Mexican Day of the Dead
October 30, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us in the courtyard for a folk art celebration of Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos)!
Experience this festive Mexican tradition in which passed loved ones are remembered with joy and celebration. Renowned artist Zafiro Romero-Acevedo returns to the Pelham Art Center to share the history of one of Mexico’s richest traditions through performance and demonstration. Our performers will then kick off the Pelham Halloween Parade down Fifth Avenue!
On Día de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, being invited to share celebrations with their loved ones. Families create ofrendas (offerings) to honor their departed family members. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations! Bring an offering or photo that you’d like to be included in Pelham Art Center’s window display for Day of the Dead! **
**Our community altar is on display until Tuesday, November 2nd. Any offering items you’d like returned should be labeled with your name, e-mail and phone number, and picked up no later than Saturday, November 6th.
Free and Open to All | Costumes Welcome!
Zafiro Romero-Acevedo was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. She arrived with her family in the early 1980’s and has been living in Yonkers ever since. She was brought up in a strong cultural heritage which included Mexican folklore performances, murals, and paper arts. Mrs. Acevedo has been teaching Mexican Folk Art passionately and patiently for more than two decades in the NY Tri-State area, Rockland County, Duchess & Putnam County. She also teaches enrichment programs for public libraries, museums, art centers, public and parochial schools.
Mrs. Acevedo earned her bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, PA, majoring in Computer Graphics Technology in Multimedia and an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts and in Animation. She conducts workshops in Mexican fine arts and traditional Mexican performing arts and theater in Yonkers Public Schools, as well as art centers, museums, and Hispanic festivals throughout the Tri-State area. She is also sponsored through Live Arts Grants from Arts Westchester for mix-media and paint classes for children and adults.
About Telpochcalli Traditional Mexican Performing Arts & Theater
Mission: To educate our audience about Mexican culture and tradition. Art is a part of history as well as history is part of art. Founder and President: Aurelia Fernández-Marure, Executive Director: Zafiro Romero-Acevedo. In 2000, the dance group was formally introduced as Telpochcalli, for the Aztec word “Youth House.” Since that time, Telpochcalli has danced in many festivals throughout the New York Metropolitan area.