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Published on Oct 14, 2010
In partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, students from El Colegio, an urban-based magnet school in Minneapolis, create ofrendas, the Spanish word for offerings related to Day of the Dead ceremonies. Students use wooden crates to symbolize the immigrant population that came to Minnesota to work in the fields. Each ofrenda reflects the student's own experience.
The project Web site and blog, of which this video is a part of, follows the progress of the students in creating their ofrendas. They relate their perspectives and insights as they honor their ancestors. Their final ofrendas and videos are on view in the exhibition Young People's Ofrendas: Expressions of Life and Remembrance at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, October 16 through November 14, 2010.
Week 2: Making Ideas Into Images. The students visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and tour international artworks from the permanent collection that illustrate reverence for ancestors and attitudes about death. They learn how artists have successfully translated ideas into images.