Weeks of Remembrance at the Art Center

The Des Moines Art Center has put on a Dia de los Muertos celebration for 21 years, honoring the traditional Mexican holiday. Photo: Des Moines Art Center

Help honor ancestors at the Des Moines Art Center’s 21st Dia de los Muertos celebration, with events throughout October and the first week of November. One of the main features will be an ofrenda—a traditional Mexican altar, built to honor lost loved ones—created by local artist and executive director of Al Exito Dawn Martinez Oropeza. The piece, inspired by the monarch butterfly and its significance to the indigenous Nahuatl people of southern Mexico and Central America, will be on display in the Art Center lobby from Oct. 19 through Nov. 4

Other works include a series of short videos from Vince Valdez honoring lives lost to COVID-19. Kids can learn more about Dia de lose Muertos by picking up educational kits on Oct. 25, available at local Des Moines Public Library branches. For more updated information and events, head to the Art Center website.

Art Center Launches Capital Campaign With Major Gift
The Des Moines Art Center received a $5 million gift from the Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Fund in support of the museum’s 75th anniversary campaign. The $11 million capital campaign—chaired by Harry Bookey and Pamela Bass-Bookey—will support the expansion of community programming, renovations and improvements to the building, and acquisitions to enhance the museum’s permanent collections. The Macombers were longtime supporters of the Art Center; J. Locke died in 1998 and Harriet in 2020.

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