The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is pleased to announce the 2019 Day of the Dead exhibit, Cultivando tiempo / Cultivating time. Day of the Dead is a tradition at our center where artists, artisans, educators, and overall community members integrate a truly special exhibit that allows us to contemplate our place on this EARTH in this lifetime.

November 2nd Program

2 to 4 PM — Theatre
6 PM — Lobby
Doors Open
6 to 7 PM — Lobby
6:30 to 7 PM — Outside
Blessing by Aztec Dancers
7 to 8 PM — Gallery
Comunidad ANQARI presents Indigenous Music from the Andean High Plateau
8 to 9 PM — Lobby
Altar Presentation, Special Performance by Violeta Luna
9 to 10 PM — Theater
Rupa, Special Performance by Adrian Arias
10 to 11 PM — Outside
Fogo Na’ Roupa

Day of the Dead 2019 Exhibition

Altar installations on view will encompass four main installations that represent a season along with an element around a central altar symbolizing the sun in the middle of the main gallery. This solar altar functions like a compass that points to the directions of west, south, east, and north where the main seasonal altars are positioned. A community altar will be available for anyone who brings a photo of a relative intended to be remembered, and a small interactive altar for visitors to engage with.

The natural cycles of the Earth demonstrates the inevitable relationship of life and death. Our natural environment manifests the cyclical phases of birth, growth, and death through seasons, animals, vegetation, and the cosmos. The ancestors in indigenous beliefs were not limited to humans. Ancestors also included, fauna, flora, minerals, and elements. Fundamental in building altar spaces to honor humans and non-humans alike.

At MCCLA, our Day of the Dead exhibit has been used as a platform to address socio political issues that have contributed to mass deaths in our community, and has given a safe space to freely mourn our deceased kin. Join us in a celebration of remembrance. In practice Day of the Dead ceremony is a healthy way to grieve, to heal, and to relate with our environment. This year we honor our time and our relationship to Mother Earth with gratitude to everything she has provided.

Featured artists

  • Federico Cuatlacuatl
  • Kathy De Rosas
  • Laura Byrne
  • Mark Ikels
  • Manos Creativas
  • Mara Lea Brown
  • Maykel Vargas
  • Orlando De la Garza
  • Sarah Lee
  • Suzy Hernandez
  • Terrilee O’Rourke
  • Adrian Arias

Gallery Hours

Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Schedule A Tour

We aim to provide an educational artistic experience of our Day of the Dead exhibit to any groups of people of any age interested in learning more about the ceremony of muertos. We do so by providing guided tours to mostly schools (but not exclusive) that range from preschool to university level. Docent conducts guided tours of 30 minutes Tuesdays-Fridays from 10:30am-2:40pm. Annually MCCLA welcomes more than 1,500 visitors from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area to the exhibit of Day of the dead as well as its celebrations.

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Docent: Jesus Tecolotecpatl

Gallery Docent Jesus Tecolotecpatl, dressed in Aztec ceremonial outfit and blowing a conch shell.
Jesus graduated from Colusa High School in 1989 and decided to continue his education, even after being told by his high school counselor that he would never make it in college.  He graduated from Yuba College with an Associate’s Degree in Math and Science in 1995.  He double-majored in Spanish and Latin American Studies with a Minor in Xican@ Studies, only because the third major was not available, from California State University, Chico in 1998.  He has truly enjoyed teaching, speaking, presenting, singing, counseling, cruising low and slow, and living LA LOCURA QUE CURA for the last 40+ years.

As a professional, Jesus has dedicated twenty years to closing the gap between institutions of higher learning and high school students with little or no academic family history.  He has done this through the implementation of a unique combination of educational experiences in conjunction with many years of cultural, social, spiritual, musical, and linguistic exploration and research.