The University Museum, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage
Month, will open an exhibit titled Walk Through Latin America on October
31, running through December 12, 2015. Located in Sutton Hall, admission is free to
the University Museum exhibit and all related activities.
The diversity of Latin America and other Latino cultures,
past and present, will be represented. The dates of the exhibit span an appropriate
time from the traditional Latino celebrations surrounding “El Dia de los Muertos” (Day
of the Dead) through Navidad, the Christmas
The celebration is a university-wide collaboration that
extends beyond the museum, across the campus, and into the local community. Major
themes include cultural music, dance, identity, survival, modern expressions,
ritual and religion, and everyday life. Art and artifacts will be displayed,
including paintings, ethnic clothing, masks, everyday household objects, and
The exhibition will open with IUP’s third annual Day of the
Dead Skeleton Processional on Saturday, October 31. Dia de los Muertos celebrates life and memorializes the dead as
participants contemplate the cycle of life and honor the memory of one’s
ancestors. Day of the Dead is Mexico’s national holiday and is also celebrated
in other Latin American countries and in the United States.
IUP’s Skeleton Processional is a festive, family-friendly
event that honors the Mexican tradition of families walking to the cemetery to
clean and decorate tombs of deceased loved ones. The processional includes musicians,
drummers, dancers, and costumed figures carrying giant parade puppets. Free face
painting will be offered at Fisher Auditorium from 4:30 until the processional
begins at 5:45.
From there, the procession begins its slow journey through
the Oak Grove ending at the museum in Sutton Hall as the opening reception for
the exhibition begins. Anyone wishing to participate are invited to join the
procession, with or without costumes, and then join us in the museum for more
music and traditional foods.
Spearheaded by Sociology Department graduate student Lisa
McCann, the project has become a cooperative effort encompassing the university
and community. She and Lydia Rodriguez, director of IUP’s Latin American
Studies Program, have been working with a variety of student, staff, and
community volunteers to plan the procession and a wide variety of other
exhibit-related activities on and off campus throughout November with speakers,
workshops, music performances, and other programs. A calendar of events is
Regular museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00–6:30 p.m., Thursday noon–7:30 p.m., and Saturday noon–4:00 p.m.
For more information on these and other related events or to
schedule a tour, please contact Leslie Kluchurosky at email@example.com.