GO ART! organize the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Medina on October 22

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GO ART! is pleased to invite you to our Día de los Muertos Mexican celebration, co-sponsored by the YMCA of Orleans County and the Mariachi de Oro Mexican Grill. Join us Saturday, October 22 at the YMCA of Orleans County, 306 Pearl St., Medina, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come discover and enjoy this festival that recalls the ancestors, with free activities for the whole family. Festivities will include Mexican crafts, face painting, dance and theater performances, sand painting and ofrenda presentations, as well as tastings of special foods. All activities will continue throughout the day: a complete program is available on www.MedinaDoD.com

Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration is a time of joyful remembrance of deceased loved ones, filled with an array of colors, scents, sounds and stories. Centered around the celebration of All Saints and All Saints Day on November 1 and 2, the celebration also includes images and ideas about the role of ancestors in our lives that date back to the indigenous peoples of Mexico. Tradition holds that this is the only time of year when souls can return to earth for a day and commune with family and friends.

“We are thrilled to be at the YMCA again this year, with the continued support of local Medina businesses and community members,” said Karen Canning, Director of GLOW Traditions at GO ART! Mexican celebrations of the holiday often include animated skeletons, brightly decorated skulls (calavera), and intricately cut tissue paper banners, emphasizing the continued vibrancy of life amidst mortality. Local business owners and community groups hold workshops in these arts, including sugar skulls, paper flowers and banners, and paper masks. Hosts and volunteers include Della’s Chocolates, The Downtown Browsery, Oak Orchard Girl Scouts and students from Medina High School. Canalside Tattoos will offer temporary tattoos, Case-Nic Cookies will offer Day of the Dead-themed treats, and Las Toxicas will offer Mexican jewelry and clothing for purchase. GO ART! staff will host face painting, and Mariachi de Oro will provide samples of Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto (bread of the dead), typical food of the feast.

Beautiful altars (offered) in homes welcome returning souls and display candles, wild marigolds, incense, photographs, keepsakes, and favorite foods of loved ones like fruit, tortillas, tamales, chocolate, and bread . Members of the Rosario family will once again create a grand ofrenda at the YMCA in the style of their hometown in Oaxaca, Mexico. Artist Antonio Cruz Zavaleta will create a sand painting in front of the ofrenda, another decorative art found in Oaxaca for the holidays. Check out the program for a Q&A with the creators of these artistic traditions. Participants can contribute to a community ofrenda, where they can place a candle (electric, provided) and add their own memories of loved ones.

Mexican dance and music performances will be presented by Alma de México, a group from Rochester led by Karla Alcalá. A former member of a folk dance group in Mexico, Karla now teaches community members traditional dance from various regions. Live music will also be provided by La Marimba, a marimba band from Buffalo, led by Tiffany Nicely. Big calendar monos (street puppets), created by the artist Antonio Cruz Zavaleta, will also return to dance and walk among the participants. Everyone is welcome to participate and feel free to come in Day of the Dead themed outfits.

This year we welcome four artists – Dan Butler, Ted Canning, Ruben Ornelas and Gaitrie Subryan – from the new collective GLOW Creatives, supported by a 2-year grant from Creatives Rebuild New York. They will help with face painting, sound reinforcement and presentations of personal and dance offerings – see the online schedule for exact timing (www.medinadod.com).

The event is co-sponsored by GLOW Traditions at GO ART!, Mariachi de Oro Restaurant and the YMCA, with partial funding from the New York State Council of the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York Legislature. New York State. .

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Top photo: Karla Alcala, front, leads dancers from Alma de Mexico who will perform on Day of the Dead. Photo of Batavia in 2022, by Karen Canning

Leonel Rosario adjusts the hat on a mono de calenda (street puppet) during the Day of the Dead 2021 celebration, in Medina. Photo by Christine Zinni

A participant enjoys a paper mask making workshop, 2021 Day of the Dead Celebration, Medina. Photo by Christine Zinni

Lola Alvarado, center, and Gladys Rosario, right, in Dia de Muertos makeup, Day of the Dead 2019 celebration, Medina. Photo by TC Owens

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