Mesa Arts Center is pleased to celebrate Día de los Muertos with an annual event created in collaboration with the community. Día de los Muertos is a celebration of Latin American art and culture related to the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. The annual free event offers a variety of features, performances and more in celebration of the memories of the deceased. Check back for more details! 

  

Los espíritus se entrelazarán durante la celebración anual del Día de los Muertos en el Mesa Arts Center. Los visitantes se han deleitado cada año con maravillosos espectáculos en vivo por parte de destacados artistas. Entrada y estacionamiento gratis.

 

 

 

Visit our YouTube channel to enjoy the performances, art, demonstrations, family activities and more from our 2020 virtual Dia de los Muertos festival. See the Dia de los Muertos video playlist.

 

 

 

Download the Día de los Muertos map here. 

 

Enjoy a FREE outdoor altar exhibition in the shop windows of Downtown Mesa from Sat, Oct 23 to Sun, Nov 7! Installations are by local artists and the community.

 

Use the Lotería Card to find all 11 altars in the storefront windows, tell us the altar number and name of the store, give us your information and be entered to win fun prizes and arts experiences! Submit your entry here or EMAIL it to engagement@mesaartscenter.com.

 

Download Lotería Card

 

 

Copper Skull Enameling Class - $10

 

 

 

 In this hands-on activity, participants will have the chance to decorate their own copper enamel skull with colorful beads that will be melted and affixed to the skull with fire by lead Jewelry Instructor, Jenny Vaughn. Have fun mixing patterns and creating designs on the white skull to resemble a traditional calavera from Día de Los Muertos! After which you can keep the skull as a pendant or ornament.

 

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Sat, Oct 23

20-minute session from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Sun, Oct 24

20-minute session from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

 

 

Traditional Mexican Mask Painting Class - $25

 

 

Felipe de Jesús Horta Tera is an internationally renowned mask maker from Tócuaro, Michoacán, Mexico, a small village known for its master carvers. Felipe carves wooden dance masks used in traditional pastorelas, folk theater, and dances in  villages throughout Mexico. Participants will learn how Felipe makes his masks and get a chance to decorate their own wooden mask to take home.

 

Youth Class

Wed, Oct 27 | 3:00 - 5:00PM

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Adult Class - SOLD OUT -

Wed, Oct 27 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

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Day of the Dead altars, also known as ofrendas (offerings), are constructed and adorned to remember, honor and please the dead, are a central symbol of Día de los Muertos.

 

In the spirit of traditional Día de los Muertos festivities, a community altar designed by artist Monica Gisel, will be the centerpiece for the festival, where attendees can leave mementos in honor of their loved ones who have passed. Photographs will be collected and added on the altar each year.

 

Photographs at the community altar are by Gina Santi.

 

 

Elements of the Altar and their Significance 

Arches: Passageways between life and death

Candles: Light, Faith and Hope

Flowers: Remind us that life does not endure

Traditionally: Cempasuchil - Marigolds - Mano de Leon - Cockscomb - Lions Paw

Incense: Cleans the space of negativity

Traditionally: Copal

Ofrendas: General items for the offerings put on the altar

Water: Life and purity, satisfies the thirst of the spirit

Alliance Pavilion Stage

Sat, Oct 23

 

Rascapetatiando Dance Company

10:00 - 10:45 AM

 

Rascapetatiando Dance Company

11:00 - 11:45 AM

 

Mariachi Azteca de Oro

12:00 - 12:45 PM

 

Mariachi Azteca de Oro

1:00 - 1:45 PM

 

Institute of Folklorico Mexicano

2:00 - 2:45 PM

 

Desert Sounds

3:00 - 3:45 PM

 

Desert Sounds

4:00 - 5:00 PM

 

Alliance Pavilion Stage

Sun, Oct 24

 

Mariachi Pasion

12:00 - 12:45 PM

 

Mariachi Pasion

1:00 - 1:45 PM

 

Las Guitarras Latinas

2:00 - 2:45 PM

 

Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company

3:00 - 3:45 PM

 

Mariachi Pasion

4:00 - 5:00 PM

 

 

South Lawn Stage

Sat, Oct 23

 

Ritmo Latino

10:00 - 11:00 AM

 

Jalapeno Rock

11:15 - 12:00 PM

 

Jalapeno Rock

12:15 - 1:00 PM

 

Gustavo Angeles

1:15 - 2:00 PM

 

Las Guitarras Latinas

2:15 - 3:00 PM

 

Gustavo Angeles

3:15 - 4:00 PM

 

Carmela Y Mas

4:15 - 5:00 PM

 

South Lawn Stage

Sun, Oct 24

 

Las Guitarras Latinas

12:00 - 1:00 PM

 

Noemy Esparza-Isaacson

1:15 - 2:00 PM

 

Noemy Esparza-Isaacson

2:15 - 3:00 PM

 

Marcos Crego and Cubichas

3:15 - 4:00 PM

 

Marcos Crego and Cubichas

4:15 - 5:00 PM

We are no longer taking vendor inquiries.

 

Art

Sharon Anderson            

Brian Barabe

Felipe Horta

Chaos in Color

 

Books

HISI Publishing

 

Food

Salsa Patron

Spun Paradise Cotton Candy

 

Clothing/Accessories

Diana Robles

Camisetas el Monte

Clothing Palette NV

CHM of Arizona

Twins Boutique

Aurora’s Creations

 

Mixed Media

Mexican Art Imports

Mystic Creations

Teresa & Alice Co.

Viva Latina Boutique

Mi Oaxaca Imports

Planet Rhino

Food City

Elidas Imports

Sol Design Studio

Zan Dee Ah

Urban Art by Melody

NiJo Arte

La Grilla Negra

Arte de Me Terra

Lum Candles

Ramona Cisneros

Maria Cisneros

Senorita MAD

Jimenez Gifts

Crafty Ladies

Eréndira Orozco Arte y Cultura

DM Designs

Rosalie Quintero

 

Jewelry

Marco Antonio Garcia Adame

Crystalline Creates

 

Mesa Arts Center is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Día de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Oct 23rd and Sunday, October 24th! 

 

Volunteer tasks include: assisting with set-up and clean-up, greeting and directing the public, line monitoring, assisting with volunteer hospitality, providing crowd control, answering questions, and assisting with artist interactives.

 

Click here to volunteer for Día de los Muertos!

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