Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos celebration returns

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 10/12/20

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos annual celebration is 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at Old Adobe Mission, 3817 N. Brown Ave.

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Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos celebration returns


Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos annual celebration is 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, through Monday, Nov. 2, at Old Adobe Mission, 3817 N. Brown Ave.

The only official outdoor Dia de Los Muertos observance, held at First Street in Old Town Scottsdale, LORE Media & Arts and the Old Adobe Mission will present the fourth annual Scottsdale Dia de los Muertos Art Installation Experience.

“This year’s Dia de Los Muertos will have an even stronger symbolic presence in Old Town. The Adobe Mission is the ‘heart’ of Scottsdale and the ideal sacred setting to remember the dearly departed with specific emphasis on recent victims of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Robert Ramirez, Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos founder/Lore Media and Arts spokesperson, in a prepared statement.

The free, walk-through event celebrates the ancient tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, commonly known as “Day of The Dead," according to a press release.

The city’s official Dia de Los Muertos annual tradition returns to Old Town with a new intimate art installation walk-through experience on the The Old Adobe Mission grounds for attendees to see fine-art installations, Mesoamerican inspired sculptures, and traditional altars.

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos, the release said, unites world-class artists and the local community to create what is described as a vibrant, visually entertaining, cross cultural experience.

Following the 2019 success and tripling in size of the third annual event, the Covid-19 pandemic postponed further expansion until 2021, forcing an intimate, scaled-down Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos Art-Installation walk through experience with Covid-19 health and safety protocols, plus social distance precautions in place, the release said.

In addition to mural art panels painted by top-tier artists from the Arizona Collective, there will be art panels from Los Angeles and Mexico City introduced this year, noted the release.

Co-curator Lucretia Torva,Local famed artists Lalo Cota, father and son team Such and Champs, Tato Caraveo, Darrin Wardle, Maggie Keane, David Morgan, Tara Sharpe, and more local artists will be featured.

Altars will be on display with traditional offerings, noted the release.

An online social media ofrendas offering campaign will be launched on Oct. 15, providing people the opportunity to submit online altar dedications to be printed and placed on a Scottdale Dia de Los Muertos Altar, added the release.