The Art Museum for the Environment will hold a day-long Dia De Los Muertos celebration for the public on Saturday, November 1st at its facility in Indio. The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery provides environmental, recycling and arts education to students throughout the Coachella Valley and Riverside County.

The day will feature art, music, and recycling activities, all with a Dia De Los Muertos –inspired theme. Dia De Los Muertos is a ritual celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of the United States which honors loved ones who have died. Altars or ofrendas are created to honor them and feature photos, favorite foods, flowers and other favorite items.

“We are looking forward to celebrating not only the lives of those who have passed on to another life, but also recycling which definitely gives materials a whole other life!” says Karen Riley, S.C.R.A.P. Gallery Executive Director.

As part of S.C.R.A.P. Gallery’s event are two installations by Los Angeles-based artist Kim Abeles. One is called “Resuscitation” and the other one is called “Day of the Dead” both were created from materials gleaned from the dumpster and one of the figures features a skirt made of vines. Abeles is an artist who crosses disciplines and media to explore the urban environment.

Those who will be creating and exhibiting ofrendas will be artists Yehsiming Jue & Jack Jue; William Schinsky; Michelle Hedgecock, Caliso Learning; Xavier C. Cortez;

Karen Riley; and Culturas.

Art activities for kids will be making catrina-inspired hats out of recycled materials and decorating paper calaveras (skulls).

The local Coachella Valley band, Soul Opus will be playing from 2-4

Everything is FREE/GRATIS!!!

For more information about the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, please call the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery at 760/861-6479. The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery is located on the Riverside County Fairgrounds on Highway 111 in Indio.