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Experience Dia de Los Muertos in Month-Long Celebration

Sol Collective and the Sacramento History Museum have teamed up to present a month-long series of Dia de los Muertos events and activities from Oct. 8 to Nov. 5. The celebrations will culminate with the 5th annual event, dubbed “Souls of the City,” set to take place in front of the Sacramento History Museum on Nov. 5.

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), is a national holiday in Mexico that showcases elaborate altars built by friends and families to honor loved ones who have died and then gathering in remembrance and celebration. A series of fun and free pop-up art labs and special activities will be held at Sol Collective that highlight the traditions and/or demonstrate how to create some of the special items used in Day of the Dead celebrations.

The grand finale of the Dia de los Muertos celebration will take place outdoors on the 1849 Scene (the big grassy area in front of Sacramento History Museum) in Old Sac. This celebration includes a traditional procession and lighting of the altar led by Kalpulli Maquilli Tonatiuh (Aztec Dancers), interactive community altars, live music, a pop up art exhibit, family activities and games, food, live music and more.

This symbolic “gathering of the spirits” celebration offers Sacramento area residents and Old Sacramento visitors a chance to experience and learn more about the cultural tradition.

A schedule of activities includes the following. Note the free workshops take place at Sol Collective (2574 21st Street), the evening Lecture Series at the Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street), and the Finale Celebration on the 1849 Scene in Old Sacramento:

Mini Altars Workshop – Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Barrio Art Edition Workshop – Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Honoring Our Past Community Lecture Series “Honoring Our Culture  & Tradition” – Oct. 20, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Plaster Masks Workshop – Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Skulls and Skeletons: Day of the Dead Printmaking Workshop – Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration on the 1849 Scene – Nov. 5, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (traditional altar to remain lit until midnight)

More information about the “Souls of the City”/Dia De Los Muertos events and activities happening in Old Sacramento is available at www.historicoldsac.org or www.solcollective.org.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento History Museum

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Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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