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Calhoun Makes Community Ofrendas for Día de los Muertos

While learning about Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, the Calhoun community made two ofrendas – one at 74th Street and one at 81st Street. As MS art teacher Amy Konen and MS Spanish teacher Linda Sandoval write, "An ofrenda or altar is an important tradition in celebrating Día de los Muertos." The entire community was invited to "come together to recognize and joyfully honor the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us" by adding an offering to the ofrenda. 

LS-EC students began their study about the holiday in their Spanish and Creative Movement y Música classes with Priscilla Marrero and Mariana Iranzi. They made watercolor paintings of marigolds to add to the ofrenda.

Two photos of students making observational drawings and watercolor paintings of marigolds.


Sixth grade Spanish students created sugar skulls and paper flowers, and MS printmaking students made prints inspired by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. 

Two photos of MS students decorating sugar skulls.


Community members added photographs, poems, letters and candles to complete the ofrendas. 

Photo collage of the LS-EC and MS community offends.

The 74th Street and 81st Street community ofrendas.



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