This workshop will be held on October 21, 2017 as a pre-event to the Day of the Dead festival on October 29. Workshop participants will learn about the history and traditions of the “El Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) holiday as celebrated in Mexico. After a brief history of the holiday, participants will begin the hands-on crafting portion of the workshop. As is traditional for the Day of the Dead, in honor of those who passed away, tombstones and relics are dedicated to their memory and as a form of celebration. The focus of the workshop is to craft tombstones and paper masks for the upcoming festival that participants can take home.  For the workshop, families have the option of bringing a picture of a loved one or an idol who has passed away. Families may also bring their own cereal or shoe boxes for the activity. Other craft-making activities will also be available.

The workshop will continue from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Bechtler.


Brenda Ramos is a non-profit program coordinator, educator, artist and graphic designer born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Charlotte, NC. Ramos teaches K-12 arts and craft classes and has a passion for the arts. Her mission is to inspire her students to explore their creative selves without limits.

Julio Gonzalez is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the southeast United States. Born to a Honduran mother and a Mexican father, Gonzalez explores mixed heritage and the feeling of being “from somewhere else” through his art. He is a current resident at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation

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