A Promise Not to Forget: Día de los Muertos 2016 Interactive Drawing Circle, October 21, 6:30–9:00 pm

Day of the Dead 2016 photo

Now in its 17th year, the annual Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Merging traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations, the exhibition presents an array of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead. Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and personal and collective histories, more than 25 altars by over 50 participating Día de los Muertos artists build a dense environment of creativity that creates space for meaningful reflection and community engagement.

Learn more about the exhibition and the curatorial vision behind this year’s theme.

The drawing circle provides a unique opportunity to experience this powerful exhibition by creating your own artwork and learning directly from renowned artist, activist and Day of the Dead curator René Yañez.

Chosen by father and son curators René & Rio Yañez, this year’s theme, A Promise Not to Forget is a call to remember our ancestors and honor especially those whose lives have been unnecessarily lost due to violence.


A Promise Not to Forget: Día de los Muertos Exhibition
On view Friday, October 7–Saturday, November 5, 2016
Extended gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm

Opening Event
Friday, October 76–9pm
$12–15 sliding scale admission
Tickets: promiseopens.eventbrite.com
Exhibition unveiling features a Día de los Muertos inspired artist market and music by Manicato.

Closing Event
Saturday, November 5, 6–9pm
$7–10 sliding scale admission
The final opportunity to view and interact with the altars features live music and interactive installations.