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Souls of the City Returns to Old Sacramento for Dia de Los Muertos

Since 2011, Sol Collective has worked to bring the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to the Sacramento community. Shrouded in mysticism for many North Americans, Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrating and honoring the lives of relatives and ancestors past. Sol Collective’s annual Souls of the City festival and cultural arts programming offer hands-on education about the deep-rooted history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos.

For the sixth year, and in partnership with the Sacramento History Museum, Sol Collective will be hosting workshops in sugar skull making, altar building, and the history of Dia de los Muertos through arts. These workshops are open to anyone in the community interested in learning about the ancient traditions and culture behind Dia de Los Muertos.

Sol Collective believes that it is through open education and sharing of cultures that respect, understanding, and equity are cultivated. In our current political climate it is this education that separates cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. We encourage community members of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds to come out, learn the history, and participate in honoring their loved ones passed.

 

Souls of the City 2017 Schedule:

October 14 // 11am -2pm // Mini Altars and Magnets with Florentina Favela
Florentina Favela, local artist and teacher, will be instructing the Mini Altar workshop at the Sol Collective this year for the sixth year running! Join us as we prepare to honor our loved ones with a miniature altar to display in your home, office, or classroom. Bring your own personal photo (smaller sized photocopies work best) and other items that remind you of your loved ones. Set up your altar with mini pan dulce, candles, flowers, and other items to add to your ofrenda! This workshop is suitable for all ages.
 
October 21 // 11am -2pm // Plaster Masks with Amar Azucena Cid
This workshop will teach the traditions of creating Dia de Los Muertos masks using plaster. These masks are traditionally used to hide one’s identity during Dia de Los Muertos ceremony. Participants will learn
the techniques behind plaster mask making and decoration. This workshop is hands-on and communal. All participants will leave with a custom created plaster mask they have created.
 
October 21 // 11am -2pm // Sugar Skulls
Sugar skulls are a traditional offering used to celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Usually placed as decorations to recognize those who have passed away, the sugar skull represents a departed soul and can have the name written on the forehead to be placed at a home altar or gravestone to honor the loved ones no longer with us. In this workshop Sugar Skulls will be colorfully decorated with icing, tin foil, glitter and colorful sugars. Fun for the whole family! And If cared for and kept dry, they can last for years.
All workshops sliding scale donation $5-$10 *No one turned away for lack of funds!! Scholarships available: sol@solcollective.org
 
Honoring Our Past – October 19 // 5:30pm-8pm // Sacramento History Museum
Join community members as they discuss the meaning and history of Dia de los Muertos.

Souls of the City Festival – November 4 // 6pm-10pm // Sacramento History Museum

We invite the entire community to come join us as Sacramento Aztec Dancers Maquilli Tonatiuh lead the official Day of the Dead ceremony at the annual Souls of the City festival in Old Sacramento.
More information about Souls of City activities are available at SolCollective.org

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Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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