The 2012 Dia de los Muertos Street Festival is set for Nov. 2, 2012, 5:30 pm to midnight. Now in our fifth year, El Dia de los Muertos Street Festival has become THE downtown block party of the year, with lots of fun and entertainment for young and old alike. Don’t miss this exciting night filled with art, piñatas, food, demonstrations, kids activities, dancing, and live music, music, music!
The 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Street Festival is held in the 400 & 500 blocks of Starr and 600-700 blocks of Mesquite Streets in downtown Corpus Christi. The festival includes an Hecho-a-Mano (made-by-hand) Art Expo, Kids’ Activity Corner, Art Demonstrations, live music, Mariachis, Folklorico dancers, a community altar, food, drinks and more. Wear a costume, or have your face painted at the event!
At 6:00 pm, Dia de los Muertos revelers will parade down People’s Street through ArtWalk then over to Starr Street ending at the main stage at Starr and Chaparral. The parade will end at 6:45 p.m will a performance by Mariachi Aduila. Additional live music for the remainder of the evening includes popular Texas bands Latin Talk, Los Bad Apples and La Guerrilla on the Andrews MainStage, (sponsored by Andrews Distributing Co.). Stage 2, sponsored by the Downtown Management District will feature several local and regional folklorico and cultural dance companies.
sugar skulls made in Oct. 5th workshop
This year, the Dia de los Muertos Festival is adding educational programming thanks to funding from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. Throughout the month of October, K Space Contemporary is hosting workshops in crafts such as papier mache’, sugar skulls, and papel picaco. (FMI: http://www.diadelosmuertoscc.com/workshops/) In addition, the Kid’s Corner at the festival will feature more activities, including a rock climbing wall and a game of Piñata busting.
Another new enhancement is a Dia de los Muertos fine art exhibition on display inside K Space Contemporary with the Extravagancia de Pinatas exhibition. The Dia de los Muertos art exhibition is curated by Lynda Jones and funded by Texas Commission on the Arts. 25 contemporary artists from South Texas have been invited to create artworks inspired by Dia de los Muertos. Extravagancia de Piñatas, sponsored by Navy Army CCU, features piñatas created by area youth. This exhibit is delightfully colorful and large scale, and benefits local schools as the winners receive money for classroom art supplies. Be sure to go inside K Space Contemporary for this exciting exhibit.
Our Hecho a Mano Art Expo features over 50 artists offering original arts, crafts, jewelry, and numerous Dia de los Muertos related trinkets. This is one of the best events in the city to find unusual and original art, gifts, decorative items, and jewelry. Anyone interested in being a vendor can find guidelines and registration information www.diadelosmuertoscc.com/vendor-information.
TAMUCC’s Printmaking students will demonstrate woodblock printing on paper and t-shirts. These students will also build a community altar to which visitors may add memorial notes, drawings or photos, or even food for loved ones who have passed. TAMUCC Art Department’s “Hold Steady Crew” will demonstrate iron casting and will offer visitors an opportunity to create their own small iron sculpture. Students from Del Mar College will also be present selling their works.
Dia de los Muertos Street Festival is coordinated by the Electra Art*Axis Tattoo, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi Downtown Management District, and House of Rock. Sponsors at this time include Andrews Distributing, AEP Texas, Navy Army Community Credit Union, D.M.B. Construction, Stripes, Cricket, Scott Ellison Law Offices, Gignac & Associates, Dr. Harley F. Moody, Steve McMains Law Offices, Appliance Mart, Jordan & Austin Anderson, Grande Communications, Tara & Jason Hoelscher and Crawdaddy’s Restaurant.
Proceeds from the event benefit K Space Contemporary, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit arts organization. We are accepting sponsors and seeking vendors and volunteers. Information about Workshops, Vending, Sponsorship and the Dia de los Muertos holiday is available at www.diadelosmuertoscc.com.