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Celebrate Dias de Muertos 2019 at CSUMB Salinas City Center

November 1, 2019


CSUMB at Salinas City Center


Free! With Enchiladas! Join us!

CSUMB's Salinas Dias de Muertos is inclusive of all cultures (and plants and animals). The event centers on natural cycles, including how we perceive death. The opening on November 1 has free food, dancing, films, music, poetry readings, costumes, art, faceprinting, crafts, health screening and more!


The day begins at 11:00 am with Celebrating our families: Dia de los Muertos Storytime

Group of story tellers posing

-an event for families with young children. Art workshops and story time with Early Childhood Education Professor Mayra Almodóvar. Ed.D. and her students. Come and let's read books, and do some fun hands-on activities! Co-sponsored by Hartnell College.

At 3:00 pm Interactive Workshops will begin and continue throughout the night:



and more...

Have your face painted, learn to create Dias de Muertos crafts like cempasuchil (marigold flowers) and papel picado (cut paper). Engage in a workshop on documenting family stories with the Salinas Library and Steinbeck Center. Celebrate cultures and icons with CSUMB's Otter Cross Cultural Center and Associated Students, creating a celestial installation and Polaroid selfies. Have a free health screening with the CSUMB Physicians Program, learn about exercise from CSUMB Kinesiology and learn about CSUMB from our admissions representatives.

A very detailed, colorful art sculpture

4:30 pm An intimate conversation with featured artist, Kay Villalobos about her incredible sculptures and collages. Hosted by Salinas Public Library.

Everyone lined up waiting to present their presen
Woman is standing in front of audience reading a poem

5:00 pm Calaveritas Literarias and Poetry Readings Hear poetry from CSUMB World Languages and Culture Students as well as renowned poets Rachelle Escamilla and Jeremy Michael Vasquez.

Child looking at the altar
Artist posing in her exhibit

We will feature a beautiful, community-based arts exhibition curated by Hijos del Sol Arts Productions featuring artworks from CSUMB and the community. CSUMB Service Learning Associate Director Andrea Monroe and students will create an exhibition on Afro-Latino cultural traditions relating to death and we feature the artists Kay Villalobos' creations. Visitors will also be able to have a sneak preview of the 'CSUMB Honors Veterans' exhibiton.

Photo of a member from Azolomi Danza Azteca

5:15 pm Azolomi Danza Azteca (Native American Dancing and Blessing

5:45 pm MexiDanza will perform a play from Michoacan - Dia de los Muertos and a traditional from Nuevo Leon the Mexican border town dance.

6:00 pm Alma y Tradicion muscial performance (presented by ACFA)

6:30 pm The Dias de Muertos procession begins. Leaving from CSUMB Salinas City Center and Continuning around the 100 block

Group holding flowers for the altar

7:00 pm Catering is served in the Courtyard 1 - free enchiladas and chocolate is served in an immersive courtyard marigold installation created by CSUMB Environmental studies students.

7:15 pm MexiDanza Dances performing Adelitas from Jalisco and la danza de los Viejitos from Michoacan.

Films curated by CSUMB Cinematic Arts and Technology Department Chair, Luis Camara including Macario will be projected outside in the second courtyard.

Girls Performing/Danza

7:40 pm The always incredible Tonatiuh Danzantes del Quinto Sol performs!

8:30 pm Music from CSUMB Music and Performing Arts department

8:45 pm Calavaritas Literarias and poetry encore presentation

9 pm-close

The following diverse events are Dias de Muertos exhibition programming:

  • November 14th: 6 pm- Hospice Sound Installation Project - a lecture by Professor Lanier Sammons
  • November 21st: Silencio - Films by Professor Luis Camara - 6pm
  • November 22nd- Calaveras Literarias - Professor Luis Camara - 6pm
  • December 6th: 5pm-7pm "Herencias" - Maria Villasenor
  • December 6th: Culture of Gastronomy Night - Professor Angel Gonzalez and students, College of Business

The partners who created these exhibitions and programs met throughout the year in collaboration. They include CSUMB Salinas City Center and Hijos del Sol Art Productions with the following CSUMB Departments: Admissions, Associated Students, Environmental Studies, Cinematic Arts, College of Business, Human Communication, Kinesiology, Music and Performing Arts, Otter Cross-Cultural Center, Physician Assistant Program, Service Learning Institute, Spanish Club, Undocu-Otters and World Languages and Cultures and Salinas Community Partners, Alisal Center for Center for the Fine Arts, Azolomi Danza Azteca, Baktun 12, Hartnell College, MexiDanza, Salinas Public Library, National Steinbeck Center and Tonatiuh Danzantes del Quinto Sol. Sponsored by Bank of America, Arts Council for Monterey, Packard Foundation and California State University, Monterey Bay.

Salinas Center for Arts & Culture