About Ofrendas: Offerings of Hope
The Latino Cultural Arts Center of Colorado (LCAC) & D3Arts presents, in conjunction with The Chicano Humanities Arts Council (CHAC) and JTOH program w/ Chicana/o Studies Department at MSU Denver, Latin Fashion Week Colorado, Lifeline, Re:Vision, & Rise Westwood, the beginning of many fruitful partnerships across the region that will preserve and advance the ancient and modern traditions that make up Día de los Muertos in its full glory. Ofrendas is our collective response to the unprecedented losses experienced during COVID-19.
Ofrendas consists of many locations and components, and is put on by a collaborative workgroup of artists, chefs, educators, local elders & community leaders. Throughout October until November 2nd, Ofrendas will draw upon traditions passed on for hundreds of years, along with new traditions, to activate the digital space in innovative ways. We will co-create and share in a culture of learning and healing (as allowed by social distancing guidelines & technology).
There are many ways to get involved in supporting Ofrendas. Download the Ofrendas Sponsorship Package. Submit your donation on the LCAC's Colorado Gives website. Your donation can be directed towards a specific project or divided evenly among the levels. Please specify in the "special instructions or comments for nonprofit" section of the donation submission form.
Artist Handmade Altar-kits
The Ofrendas, or offerings on an altar, are the centerpiece of Día de los Muertos celebration because it is what guides the spirit of ancestors back to their living relatives. They may include photographs, treats, foods, flowers, candles, decorations, and sacred elements that connect with your deceased loved ones. In part of the LCAC’s vision to imagine a future that is happy, free and creative. We've been working to create a series of unique altar starter kits. They include original handmade contributions of four Denver artists Ana Marina Sanchez (metalsmith), Victor Escobedo (mixed-media), Lilian Lara (mixed-media), Cal Duran (sculptor) and artisans from Mexico and Peru. These altar-kits are meant to be taken home and personalized according to your familial legacies as a form of remembrance and healing.
There are limited quantities available, so reserve your altar-kit today by making a minimum donation through the Latino Cultural Arts Center’s Colorado Gives page. They come in two sizes for adults and one size for children. The recommended minimum contribution for Ofrenda Mayor (Tier 1) is $150+, while for Ofrenda Monarca (Tier 2) will be $100+ and the Ofrenda Infantil (Tier 3) is $25. Altar-kits can be picked up October 17th through October 28th at Hijos del Sol, 2715 W. 8th Avenue, from 11am-4pm or by appointment by contacting us at Info@LCAC-Denver.org. Our aim is to build healthier and more resilient communities, so for every two that we sell, one will be gifted to a family in need of hope and healing.
During the coming weeks, we will be announcing all program details, from our partners, as they begin to be finalized.
Registration for the many virtual and in-person presentations throughout October- November 2nd will be listed here.
D3Arts, Lifeline, & RNOs
October 3rd & 4th
In response to the recent increase of slain youth of Southwest and West Denver, Council Members Jamie Torres and Jolon Clark will be joined with D3Arts, Lifeline, RNOs, and neighbors, who are organizing a community altar & peace march to foster healing, love, and hope for those affected by the violence. On October 3rd, the public is invited to Kepner Legacy Middle School, 1911 S. Hazel Court, from 12-6pm, where they can bring photographs, flowers, and other offerings for a community altar. After 6pm, there will be a candlelight vigil and ceremony. On October 4th, at 3pm, Lifeline will be leading a peace march from the west side of Hudson Lake Park to Kepner. The march will culminate with live dance and musical performances. Additionally, there will be an unveiling of a new mural, made by artists Juan Fuentes & Mateo Rodriguez, that represents the vibrant cultures of the neighborhood.
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Chicano Humanities Arts Council and JTOH Program w/ Chicana/o Studies Department at MSU Denver
October 10 - 31
The panelists will illuminate the cultura, art, history, and tradition of this beloved celebration.
Full schedule & Registration coming soon!
A Heartfelt thank you to our sponsors
"Ofrendas at Home" Sponsors
"Ofrendas at School" Sponsor