Exhibit takes Day of the Dead back to its Aztec roots

October 28, 2008

The ASU Museum of Anthropology invites the public to the opening celebration of its 9th annual Día de los Muertos Festival Exhibit from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 30, in the lobby of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building on the Tempe campus. The event, which is free of charge, will feature food, music by Lxuk and a special blessing by Tonatierra. 

For the past nine years, the ASU Museum of Anthropology has played host to a vibrant community-centered Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival Exhibit. Traditionally, the museum has featured a gallery filled with individual altars. This year, the gallery will be transformed into one altar through individual works of art. Each piece of art in the exhibit will represent one of the many offerings that compose a traditional altar. Emphasis will be placed on the four elements (earth, wind, water and fire) found on traditional altars that tie this celebration to its Aztecan roots.  Download Full Image

Ancient Ofrenda will bring together artists from the Chicano/a, university and Valley communities in the creation of an innovative communal space, emphasizing the elements of a traditional altar. Though their subjects are ancient, artists will work in a variety of traditional and contemporary media, incorporating personal and symbolic imagery into their work. Visitors are encouraged to bring offerings for the dead, which will become part of the altar.  

The exhibit will run from October 27, 2008, to January 23, 2009. Admission is free. 

The 9th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival Exhibit is a joint collaboration between the ASU Museum of Anthropology, CALACA Latino Cultural Arts Collective and the community. 

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

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Student-led enviro team greens Homecoming Block Party

October 28, 2008

For the 50th anniversary of ASU’s Homecoming, Undergraduate Student Government’s “Green Team” will play a major role in the waste management and recycling of this year’s Block Party.

The Green Team, which consists of student volunteers, aims to educate ASU’s students, faculty, staff and community about what it means to go ‘green’ – as well as the need for better recycling practices. A major step in decreasing not only the amount of waste produced, but the carbon footprint of each individual on campus, will be discussed at the Block Party. Download Full Image

There will be several tents set up along University Drive with recycling bins for paper, plastic, and aluminum. Bins for general waste will be provided alongside the recycling bins for non-recyclable materials. An information booth will be set up to provide answers to any questions people may have, as well as to educate them about ways to recycle.

“We want to show people how this is affecting them on a daily basis,” says senior Christopher James, the Green Team’s campus environmental director. “We consume so much and we don’t even realize it.”

Having the recycling team at the Block Party will not only reduce ASU’s waste, but will serve as a visual way to show the public how to reduce their impact on the environment.

“We are going to offer a water refilling center for people to fill their water bottles, and also encourage vendors to buy products that can easily be recycled,” says Bonny Bentzin, manager of University Sustainability Practices.

In efforts to continually improve ASU’s recycling practices, Bentzin is hoping that data from the event can be collected to show ways that waste management can be bettered.

“It is not going to be perfect, but we have to start somewhere,” says Bentzin. “We can learn from this year and work on staffing, visibility and accessibility in the future.”

Although the idea of ASU “going green” may be a large-scale concept, students can help in simple ways that are nearly effortless, but will have a large impact on campus.

“The key to cleaning up campus is to taking the time to find a recycle bin instead of throwing bottles and cans into the garbage can,” says James.

He adds that unplugging small electronics such as cell phone chargers, before students leave their dorms will help to conserve energy.

The Green Team will host a series of events throughout the school year to help ASU continue on the green path, including a recent campuswide eco-challenge on Campus Sustainability Day that took place Oct. 22.

Anyone interested in volunteering to be part of the Green Team should contact Christopher James at ctjames1@asu.edu.

For more information on Homecoming visit www.asu.edu/homecoming.

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