Arlington Arts Center Hosts Día de los Muertos Celebration

By Editorial Team on October 31, 2018
Sonia Romero, Untitled, 2015. Courtesy of AAC.
Celebration: Saturday, November 3 from 5pm to 8pm

AAC will be hosting its 15th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 3 from 5 to 8pm. Join them for family-friendly art projects, face painting, live dance performances by Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana, and traditional mariachi music by Mariachi Aguila presented in collaboration with Arlington County’s Cultural Affairs Division. Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto will be served at AAC, and delicious tacos from local food trucks will be available on our lawn.

In conjunction with the celebration, AAC’s Día de los Muertos exhibition will feature a selection of prints from Self-Help Graphics & Art’s 2017 exhibition Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future. Self-Help Graphics & Art is a community-driven nonprofit based in Los Angeles that is devoted to fostering the creation and advancement of new work by Chicano/a and Latinx artists. Washington, DC-based artist David Amoroso will also create a site specific ofrenda in one of AAC’s upper level galleries.

In collaboration with Arlington Cultural Affairs, the celebration will again include an artist-designed projection. On Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 from 6 to 8:30pm, MasPaz and Robin Bell will explore the Día de los Muertos theme in visual form with a unique projection on AAC’s facade. MasPaz is a Latino artist born in Bogota, Columbia; raised in Washington, DC; and currently living in Arlington, VA. His murals and public art projects combine influences from Latin American culture with the aesthetic of contemporary street art. Robin Bell, founder of Bell Visuals, is a multimedia artist based in Washington, DC, whose video collage work combines creativity and political activism.

The project by Robin Bell and MasPaz and the performance by Mariachi Aguila were realized through the artistic direction, collaboration, and essential support from our colleagues, co-presenters, and partners at Arlington Cultural Affairs. Refreshments are being sponsored by the Ballston BID.

Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA. For more information, visit