Call for Art: DIA asks local artists to create ofrendas for special display

The Detroit Institute of Art is asking local artists to submit proposals for ofrendas that will be displayed at the museum from Oct. 24 to Nov. 2.

An ofrenda (Spanish for "offering") is a collection of objects that decorate an altar in order to honor a deceased loved one or friend, a relative by blood or spirit. These altars are created during the Dia de los Muertos celebration that takes place around the same time as Halloween. Generally they include sugar skulls, marigolds, and pictures along with more personal objects meant to comfort the deceased. Beer, a favorite food, cigarettes, playing cards, or any creature comfort cherished by those being honored can also be included in the altar. These objects help personalize the ofrenda, making it a special gift to the departed loved one. 

Artists are asked to submit their proposals by Monday, Sept. 29 and all selected artists will be notified by Monday, Oct. 6. 

Proposals should include a short bio, dimensions of the proposed project, materials to be used, technical needs, a description of the work and an estimated budget along with a sketch of the ofrenda. They should be sent to Carrie Morris, the DIA program manager, at [email protected] Check here for more info. 

Artists will receive a small stipend as well as monies for materials to credit the ofrendas. 

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Alysa Zavala-Offman

Alysa Zavala-Offman is the managing editor of Detroit Metro Times. She lives in the downriver city of Wyandotte with her husband, toddler, mutt, and two orange cats.
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