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Macomb Community College hosts Mexican Day of the Dead celebration Nov. 1 – Nov. 4

– Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:00AM

Includes presentations, altar-making workshop, dance, poetry, film and exhibits

Macomb Community College will commemorate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead that celebrates the lives of the deceased from Wednesday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the college’s Center Campus in Clinton Township.

All events are free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested for the workshop and presentations. To register, or for more information, call 586.445.7348 or visit

Macomb’s Dia de los Muertos celebration includes:


Day of the Dead Collection, photos by Jerry Morton

On loan from the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, the photographic exhibit features images taken by Michigan journalist and writer Jerry Morton during Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, from small towns to Mexico City.

Altar Display

Ofrenda or altars are an essential part of a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Altar displays honor the memory of those who have gone before with traditional elements such as photographs, flowers, candles, sugar skulls and personal items.  Patrons are also invited to bring a remembrance of a loved one to place on a community ofrenda. Please note: Personal items will not be returned, and the Lorenzo Cultural Center reserves the right to remove items.

Exhibits are open Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Presentations, Films and Workshops:

Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration on the Border of Mexican and Anglo Identity

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.

Mary Durocher, Ph.D., adjunct professor of anthropology, Wayne State University, presents a deeper look at ofrendas, the traditional symbol of remembrance used during Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

Siete16 Guevara and the Latinx Creative Community

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 12 p.m.

Local poet and author Siete16 Guevara, a graduate of Macomb Community College, will read some of his poetry and share his experiences with A.L.A.S. (Artistas Latinx en Accíon Siempre), a nonprofit organization that encourages Michigan Hispanic/Latinx artists. Joining him will be El Arto Press, an independent group of artists and storytellers based in Detroit that publish their own graphic novels and comic books.

Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 2, 12 p.m.

Maria Ramos, Ph.D., professor of Spanish language and Latin American culture, Macomb Community College, leads this altar-making workshop. Participants will learn about and create their own ofrenda or altars, the traditional remembrance families create to welcome their loved ones home on Dia de los Muertos. Limited supplies will be provided.

Religious Fusion in Latin American Catholicism

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2pm

Macomb humanities professor Jason Messana will discuss how various spiritual beliefs and practices are incorporated into the practice of Catholicism within the Latin American community. Messana will highlight how celebrations of Dia de los Muertos are merged into the Catholic faith.

Mexican Traditional Dances with Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel

Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.

This performance combines traditional Mexican music and dance with education, featuring the Detroit-based Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izelthat will share the unique traditions of various regions of Mexico in dance. 

Food for the Ancestors

Saturday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m.

Gary Flemming, Ph.D., professor, International Studies, Macomb Community College, will facilitate the screening of this film, which showcases the traditional festivities of the Day of the Dead as it is celebrated in Puebla, Mexico. Highlighted are the foods prepared at this time of the year including the Mexican drink pulque, sugar skull candies and bread of the dead.

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 40,000 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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