Cityfolk and Missing Peace Art Space have enjoyed a joyful collaboration of tradition, art-making and community building throughout the month of October. We’ve been preparing a celebration for all Daytonians in honor of our loved ones passed! Many religious traditions celebrate All Souls or All Saints Day. This is the secular Mexican tradition that honors the dead by imagining their presence back with us, just for a day, to laugh and enjoy together once again. Over 250 students have been a part of the residency through creative writing, papier mache, painting, music, building with bamboo and dance! The results are rich, poignant, beautiful memories expressed through art!
Cityfolk has taken El Dia de los Muertos to schools and centers, with an exceptional team of artists: Gabriela Pickett, Michael Bashaw, Joy Levett and Rodney Veal, working with youth and youth leaders to bring life to All Souls. The result will be a parade with a dance finale and generous donations for the event: food by Taqueria Mixteca and fresh marigolds provided by The Flower Shoppe. This Community Ofrienda created by Dayton artists will open on Friday, after the parade. The exhibit will be open for the whole month at Missing Peace! Gabriela Pickett, owner of Missing Peace, and well-known painter MB Hopkins, have combined efforts to fill Missing Peace Art Space with tributes, honors, whimsy and delightful “soul art,” many pieces created by Dayton citizens, to honor loved ones for El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead.)
Let’s celebrate that day together on November 2nd, starting at 6:00pm with the El Dia de los Muertos parade! Everyone is welcome to join! You’ll need something festive to wear, in honor of a lost loved one!!! (This is NOT Halloween – that celebration will have already happened. This is a celebration of life.) The parade will start at 5th & Patterson, traveling all the way to Missing Peace at 5th and Dutoit in St. Ann’s Hill. There, parade participants and onlookers will enjoy a dance finale, great food and the opening of the community Ofrienda exhibit!!! Some items will be for sale, in particular – Skeleton Cookies by Gracie’s Baking. El Dia de los Muertos mugs are also available. All proceeds for mugs go to support Cityfolk! It will be a great night to share memories and celebrate life!!!