Día de los Muertos Pittsburgh

Día de los Muertos Pittsburgh

El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world on November 1 and 2 to remember loved ones who have died.

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, La Escuelita Arcoiris, and the Latino Family Center are working together to bring a Día de los Muertos celebration to Pittsburgh. We invite all organizations and individuals who are planning Día de los Muertos activities to collaborate with us and let us help publicize your events.

Please join us for two FREE public events exploring this joyful tradition.

Friday, November 1, 6-9 pm
Unblurred (Unburied!)
Día de los Muertos Costumed Sidewalk Stroll Gallery Crawl, and Community Art-Making
Meet up at 5020 Penn Ave in Garfield

Saturday November 2, 2-5 pm
Family Fiesta:  A Remembrance of the Dead
and a Celebration for the Living
The Kaufman Center at Hill House
1825 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Want to get involved? We want you!  Please email programs@pccr.org (Katy DeMent) with questions or ideas. Questions in Spanish will be forwarded to our partners at the Latino Family Center.

To keep up with new events, please follow us on the Día de los Muertos Pittsburgh Facebook page.   If you’d like to learn more about the Día de los Muertos holiday, visit La Escuelita Arcoiris’ Dia de los Muertos History page, or the Día de los Muertos entry on Wikipedia.

Let’s create a community celebration!

Support for Día de los Muertos Pittsburgh comes from The Social Innovation Exchange (SiX), an initiative of the Pittsburgh Foundation in partnership with Pop City and The Sprout Fund with additional support from the Benedum Foundation, The Buhl Foundation, and an anonymous foundation.  Learn more at sproutfund.org/six.

Additional support for Día de los Muertos Pittsburgh is provided by the Tess Senay Raynovich Earth and Art Fund.    Please email programs@pccr.org to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

 

Día de los Muertos Pittsburgh Schedule of Workshops and Events

Saturday, August 31                        10:00 – 2:00
Papel Picado
Pittsburgh Public Market
2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
www.Facebook.com/wonderaddo
Join the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and Wonderaddo for a hands-on demonstration of “perforated paper,” a traditional decorative craft made out of paper cut into elaborate designs. Although it is a Mexican folk art, papel picado is used as a holiday decoration in many countries.

Thursday, September 12              6:00-8:00 pm
Paper Mache Masks and Puppets, Open Studio Workshop & DDLM Kick-off
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
At PCCR we will use all sorts of reclaimed materials, fabric and ephemera to create a finished paper mache sculpture that may be worn or promenaded.  Participants will create masks and puppet parts while learning about the traditions related to Día de los Muertos.

Wednesday, September 18,       5:30-7:30 pm
Latino Family Center Family Night – Papel Picado
809 Bingham St., 1st Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-325-8111, latinofc@aiu3.net
Families will construct “perforated paper” a decorative craft made out of paper cut into elaborate designs.  Although it is a Mexican folk art, papel picado is used as a holiday decoration in many countries.

Friday , September 20                    10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Carlow University Art Students, Mercy Day of Service
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Carlow University student volunteers will help prepare for Dia de los Muertos celebrations by making paper mache mask shells, papel picado banners, and screen-printed Dia de los Muertos signs.

Wednesday, September 25         5:30-7:30 pm
Latino Family Center Parents’ Night – Paper Mache Masks
809 Bingham St., 1st Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-325-8111  latinofc@aiu3.net
Participants will create masks and puppet parts while learning about the traditions related to Dias de los Muertos. Participants are encouraged to create paper mache masks and over sized puppet parts for the Unblurred First Friday Costumed Stroll on November 1 on Penn Avenue and the celebration of the Day Of the Dead on November 2.   Free for LFC families.

 

Monday, October 7                         4:30-6:30 pm
Ofrenda Workshop
Assemble with Literary Arts Boom [The LAB]
5125 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 432-9127
Ofrendas are an essential part of Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish.  Participants will create a small shrine or shadow box dedicated to a lost or imagined loved one while learning about the traditions related to this art form.  Historically, many of these shrines have been created from reclaimed materials. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a lost loved one to incorporate into or inspire their projects.

Wednesday, October 9                                 5:00-8:00 pm
Ofrenda Workshop
Latino Family Center
809 Bingham St., 1st Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-325-8111, latinofc@aiu3.net
Ofrendas are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish. Participants will create a small shrine or shadow box dedicated to a lost or imagined loved one while discussing their own family traditions. Historically, many of these shrines have been created from reclaimed materials. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a lost loved one to incorporate in or inspire their project.  Free for LFC families.

