Niagara Gazette

October 31, 2013

Castellani joins Day of the Dead celebration

Staff reports
Night & Day

Night & Day — The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is hosting a week-long celebration in honor of El Día de los Muertos, a Mexican and Mexican-American festival in which participants remember those who have died and entice their souls to visit by building ofrenda, altars decorated with photos of deceased loved ones, dishes of their favorite foods, religious items, pungent marigolds, and candles to help light their way.

 A special community altar built by Leonel Rosario of Medina will be available in the Castellani Art Museum Sculpture Court. Members of the on-campus and surrounding community are invited add their own photographs and memorabilia. It will be on display through Nov. 5.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Leonel Rosario will show footage of Day of the Dead festivities filmed in his hometown in Oaxaca and talk about his experiences in Mexico and Western New York. Traditional foods provided by his restaurant Mariachi de Oro Mexican Grill will be served. All are welcome.

 This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature.

 The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.