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Community Invited to Join World Languages Art Exhibit

Sept. 26, 2011

      The Anne Arundel Community College World Languages Department faculty and students invite the community to join in creating its annual exhibit “Día de los Muertos (Days of Remembrance,)” which reflects elements of the traditional Mexican celebration of the same name.

      The Oct. 17-Nov. 5 exhibit in the college Pascal Center for Performing Arts gallery on the Arnold campus will reflect the Mexican practice of celebrating the lives of loved ones who have died in the previous 12 months. During this time, they create special altars on which they place a photo of their loved one and offerings of foods such as bread baked in the shapes of skulls, candles, incense, yellow marigolds (cempazuchitl), candy skeletons and skulls (calaveras) as well as mementos. Some in the Mexican culture believe that the spirit of the dead visit their families on Oct. 31 and leave on Nov. 2.

      The group welcomes the community to drop off items and photos for the altars from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 or Friday, Oct. 21. The community also is invited to a reception at the gallery from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, and may visit the exhibit during open hours of 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday.

      For information, call Thomas Edison, Ph.D., AACC associate professor of world languages, at or 410-777-1955.