Continuing Bosque School tradition, students participated in the annual Día de los Muertoscelebration 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.
Mr. Minkus shared what his students did in class and what they created for the special occasion. He said, “We learned about Día de los Muertos and talked about calaveras, the skulls prevalent inthe holiday, and how they’re not necessarily a symbol that represents a person, but a symbol that represents that we’re glad to be alive.” He explained that they did this through looking at prints by the famous Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, who started this idea of using skeletons to celebrate life. “The idea is that it doesn’t matter who you are in life, we’re all skeletons in the end. That's the theme of the day...we’re all still alive and we’re all together,” explained Mr. Minkus. He added, “It’s a celebration of life, using death to celebrate life.” His classes created skull art through a style of painting called reduction printing, that involves layering colors and slowly adding details.
Spanish teacher and department leader, Mr. Aleixandre, spoke about the importance of the day. “To live in New Mexico means to embrace the culture and beliefs of the ancestors of this land. El Día de los Muertos is a special day where people of many Latin American countries reconnect with their loved ones who have passed on. This mix of indigenous and Catholic beliefs has endured the passage of time, and it's one of the most significant festivities. At Bosque, we want to honor the culture of our state and our neighboring country of Mexico by remembering our departed loved ones with an altar or ofrenda. This is not a sad holiday. On the contrary, it is a moment of joyous gathering to remember those who made us happy. The marimba group we invited to provide music to our event also offered students an opportunity to play with them.”