Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos

"Day of the Dead"

October 5- November 16, 2012


First Friday Opening Reception
Friday, October 5, 6 – 10pm

This wonderful exhibit celebrates the colorful and loving holiday of Mexico. The
exhibit hosts altars created by local artists and families as well as a display of Day of the Dead inspired works of art. The evening's festivities include live music, food and fun! Come dressed as a your own Day of the Dead inspired character,and experience the celebration, memories, love and creativity!

Day of the Dead Street Fair
Saturday, October 6, 1 – 11pm 

Experience the largest and longest running Day of the Dead Festival in Kansas City! Watch live entertainment hosted by MC Manny Martinez from Taste of Tejano KKFI, enjoy delicious food from Ricos Tacos Lupe, and browse wonderful handmade art and gifts from Evil Pawn Jewelry, and many other local artisans. Kids will enjoy the carnival area with fun games, face painting and great art activities. The exhibit of altars and artwork will also be open all day. After 9:00pm, enjoy beverages and food at our Calaca After Party. Put on your Day of the Dead finest and join us for dancing and mayhem!

2012 Street Festival Entertainment: 
1:00 pm    
Rose Marie's Fiesta Mexicana Folkloric Dance Group

1:30 pm      Mattie Rhodes Center Music Students

2:00 pm      My Sister's Closet Dia de los Muertos Fashion Show 

3:00 pm      Marimba Sol de Chiapas Music of the Mexican marimba. 

4:00 pm      Axé Capoeira Kansas City

4:30 pm     Andean Express Traditional music from the Andes of South America.

5:30 pm     El Grupo Atotonilco Mexican Folkloric Dance Group 

6:00 - 8:00 pm     KC Latin All Stars 
Pablo Sanhueza presents an All-Star line up of jazz musicians for a jam session of latin american and caribbean jazz standards and originals. 

8:00 pm    
Break dancing & Freestyle by Leo Night & Co. 

8:30 pm     Shadow Puppet performance 

Calaca After Party 
Live music by AZTLAN as we dance the night away! Dia de los Muertos Costume Contest - Prizes for best dressed & Calaca style.

Trio Aztlan has been involved in the Kansas City Mexican/Latino music scene since 1992. The group performs all styles of Latin folkloric music, but has focused on the traditional "bolero" style of Latin romantic music. Trio Aztlan has been known to "rock out" acoustically, performing some mean rumbas and cumbias to get the fans dancing. Trio Azltan performs with traditional acoustic guitars, an upright bass and percussion, and all members sing in harmony, typical of the trio music of Latin America. 

Also....don't forget to check out the fabulous Stilettos on Pedals C.C. 2nd annual Car show and Trunk Altar Contest.


Second Reception
Friday, November 2, 6 – 10pm 

Another night of fun, this time the same week as the Mexican holiday! To celebrate
we will listen to live music and watch the KCAI parade lead by Russell Ferguson
through the Westside Neighborhood in festive costumes. Everyone is invited to join
in the fun!


Field Trip Visits 
Tuesdays – Fridays, October 9 – November 16

Visit the gallery with your group and get a guided tour of the exhibit, fun and educational Day of the Dead information and a hands-on cultural art activity!
Choose from:

-Calaca Tin Ornaments ($5/student)

-Bottle Cap Magnets ($5/student)

-Sugar Skulls ($7/student)

-Guided Tour ($3/student) 

Groups are welcome to reserve 1.5 hour spots .
Tuesday–Friday for groups of 10-50.
To schedule, please call 816-221-2349.


Space is limited, please RSVP, classes include all supplies.
Call ahead to receive multiple workshop discounts! 

MINI Altars 
Saturday, October 20, 10am –12pm
Scenes of dancing skeletons can be seen everywhere during Día de los Muertos. Create your own shadowbox based on pieces in the Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection.
All Ages ~ Workshop Fee $30 
* All supplies included 

Festival Dolls with
Richard J. Bay Ed.D., Professor of Art/ Art Education

Friday, October 19, 6pm – 8pm 
Adults~ Workshop Fee $30
Saturday, October 20, 1pm – 3pm 
All Ages ~ Workshop Fee $30
Traditional paper dolls are part of all Day of the Dead Festivals and decorations. They appear as characters such as Devils, Skeletons, Religious figures and Family members. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create your own 'festival doll' made from recycled materials. Take part in a tradition that is part of the festivities in cities such as Oaxaca, Leon, and Guadalajara.Guaranteed to be Fun and Educational!

*Participants should bring: Old cloth, yarn, neck ties or socks (Preferably washed!) 


Collection of Calacas

Saturday, November 10, 1pm – 3pmThis fun Day of the Dead holiday workshop will teach you how to make a variety of skeletons including sugar skulls, skull bead necklaces, and more!
All Ages ~ Workshop Fee $30
* All supplies included

All Day of the Dead activities take place at:
Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery
919 W. 17th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 221-2349