“We’re pleased to partner with the Mexican Consulate…to bring
the Día de los Muertos Celebration to the Lorenzo
Cultural Center,” said Christine Guarino, director,
Cultural Affairs & Community Engagement, Macomb Community
The exhibits that will be on display are:
Day of the Dead:
Photographs by Michigan journalist and writer Jerry Morton
featuring images taken in Mexico, from small towns to Mexico
City, during Day of the Dead celebrations.
De la Cocina al Ojo (From the Kitchen to the Eye):
Photos taken between 1905 and 1940 that depict Hispanic
eating places, kitchen, dining room or an improvised space,
where people experience culture through food and make meals
Examples of altars and elements of the traditional Day of
the Dead offering, including flowers and candles.
“Day of the Dead is a festive holiday in which families
celebrate the lives of their relatives who have died,” said
María Ramos, professor, Spanish and international studies,
Macomb Community College. “A huge part of the celebration is
the creation of an ofrenda, or altar, that features items
representing the deceased – favorite foods, a photo, personal
items, candles and flowers. Altars are a traditional
remembrance that families create to welcome their loved ones
home on Día de los Muertos.”
Highlights of the celebration at the Lorenzo Cultural Center
Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop,
Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 12 – 1 p.m., and Thursday,
Oct. 31, from 10 – 11 a.m. Professor Ramos leads the
workshop. Limited supplies will be provided, but
participants should bring a photo of the family member for
whom they will create the altar.
An Altar for a Friend,
Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Gary
Flemming, Ph.D., Macomb professor of international
studies and Latin American culture, discusses the tradition
of altar making, explaining each of the elements necessary
for an altar and sharing artifacts he uses each year to
create a personal altar for someone he has lost.
Food for the Ancestors,
Thursday, Oct. 31 from 12 – 1 p.m., and Sunday, Nov.
3 from 2 – 3 p.m. A film that features Day of
the Dead celebrations in Puebla, Mexico, highlighting
traditions that include mask dancing, artisans creating
skull artwork and the eating of Mexican meat grasshoppers,
ant eggs, and mosquitoes.
Tamalada: Making Tamales,
Thursday, Oct. 31 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Macomb Community College culinary arts instructor Chef
Scott O’Farrell showcases this traditional Mexican food
that is placed on altars and eaten during Day of the Dead
Las Momias: The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato,
Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 – 2 p.m. This film shows the
range of customs surrounding death in Mexico, from
pre-Columbian times through today. Mary Meier,
Macomb professor of anthropology and archeology, will
facilitate a Q&A following the film.
All events are free, but preregistration is required and can be
made by calling 586.445.7348 or going online to
www.LorenzoCulturalCenter.com. The Lorenzo Cultural Center is
located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, Garfield
and M-59, Clinton Township.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration at the Lorenzo Cultural Center
Exhibits, Presentations, Films and Workshops
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
About the Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center (www.LorenzoCulturalCenter.com)
explores the influences and experiences that shape our
community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of
perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for
learning, celebration and entertainment. Located on Macomb
Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield Roads in
Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb
Center for Performing Arts.