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Macomb Community College hosts Mexican Day of the Dead activities, Nov. 1 - 3

– Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:00AM

Includes exhibits, presentations, film and workshop

To commemorate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday that celebrates the lives of the deceased, Macomb Community College will host a variety of activities from Thursday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 3 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 required for the presentations and workshop. To register, or for more information, call 586.445.7348 or visit


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 passed with traditional elements such as photographs, flowers, candles, sugar skulls and other personal items. Community members are invited to bring a remembrance of a loved one to place on the community ofrenda located in the Community Hall. Please note: Items will not be returned and the Lorenzo Cultural Center reserves the right to remove items.

Black Velvet Art: A Rasquache Aesthetic

This 110-piece exhibit tells a story of borderless geography, class and privilege, gender and popular culture, showing a range of styles and vintage. The collection is co-curated by Diana Rivera, the Chicanx Latinx Subject Specialist and Head of the Michigan State University Library’s Cesar E. Chavez Collection, Elena Herrada, the founder of Fronteras Norteñas (Northern Borders) and co-founder of Museo del Norte, and Minerva T. Martinez, co-curator of the Images of the Revolution photography collection. The Black Velvet Art exhibit is located in Discovery Hall.

Presentations, Film and Workshop

Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 1, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Mexican Cooking Demonstration

Friday, Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m.

Join the staff from El Charro’s restaurant while they demonstrate traditional foods and techniques central to Mexican cooking.

Velvet Art and Its Place in Society

Friday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.

Elena Herrada, one of the curators of the Black Velvet Art exhibit will discuss the significance of the art, its place in our culture and how the exhibit is curated.


Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m.

The 2017 computer-animated fantasy film Coco, which is focused on a Dia de los Muertos festival and highlights the story of one young boy’s experience, will be shown.

Mexican Traditional Dances with Ballet Forklorico Moyocoyani Izel

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

This performance combines traditional Mexican music and dance with education. The Detroit-based Ballet Forklorico Moyocoyani Izel will share the unique traditions of various regions of Mexico in dance.

The workshop, presentations and film showing will be held Community Hall of the Lorenzo Cultural Center, which is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.

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 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.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586-445-7271,