The Living Arts & Science Center’s 7th annual Day of the Dead celebration presents the rich visual, musical, dance and culinary traditions of this holiday that is celebrated joyously in Mexico and in other cultures of the world. Though traditions vary in different countries and regions, Day of the Dead is a time to remember friends and family members and to use humor in a colorful defiance of death.
The Day of the Dead Festival features traditional Mexican musicians and dancers and a beautiful candlelight parade from the LASC to the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane. This year, the parade will showcase large skeleton puppets created by community members in Puppets On Parade, a community art workshop with artist, Christine Kuhn.
In the cemetery following the parade, guests will view an exciting exhibition of altars created by local artists and community members and enjoy additional music and dance performances by Mexican vocalist and guitarist Jose Rivera and Mexican men’s dance company, Matlachines.
During the festival the LASC’s art gallery will feature Culture and Identity: New Expressions by Latino Artists in the 21st Century, which combines the incredible talents of three celebrated Lexington artists, Agustin Zarate, Diane Kahlo, and Adan Utrera.
A participatory event, the LASC’s festival also invites children and adults to work with artists to create and take home traditional Day of the Dead crafts such as sugar skulls, papel picado, and a community art project by several participating central Kentucky schools will also be on view throughout the festival.
Latin American food will be available for purchase from a variety of authentic food vendors. Complimentary Day of the Dead Bread and hot chocolate will be provided.
The Living Arts & Science Center appreciates the community partnerships that contribute to this event including the Christ Church Cathedral and the Old Episcopal Burying Ground. Partial funding has been provided by the Kentucky Humanities Council.
PUPPETS ON PARADE – COMMUNITY ART MAKING WORKSHOP with Christine Kuhn
October 19 and 26 12 noon – 3 PM $5.00 per person. For 8 years of age up to adults.
Fun for the whole family! Learn about Mexican folk art and traditions while creating super-sized skeleton puppets --- some so big that they have to be operated by more than one person! Participants will show off their skeletons in Lexington’s Halloween Parade and at the LASC’s Day of the Dead Festival on November 1. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is required and can be made at www.LASCLEX.org or by calling 859-252-5222.
The Living Arts and Science Center
Now celebrating their 45th year, 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. In the historic Kinkead House facility, the LASC presents art exhibitions, a hands-on Discovery Exhibit, arts and science classes, workshops, and participatory fieldtrip programs that take place year-round for children and adults of all ages. In addition, the Living Arts and Science Center presents numerous community art events, provides in-school and after-school programs, and partners with community agencies and organizations to serve at-risk, underserved and special needs children and adults.