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Grand Park's Downtown Dia De Los Muertos

Grand Park will again honor the cultural tradition of Día de los Muertos —Day of the Dead—with a series of free, family-friendly programs curated for the COVID era with a focus on personal well-being and collective healing throughout the 12-day celebration. The eighth annual Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos, a presentation by TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, takes place from October 24, 2020–November 4, 2020, with a mix of digital programs, including an online arts-based workshop, digital ofrendas (altars) and audio storytelling, along with socially distant public art installations in Grand Park and on The Music Center Plaza.

Grand Park continues its long-standing artistic partnership with Self Help Graphics (SHG), which is curating 11 large-scale altar installations by artists and community partner organizations, including the annual Community Altar created by Maestra Ofelia Esparza; a 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Esparza, and her family are instrumental in preserving and conserving Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles. Understanding the toll the pandemic has taken on individuals and communities throughout Los Angeles, Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos will also help raise the importance of coping skills and mental health awareness: Healing Sanctuaries and Soul Survivors are two photo exhibits that will be located on The Music Center Plaza containing messaging and suggested public resources, from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and WHY WE RISE.

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