Saturday October 16, 2021

Day of the Dead Workshop: Papel Picado & Paper Flowers

- Free and open to the public!

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


Papel picado, or the art of cutting paper banners, is a true talent in Mexico, traditionally done with chisels. We will make the festive tissue paper banners that flutter over every plaza, shop, and doorway during Day of the Dead. 


Flowers are also a large part of this holiday, gathered in bunches and placed at cemeteries. Learn how to make a bouquet of the brightly colored cempoalxochitl flowers the Arts Council has used to decorate our altar arch for our annual festival.


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 Sands Lobby Gallery from November 6-20!


Ages 7+. Workshops will be led by Veronica Olivares Weber and ACP Artistic Director Maria Evans. 


Workshop is full. Registration is closed.


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!

Additional Day of the Dead workshops:

  • October 9 — Mexican Tin Art
  • October 23 — Nichos & Calaveras
  • October 30 — Day of the Dead Workshop Sampler with Child & Caregiver

This series is generously supported by the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies, the Global History Lab of Princeton University, Princeton University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Tacoria. Special thanks to community partner Cherry Grove Organic CSA.

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