Join SPARC on Sunday, October 27th for our 17th annual Día de los Muertos celebration and ritual. SPARC partners with Professor Martha Ramirez-Oropeza and over 100 UCLA students every year to honor the memories of those who have passed on. Students will build intricate altars that represent Día de los Muertos traditions from regions across Mexico and Central America. Professor Ramirez-Oropeza will lead an invocation ritual in Nahuatl, Spanish and English that calls the spirits to join the celebration. Be a part of our ceremony by bringing a photograph of a loved one for our community altar created by Broadway Elementary School parents led by Candy Angel.

There will be live musical performances by the LA Rams Mariachi Band led by Grammy Nominated Artist Jose Hernandez and Pío Pico Middle School’s Stage Band led by Music Director Randy Rodarte. A traditional Pre-Hispanic Aztec dance performance will lead into the Calling of the Spirits invocation ritual at sunset.

Stay warm the entire night with a coffee bar pop up inside SPARC, featuring Don Leo Coffee and their specialty roasts from El Salvador! Proceeds from coffee sales will benefit SPARC art programs. Delicious Oaxacan food by local vendors will also be available throughout the evening. And, our two galleries will be open late! If you haven’t yet, stop by and catch our current art exhibitions.

  • 4:30 to 4:50 – Performance by LA Rams Mariachi Band led by Jose Hernandez
  • 5:00 to 5:20 – Performance by Pío Pico Middle School Stage Band led by Randy Rodarte
  • 5:30 to 5:50 – Traditional Pre-Hispanic Aztec Dance Performance
  • 6:00 to 6:30 – Invocation Ritual by UCLA Professor Martha Ramirez-Oropeza

Spend the rest of the evening visiting 15+ altars and two art exhibitions in SPARC galleries, and enjoying specialty coffee and Oaxacan food with friends and family!

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