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Dia de los Muertos Altar Building Series: 1. Papel Picado

In collaboration with The Ruby and The Marigold ProjectThe Mexican Museum is sponsoring a series of Dia de los Muertos Altar Building workshops: six weeks of workshops, where we will learn about one element of the altar each week. Alejandra Ramirez, an educator for The Mexican Museum, and one of our fellow Ruby members, will be leading us through this series to create an altar to place at The Festival Of Altars.

The Day of the Dead festivities in San Francisco brings all communities together to celebrate our most meaningful events: life, death, in community in one spirit. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars will have five altars — each is designed and built collaboratively by our artists and community in any and all disciplines. Each altar will represent an element, a universal symbol, and a stage of life. 

The Mexican Museum and The Ruby will be creating the the south altar that summons the element of fire, it is devoted to our ancestral youth, and its red-hot hues and triangle symbolize strength, art, poetry, passion and balance.

In the tradition of Indigenous people from all over the world you can help create sacred space over these six weeks leading to the day of the dead festivities.

For this workshop, the first in our series, we will be creating Papel Picado, cut-paper art. We will follow Chicana Artist Carmen Lomas Garza's book, Making Magic Windows: Creating Papel.

Other workshops below:

September 24. Workshop #1: Papel Picado (Cut-paper art) Workshop

October 1, Workshop #2: Sacred Hearts Repujado

October 10, Workshop #3: Candle decorating with Papel Picado Flowers and Relief Printmaking

October 17, Workshop #4: Paper Mache Food

October 24, Workshop #5: Sugar Skulls

October 29, Workshop #6: Pan de Muertos

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are open to women and nonbinary nonmembers. It is not necessary to commit to all six workshops. Thanks to our partners, this event is free, with no materials fee. Everyone will be able to collect their belongings the first week of November from The Ruby.


26th Annual Festival of Altars

Saturday, November 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

(Day of, Rubies can also bring flowers, votive candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to TMM's altar space)

Ritual Circle

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 6 p.m.

Potrero Del Sol Park

37th Annual Processional Walk (by The Rescue Culture Collective)

Saturday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting at 22nd & Bryant

Earlier Event: September 20
Later Event: September 25
Mahjong and Art Night at The Ruby!