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Ofrendas 2021: The Collective Healing Power of Art

 

The LCAC invites you to join us during Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month for the launch of a community documentary trailer, an artisan marketplace for altar items, & art workshops across Greater Denver celebrating Day of the Dead

 

Ofrendas 2021 is a multi-faceted celebration of the ancient native and contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American and Guatemalan traditions behind Día de los Muertos. It is an invitation to co-create with local and international artisans, while celebrating and honoring our ancestors.

 

The LCAC is pleased to partner with the Colorado Art Therapist Association to facilitate workshops at Foothills Art Center of Golden, Escuela de Guadalupe, Mexican Cultural Center, Raíces Brewing Company, and the Sun Valley Youth Center. We dedicate the Fall (September 22nd - November 2nd) to mental health and emotional resilience.

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Photograph taken by Armando Geneyro on the set of the LCAC Ofrendas Documentary with Creative Directors Victoria Paige Gonzalez, Xencs L. Wing, Alejandra Peralta. Pictured above is Denisse and Chuco. Styling: Iccauhtzin; Adornments: Xencs L. Wing; Make-up: Stacy Berumen; Hair: Rachael Ibarra; Lowrider: Arnold De Herrera.

Ofrendas Documentary Trailer Release

 

The Ofrendas Documentary tells stories behind Day of the Dead in Denver and across Colorado over the last 50 years. The mini-film features the history of Mexican/Chicano Denver, starting with Carlos Frequez’s 1993 screenprint,“Westside Wedding”, at St. Cajetan church on what is now the Auraria Campus. Through the lenses of the Denver Catrina Troupe, Rosales Bakery, elders, young people, families and community leaders, we celebrate those who have passed and turn the collective losses into moments of remembrance, resilience and teaching.

 

In 2022, the Ofrendas Documentary moves across the state to elevate the richness & diversity around these traditions about life after death in Colorado. This educational tool will be unveiled next Fall for educators, students & families.

Ofrendas Mercado Shopping Event @ Hijos del Sol

The LCAC award winning retail stop, Hijos del Sol, is back with a fresh look and colorful new merchandise. The Ofrendas Mercado will be held at HdS, 2715 West 8th Avenue in Denver, Saturday, October 9th, from 11am-4pm. This shopping event brings the highest quality handmade items for your altar, whether you are beginning new traditions or continuing with old. It supports local and international artisans, while offering individuals and families the opportunity to honor their departed loved ones in a personalized way. You will find the best curated selection of clothing, jewelry & accessories, folk art, and more! Masks required. 

 

For those who can’t make the event, or are immunocompromised, they can set-up an appointment by calling Adrianna at 720-353-2233.

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Maestra/o Series: Special Workshops by Mexican Masters in the Art of Traditional Olinalá Lacquerware

 

Coming from generations of lacquerware artisans in Olinalá, Guerrero, Mexico, Flor Espinal and her husband, Vicente Castillo Dionicio, are traveling to share one of Mexico’s oldest folk art traditions with Denver audiences. In this Maestra/o Series, participants learn about the beautiful process of lacquerware made in Olinalá from locally sourced wood, chia seed oil, ground stone and tree resin. Flor and Vicente will teach participants about this Indigenous tradition of decoration and embellishment. The hands-on experience of mixing pigments to make lacquer brings this artwork to life allowing us to take a piece of traditional Mexican culture home. 

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The Collective Healing Power of Art

The LCAC is partnering with the Colorado Art Therapist Association to facilitate workshops at Foothills Art Center of Golden, Escuela de Guadalupe, Mexican Cultural Center, Raíces Brewing Company, the Sun Valley Youth Center around loss & resilience. We welcome a diverse audience to learn about the complexities & nuances of Day of the Dead traditions, along with the healing benefits of art & accessing mental health resources. 

