Richmond Art Center to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Fall Family Day

Richmond Art Center to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Fall Family Day
Image courtesy of the Richmond Art Center.

Kids of all ages — and also their grownups — are invited to the Richmond Art Center’s courtyard to celebrate Day of the Dead with art-making, music, and miniature low riders.

Admission is free to the Fall Family Day festival, which will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the RAC at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond.

Artist Daniel Camacho, whose work is currently on view at the RAC in the exhibition De Fantasías y Realidades, is leading the festivities with a community ofrenda and paper mache skull workshop.

Other Family Fall Day activities will include a “Día de los Muertos presentation by Ernesto Olmos; live printing and coloring with local art collective Liberación Gráfica; community chalk mural with Rebeca García-González; art demonstrations; marigold giveaway; search and find; and local art vendors,” according to the RAC.

Camacho is inviting community members to bring items that honor their loved ones, such as a photograph or an example of their favorite drink, snack or toy, to the RAC for an altar that will be created and displayed at the art center.

The altar will be made from paper mache skulls made during community workshops set for Saturday, Oct. 8 and on Fall Family Day, Oct. 15, from noon till 2 p.m. on both days. Register on RAC’s website to take part in the first workshop, or drop into the second session at Fall Family Day to decorate a pre-made skull.

The altar will remain on display in the West Gallery through the end of Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 3.

““Through an ofrenda we commemorate and remember the life and death of our loved ones,”  Camacho said. “It is a celebration that allows us to carry them in our hearts and welcome them back to the world of the living for one night.” 

FYI: Mask wearing is required in the galleries and indoor public spaces. Masks may be removed while in the courtyard. 

For more information of Fall Family Day, go here.

For more information on Calaverita Workshop, go here.

For Daniel Camacho’s Exhibition, go here.