2016 Día de los Muertos


Día de los Muertos Program
Friday, October 28 to Sunday, November 6, 2016

Building on the 29-year history of this beloved event, Lawndale is excited to introduce a series of short films organized by the Houston Latino Film Festival, site-specific installations by artist Grace Zuniga, and literary and artistic workshops that will engage audiences of all ages with the rich tradition of Día de los Muertos throughout Mexico and Latin America.

For full list of participating artists click here

This year various schools from around Houston took part in the Día de los Muertos Satellite Student Exhibitions. Click here to view this year's student work.

To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858. To dontate and view the different sponsor levels please click here.

Film Program
Friday, October 28 to Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Houston Latino Film Festival is proud to present three blocks of short films by talented filmmakers from around the world. These films tell stories of the loss of friends or family, grieving for them and wishing them safe journeys, and sometimes finding the laughter and humor shared in remembering them. For those intrigued by the frightening stories of monsters and ghosts, or just the unexpected nature of death, there is one block of horror films just for you!


10/28, 10/31 - 11/4
Monday - Friday

10/29, 11/5

To Grieve: 11 AM
Safe Journey: 1 PM
The Horror: 3 PM

To Grieve: 12:10 PM
Safe Journey: 1:40 PM
The Horror: 3:15 PM

For information on the short films and their directors click here.


Musical and Literary Ofrenda
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
5:30 PM
Free Admission

Presented by Lawndale Art Center, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Musiqa, Houston Hispanic Forum, and Inprint

Celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead with the annual Musical and Literary Ofrenda at Lawndale Art Center. This five-way collaboration finds ROCO partnering with Lawndale, Musiqa, Inprint and the Houston Hispanic Forum – all promoted by The Mexican Consulate. The five original musical ofrendas (offerings) – commissioned by ROCO from Musiqa composers – are woven amongst four original prose texts by Inprint authors BJ Love, Beth Lyons, Noel Rodriguez, and Ben Rybeck, surrounded by the beautiful retablos (alterpieces) on display at Lawndale.

The Inprint poets will read the following selections: BJ Love–When You Gave Up Your Name I Sat With It for Awhile Waiting for You; Beth Lyons–I Give My Closed Heart an Alibi; Noel Rodriguez–How to Build an Altar; and Ben Rybeck–Untitled.

History and Symbolism of Ofrenda
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6 PM
Free Admission

In conjunction with her site-specific installation in the Cavnar Gallery, artist Grace Zuñiga discusses the history and symbolism of Día de los Muertos and the significance of home altars in historical and contemporary practice.

History, Memory and Personal Narratives
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30 PM
Free Admission

Participants in this workshop will actively engage the history and meaning of Dia de los Muertos in this writing workshop led by Dr. Raul A. Ramos of the UH Department of History. The first half-hour will be dedicated to the roots and practices of the tradition in Mexican culture. Participants will personally connect to the tradition through a writing exercise. We will then share the products and impact of publicly presenting personal memories.

Family Day Fiesta
Saturday, November 5, 2016
11 AM to 4 PM
Free Admission

Through exciting new collaborations within our community, Family Day Fiesta will feature expanded programming for audiences of all ages, including:

  • Educational, hands-on art workshops for children and their families presented in partnership with the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA).
  • Artist Richard Garcia’s site-specific chalk-art drawing created on behalf of The Center for Hearing and Speech’s Via Colori.
  • Mixteco Ballet Folklorico Performance by children and teens to promote the rich and colorful Mexican folklore through dance, music and art at 1pm and 2pm.
  • Families are invited to journey to the MFAH for a scavenger hunt from 3 to 5 pm. Families who participate in the scavenger hunt will gain free general admission to the MFAH.


Día de los Muertos 2016 T-shirt

Día de los Muertos 2016 T-shirt designed by Sarah Welch. Printed on Next Level "Cream" tee.

Available at Lawndale Art Center and online.


Sponsor Día de los Muertos. Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 29th Annual Día de los Muertos help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. These events foster pride and appreciation in one's own heritage and encourage tolerance and understanding. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allow us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces.

To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at askus@lawndaleartcenter.org.

Support for Lawndale's Día de los Muertos is provided by Amegy Bank, Art Supply on Main, James Bell, Jereann Chaney, Rob Greenstein, Lonnie Hoogeboom and Betsy Strauch, Diana Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Pam and Tim Jahnke, Denise and Todd Liebl, Jeryn and Walter Mayer, Gundula McCandless, H. Russell Pitman, H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. MD, Jill Whitten and Rob Proctor, and Sally W. Vernon. Additional event support provided by Cuchara Restaurant, Trader Joe's, and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Last year's Día de los Muertos.

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