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Calaca - Dia de los Muertos

OPENING RECEPTION, October 15, 2007-YOU ARE INVITED— CALACA CULTURAL CENTER in collaboration with the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park presents:

4th Annual Calaca - Dia de los Muertos Altars and Art Exhibit "Notes from the Past"

Exhibit will be from: October 15th to November 20th, 2007 (EXTENDED EXHIBIT TIMES)

Ofrenda giving honor to the unsolved murders of the hundreds of Women from Juarez—Latino Community created altar.

Reception: Friday, October 26th, 5:30-9pm

Where: Arizona Historical Society, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, AZ (NW Corner of College and Curry)

Admission: Free on Opening Day/$5 Fee any other day/children under 12 Free Hours of Operation: Tues – Sat 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4pm, Monday’s closed


It was a beautiful full moon for the night of the reception.

Jim Covarruvias with youth admirer.

Tempe, AZ - The Mexican celebration of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has its origins in Pre-Colombian times. The Aztecs conceived of death as part of one cycle that was constant like the seasons of nature. This year the Calaca Cultural Center will incorporate individual, community and humanistic historical landmarks to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

This year's theme is "Notes from the Past", a historical remembrance and use of symbolic images, icons, objects, expressions and art, a way to tell a story and commemorate the celebration of life. This is a great opportunity to remember and pay tribute to the pieces of history in one’s life.

The 4th Annual Calaca Día de los Muertos Altar & Art Exhibit is a joint collaboration between the Calaca Cultural Center and the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park.

Grounds around the museum are beautiful!

Shoppers were enjoying the many artistic items for sale.

The Calaca Cultural Center has also partnered with the ASU Museum of Anthropology, Xico Inc., Cultural Coalition Inc., The Vision Gallery, and other community members on East Valley Day of the Dead celebrations.

Marco Albarrán at his booth

Contact: Marco Albarrán

480-557-7195; Email: or visit

Border Crossing Altar at Burton Barr Public Library, Downtown Phoenix, for the annual presentation and honoring of Dia de los Muertos events. There were many Dia de los Muertos events throughout the greater Phoenix area during the months of October and November 2007.

Symbols and photos reveal a story of one culture’s plight to carve out a better life for oneself and family by making the perilous journey across U.S. borders.

Latina(o) artists, community activists and educators have formed a consortium to empower their communities during the past 5 months.

This event is a representation of these historic networking endeavors. The Cultural Arts Coalition works to support and promote their community building processes.

Music used with permission from Quetzal Guerreo. Quetzals musical exploration began in 1986 when, at the age of four, he began studying the classical violin method of Suzuki and in the following year traveled to Matsumoto, Japan to further his studies at the Suzuki International Institute. His meticulous skills lead him to be the featured violinist for the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musicas annual recital in Recife, Brazil.