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Celebrating The Day of the Dead
Sandwich Skulls 2.jpgSandwich Secondary School students will have their work displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts during a special demonstration of the Mexican tradition of Ofrenda Alters, October 25th - November 3rd.
Last year, the students created sugar skull self portraits as a class project and their work was submitted to an open call by the DIA for artwork celebrating the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) holiday. The work of Sophia Simone, Khalil Parris, Candice McFadden, Josh Murr, Naomi Reaume & Anna-Maria Stavridis was selected. On Sunday, November 3rd some of the young artists will participate in an  “artist talk” during public viewing.
Dia de los Muertos is a day that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Ofrendas, meaning “offering”, are given to the dead as a welcoming gesture for the deceased then placed on alter along with candles, marigolds, and fresh foods.  
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Skulls are a symbol of the friends or family that have passed away. During this demonstration, museum guests are welcomed to participate in writing a personal note of remembrance honouring figures in their community or someone from personal experience as a way of adding to a community alter.