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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2010
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is nationally acclaimed for its community collaborations, and for programs and special exhibitions like Días de los Muertos that bring together diverse groups in a cultural setting.
The 2009 Días de los Muertos project demonstrates an appreciation of the tradition of honoring ancestors with roots in Mesoamerica, and celebrating the legacy and influences of Días de los Muertos in contemporary life. Altars (ofrendas) bring people together to honor ancestors, heal the loss of loved ones, raise awareness of the issues affecting our communities, nurture unity, and inspire communal involvement.
Providing a forum for the Días de los Muertos tradition to grow and expand through new artistic expressions—including digital technology—is a vital element of keeping the tradition alive and relevant to contemporary lives. This online version extends the reach of OMCA's ongoing engagement with Días de los Muertos to a global audience and establishes a new model for exhibitions that embrace a wider range of contemporary art forms and creative individuals.
René de Guzman (Senior Curator Art) and Evelyn Orantes (Cultural Arts Developer)