El Dia De Los Muertos at Cheekwood on Saturday, October 27
popular Latin American family celebration, El Dia de los Muertos, will
be held at Cheekwood on Saturday, October 27 with activities including
live performances, a Mexican marketplace, and interactive art activities
Now in its thirteenth 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-members, adults and children 17 and under are free.
For the fifth year, Cheekwood is holding a Tapete Display and Competition with ten 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 Grupo Folklorico Hispanoamericano, Destellos Culturales de Nashville, Serenatta, Viva Mexico Mariachis, the San Rafael Trio, DOSVOCESDEMEXICO, Kazique, and Revolfusion.
Art projects and activities include decorating the memory tree, making paper marigolds, crafting colorful Monarch butterflies, creating 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 Mexican 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 Elena Vargas, Rachel Hensley, Vera’s Innovations, Lucky Charm Jewelry, and Grupo Hispano America.
History and Tours: Community altars or ‘ofrendas’ will be displayed in Botanic Hall and there will be bilingual tours of Cheekwood’s Museum of Art given by our knowledgeable docents. 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: St. Bernard Academy, Eagleville High School, Whites Creek High School, Cane Ridge High School, Meigs Acedemic Magnet, University School of Nashville, Davidson Academy, Lone Oak High School, John Early Museum Magnet Middle School and Father Ryan 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 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. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.