The Kruizenga Art Museum and the Latino Student Organization at Hope College will host a Dia de los Muertos Community Day on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the museum. The collaborative event will feature family-friendly crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., an authentic ofrenda constructed by the Latino Student Organization, and a presentation about the ofrenda given by members of the Latino Student Organization at 11:30 a.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a national holiday in Mexico but is also observed in communities throughout the world. It is part of a three-day celebration that is sometimes referred to as “days of the dead,” and celebrations often include festivals and parades. It is a time for family and friends to gather to remember and honor deceased loved ones. Ofrendas, such as the one being created for the November 3 event, are altars that are designed to commemorate a deceased individual and are built using items such as candles, flowers, photographs and personal mementos of the deceased.
For more than 40 years now, the Hope College Latino Student Organization works to promote the richness and diversity of Latino cultures through activities and events within the Hope College and Holland communities.
The Kruizenga Art Museum, which opened in August 2015, functions as an educational resource for Hope College and the greater West Michigan community. The museum features two public galleries as well as a classroom and climate-controlled storage space for the approximately 4,000-object permanent collection. It is named in honor of a leadership gift from Dr. Richard and the late Margaret Kruizenga of Holland, each of whom graduated from Hope in 1952.
Admission to the Kruizenga Art Museum is always free. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check the museum’s website or social media for additional information about special programs and events related to this exhibition.
The Kruizenga Art Museum is located at 271 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets.