Día de Muertos
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our programs and events, as well as the flow of the building. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance, guests must sign-in at the front desk, everyone (staff and guests) must wear a mask correctly, and maintain six foot social distancing.
Celebrate & learn more about this traditional holiday taking place online, with onsite ofrendas (altars) and papel picado art installations from November 1-14th.*
Save the date for Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)! Día de Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates deceased family members through music, storytelling, food, and ofrendas (altars). Join us for a hybrid event including both virtual and outdoor, in-person options that include exploration of ofrendas, papel picado window art installations, take-home art-making kits, and virtual performances of dancing, singing, and storytelling by Grupo Folclórico Macehuani. Plus, share a photo, drawing, or stories about your deceased loved ones by adding to our virtual community memorial wall on our Facebook event (please note that all memorial wall posts will be pre-approved)!
Additional information, including a schedule of events, will be announced shortly!
Contact us at GPAC@indy.gov for any questions.
*Though Día de Muertos is traditionally celebrated Nov 1-2, we want to give visitors the opportunity to engage with our installations and virtual content for a couple weeks to educate and experience the traditions of this celebration!
Take-Home Kits are free but limited quantity – pre-registration is required. Pick-up will be Oct 17-31 during open hours.
Our open hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Create your own papel picado banner to celebrate Día de Muertos from the comfort of your own home! Papel picado is a traditional form of artwork from Mexico that is made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of paper. Imagery, such as skulls, often adorn these papel picado banners used on ofrendas (altars) and décor during Día de Muertos celebrations. Reserve your kit, complete with tissue paper, string, scissors, gluesticks, and templates, to create your own Día de Muertos papel picado banner. Directions in Spanish and English are also included. Tune into our annual Día de Muertos celebration Nov 1-14, including virtual performances, a memorial wall, and onsite ofrendas + papel picado art installations viewable in the Garfield Park Arts Center building windows.
Create your own mini ofrenda (altar) to celebrate Día de Muertos from the comfort of your own home! Creating an ofrenda to honor a loved one who has passed away is at the center of traditional Dia de Muertos celebrations. These kits include a box, tacky glue, two tealights, gemstones, printouts of iconic Dia de Muertos imagery, silk flowers, markers, and two rolls of washi tape. Add personal objects that honor your deceased loved ones to personalize your mini altar. Tune into our annual Día de Muertos celebration Nov 1-14, including virtual performances, a memorial wall, and onsite ofrendas + papel picado art installations viewable in the Garfield Park Arts Center building windows.