Three years ago, the movie, Coco, depicted 12-year-old Miguel as he was transported to the Land of the Dead where he meets his great-great-grandfather and seeks his help to return to the land of the living. The movie was a big success with the public, especially with Latino families, many whom did not know of Día de Los Muertos and its significance. The movie contributed greatly to public understanding of one of our beautiful traditions. This year, especially, we reach out to this tradition to help us make sense of the demise of our loved ones who have fallen victim to the Coronavirus. For those whose loved one died alone, without family there to say goodbye, hold their hand, and tell them how much they were loved, we express our deepest sympathies and hope that this exhibit helps to bring you some healing.
DMAHL has also lost several board members and friends of DMAHL since our founding in 2008. We miss them and will always remember them. This year, in honor of our DMAHL family and friends who we lost in 2020 to Covid-19 or other causes, we are dedicating this exhibit to them.
Like other historical and cultural arts organizations, DMAHL had to reimagine how to present our exhibits to the public. While we miss having you viewing our exhibits at our venues, we hope you enjoy our first virtual exhibit.
DMAHL board members, including our Emerging Historians of DMAHL and some DISD families contributed to this exhibit. Several created Día de Los Muertos family altars for the first time. We thank them for their creativity, their hard work and the love they expressed for their loved ones that they honored.
We leave you with this thought, “Las despedidas para unos son encuentros para otros.”
DMAHL Board of Directors
Exhibits Creative Content Web Designer, Johnny Reyes
Special Projects Director, Victoria Ferrell-Ortiz
Exhibit Director, Rosemary Valtierra Hinojosa
Special thanks to Charles Castro, Exhibit flyer graphics designer