Día de los Muertos Exhibit Festival launches final run


September 3, 2009

For the past 10 years, the Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology has played host to a vibrant community-centered Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival Exhibit. This year, the Tempe campus gallery will be filled with traditional altars, cajitas (small, traveling altars) and artwork celebrating this unique holiday and its 10th anniversary at the museum. 

!Que Vivan los Muertos! brings together prominent Chicana/o artists, community members and ASU students in the creation of highly inventive and elaborate altarpieces reflecting a broad array of individual styles, personal meanings and socially shared concerns. An important spiritual celebration among Mexican and Mexican-American communities, the Day of the Dead festival merges ancient Aztec and Roman Catholic rituals and beliefs. Visitors are encouraged to bring offerings, like notes, photographs, candles, flowers and other small items for the public altar in remembrance of loved ones. Download Full Image

The exhibit will run from Oct. 12 to Jan. 8 with an opening celebration on Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning with a lecture, Searching for Origins: Day of the Dead in Colonial Mexico, by Dr. Carmen King. Admission is free. The Museum of Anthropology is in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, located at the corner of Tyler and Cady Malls on the ASU Tempe campus. Visitor parking is available in the nearby Fulton Center garage on College Avenue, or in metered spaces around campus.

The 10th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival Exhibit is a joint collaboration among the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU Museum of Anthropology, CALACA Cultural Center, Inc. and the community.

For more details, call the museum at (480) 965-6224 or visit http://asuma.asu.edu">http://asuma.asu.edu/">http://asuma.asu.edu.

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

480-727-6577

ASU offers safety forums


September 3, 2009

Fire safety and emergency preparedness are among topics that students, staff and faculty can learn more about from Sept. 8-10.

Information and training sessions Tuesday at the Polytechnic Student Union Ballroom C from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will cover campus safety, fire prevention, emergency preparedness and AED, CPR and first-aid training during separate sessions.  Download Full Image

Tempe campus events on Wednesday will cover the same subjects with open forums at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union's Ventana Ballroom for students and at noon for faculty and staff in the same location. Members of the ASU community can learn about fire safety training, AED awareness and emergency preparedness at the Tempe forums.

Free pizza and beverages will be provided. West campus events on Thursday also cover safety, fire prevention, emergency preparedness, first aid and AED use from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Center La Sala A ballroom.

RSVP to james.gibbs@asu.edu for the Tempe open forums.