24th Annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration at SBMA

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) presents a free family day in celebration of Día de los Muertos

When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Kids & Teens, Special Events


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) presents a free family day in celebration of Día de los Muertos on Sunday, October 27, from 1 to 4 pm, in the Museum’s back plaza and throughout the galleries. For the 24th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities including art activities, live music, dance performances, altar displays, bilingual story time and traditional Mexican refreshments. Admission to the family event and to the Museum is free.

Inspired by the Día de los Muertos traditions and works of art currently on view in the Museum galleries, the event’s art activities include mini-altars, using details of images from the Museum’s special exhibitions, masks, frames inspired by the work, Blue Angel by Marc Chagall, as well as traditional festival skull charms. The Santa Barbara Public Library hosts bilingual story time sessions throughout the afternoon. Music by Conjunto Jardin, and dance by Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcoatl return with performances throughout the day.

Limited edition t-shirts and tote bags, with original, stenciled designs created by La Cuesta Continuation High School student artists, are also on sale as part of the celebration. The sale proceeds go toward the La Cuesta Art Scholarship, which will be awarded to a graduating senior at the 2014 commencement. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and La Cuesta Continuation High School have been collaborating since 2007, providing opportunities for students to explore forms of self-expression through art and language. Previous projects have been exhibited in the Museum Store window and SBMA elevator, and at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House and a number of Free Family Days.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted Oct. 14, 2013
Last updated Oct. 14, 2013


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