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Día de los Muertos Ofrenda (Day of the Dead Altar): Community Invitation

Día De Los Muertos Ofrenda (Day Of The Dead Altar): Community Invitation

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda (Day of the Dead Altar): Community Invitation

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda (Day of the Dead Altar): Community Invitation


Creating a bit of sacredness
 November 2nd – 6th

Columbia Center for the Arts is honoring Day of the Dead this year by offering our Theatre space (November 2nd-6th) for an altar (Ofrenda) as a way to remember family members and friends who are no longer with us. As well as, honoring the grief and loss our community is experiencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family members can honor their deceased with Ofrendas, or offerings, which may consist of photographs, bread, other foods, flowers, toys, and other symbolic offerings. Altars may contain all hand-made items or ones that have been purchased.

The celebration is traditionally held on November 1 (All Saints’ Day, which celebrates children who have died) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day, which celebrates adults). Ofrendas which can consist of several levels, depending on space – are a place of gathering and are traditionally erected in homes, cemeteries or community spaces, like Columbia Center for the Arts. A component of the celebration is the telling of stories to honor the history and life of the person(s) you are honoring.

In partnership with The History Museum of Hood River County and Arts in Education of the Gorge, we will honor the rich history of the Hood River area, with a Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, November 6. The celebration includes the erection of a community Ofrenda at Columbia Center for the Arts, and a screening of The History Museum of Hood River County’s 11th production Cemetery Tales (buy tickets here). 

Arts in Education of the Gorge will be providing a visual art experience to pay tribute to people that someone wants to honor, it will be an aluminum embossing self-guided activity. The Ofrenda will be open to the public to honor their loved ones who have passed and grieve the impacts of the pandemic. CCA will install the Ofrenda on November 2 and leave it open for public offerings through November 6.

Traditional offerings include orange marigolds, painted skulls, flickering candles (battery tea lights please), baked goods, salt, colorful paper cutouts, and photographs of family and friends who have passed. In true CCA creative fashion, we encourage community members to be creative and bring items that hold meaning to who they are honoring.

And on November 6th, the celebration will close with the screening of Cemetery Tales. Cemetery Tales is a professional video production that is historical storytelling, through performance, of historical and influential members of Hood River’s history. Cemetery Tales honors the community’s history through storytelling, a component of The Day of the Dead celebration.

 

We hope you will join the Columbia Center for the Arts and The History Museum of Hood River County in celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and participate in this celebration!

 

Should this celebration inspire you or your business to sponsor the installation of the Ofrenda and performance screening, please email director@columbiaarts.org

 

  • November 2, 2021 - November 6, 2021
    11:00am - 5:00pm
  • November 2, 2021 - November 6, 2021
    11:00am - 5:00pm

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 541-387-8877

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Address:
215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, Oregon, 97031, United States

Description:

Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is located in downtown Hood River, Oregon in the heart of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. This thriving art center increases and enhances the opportunities for artists and residents of the greater Columbia River Gorge community to participate in arts education and the literary, performing, and visual arts.

  • November 2, 2021 - November 6, 2021
    11:00am - 5:00pm