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Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
Juan Gabriel, Selena, Emma Tenayuca, and Others Honored in New Altar Exhibit at Centro de Artes in Commemoration of Dia de los Muertos
Free interactive family workshops to be held on significance of the Dia de los Muertos holiday
SAN ANTONIO (October 28, 2016) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture presents, “Dia de los Muertos: Honoring Our Traditions. Remembering Our Loved Ones,” an exhibit of altars in commemoration of the Day of the Dead. Eight San Antonio artists have created altars honoring notable Latinos who have passed, many of whom have connections to San Antonio. The exhibit, free and open to the public, is currently on display at the Centro de Artes Gallery, 101 S. Santa Rosa, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.
“Honoring traditions and celebrating family are significant aspects of Latino culture, which makes the Dia de los Muertos holiday an important time for Latino families, especially those of Mexican descent,” District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño said. “This exhibit at Centro de Artes follows in that tradition by honoring notable Latinos who have passed and celebrating their legacy so they are never forgotten.”
The exhibit features altars commemorating notable Latinos and Latinas: Manny Castillo, Elvira Cisneros, Adina De Zavala, Rosita Fernandez, Juan Gabriel, Emilio Navaira, Selena Quintanilla Perez, and Emma Tenayuca. The participating artists are: David Casillas, George Cisneros, Audrya Flores, Mari Hernandez, Rigoberto Luna, Ashley Mireles, Ernesto Olivo, and Cruz Ortiz.
Free family workshops will be held at Centro de Artes on October 29 and 30, and November 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for families to learn about the significance of the Dia de los Muertos holiday and how to create items typically used in altars, including: papel picado, paper marigolds, masks and calavera rosettes.
Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio’s Zona Cultural on the grounds of Historic Market Square, Centro de Artes is a two-story exhibit space dedicated to telling the story of the Latino experience with a focus on South Texas through local and regional art, history and culture, and showcasing Latino artists and Latino-themed artworks.
Concurrently, the Department of Arts & Culture is featuring the works of 21 San Antonio artists as part of the “SATX/MX: Un Viaje Lleno de Cultura” exhibit, also in Centro de Artes. These works celebrate San Antonio’s shared roots and cultural exchange with Mexico, as depicted through the lens of the artists’ Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage.
The Centro de Artes gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More information is available at GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.