Día de los Muertos Community Altar

October 20–November 7, 2021

Every year, a central component of the Día de los Muertos celebration is the community altar, where we share ofrenda, offerings, and come together to recognize and joyfully honor the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us. Within the context of the last two years— the impact of COVID-19 and the nation’s continued struggle with racial injustice—it is especially important to create a shared space for healing, comfort, and reflection.

We invite you to visit and contribute your own ofrenda to the altar on view at the museum from October 20 to November 7, 2021. 

The Walters Art Museum collaborated with long-time partner and local artist Edgar Reyes to create this year’s community altar. 

About the Artist:
Baltimore multimedia artist Edgar Reyes creates work that reflects his personal experience as an undocumented youth in the United States. He nurtures the development of youth-driven, arts-based leadership initiatives that illustrate how art and design thinking can assist in self-expression and easing of cultural tensions. His practice highlights the beauty of being Mexican-American, yet questions his national and cultural traditions. Like other Chicano artists, he challenges social norms to bring forth awareness of what it means to be Latino.