200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
October 23, 2021
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Park Performance Lawn (Near Hill Street)
Suspended last year due to the pandemic, the traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony honoring the dead returns to Grand Park as a live event and performance. A co-presentation by Grand Park and Self Help Graphics, the joint event of reflection and remembrance will feature a communal circle and blessing led by the indigenous community and also include poetry and dance. In a continued partnership with Grand Park, LACMA will host two family-friendly arts-based workshops dedicated to making personalized calavera—one of the most recognizable cultural and artistic elements of the Day of the Dead festivities. Each 20-minute workshop held throughout Noche de Ofrenda will engage kids to create their own calavera using air dry clay, paper plates and other craft items as LACMA teaching artists show park-goers how to sculpt, shape and transform ordinary materials into colorful Día de Los Muertos artworks. LACMA will also host a “Tree of Life” in Grand Park encouraging park-goers to write the name of a passed loved one on a colorful ribbon; the name and ribbon will remain placed on the tree in remembrance for the duration of Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos.
7PM: Words by Councilmember Kevin De Leon, CD14
7:05PM: General Lázaro Arvizu of Danza Xipe Totec, with special guest Jeniffer Sanchez, performing Danza de la Muerte
7:25PM: Land Acknowledgement by Self Help Graphics & Art Board Chair, endy bernal
7:30PM: Journey to Mictlan by Grupo Folklórico Huitzillin, Teatro Aztlán de CSUN and CA.
7:55PM: Poetry Performance by Gloria Alvarez & Greg “Goyo” Hernandez
8:10PM: Closing Words by Maestra Ofelia Esparza & Rosanna Esparza Ahrens
8:15PM: Music by Maurice de la Falaise
METRO B LINE (RED) OR D LINE (PURPLE) TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION. USE TRANSIT APP FOR MORE ROUTE OPTIONS.
There are three Metro Bike Share stations within walking distance of Grand Park:
- Hope & 1st
- 2nd & Hill
- Grand & Temple
Check the station map online or in the Metro Bike Share app to view bike and dock availability.
Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.