EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATES ITS FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY AT CHEEKWOOD ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
NASHVILLE, TN. – The popular Latin American family celebration, El Día de los Muertos, will be held at Cheekwood on Saturday, November 1with activities including live performances, an international marketplace, and interactive art activities for everyone.
Now in its fifteenth 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 seventh year, Cheekwood is holding a Tapete Display and Competition with 12 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, Mariachi Mucho Corazón, Aztec Dancers, Los Delgados, Marcela Pinilla Band 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 dancing calacas puppets.
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 Jacqueline Almaguer, Vera’s Innovations, Lucky Charm Jewelry, and EV Mex Folk Art.
History and Tours: Community altars or ‘ofrendas’ will be created by groups such as Casa de la Cultura Latino Americana, Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies, 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: Baylor School, Cane Ridge High School, Davidson Academy, Eagleville High School, Father Ryan High School, Franklin High School, Harding Academy, Harpeth Hall School, Oakland High School, St. Bernard Academy, St. Cecilia Academy, University School of Nashville and Westmoreland High School.
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 presents world-class art exhibitions, showcases breathtaking gardens, and offers education programs and seasonal festivals to school children and families as well as to the citizens of Nashville and its visitors. Its attendance and membership have dramatically increased in recent years, and the institution has become an increasingly accessible and relevant place in the Nashville community. In 2013, Cheekwood welcomed over 300,000 visitors, making us one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 12,000 member households.
Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.