David Zamora Casas, a local artist, deeply influenced by la cultura has constructed a 15 ft tall altar in Main Plaza, the heart of the city. The public is invited to interact with the altar by placing photos or memorabilia of their dearly departed as a remembrance. A public reception will be held Nov. 1st from 6:30 to 9pm with a sneak peak on October 29th during the Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio Festival, High School Group and All-Star Competition.
The altar will be on display at Main Plaza from October 29th to November 12th. During the reception, we will serve Champurrado and Pan de Muerto.
Also, featuring, Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio and Bailando Sin Fronteras Dance Company Blessing by Karla Aguilar and Calaveras Poems read by Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein.
For the past 20 years, artist David Zamora Cases has created sacred altar installations in cultural arts centers, galleries, museums, universities in the United States and Mexico, as well as private and public spaces, honoring the spiritual themes traditional to Dia De Los Muertos. David advises, “My life’s work has always been connected to oral history, storytelling, culture, issues of time, place, and variations of family.”
Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico, throughout Latin America and in the United States on two days in November. Traditionally, November 1st is the day specifically for children and infants, “El Dia de los Angelitos”. Los Niños Ofrendas could be sugar skulls, toys, and a special sweet bread in the shape of a skeleton called Pan de Muerto.
The Final Acts Project, a theatre, creative arts and humanities based public health initiative, will collaborate with artist/filmmaker Laura Varela, artist David Zamora Casas and Main Plaza Conservancy in events that address legacy, planning, life and death. The programming includes community art workshops at the Bhil Haus Arts and the Haven for Hope.
Main Plaza Conservancy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing San Antonio and its visitors with the cultural and historical “heart of the city”; bringing an awareness of family and community combined with history and heritage.
All events are FREE and open to the public. Free weekend parking is available for Main Plaza visitors at one of two Frost Bank street-level parking lots Friday nights 5p.m. to midnight and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. midnight.