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Explore the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition at Macomb Community College Oct. 26 – 29

– Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00AM

Partnership with Mexican Consulate of Detroit brings array of experiences and perspectives to the Lorenzo Cultural Center

From Oct. 26 – 29, Macomb Community College will host Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – celebration commemorating the Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the deceased with refection, fun, food and activities. This is the fourth year the college has partnered with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit to bring the celebration to Macomb County. 

Held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb’s Center Campus in Clinton Township, the celebration offers a range of experiences related to the Mexican holiday through exhibits, presentations, film, performance and a workshop. All events are free, but registration is required. To register, or for more information, call 586.445.7348 or visit

Macomb’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration  includes:

  • Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. Maria Ramos, Macomb Community College professor of Spanish and Latin American culture, leads an altar-making workshop in which participants learn about and create their own altars to welcome their loved ones home on Dia de los Muertos.
  • Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. Featuring the Detroit-based Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, the performance combines traditional Mexican music and dance with education.


  • The Mexican Revolution: 1910 and Beyond, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. Michael Kassel, lecturer in history at the University of Michigan – Flint, explores the background, leaders, personalities and legacy in an overview of the Mexican Revolution.
  • At the End of Empire: The Late Imperial Site of Inca-Caranqui, Northern Ecuador: Oct. 26, noon. Tamara Bray, professor of anthropology at Wayne State University, presents the      results of recent archaeological investigations at the northernmost imperial center of Inca-Caranqui.
  • An Altar for a Friend, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.  Gary Flemming, Macomb Community Collegeprofessor of international studies and Latin American culture, discusses the Dia de los Muertos tradition of altar-making, explaining each of the elements necessary for an altar and displaying artifacts he uses each year to create a personal altar for someone he has lost.
  • Collecting Mexican Folk Art: A Colorful Addiction, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Linda Margolin, retired art educator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, shares themes, images and folk art from a 4,500 piece collection that was assembled over several years and many visits to Mexico.


  • La Ofrenda: Days of the Dead, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Director Lourdes Portillo shares her personal journey to understand her culture, reflecting on the pre-Hispanic roots of El Dia de los Muertos, then looking at present-day celebrations in Oaxaco, Mexico, and in the United States.

Exhibits: Open Oct. 26 – 29, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Altar Display. The exhibit features altar displays – or ofrenda, that honor the memory of those who have gone before, including traditional elements such as flowers and candles.
  • Testimonials of War. This collection of photographs of the Mexican Revolution presents various armed movements between 1910 and 1920 and is on loan from the Mexican      Consulate of Detroit. 

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment. Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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