restroom are wheelchair-accessible.