Free Family Day
Saturday, October 31 | Art Kit Curbside Pickup | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Mayo Civic Center
Saturday, November 7 | Online Art Making Tutorial | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

We are excited to offer a curbside pickup of art kits on Saturday, October 31st. Cars can pull into the drop-off lane in front of the Mayo Civic Center and get a box of art supplies between 10:00AM and 1:00 PM. Pedestrians and bikers are welcome to use the sidewalk but please remember to keep a safe distance and wear a mask. The supplies in the art kits can be used during the Art Making Tutorial Online happening the following Saturday, November 7th. A local artist from the Rochester Art Ensemble will be leading viewers of all ages through art activities including sugar skulls, illustrated alebrijes, papel picado, ofrenda and paper flowers.

Rochester Art Ensemble and Rochester Art Center are partnering to present the 7th year of Day of the Dead celebrations. This year all events are live, virtual and free. Links to the live events will be posted on the Rochester Ensemble & Rochester Art Center Facebook pages.
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About Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Día de los Muertos originated in ancient Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America) where indigenous groups, including Aztec, Maya and Toltec, had specific times when they commemorated their loved ones who had passed away. Certain months were dedicated to remembering the departed, based on whether the deceased was an adult or a child.
After the arrival of the Spanish, this ritual of commemorating the dead was intertwined with two Spanish holidays: All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). Día de los Muertos is often celebrated on Nov. 1 as a day to remember children who have passed away, and on Nov. 2 to honor adults.

Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated mostly in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. Recently it has become increasingly popular among Latino communities abroad, including in the United States and Europe.
– Maria Anderson, Smithsonian Institute

About Rochester Arts Ensemble
The Rochester Art Ensemble (RAE) is a performing arts organization that welcomes artists of all disciplines to collaborate and experiment together to create innovative, dynamic, and engaging interdisciplinary performances. Co-founded by Danny Solis and Mckay Bram, RAE seeks to combine live music, dance, poetry, and other arts in performances that challenge artists to grow, while bringing new and exciting performances to our community.

About Rochester Art Center
Celebrating 75 years of being Rochester Minnesota’s center for the arts!
Rochester Art Center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, we present a welcoming, integrated, and diverse experience that encourages questioning, creativity, and critical thinking. These exhibitions and programs are designed to reflect the dynamic relationship between art and society. They educate, challenge, and connect individuals to our world in compelling new ways. We are committed to being a cultural center in our community and to enhancing our region as a destination for creativity and innovation. We provide value through engagement with broad communities, strong collaborations with other organizations, and a history of excellence.

Participation is made possible through a CARES Music and Performance Art Grant administered through RNeighbors in partnership with The City of Rochester and made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act.



Day of the Dead Youth Poetry Slam
Friday, November 6 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM | Online
Youth from our community take center stage to perform original poetic works about their lives and experiences.

Visual Art Open Mic
Saturday, November 7 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Online
Open to all ages, join our family-friendly Visual Art Open Mic! Each participant may pick one piece of art to share with the rest of the group in this “show and tell” style Visual Art Open Mic. You may share your screen with a high resolution image of your work, or simply hold your work up to your camera. Ideas for what to share: a home-made alebrije, a painting, drawing, or photo of a loved one, a calavera makeup look – it’s up to you! Sharing time will be limited based on the number of participants; prepare to share for about 2 minutes maximum.

Day of the Dead Poets Slam
Saturday, November 7 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Online
The popular Day of the Dead Poets Slam will feature thirteen incredible poets reading their original work and poems by immortal poets who have passed on.

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