Remembrance and Celebration
Community Altar Project
Over 200 people from Madison, Wisconsin and Oaxaca, Mexico
have participated in making personal altars for this heartfelt exhibtion.
The prompt is simple:
This project was inspired by altar making traditions in Mexico for Day of the Dead but community and personal altars of remembrance are created all over the world. We invite individuals, artists, students, friends, family, churches, hospice group and others to take part in a community exhibition. We have been amazed at the level of interest in this project, thrilled by the number of people who wanted to participate, and deeply touched by how personal the work has become for so many people.
It is incredibly moving to walk through the space lined with boxes filled with memories of loved ones who had passed on. During story-sharing, you hear someone talking about all of the things they had put inside thier box, who it was for and why they chose the specific items. Through the objects each of us share the personality and memories of loved ones . The spaces are filled with both laughter and tears.
If you create a similar Remembrance and Celebration event, we would like to hear about it. Please let us know where you had the event, how many participated, your own reflections and post photos of your own event on the Remembrance and Celebration Facebook Page
REMEMBRANCE AND CELEBRATION IN MADISON, WI
School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
October 22 - November 6, 2018
Members of the community are invited to participate in the Day of the Dead Festival by making a personal altar of remembrance and celebration.
To reserve an altar box, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full list of 2018 Day of the Dead related activities in Madison WI