Continuing Bosque tradition, last week students participated in the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration that included a school-wide altar, or ofrenda, incorporating tributes to loved ones and other beautiful artwork; pan de muertos; and music by the New Mexican Marimba Band. The event, led by the Art Department in collaboration with the Spanish Honor Society and the Distinguished Artists Guild, has been a part of the Bosque community since the school’s inception.
“Asking students to make a piece for the altar—that’s special to me,” said art teacher Alaura Nellos. “It provides an avenue to celebrate the life of a person...it gives cultural relevance. It’s another perspective to celebrating a life, whether it is a person or a creature.”
Alaura said that each art teacher added a different perspective to the art on the ofrenda. Our 6th graders engaged in a printmaking project of skulls; 7th graders focused on artwork of endangered species or extinct animals, plants, and insects; and 8th graders chose a loved one who has passed and sought—through interviews conducted and information they were able to gather either personally or through another person—to understand how their loved one would want to be remembered by learning about significant life experiences or funny stories The Spanish Honor Society made crepe paper flowers that people could attach messages to for placement on the altar.
Another special addition to the event was the New Mexican Marimba Band. The band, led by Steve Chavez, has played for Bosque’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations for almost 20 years and incorporated students into its performance.