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Día de los Muertos is a traditional Latin American holiday that honors and celebrates the lives of family and friends who have gone before us. The common theme throughout the three-day celebration, traditionally held on November 1 and 2, is the belief that the dead return home, visit loved ones, and feast on their favorite foods. A playful mockery of death and a reaffirmation of life are demonstrated through music, dance, theatre, and visual arts.
MECA’s event, now in its eleventh year, features the elements of Día de los Muertos celebrations throughout Latin America, with a Calavera Rendezvous on opening night, an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show.
MECA’s Día de los Muertos: Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Future is held at MECA’s colorful, art-filled campus located at the nationally recognized historic Dow School in Houston’s Old Sixth Ward. The Calavera Rendezvous will be held on Friday, November 1st with an auction and Calavera fashion show by The Art Institute of Houston. Admission is $25. The festival held on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 is FREE admission.
MECA is currently seeking diverse talent for the Día de los Muertos event. Call for the following:
- Performance artists
- Visual artists
- Community altars
- Calaveras to be created/donated by artists for the silent auction at the Calavera Rendezvous
Performance artists may contact Estevan Azcona at 713-802-9370 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visual artists may call 713-802-9370 or email at email@example.com. Deadline is August 30, 2013.
Call for Artists to Repair MECA’s Large Calaveras (Paper Mache Skulls)
MECA is seeking experienced artists to repair two large Calaveras (paper mache skulls) for the Día de los Muertos event. Please submit a proposal, as well as a portfolio of past works supporting the ability to carry out this project, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to submit is August 30, 2013.