Newport Art Museum, Conexión Latina Newport to celebrate Day of the Dead with !Qué Vivan los Muertos!


The Newport Art Museum today announced two free community workshops and a free community event to honor and celebrate the Day of the Dead holiday.

These events are being held in partnership with Conexión Latina Newport, educator Jesús de la Torre, Newport Art Museum director of education Seamus Hames and Newport Art Museum artist-in-residence Orlando Almanza, according to a press release from the Newport Art Museum.

The workshops and celebration event will be free, family friendly, bilingual (English/Spanish) and all materials will be provided.

The workshops will take place at Conexión Latina Newport, and the celebration event will take place at the Newport Art Museum. RSVP is appreciated.

Newport Art Museum says that the ¡Qué Vivan los Muertos! the workshops and celebratory events are made possible through the financial support of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More information can be found on the Newport Art Museum website:

Storytelling workshop (¡Qué Vivan los Muertos! Taller de Cuentos)
Monday, October 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Conexión Latina Newport
Día de los Muertos, originating in Mexico, is an important and joyful annual celebration honoring deceased friends and family members. Staff from the Newport Art Museum and Conexión Latina, along with Museum Artist-in-Residence Orlando Almanza, will invite attendees to share photos and stories of loved ones and their favorite holiday traditions. These stories will serve as inspiration for two original paintings that will become backdrops for Day of the Dead altars.

Artistic creation workshop (¡Qué Vivan los Muertos! Taller de Creación Artística)
Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Conexión Latina Newport
Staff from the Newport Museum of Art and Conexión Latina, along with museum artist-in-residence Orlando Almanza, will host a community art-making afternoon to create traditional decorations for two community altars – one for Conexión Latina and one for the Newport Museum of Art – which will be on display for the Day of the Dead celebration on November 1. Orlando Almanza will share his progress on the altar backdrops he is creating.

Long live the dead! Celebration (¡Qué Vivan los Muertos! Una Celebracion del Dia de los Muertos)
Tuesday, November 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Newport Art Museum
The Newport Art Museum will host ¡Qué Vivan los Muertos!, a traditional Mexican celebration of deceased loved ones. Organized by the staff of the Newport Art Museum and Conexión Latina and Jesús de la Torre, with the artistic support of the museum’s artist-in-residence Orlando Almanza, this event is open to anyone celebrating or curious about the holiday of Dia de los Muertos.

Jesús de la Torre, a veteran educator from Mexico, will lead the festivities, including live entertainment, music, artistic creation, ceremonial food and more. We will learn from Jesús and our neighbors about the cultural significance of traditional home altar decorations (ofrenda) such as papel picado (punched paper), calaveras (decorative skulls) and cempazúchitl (Aztec marigold flowers). Together, participants will create the decorations that will beautify the ofrenda community, and Orlando Almanza will share the stories that inspired his painted ofrenda backdrop. Participants of all ages will be welcome and encouraged to share poems, memories and epitaphs honoring deceased friends and family by placing their photos on the ofrenda. Traditional foods will be provided by Diego’s Cantina. The event will end with Jesús leading the participants to thank the ancestors and the community for celebrating the feast together.

This programming and collaboration with Conexión Latina Newport supports the Newport Art Museum’s mission to share a diversity of voices in its galleries and spark conversations inspired by art and our community.

The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.
Visit or call 401-848-8200 for details.

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