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The Michelson Museum of Art announces its annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead celebration. The celebration occurs at the museum from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, October 29.

El Día de los Muertos is a Mexican and Latin American celebration, a day to commemorate and remember by preparing an altar in honor of those who have departed. It is a blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion, and Spanish culture. It is a festive and colorful holiday.

A traditional altar created by members of the community is part of the display. The altar has different components but mostly includes yellow marigolds, sugar skulls, candles, photos or belongings of the deceased ones, papel picado or cut tissue-paper designs, as well as food and beverage offerings.

The band Cultures Crossed performs live at 6 p.m. Food trucks Taqueria Tierra Caliente and Paleteria y Elotes Ramoncito will serve refreshments outside in the parking lot.

“We are very excited to expand the Día de los Muertos celebration. This year, we have an altar designed by several members of the Hispanic community in Marshall. To us at the Michelson, it is very important to bring the community together with tradition and art," says Executive Director Dinora Harris. "And let’s not forget about the Pan de Muerto (traditional sweet bread) and art projects for the kids led by Education Director Olivia Runnels.”

This year’s celebration was organized by the Michelson Museum of Art with Evelyn Avelar, Esmeralda Collazo, Nery Estrada, Veroniqué Ramirez, Orlando Valle, and Zelina Wright and is supported by the City of Marshall and our generous Michelson members.

The Michelson Museum of Art was established in 1985 to accept and care for the life works of Russian-American Artist Leo Michelson (1887-1978). The museum has become nationally recognized for its early 20th Century American Art Collection, African Masks, and Chinese Opera Puppets Collections. The Michelson also shows exceptional traveling exhibitions and hosts more than 4,000 visitors a year. Thanks to the generosity of members and major donors, the Michelson Museum of Art provides dynamic and innovative educational programs at no cost to the public.

The Michelson Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For information call (903) 935-9480 or visit www.michelsonmuseum.org.

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