Ofrendas in Oakwood Cemetery

News posted Oct. 24, 2019 - 6:00 am

Inspired by Dia de Los Muertos, Raleigh Arts is collaborating with community partners and artists on a series of events that explore the concepts of loss, grief, & resilience. It all begins Friday, Oct. 25 with the ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ and ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด at ๐—ข๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†!

The Ofrendas, created by local artists, are free and open to the public. Access to the artwork is at the entrance of the Oakwood Cemetery. All people are welcome to participate in the community shared altar & leave offerings of special meaning.

Local artists Angela Lombardi, Chance Murray, Renzo Ortega, Harriet Hoover, Chad Smith, Linette & Victor Knight, Andrรฉ Leon Gray, and Angela Salamanca have each brought their creativity to the altar pieces to create powerful artworks about love, loss, and resilience.

The Ofrendas will occur in conjunction with a ticketed storytelling, ๐—˜๐—น ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐˜€. The event at the Oakwood mausoleum will be hosted by Centro to benefit the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club. Get tickets to the storytelling event.

For accessibility questions about the event, please call 919-996-5657. The community Ofrenda is located near the roadway and semi-accessible to people with limited mobility, but will require a short journey over grass.

Additional events that combine art, artists and Dia de Los Muertos will occur throughout the week.

Schedule of Events:

Storytelling Event in the Mausoleum & Ofrenda Night
Oct. 25, 7 to 10 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery

Join us in celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Centro will have four speakers, sharing stories on loss, love, grief and redemption. There will be snacks, warm Mexican ponche, wine, beer, and live puppets.


The Day of the Dead Race
Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centro + Oakwood Cemetery

A race celebrating community, tradition, and diversity. Bike rides, altars, races, and music have all been part of the celebration since 2009. Once again, Centro has partnered with the wonderful folks at the Brentwood Boy & Girls Club who continue to do an incredible job of providing after school activities for the Latin American community.

Dia de Muertos Make + Take w/Centro and Brentwood Boys and Girls Club
Oct. 26, 10 a.m. at Artspace

El Dia de la Familia
Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Carolina Museum of Art

Honor Frida, Diego, and your ancestors on this day of remembrance! Discover art, music, and performance traditions from Central America, and enjoy free access to the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism.

Candlelight Ofrenda Night
Oct. 26, 7 to 8 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery

Altars and artworks will be lit up by candlelight from 7 to 8 pm. During this time, the community is welcome to view the artworks and participate by bringing their own offerings to the altar.

First Friday
Nov. 1, 6 to 10 p.m. at Artspace

Artspace will be hosting a special Dรญa de Muertos Celebration as part of First Friday. The Brentwood Girls and Boy's Club, and artist Lety Alvarez's students will each make ofrendas in the Lobby. Dia de los Casi Muertos, an exhibition by Julio Gonzalez curated by Rafael Osuba will be on view in Studio 206, + work by local Latinx artists in the corridors.

Candlelight Ofrenda Night
Nov. 2, 7 to 8 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery

The last chance for the community to come participate and view the installations.

Special Thanks to Centro, Oakwood Cemetery, Brentwood Boys & Girls Club, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Artspace.

For more information, contact

  • Raleigh Arts, 919-996-5657
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