Thursday, October 10                     6:00-8:00 pm
Potluck Open Studio:   Sugar Skulls and Paper Mache Puppets
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Make art with your family and friends while learning about the traditions related to the Day of the Dead in Mexico and other countries.  We will use all sorts of reclaimed materials including fabric and ephemera to create a finished paper mache sculpture that may be worn or promenaded during the Unblurred First Friday Costume Stroll on November 1 on Penn Avenue and the Family Fiesta at the Kaufman Center at Hill House on November 2.  It’s a potluck community art-making party!  Bring something to share.  Pay what you can. All ages.

Sunday, October 13                        12:00-3:00 pm
Paper Mache Masks and Puppet Parts
Most Wanted Fine Art
5015 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Using reclaimed materials, we will create paper mache masks and puppet parts while learning about the traditions related to Dia de los Muertos.  Participants are encouraged to create items for the Unblurred First Friday Costumed Stroll Nov 1 and Día de los Muertos Family Fiesta on November 2nd.  Pay what you can.

Friday, October 18                        3:00-9:00
Día de los Muertos Hot Jam : Open house featuring glass blowing and flamework demonstrations
Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, Pa 15206
Pittsburgh Glass Center celebrates Día de los Muertos with heat defying acts of art. Everyone is welcome to try glass making at this Make-It-Now event featuring hands-on activities for all ages. Use the torch to make a decorated skull pendant or design a Día de los Muertos fused tile for $25. Pittsburgh Glass Center’s most popular glass blowing activity – blown glass pumpkins – will also be available for $35.
Also join Pittsburgh Glass Center for Día de los Muertos Hot Jam, Friday, November 1 during Unblurred from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Free to attend.  $25-$35 depending on the project.

Tuesday, October 22 4:00-5:30
Ofrendita Workshop
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh—Allegheny
230 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-237-1892
Ofrendas are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish, and an ofrendita is a very small ofrenda. Participants will create a small whimsical shrine or shadow box dedicated to a lost or imagined loved one while learning about the traditions related to this art form. Historically, many of these shrines have been created from reclaimed materials. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a lost loved one to incorporate in or inspire their project.   This workshop is designed for teens and young adults.  No charge.

Thursday, October 24 6:00-9:00
Ofrenda Workshop for Adults
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
214 N Lexington St. Pittsburgh, PA 15208
An “ofrenda” is an altar, usually built in the home, to honor a departed loved one during Día de los Muertos celebrations.  At this workshop, participants will learn about the traditional elements of a Day of the Dead altar, then create small box shrines to celebrate the lives of those we have lost. Each box will be a unique and personal work of art that engages both tradition and individual expression. Participants are encouraged (though not required) to bring photographs (or photocopies) and other small items that relate to the person they wish to honor.  This workshop is limited to 15 participants, and registration is required.  All materials and tools provided.  $25 suggested donation.  Pay what you can.  Registration Link

Saturday, October 26
Kelly Strayhorn Theater Halloween Mayhem

Sunday October 27                          12:00-2:00 pm
Ofrendita Workshop
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Halloween Fest
6300 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-0873   pittsburgharts.org
This event is part of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Halloween fest.  Costumes are encouraged!
Ofrendas are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish, and an ofrendita is a very small ofrenda.  Participants will create a small whimsical shrine or shadow box dedicated to a lost or imagined loved one while learning about the traditions related to this art form.  Historically, many of these shrines have been created from reclaimed materials. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a lost loved one to incorporate in or inspire their project.   $5.00 for member families, $10.00 for non-member families (no matter the number of people attending in one family).

Friday, November 1,                       6:00-9:00 pm
Día de los Muertos Hot Jam – Open house featuring glass blowing and flamework demonstrations Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
A free open house featuring glass blowing and flame working demonstrations in celebration of Día de los Muertos.

Culminating Events!

Friday, November 1                      6:00-9:00 pm
Unblurred (Unburied!) – Día de los Muertos Costumed Stroll on Penn Avenue
5020 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
A costumed stroll down Penn Avenue during the monthly Unblurred gallery crawl will kick off the Día de los Muertos festivities.  Wear your Day of the Dead mask or costume and join in anywhere between Fairmount Street and Millvale Ave.  There will be various activities along the Penn Ave Arts Corridor, including collaborative temporary installations and community ofrenda-making, mask-making, face painting, DJs, live music, food trucks, and surprises. Galleries will be open with themed exhibits.  Free.

Saturday November 2                  2:00-5:00 pm
Family Fiesta:  A Remembrance of the Dead and a Celebration for the Living
The Kaufman Center at Hill House
1825 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Join your friends and neighbors for a fun afternoon of Latino music, food, dance and traditional arts activities in honor of those who have passed on.   Our lost loved ones continue to inspire and have a tangible impact on our lives.  Bring the whole family to celebrate and share in this joyful tradition.

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