EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT CHEEKWOOD ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
NASHVILLE, TN. –The popular Latin American family celebration, El Día de los Muertos, will be held at Cheekwood on Saturday, November 2 with activities including live performances, an international marketplace, and interactive art activities for everyone.
Now in its fourteenth year at Cheekwood, the day-long celebration is a premiere community event for Nashville’s Hispanic population as well as for families throughout the area. Translated as “Day of the Dead,” Día de los Muertos is a uniquely Latin celebration of families as they honor their ancestors.
The festivities, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, include activities for families of all cultures to learn about this noted Latin-American tradition and participate in a wide range of activities conducted in both Spanish and English. Cheekwood members are free, regular gate fees apply to non-member adults, and children 17 and under are free.
For the sixth year, Cheekwood is holding a Tapete Display and Competition with twelve participating area schools. Tapete is the Spanish word for carpet. Usually made with colored sand, these “carpets” are a tradition for Día de los Muertos because, like life, they are temporary. Making the tapete is an art form in the Latin community and there are annual competitions in cities across Mexico. At Cheekwood, participants will use a similar temporary medium, chalk, to create the large-scale colorful murals to honor the deceased.
Live Performances by Destellos Culturales de Nashville, the Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck, MNPS Mariachi Internacional de Nashville, Serenatta, San Rafael Trio, Aztec Dancers, Banda Tenaz, La Gigantonia and El Enabo Cabezon, Viva Mexico Mariachis, and Revolfusion.
Art projects and activities include decorating the memory tree, making paper marigolds, crafting colorful monarch butterflies, decorating calaveras masks, making sugar skulls, creating papel picado paper cut-outs, printmaking in the style of José Posada, and creating Guatemalan ‘barriletes’ or kites.
The International Marketplace will include food from La Hacienda, Las Paletas, Karla’s Catering, food trucks such as Mas Tacos por Favor, Yayo’s O.M.G., Happy Belly and many others. The art and goods vendors will feature many local artists including Rachel Hernandez Hensley, Vera’s Innovations, Lucky Charm Jewelry, and Frida Folk Art.
History and Tours: Community altars or ‘ofrendas’ will be created by groups such as Conexion Americas, Catholic Charities, YMCA’s Latino Achievers as well as many others and displayed in Botanic Hall. There will also be bilingual tours of Cheekwood’s Museum of Art and Gardens given by our knowledgeable docents and guides. Cheekwood will also have a resource room which will feature various books, and materials documenting the history and culture of the Día de los Muertos holiday.
Tapete Display and Competition:
Tapete designs will be created by a variety of area schools, including: Cane Ridge High School, Davidson Academy, Eagleville High School, Father Ryan High School, Franklin High School, Hillwood High School, Nashville School of the Arts, Oakland High School, St. Bernard Academy, St. Cecilia Academy, Station Camp High School, and University School of Nashville.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors $10 and children 3-17 are $5. Parking is $3 per car. Admission during Bruce Munro LIGHT Nights will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and $5 for Cheekwood members. For further information call 615-3568000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.