Saturday October 17, 2020

Day of the Dead Workshop: Nichos and Calaveras

- $30 ACP Members/$35 Non-Members

Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Arts Council of Princeton! Join us for socially-distanced, outdoor workshops to learn about this culturally rich holiday and the traditional folk arts associated with Day of the Dead.


A nicho box, or simply ‘nicho’, is a three-dimensional box used as a small, portable shrine to an important figure or loved one. Create your own contemporary Día de los Muertos nicho using whimsical accents, collage, paint, glitter, and other embellishments. Participants are encouraged to make the nicho their own by bringing old photos, trinkets, or artwork along with them. Ages 10+.


Jose Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican lithographer who created Mexico’s most famous calavera, La Calavera Catrina, for posters, prints and other images. Catrina has become a beloved figure and iconic symbol of Day of the Dead. Learn the history behind skulls and skeletons as a representative image for Day of the Dead and embellish not only your own Catrina, but additional skeleton and skull projects.


Not only will you learn a new folk art craft, but you’ll be invited to display your work in our Day of the Dead Exhibition in our Taplin Gallery from November 1-14!



El Día de los Muertos is observed in Mexico and throughout the world this time of year, where family and friends gather to remember and honor those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of the deceased to celebrate their lives!

Workshops will be held following all mandated guidelines, including proper social-distancing, temperature checks, and of course, masks are a must! Some workshops will require a few things brought from home to help ensure safety.The ACP will provide hand sanitizer for frequent use. In the event of inclement weather, workshops will be held in our spacious Solley Theater.

Additional Day of the Dead workshops:

  • October 10 — Papel Picado & Paper Flowers
  • October 24 —  Sugar Skulls
  • November 7 — Day of the Dead traditions with Child & Caregiver
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