General Information for Day of the Dead Arts Festival 2021

(English)

Living Arts of Tulsa, in partnership with Casa de la Cultura and Guthrie Green is hosting Tulsa’s annual Día de los Muertos Arts Festival on November 5, 2021. Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration of the Latinx heritage honoring loved ones who have passed away.  The festival will be held in-person and will also have virtual elements available for the public.

This year’s festival will take place on November 5th from 4:00-10:00 PM.  This will overlap with the Tulsa Arts District’s November First Friday.  Food trucks will be located at both Living Arts and Guthrie Green, performances will be scheduled at the Guthrie Green Stage and in the Living Arts Parking Lot, and vendors will be located along Reconciliation Way between both locations.

The in-person programming includes free art kits - available on a first come, first serve basis, an activity station hosted by Gilcrease Museum, and several performances of Boxcar presented by TelaTúlsa during the month of November.

There will be a private blessing of altars on November 1, 2021 for family and friends (invitation only).

Please note that Living Arts of Tulsa does not charge admission to view exhibitions.

 

Información general para el Festival de Artes del Dia de los Muertos 2021

(Español) 

Living Arts de Tulsa, en colaboración con Casa de la Cultura y Guthrie Green, va a presentar el festival anual del Día de los Muertos el quinto de noviembre de 2021. El Día de Los Muertos es una celebración de origen latino para honrar a los queridos que han fallecido. El festival tomará lugar en persona y también tendrá elementos virtuales disponibles al público.

El festival de este año tomará lugar el quinto de noviembre de 4:00- 9:00 PM. El evento coincidirá con el primer viernes de noviembre del distrito de arte de Tulsa. Trocas de comida van a ser localizadas alrededor de Guthrie Green. Actos musicales tomarán lugar en Guthrie Green y en el estacionamiento de Living Arts de Tulsa. Vendedores estarán estacionados en la calle entre Living Arts y Guthrie Green.

La programación en persona incluirá Kits de arte gratuitos que serán distribuidos a los primeros que los reclamen en Living Arts, programación por parte de Gilcrease y varias actuaciones de ‘Boxcar’ por parte de TelaTúlsa.

Va haber una bendición de los altares el primero de noviembre de 2021 para familia y amigos (solo por invitación).

Por favor toma nota que Living Arts de Tulsa no cobran entrada para ver las exhibiciones.

2021 Festival Map

2021 Festival Schedule

Living Arts Stage

  • 4:00 pm - DJ Klave & DJ Danny Boy
  • 6:40 pm - Explosion
  • 7:20 pm - Kodigo
  • 8:00 pm - El Invicto
  • 8:20 pm - Navarro
  • 9:00 pm - TelaTulsa
  • 9:00 pm - Celeste

Guthrie Green Stage

  • 4:30 pm - Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca Infantil
  • 5:30 pm - Los Ahijados del Norte (Norteño Group)
  • 6:30 pm - Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca (Adult Group)
  • 7:30 pm - Braxus Santana Tribute Bands

Blessing of the Altars 

  • 8:30 pm - The procession will start at the Guthrie Green Stage, proceed down Reconciliation Way, and then the blessing of the altars will begin around 9:00 pm at Living Arts.

Programming

Boxcar / El Vagón (presented by telatúlsa)

  • The production dramatizes the daily, often deadly, attempts to migrate into the United States. It is a timely immigration story of hope and disaster as five men risk it all for a better life.
  • Ticket Link HERE
    • Adult ($25) & Seniors/Students ($20)
  • Dates of Performances
    • November 6 - 7:30 pm
    • November 7 - 1:30 pm
    • November 12 - 7:30 pm
    • November 14 - 1:30 pm

La Polaquera Escénica Films & Artist Talk (November 20th at 5:00 pm)

  • Register HERE
  • Screening of "Kaxan" and "La suavidad del troglodita" performances & talk with Nandy Luna and Angel Mercado, co-directors of La Polaquera Escénica performing arts group.La Polaquera Escénica is a group of performing artists identified with the roots and Mexican culture that generate innovative performing proposals for all types of spaces to share and bring different audiences closer to the performing arts. La Polaquera Escénica is a platform for experimentation, collaboration, and research of emerging creators where they can develop their processes and scenic concepts and face the questions and problems facing our society.

Jorge Rojas: Live Gestures, Performance Video Screening & Artist Talk (November 23rd at 6:30 pm)

  • Register HERE
  • Please join us for a timely dive into performances by Jorge Rojas based upon his Mexican cultural roots, displacement, history, politics, spirituality, place, and identity through the use of humor, action, questioning, and truth. Jorge Rojas is prolific in communicating through a variety of live and in person performance methods. Jorge has developed this expressive form into a dynamic virtual portfolio as he has been creating performance art for the screen or live stream since the early 2000s. In this performance art survey for screen you will see a curation of Rojas’ performance work before having the opportunity to take part in an in-depth artist discussion and Q&A.
  • Jorge Rojas Bio: Born in Morelos, Mexico, Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and museum educator. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses performance, visual art, and social engagement to examine cultural, social, and mediated forms of communication. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited in nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including Museo del Barrio and Queens Museum of Art in New York; New World Museum and Project Row Houses in Houston; Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City; Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara; and FOFA Gallery at Concordia University, Montreal. He has received grants and fellowships including National Performance Network Residency, Experimental Television Center, West Chicago City Museum Artist in Residency Program, Vermont Studio Center, Project Row Houses, and The Creative Center’s Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including The Mexican Museum, San Francisco; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, and Salt Lake County. In 2009, Rojas founded Low Lives, an international, multi-venue online performance festival, where he served as director, producer, and curator, worked with over 200 artists in 25 countries, and collaborated with directors and curators from more than 30 partner organizations in 12 countries. From 2015 to 2021, Rojas was director of learning and engagement at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, where he oversaw education, community outreach, and adult programming initiatives for the Museum. Rojas is actively involved in the Salt Lake community as an artist, educator, curator, and is a passionate advocate for advancing racial and cultural justice through the arts.

Luna Marán Artist Talk & Film Screening 

  • Date TBA

 

2021 Sponsors

Venues 

  • Living Arts of Tulsa
  • Guthrie Green

 

Partners 

  • Casa de la Cultura
  • Clary Sage College
  • PROArtes México

Presenting Sponsor

  • Tito's Handmade Vodka

 

La Educación Sponsor 

  • Southwood's Nursery
  • GitWit

 

Foundation Sponsors

  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts

La Comunidad Sponsor 

  • Hispanic American Foundation

 

In-Kind Sponsor 

  • Tyler Media Group
  • Griffin Communications