Dia de Los Muertos Commemoration

Dia de Los Muertos Commemoration
01
/ Nov
Sunday
2015

Free Entry

Dia de Los Muertos Commemoration

Venue
1013 South Trinity Street (at San Patricio)
Time
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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San Anto Cultural Arts’ 15th Annual Día De Los Muertos Commemoration to Feature Music and Poetry in Remembrance of Those Lost to Violence

This Event is a Collaboration with P.E.A.C.E. Initiative

San Anto Cultural Arts’ 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Commemoration will feature a short procession, musical performances, and poetry readings to remember those who were victims of violence. This year the event, a collaboration with the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, will take place Sunday, November 1, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in front of the mural titled “Peace and Remembrance,” which is located at 1013 South Trinity Street (at San Patricio). Light refreshments will be served at that location. At 8 p.m., a short procession to 913 South Brazos Street will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the deceased who will be remembered at this year’s commemoration is Megan Hernandez, who was seventeen years old when she was killed at a Southside bus stop two years ago. Her murder was a case of teen domestic violence. Shortly after Hernandez’s death, the San Antonio Express-News reported that “about 75 percent of Texas youths between the ages of 16 and 24 have experienced dating violence or know someone who has,” according to a 2006 survey by the Texas Council on Family Violence.

The victim of another equally heinous, more recent murder in the near-West Side will also be remembered at the San Anto Cultural Arts commemoration: a homeless man, who was killed outside a vacant building at Rosillo and Salinas Streets this past weekend. His partner was brutally beaten, according to news reports.“

In recent years this tradition has been so commodified that its roots—and true meaning—are lost,” said Pablo Miguel Martínez, Executive Director of San Anto Cultural Arts. “It’s important to remember that during these days of the dead, there’s a belief that the deceased return to be with their loved ones. We want to honor those beliefs and the traditions they give rise to.” The event is an opportunity to focus on the issue of violence and the need to work toward putting a stop to it in every community.

The mural that will serve as the backdrop for the first part of the event was dedicated in 2001 “to people of the immediate community who have been victims of violence,” according to a dedication brochure. It was designed by five women artists, including now-President of the San Antonio Independent School District’s Board of Trustees, Patti Radle. Since its dedication, the mural, known in the neighborhood simply as “the wall,” has been the site of commemorations, with the names of victims added at every Día de los Muertos commemoration.

Musicians scheduled to perform include accordionist Robert Casillas and Bianca Sapet, a.k.a. “La Cantante del Mero Hueso.” Among local poets scheduled to read are Xelena González and Dominique Arriaga.Founded in 1993, the mission of San Anto Cultural Arts is to foster human and community development through community-based arts. Established in 1990, the mission of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative is to educate the community about the extent, and often-deadly consequences of domestic violence and to respond effectively through collaborative efforts.

Those interested in further details should call (210) 226-7466 or visit San Anto Cultural Arts’ Website, www.sananto.org

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