Everhart announces Day of the Dead exhibit

Art — By on July 29, 2009 at 9:46 am

The Everhart Museum recently announced its lineup of fall exhibitions and activities centered around Latin American culture and its Day of the Dead celebration.

The museum’s fall exhibit, “Day of the Dead: Art & Culture in the Americas” opens September 25 and runs through December 31. Children’s activities during the exhibit’s stay will include building ofrendas, making skeleton masks and dolls, creating tissue paper flowers and papel picado (punched paper) designs and calculating in Mayan math.

In the tradition of the Day of the Dead holiday in which Latin American cultures celebrate their ancestors with special displays in the home and at the public cemeteries, the Everhart will also host artwork by area students inspired by important people who have passed away in their lives. The students’ artwork will also be on display from Sept. 25 through Dec. 31.

And on September 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Anthology New and Used Books, a book group will meet to discuss “The Mixquiahuala Letters” by Ana Castillo with themes and topics that relate to the Everhart’s Day of the Dead exhibition. The group is free and open to ages 16 and up.

The Everhart will also offer two “Early Explorations: Looking and Reading Together” events in September that each feature a different book and activity designed to develop pre-literacy skills through drama, art and music. On September 7 from 2-2:45 p.m., the activity will be “Dinosaur Yoga”; and on September 19 from 2-2:45 p.m., Lackawanna County Children’s Library Educator, Erin Sloan presents “Fossil Features!” For more information or to register for either of these events, contact the Everhart Museum at 570-346-7186 or email: education@everhart-museum.org.

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