Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) presents a free family day in celebration of Día de los Muertos on Sunday, October 25, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Museum’s back plaza, State Street terrace, Family Resource Center, and galleries. For the 26th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities including altar displays, art activities, live music, dance performances, an interactive altar installation by Los Angeles-based Art Division and companion activity designed by the Museum’s Teen Internship Program, and traditional Mexican refreshments. Admission to the family event and to the Museum is free.
Inspired by the Día de los Muertos traditions and works of art currently on view in the Museum galleries, the event’s art activities include mini-altars, using details of images from the Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography exhibition, skeleton landscape postcards, and paper flower still lifes, as well as traditional festival skull charms. In the Family Resource Center, the public is invited to remember friends and family by adding to the community altar and to view a special installation by artists from Art Division Youth Arts Program, a professional training program for underserved young adults who show genuine commitment and passion for the visual arts. Conjunto Jardin, Mariachi Sol Huasteco, and Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcoatl return with musical and dance performances throughout the day.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art is located at 1130 State St., open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chase Free Thursday Evenings 5 – 8 p.m., 805/963-4364 www.sbma.net.