Celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the MAC with a drive-by ofrendas and music by the acclaimed Mariachi Monumental de México and a drop-off food collection to benefit Immigrant Solidarity DuPage.
101 E. Fullerton Avenue, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Participants are invited to drive by Camera Park in Glendale Heights and pay their respects as they view two ofrendas – altars consisting of offerings made to welcome those who have passed – dedicated to Frida Kahlo and the victims of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic from their cars.
Visitors participating in the drive-by event are encouraged to stay in their cars as they will be greeted with traditional mariachi music by Chicago’s own Mariachi Monumental De México and directed to the ofrendas, as well as locations where they can drop off their donation items.
Everyone donating a non-perishable food item will receive tasty candy treats and the first 10 cars will receive a special Día de los Muertos confection, pan de muerto – special-made pan dulce provided by Parra’s Bakery in West Chicago to celebrate the holiday.
Suggested non-perishable food items include rice, dry beans, bread, tortillas, eggs, potatoes, salt, flour, masa, pasta, cereal, canned tomatoes, oil, canned soup, sugar, onions, garlic, and mac & cheese. Participants are also encouraged to donate diapers and baby wipes for the Latino community in DuPage county. All donations will be hand-delivered by volunteers from the MAC and Immigrant Solidarity DuPage directly following the event.
“We seek to remember on this Day of the Dead both Frida Kahlo and the victims of COVID in DuPage County— especially in the Latino community where we were hit disproportionately hard. The legacy of Frida inspires us not to look away from the suffering as she never did, we remember that the condition of truth and healing is to allow the suffering to speak, and in that the transcendence and growth as a community, and this is the essence of Day of the Dead, the love and the unity in the face of our mortality”
– Cristobal Cavazos, Immigrant Solidarity DuPage Comité de Cultura
“As we honor the life and legacy of the artist Frida Kahlo it is appropriate that we make offerings to those in our community who are struggling. Frida Kahlo provides inspiration and strength to people around the world because her work gives voice to those confronting the complexities and challenges of life. The coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on our Latino community, and if Frida were alive today she would support every effort to help the many who now find themselves in need.”
– Justin Witte, Cleve Carney Museum of Art and Frida Kahlo: Timeless Curator