Columbia College Chicago

Community Ofrenda: Reclaiming Ancestors and Traditions

Columbia College Chicago student's exhibition is a colorful community "ofrenda" inspired by the Mexican holiday, "Dias de los Muertos". This special and temporal "ofrenda" will be dedicated in reclaiming traditions and ancestors. Their community "ofrenda" inspired by Mexican traditional altars, complete with candles and yellow-orange "cempazuchitl" flowers.

These traditions can be seen as Catholic but are in fact linked to Central America and Mexico’s Maya and Mexica (Aztec) beliefs. Color plays a festive role in remembering the dead; "papel picado" (a colorful paper art banner) is present with butterflies symbolizing regeneration and transformation, within Pre-Columbian beliefs that it represents past souls.

This "ofrenda" will also have codex books made by students enrolled in the HHSS dept. course: "LATIN AMERICAN ART, LITERATURE AND MUSIC", taught by Part-time Faculty Jesus Macarena-Avila.

Ofrenda will be available for viewing throughout October 9 and November 27, 2019.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 to 12:00am

Library, 1st Floor Entrance
624 S Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605

Event Type

Exhibition, Class, Date, Holiday, Important Date


Library, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities, History and Social Sciences


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Contact Name

Oscar Valdez

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