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Grand Park's Downtown Día de los Muertos

DATES


October 24, 2020 - November 4, 2020
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Grand Park and Jerry Moss Plaza
Free

The eighth annual Grand Park's Downtown Día de los Muertos featured a mix of digital programs, including an online arts-based workshop, digital ofrendas and audio storytelling, along with socially distant public art installations in Grand Park and on Jerry Moss Plaza. This year, Grand Park's Día de los Muertos is a 12-day commemoration of those who have passed on with a focus on mental health wellness and collective healing. Visitors were able to experience, hear and learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos by strolling through 11 altars located throughout Grand Park, curated by Self Help Graphics in collaboration with their Noche de Ofrenda series of programs, including the annual Community Altar created by Maestra Ofelia Esparza and her family. All personally and culturally relevant to Los Angeles, the 10 main large-scale altar installations represent the losses and causes of this past year.

Altars were created by artists and community partners and focus on the youth from the East Los Angeles Women’s Center; workers and tenants from Community Power Collective; the rise in hate crimes against LGBTQ+ from Mi Estori: Artist Collective; and food justice from South Central Farm, among others. Six kites “flying” in Grand Park’s Splash Pad represented migrant children who have died in ICE custody. Given COVID-19 public safety requirements, the public is asked not to gather or linger in large groups or leave their own ofrendas on or touch the Community Altar this year. The altars feature a 360-degree viewing opportunity to maximize social distancing among guests.

To deepen appreciation and provide context of the public art installations, Grand Park offers attendees to the option of listening to five-minute pre-recorded audio guides with insights by the artists to complement altar viewing. Access the audio guides through Grand Park’s YouTube channels.

Community Altars and Audio Tours

Barriletes

By Jackie Amézquita and Julio Cesar Toruño

Listen to audio description

Black Lives Matter

By Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Listen to audio description

Breaking Through The Concrete

By South Central Farm

Listen to audio description

Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights

By Health Happens With Prevention Group

Listen to audio description

Huei Micailhuitl: Ceremony of Death

By Xochitl Palomera, Corazón Del Pueblo

Listen to audio description

Escuchar en español

Los Angeles Que No Se Olvidan

By Consuelo G. Flores

Listen to audio description

Ofelia Esparza & Rosanna Esparza Ahrens Community Altar

By Ofelia Esparza and Rosanna Esparza

Listen to the audio description

We Hear You / Te Escuchamos

By Mi Estori: Artist Collective

Listen to audio description

Escuchar en español

Youth Altar

By East Los Angeles Women's Center Youth

Listen to audio description

Public Art Installations and Digital Ofrendas

Jerry Moss Plaza featured digital altars and two photo exhibits: Healing Sanctuaries, curated by Dancing Diaspora Collective, which documented the healing practices and personal sanctuaries of Black and Brown people; and Soul Survivors, curated by Khalid Jefferson, which featured photographers Nailah Howze, Damien Carter, and Andrew Quesada whose work highlights perseverance in the Black community, empathy and collective healing.

The exhibits also served as mental health awareness ofrendas, offering messages of hope and support coupled with suggested resources from the County’s Department of Mental Health about where and how to seek help for those who are experiencing increased stress and strong emotions during this pandemic. The displays, two 8-foot doubled-sided walls and two 6-foot four-sided cubes, featured 360 degree viewing opportunities to enhance social distancing.

Healing Sanctuaries audio description

Soul Survivors audio description

Bike Ofrenda Workshop

In a DIY virtual arts-based workshop, Self Help Graphics teaching artist Sandra de la Loza guides viewers in turning their bike into a mobile altar decoration to show off community pride. The free, easy, family-friendly workshop will provide individuals and families the opportunity to do a hands-on project together from the comfort and safety of home. The workshop's suggested supply list will be available at grandparkla.org.

Presented in partnership with Self Help Graphics

Self Help Graphics 47th Annual Dia de los Muertos Virtual Celebration featuring Noche de Ofrenda

For the first time, the traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony honoring the dead will be a virtual program of reflection and remembrance. The online showcase, produced by Self Help Graphics will feature live performances curated by The Paramount.

Watch on Self Help Graphics YouTube

DATES


October 24, 2020 - November 4, 2020
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Grand Park and Jerry Moss Plaza
Free

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