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The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will celebrate the Day of the Dead holiday by hosting a public altar from October 26th through November 2nd, 2007. On November 2nd, from 5-9pm in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop, the Museum will host concluding festivities that will include food, live music from Marlon Obando, a sugar skull contest, fire dancers, face painting, puppets, art cars and a candle lit march. Guests are encouraged to att/files/storyimages/wearing costumes and masks.

            The altar is being installed in the third floor education center lobby. Members of the public are encouraged to bring items to build a community altar in honor of loved ones who have passed away. These altars typically contain pictures of those relatives who have passed, flowers, food, candy, etc.

The KMAC Gallery Shop will be featuring artwork for sale that is themed around the Day of the Dead holiday, including a selection of works by Geoff Carr and Danny Dutton. The Geoff Carr images are from his Day of Dead Series, and the complete show of those works will be on display at Carr + Waite Studios during the trolley hop. Danny Dutton’s pieces, inspired by the traditional tissue paper garlands made during the Day of the Dead celebration, are hand cut, framed skeleton paper cuts that he created using surgical scissors. He will also be featuring skeleton themed paintings. 

The Museum is also hosting an altar making workshop on Saturday, October 27th from 12-3pm. In the workshop, led by Jacque Parsley, students will create their own shrine to someone or something that is important to them. An assortment of unique items will be provided, and students are encouraged to bring small mementos to make it extra personal. The cost is $45, and space is limited. Call Dane Waters at (502) 589-0155 x 208 for reservations.

About Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a joyous holiday, originating in Mexico that blends native Aztec and Roman Catholic traditions and beliefs to celebrate and honor the lives of deceased friends and family members. In this tradition, death is not seen as the end, but rather a new stage of life. It is now celebrated with cultural variations in areas throughout Latin America and the United States

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