Students celebrate Da De Los Muertos at MIA

Museum highlights student-made ofrenda

WHITTIER — Student-made dioramas honor lost loved ones in a Minneapolis Institute of Arts exhibition marking the Día De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.

“Young People’s Ofrendas” is on display Oct. 28–Nov. 9 and features the work of students from El Colegio Charter School in South Minneapolis. From the Spanish word for “offerings,” the ofrendas contain images and objects that recall a deceased relative.

The students’ ofrendas (many of which can be viewed at www.mia.org) are intricate and colorful memorials that resemble shoebox dioramas.

Día De Los Muertos takes place Nov. 1–2. The holiday is celebrated primarily in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage living in other parts of the world.