Ofrendas 2021: The Collective Healing Power of Art
During Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month we launched a community documentary trailer, an artisan marketplace for altar items, & art workshops across Greater Denver celebrating
Day of the Dead.
Ofrendas 2021 was a multi-faceted celebration of the ancient native and contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American and Guatemalan traditions behind Día de los Muertos. It was an invitation to co-create with local and international artisans, while celebrating and honoring our ancestors.
The LCAC was 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 will continue to dedicate the Fall (September 22nd - November 2nd) to mental health and emotional resilience.
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 mercado 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.
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, traveled to share one of Mexico’s oldest folk art traditions with Denver audiences. In this Maestra/o Series, participants learned about the beautiful process of lacquerware made in Olinalá from locally sourced wood, chia seed oil, ground stone and tree resin. Flor and Vicente taught 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.
The Collective Healing Power of Art
This past year, the LCAC partnered 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 welcomed 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 created hand-made nichos, constructed barriletes, made incense holders, and paper lanterns.
A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Partners
There are many ways to get involved in supporting Ofrendas 2022:
- Email Alfredo Reyes at Alfredo@LCAC-denver.org
- Volunteer by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Sponsors