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The Living Arts & Science Center partners with the Old Episcopal Burying Ground to present a traditional Day of the Dead Festival

On November 1, 2013, the “Night of the Angels”, the Living Arts & Science Center will present the 8th annual Day of the Dead Festival with a participatory celebration at the Living Arts & Science Center as well as at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at the corner of E. 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane. This event is a fun, participatory experience for the entire family.

Join the celebration and experience the rich visual, musical, dance and culinary traditions of this holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central and South America.

Traditional Mexican dance will be performed by men’s dance company, Matlachines. Mariachi singer and guitarist Jose Rivera will perform throughout the evening, a variety of hands-on crafts typical of Day of the Dead celebrations will take place indoors and out. These participatory activities include decorating Sugar Skulls, creating sand murals, making tissue paper flowers and papel picado (cut paper streamers) as well as face painting, sand murals, and decorating monarch butterfly wings to wear in the candlelight parade. Participants may keep their crafts to continue to enjoy at home.

Day of the Dead face painting will also be provided by Fleet Street.
Culture & Identity: New Expressions by Latino Artists in the 21st Century
Visitors may also view new work by local artists Augustin Zarate, Diane Kahlo and Adan Utrera, in the LASC art gallery.

This unique exhibition pairs the incredible talents of three celebrated Lexington artists Agustin Zarate, Diane Kahlo, and Adan Utrera as they explore the role of culture and identity and the way it shapes the Latino immigrant. Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, self-proclaimed “low-rider” artist Agustin Zarate celebrates his cultural roots in his inimitable paintings developed on skateboards, automobiles, and canvases. Through her current work, nationally recognized artist Diane Kahlo explores immigration, emigration, and migration issues in her beautiful and poignant paintings and altars. Also originally from Veracruz, Mexico, sculptor and painter Adan Utrera examines his dreams and celebrates his heritage through the creation of his colorful alebrijes, a Mexican folk art made from paper mache, his imaginative works on canvas, and the altars that he produces for the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

The exhibit opens on October 14 and will continue through November 15.

Altar Display
At dusk, musicians and dancers will lead participants in a beautiful candlelight parade from the LASC to the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane.

In the cemetery, participants may view an exciting exhibition of altars in and around the gravesites of this historic cemetery.

Altars are being created by Augustin Zarate, Adan Utrera, Jacobo and Janice Aragon, Richmond Model Lab School, Sayre School, Christ Church Cathedral, UK Students for Honduras, among others.

Viewers may talk with artists, school groups and community members who have created both traditional altars as they would be presented in Mexican cemeteries as well as altar designs inspired by this joyful celebration. In the cemetery informal discussions will take place to educate participants about the altars, Day of the Dead, and the traditions and symbolism associated with this important Latin American holiday.

School Participation
Banners, depicting famous people in the tradition of Calaveras, are being created by 5 area schools. These banners will be on display throughout the festival area.

Traditional food from area restaurants such as the Ellos and Maria’s Kitchen will be available for purchase at the LASC. The LASC will also serve complimentary pan de muertos, the traditional bread of the dead.
For more information check out the LASC Website, www.LASCLEX.org, or call the LASC at 859-252-5222.
Now celebrating their 45th anniversary, the Living Arts & Science Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. Art galleries, a Discovery gallery, arts and science classes, workshops and fieldtrips are provided year-round for children and adults of all ages. In addition, the Living Arts and Science Center partners with community agencies and organizations to provide free hands-on arts activities at community events and programs and classes for special needs and at-risk students.

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