General Information for 2019 Day of the Dead Festival

2019 Day of the Dead Festival

November 1st, 5:00 – 11:00 PM.

Living Arts of Tulsa, in partnership with Guthrie Green, is hosting Tulsa’s annual Day of the Dead Festival on November 1, 2019, 5:00 – 11:00 PM. Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration of the Hispanic heritage honoring loved ones who have passed away.

Activities will include live music, merchant vendors, face painting, dancing, mariachi and salsa bands, food, and drink. The festival will celebrate Día de Los Muertos tradition with a display of altars to honor those who have passed. The altars will be up through November 22, 2019 at Living Arts of Tulsa.

 

Altar Application - Application Open until October 11th, 2019

Mural Application - Application Extended until October 11th, 2019

Merchant Vendor Application - Application Extended until October 11th, 2019. All submissions will be sent to Guthrie Green though Living Arts - PRICE IS $25  ***Guthrie Green will be providing 10x10 tents, 8-foot table, lights, and 2 chairs.

Food Vendor Application - Application Open until September 27th, 2019. All Food Truck submissions will be sent to Guthrie Green though Living Arts - PRICE IS $50 

Classroom Altar Application - Application Open until September 27th, 2019

Sponsorship Levels:

Sponsorship Packet (English Version)

Sponsorship Packet (Spanish Version) - Coming Soon!

 

La Cultura Sponsor

$5,000 Presenting Sponsor

Gain authentic exposure and develop a relationship with the Latino community of the Tulsa Area through an event sponsorship. Día de los Muertos Festival draws up to 5,000 diverse peoples from across the Tulsa Area for a day of music, dance, culture, and food.

  • Presenting Sponsor "Presented by..."
  • Sponsor name and logo prominently included in event print advertising
  • 20x20ft product sample booth in a prominent area
  • Recognition at Opening Ceremony
  • Speaking opportunity during Opening Ceremony
  • Name incorporated into media releases and interviews
  • Public address announcements read on stage throughout event
  • Logo featured on event website with a link to your website
  • Logo prominently placed on posters displayed throughout the community
  • Corporate name mentioned in pre- and post-event email blast
  • Social Media Recognition

 

La Familia Sponsor

$3,000 Sustaining Sponsor

  • Sponsor name and logo prominently included in event print advertising
  • 10x10 booths in a prominent location
  • Sponsor name incorporated into media releases and stories
  • Public address announcements read on stage throughout event
  • Logo featured on event website with a link to your website
  • Logo prominently placed on posters displayed throughout the community
  • Corporate name mentioned in pre- and post-event email blast
  • Social Media Recognition

 

La Educación Sponsor

$1000 Education Sponsor

Sponsorship funding goes directly to Teachers in support of student ofrendas (altars).  School districts include Tulsa Public Schools, Jenks Public Schools, Owasso Public Schools, Bixby Public Schools and Union Public Schools as well as Holland Hall, Cascia Hall and Bishop Kelly.

  • Logo included on all signage, screens, maps, posters, vinyl and digital signage
  • Specific signage stating that the student ofrendas are funded specifically by these sponsors
  • Logo and brief sponsor introduction to teachers when ofrenda applications are sent out.

 

El Amigo Sponsor

$1,000 Supporting Sponsor

  • Logo featured on event website with a link to your website
  • Sponsor name incorporated into media releases and stories
  • Logo prominently placed on posters displayed throughout the community
  • Corporate name mentioned in pre- and post-event email blast
  • Social Media Recognition

 

El Comunidad Sponsor

$500 Participating Sponsor

  • Logo featured on event website with a link to your website
  • Corporate name mentioned in pre- and post-event email blast
  • Social Media Recognition

 

What is Day of the Dead?

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration held in Mexico and in Central American countries where family members commemorate their ancestors in a way that is different from customs in the United States. This important holiday is held on November 1 and November 2. It is a holiday that mixes parts of Roman Catholicism with Native American traditions that pre-date the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas.

Families often set up offerings or altars called ofrendas, either at home or at the cemetery. Throughout the Dia de los Muertos will remember their ancestors by honoring their memory, by feasting on foods (such as pan de muerto or calaveras de azucar), and playing or singing the songs which were favored by their ancestors. Some ofrendas are also decorated with marigolds and calaveras made of papier-mache.

The Altars of Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead celebrations is based on the belief that the souls of the ones gone can come back to this world on these days. The Day of the Dead altars is the most prominent feature in the celebration because they show the souls the way to their home. Altars make the souls (animas) feel welcomed and show them they have not been forgotten.

A traditional altar has some form of the following.

  • Picture - A picture of the evoked relative is placed in the altar to make him present and revive his image.
  • Flowers - The altar is decorated with fresh flowers as it is believed that their scent will make the returning souls feel welcomed and happy.
  • Different Levels - In some areas altars are made with two levels that symbolize heaven and earth; in others they are made with three levels for heaven, purgatory, and earth; and there are places where altars with seven levels are placed, each of these levels represents the steps a soul has to make to get to heaven.
  • An Arch - Symbolizes the entrance to the world of the dead. In the places where it's set, it can be made with flowers.
  • Day of the Dead Bread - or pan de muertos is different in every region of the country and one of the most important elements in the altar as it is a fraternal offering to the souls in the Catholic sense.
  • Candy Skulls - Sugar, chocolate or amaranth seed skulls represent the death and its every moment presence.
  • Candies - Alfeñique (almonds paste) fruits, donkeys, angels and skeletons and all kind of homemade candies are set to treat the children's souls.
  • Ornaments - Candleholders, incense burners, papier mache or clay figurines such as skulls or skeletons doing a certain activity or animals. In some areas, a clay Xoloitzcuintli dog is set in the altar to make the children souls feel good in their arrival to the fete.