Altar Display

dia de los muertos ofrenda, day of the dead altar, marigolds Ofrenda Exhibition

2018 Walk of Remembrance at the Ritz Theater

For Dia de los Muertos Festival Visitors:

While visiting the festival, stop by the historical, majestic Ritz Theater on Chaparral Street to tour the Ofrenda Exhibition Walk of Remembrance.  Children, families, artists and other members of the community will create altars for this special display at the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival.

The Altars honor family, friends, military heros, celebrities, writers, activists or community leaders (city, government, education, religion), etc.  Center stage holds the large community altar where anyone may leave a photo of or a message to a deceased loved one.

The Ritz will be open to visitors during the Dia de los Muertos Festival on October 27, 3 to 10:00 pm, and again during ArtWalk, November 2, 6 to 9 pm.

Want to participate! All are welcome!

We invite the community to participate in creating ofrendas (altars) for display at the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. The ofrenda exhibition, honoring loved ones and remembering those who have passed, is an important memorial tradition during Dia de los Muertos.

Anyone may participate: artists, community members, youth groups, social clubs, etc.  Ofrendas may honor any person or theme of your choice – family, military heros, celebrities, writers, activists, or community leaders (city, government, education, religion), etc.

Ofrendas are displayed in the Ritz Theater at 715 N. Chaparral Street. The Ritz will be open to visitors during the Dia de los Muertos Festival on October 28, 3 to 10:00 pm, and again during ArtWalk, November 2, 6 to 9 pm.  The Ritz will be closed and locked at all other times.

Altars must be installed 1 week before the festival and taken down 1 week after

Local teachers and youth group leaders who participate by creating ofrendas with their classes, after-school clubs, and/or youth groups are eligible to receive a supply allowance.  


  • Oct. 5: Deadline to Register – form must be turned in to K Space Contemporary
  • Oct. 20 (Saturday), 10 am to 2 pm: install altar in the Ritz theater, 715 N. Chaparral Street, downtown Corpus Christi.
  • Oct. 27, 3 to 10 pm: Altar display “The Walk of Remembrance” open to visitors.
  • Nov. 2, 5:30 to 9 pm: The Ritz and “The Walk of Remembrance” open to visitors for ArtWalk.
  • Nov. 3, (Saturday) 11 am to 1 pm: Pack up and remove altar items from the Ritz.

DETAILS – Altars of Remembrance

Eligibility: Anyone can participate!  Youth groups ages 5-18 (classes/clubs/after-school) in Corpus Christi and cities within a 50-mile radius, artists and community members.  Each group, club, organization or individual may enter ONE ofrenda.  To participate, fill in the online form at right, OR download and complete the form linked above and fax to 361-882-8665 or email to .

Label: K Space will provide an 8.5” x 11” label for your ofrenda using the information provided on your registration form.

Size: The ofrenda may not exceed 8 feet in width or 5 feet in depth.

Stand Alone:  Ofrendas should be stand alone structures. Participants must bring their own tables, temporary walls and display structures (boxes, shelves, tablecloths, etc.). Some ofrendas will back up against a wall, some will be placed in a stairwell that can be utilized for levels of the ofrenda and some will be placed in the arches of the Ritz near the stage. Drilling, nailing, or tacking into the walls is prohibitted. Command 3M Damage-free hooks may be used on the walls to hang lightweight items, fabric or twinkle lights.

Lighting: The Ritz is equipped with low lighting. Flammables (wax/wick candles) are prohibitted, however, you may use battery-operated candles or tea-lights.

No Sales Please:  We wish to maintain a sense of reverence and memoriam for the deceased honored in the ofrenda display.  This is not a vending booth; Sales are not allowed. If you wish to sell arts, crafts or food items, you must apply for an outdoor booth through our Arts & Crafts Expo application.

Security: Do not to leave valuable items or original photographs on your ofrenda. Leave copies of photos rather than originals.  Attendants will be stationed at the entrance and inside the theater during open hours. You may station an attendant with your ofrenda during the event if you so choose.  At closing time, attendants will usher remaining visitors out, then close and lock the doors.

Register to Create an Altar below:

To participate, complete the form below.