Ofrendas: The Collective Healing Power of Art
The LCAC dedicates the Fall to Día de los Muertos and Mental Health through its Ofrendas program. It aims to create intergenerational opportunities to learn about different traditions associated with Día de los Muertos, while destigmatizing access to mental wellness.
Programming takes the form of community workshops, in-school classes, a documentary series, and a celebration of life event. Ofrendas is an invitation to co-create with artists, artisans, educators, and mental health professionals. Through the making of hand-made altar pieces, we bring family & community together for social emotional learning, to grieve and celebrate.
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.
The Ofrendas Documentary tells stories behind Día de los Muertos 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, jóvenes, familias and líderes comunitarios, we celebrate those who have passed and turn the collective losses into moments of recuerdos, resiliencia y enseñanza.
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 educadores, estudiantes y familias.
Ofrendas Mercado Shopping Event @ Hijos del Sol
The LCAC award winning retail stop, Hijos del Sol, brings the highest quality handmade items for your altar, whether you are beginning new tradiciones 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!
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