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Day of the Dead Celebration

Each year, the Lorenzo Cultural Center celebrates the colorful and festive Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, through photographic exhibits; traditional ofrenda, or altars; presentations; films and workshops. The Lorenzo Center's annual celebration, held around Day of Dead (November 1–November 3) is co-sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit. 

All events are FREE and open to the public and are held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, Community Hall, CK-130. Pre-registration is requested for presentations. Register Now, or for more information, please call 586.445.7348. For Day of the Dead events at Macomb Community College’s South Campus, please see the Library Enrichment Programs at


Black Velvet Art: A Rasquache Aesthetic
A collection curated by Diana Rivera, Elena Herrada and Minerva T. Martinez

The exhibit frames an argument with opposite sides of aesthetic. It tells a story of borderless geography, of class and privilege, gender and popular culture. Is it art or is it kitsch, low art, bad art? The exhibit shows a range of themes, styles and vintage.

Altar Display

Ofrenda, or altars, are an essential part of a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Altar displays honor the memory of those who have gone before us with traditional elements such as photographs, flowers, candles, sugar skulls and personal items. Patrons are also invited to bring a remembrance of a loved one to place on a “Community Ofrenda.”

Please note: Items will not be returned, and the Lorenzo Center reserves the right to remove items.

Presentations, Displays and Workshops

Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop
Thursday, November 1, 12noon-2pm

Dr. Maria Ramos, professor of Spanish language and Latin American culture, leads an altar-making workshop. Participants will learn about and construct their own ofrenda, or altars, the traditional remembrance that families create to welcome their loved ones home on Dia de los Muertos. Limited supplies will be provided.

Mexican Cooking Demonstration
Friday, November 2, 10:30am

Join staff from El Charro’s restaurant while they demonstrate traditional foods and cooking techniques central to Mexican cooking.

Black Velvet Art and It’s Place in Society
Friday, November 2, 1pm

Elena Herrada, one of the curators of the Black Velvet Art exhibit will discuss the significance of the art, its place in our culture and how the exhibit is curated.

Showing of Disney/Pixar film Coco
Saturday, November 3, 10:30am

Families can enjoy a showing of the film Coco on our large screens. The popular film is centered around a Dia de los Muertos festival and highlights the story of a young boy’s experience. Read more about the movie.

Mexican Traditional Dances with Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel
Saturday, November 3, 2pm

This performance combines traditional Mexican music and dance with education, featuring the Detroit-based Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel that will share the unique traditions of various regions of Mexico in Dance.


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