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Artists invited to submit proposals for ofrendas to be exhibited at DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, extends an open call for proposals from individuals and organizations to create ofrenda altars, or offerings, honoring the life and memory of lost loved ones as part of a celebration of the traditions of Día de Muertos.

This is the seventh year the DIA has presented “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos” consisting of ofrendas created by local artists. The exhibition will be on view Sept. 28–Nov. 10, 2019.

The Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of close relatives, friends or community members who have passed away. Objects important to lost loved ones, such as favorite foods, drinks, mementos and pictures, are collected and incorporated into elaborate displays that include pan de muerto (bread of the dead), sugar skulls, candles, flowers, papel picado (paper cutouts) and other decorations.

Proposals are due by July 29 at 5 p.m. Selected artists will be notified by Friday, Aug. 2. To submit a proposal, visit www.dia.org/OfrendasProposals2019

Artists must be available to install their ofrenda on Sept. 22, 23 or 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to deinstall and remove all materials on Sunday. Nov. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Selected artists will also be required to participate in a Q&A session on Nov. 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. to provide insights into the inspiration for their ofrenda.

This program is in partnership with Consulado de Carrera de Mexico en Detroit.



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