2018 Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos - Call for Proposals

The Detroit Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, extends an open call for proposals of ofrenda altars or offerings honoring the life and memory of lost loved ones as part of a celebration of the traditions of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).

In Mexico, and other Latin American countries, the Day of the Dead is the time of the year to celebrate the lives of close relatives, friends or community members who have passed away.

Objects important to lost loved ones, such as favorites foods, drinks, mementos and pictures, are collected and incorporated into elaborate displays that include pan de muerto (bread of the dead), sugar skulls, candles, flowers, papel picado (paper cutouts) and other decorations.

We are excited to reach out to local artists and community members for their ofrenda proposals inspired by the Mexican traditions of Día de Muertos. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of DIA staff and local community members. 

To submit a proposal, please fill out the submission form here by Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Selected artists will be notified by Fri, Aug 24. Please note that in order to participate, you must be available to install your altar on Oct 7, 8 or 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to deinstall and remove all materials on Sun, Nov 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. Selected artists will also be required to participate in a Q&A session on Sun, Nov 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. to provide insights into the inspiration for their ofrenda.


In Partnership with Consulado de Carrera de Mexico en Detroit