 

Ofrendas Workshops are a fun and interactive approach to learning about Mesoamerican altar traditions. Participants can create hand-made nichos, construct barriletes, make incense holders, and paper lanterns.

 

You can Register for the free workshops below.

A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Partners

Sponsorship Opportunities 

There are many ways to get involved in supporting Ofrendas 2021:

- Download the Ofrendas Sponsorship Package. 

- Submit a donation on the LCAC Colorado Gives website.

- Volunteer by contacting joyce@lcac-denver.org

Ofrendas Art Workshops

  • Cempasúchitl Lantern Workshop
    Sep 22, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT
    Raices Brewing Company , 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA
    Join us in creating a paper lantern, while learning about the Aztec/Mixteca legend of the cempasúchitl (marigold), and bring light to your personal altar.
  • Nichos Workshop
    Oct 02, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM MDT
    Sun Valley Youth Center, 1230 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
    Construct your own nicho in memory of someone to be honored on your personal altar.
  • Maestra/o Series: The Art of Traditional Olinalá Lacquerware
    Oct 06, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT
    Hijos del Sol, 2715 W 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA
    Coming from generations of lacquerware artisans in Olinala, Guerrero, Mexico, Flor Espinal and Vicente Castillo Dionicio, teach the beautiful process of lacquerware made in Olinalá from locally sourced wood, chia seed oil, ground stone and tree resin.
  • Maestra/o Series: The Art of Traditional Olinalá Lacquerware
    Oct 07, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT
    Hijos del Sol, 2715 W 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA
    Coming from generations of lacquerware artisans in Olinala, Guerrero, Mexico, Flor Espinal and Vicente Castillo Dionicio, teach the beautiful process of lacquerware made in Olinalá from locally sourced wood, chia seed oil, ground stone and tree resin.
  • Linterna de Cempasúchitl (Enseñada en Español)
    Oct 08, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT
    Mexican Cultural Center, 5350 Leetsdale Dr, Suite #200, Denver, CO 80246, USA
    Acompañenos en la creación de una linterna de papel, mientras aprendemos sobre la leyenda azteca / mixteca del cempasúchitl, y traiga luz a su altar personal.
  • Ofrendas Mercado
    Oct 09, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM MDT
    Hijos del Sol, 2715 W 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA
    This shopping event brings the highest quality handmade items for your altar, whether you are beginning new traditions or continuing with old. You will find the best curated selection of clothing, jewelry & accessories, folk art, and more!
  • Incense Holder Workshop
    Oct 16, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM MDT
    Sun Valley Youth Center, 1230 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
    Copal has been used since ancient times and serves to link us to the past and to our loved ones. To continue this sacred use of copal, we will construct an incense burner and learn how it can be used to welcome the souls of the departed.
  • Cultivating a Sustainable Spiritual Practice with Artist Karma Leigh
    Oct 17, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM MDT
    Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St, Golden, CO 80401, USA
    Participants will paint a flower pot to hold a cempasúchitl plant. The intention is to cultivate a divine and mindful connection to Nature (La Naturaleza).
  • Taller de Barriletes (Enseñada en Español)
    Oct 19, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT
    Mexican Cultural Center, 5350 Leetsdale Dr, Suite #200 Denver, CO 80246, USA
    Acompáñenos para construir barriletes (papalotes) y aprender sobre las orígenes Mayas de La Feria de Barriletes Gigantes en Santiago Sacatepéquez y Sumpango, Guatemala. Cada año, barriletes gigantes y hermosas llenan el cielo guatemalteco para guiar a las almas de nuestros antepasados.
  • Nichos Workshop
    Oct 20, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT
    Raices Brewing Company, 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA
    Construct your own nicho in memory of someone to be honored at home or on the community altar.
  • Nichos Workshop with Victor Escobedo
    Oct 24, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM MDT
    Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St, Golden, CO 80401, USA
    Construct your own nicho in memory of someone to be honored at home or on the community altar.

A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Sponsors