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Macomb Community College hosts Mexican Day of the Dead activities, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

– Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:00AM

Macomb Community College will present Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday commemorating the lives of the deceased, Thursday, Oct. 31 – Saturday, Nov. 2 with activities at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the college’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. 

Black Velvet Art: A Rasquache Aesthetic
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Oct. 25: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 1: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The exhibit demonstrates borderless geography, class and privilege, and popular culture through a range of styles on black velvet. The collection is co-curated by Diana Rivera, Chicanx Latinx Subject Specialist and Head of the Michigan State University Library’s Cesar E. Chavez Collection; Elena Herrada, 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. 

Syncretism of Catholic and Aztec Religious Beliefs and CustomsThursday, Oct. 31: 11 a.m.Macomb Humanities Professor Jason Messana will explore the blending of religious beliefs and customs in Catholic and Aztec culture.

Understanding Velvet Art
Thursday, Oct. 31: 2 p.m.

Exhibit co-curator Diana Rivera presents the history and significance of black velvet art and its place in our culture.

Friday, Nov. 1: 10:30 a.m.

Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the 2017 computer-animated fantasy film Coco focuses on a Dia de los Muertos festival and highlights the story of one young boy’s personal experience.

Cesar Chavez
Friday, Nov. 1: 2 p.m.

Detroit community activist Elena Herrada will discuss the life of Latino labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association. 

Altar Making Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 2: 10:30 a.m.

Lead by Peggy DiMercurio, Anton Arts Center, participants will learn the tradition of creating an ofrenda, or altar, for loved ones who have passed. Many traditional elements included in an ofrenda will be demonstrated.

El Ballet Forklórico Estudiantil
Saturday, Nov. 2: 2 p.m.

El Ballet Forklórico Estudianti,a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Mexican culture through dance, music and education, will present their mariachi band performing traditional Mexican music.

The workshop, presentations and film showing will be held in Community Hall of the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb’s Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. All events are free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested for the presentations and workshop. No registration is required for the exhibit. To register, or for more information, call 586-445-7348 or visit

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center provides interactive learning opportunities for all ages.  It extends student discovery beyond classroom walls as well as creating multi-faceted opportunities for community members to explore the influences and experiences that shape our heritage.  The cultural center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. More information is available at

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors 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,