GO ART! internet hosting Day of the Useless celebration in Medina on Oct. 22


GO ART! is glad to ask you to our Mexican Día de los Muertos celebration, co-sponsored by the Orleans County YMCA and Mariachi de Oro Mexican Grill. Be a part of us on Saturday, October 22 on the Orleans County YMCA, 306 Pearl St., Medina, from 3:00-7:00 pm. Come find out about and luxuriate in this vacation that remembers ancestors, with free actions for the entire household. The festivities will embody Mexican crafts, face portray, dance and drama performances, sand portray and ofrenda shows, and particular meals tastings. All actions will proceed all through the day: a full schedule may be discovered at

The Mexican Day of the Useless Celebration is a time of joyful remembrance of deceased family members, full of an array of colours, scents, sounds and tales. Centered across the observance of All Saints and All Souls Days on November 1 and a pair of, the celebration additionally contains photographs and concepts concerning the roles of ancestors in our lives that hint again to Mexico’s indigenous peoples. Custom holds that that is the one time of the yr when souls can return to earth for a day and commune with their households and mates.

“We’re excited to be on the YMCA once more this yr, with the persevering with help of native Medina companies and group members” says Karen Canning, director of GLOW Traditions at GO ART! Mexican celebrations of the vacation usually embody animated skeletons, colorfully adorned skulls (calaveras), and elaborately minimize tissue paper banners, emphasizing life’s persevering with vibrancy within the midst of mortality. Native enterprise homeowners and group teams are internet hosting workshops in such arts, together with sugar skulls, paper flowers and banners, and paper masks. Hosts and volunteers embody Della’s Goodies, The Downtown Browsery, Oak Orchard Woman Scouts, and Medina Excessive Faculty college students. Canalside Tattoos will supply non permanent tattoos, Case-Nic Cookies may have Day of the Useless-themed treats on the market, and Las Toxicas will function Mexican jewellery and clothes for buy. GO ART! employees will host face portray, and Mariachi de Oro will present samples of Mexican scorching chocolate and pan de muerto (bread of the useless), typical meals of the vacation.


Stunning altars (provided) in houses welcome the returning souls and have candles, wild marigolds, incense, images, mementos and family members’ favourite meals like fruit, tortillas, tamales, chocolate, and bread. Members of the Rosario household will once more create a big ofrenda on the YMCA within the fashion of their hometown in Oaxaca, Mexico. Artist Antonio Cruz Zavaleta will create a sand portray in entrance of the ofrenda, one other ornamental artwork present in Oaxaca for the vacation—examine the schedule for a Q & A with the creators of those inventive traditions. Attendees can contribute to a group ofrenda, the place they’ll place a candle (electrical, offered) and add their very own remembrances of family members.

Mexican dance and music performances can be introduced by Alma de México, a gaggle from Rochester led by Karla Alcalá. A former member of a people dance group in Mexico, Karla now teaches group members conventional dance from a wide range of areas. Reside music can even be offered by La Marimba, a marimba band from Buffalo, led by Tiffany Properly. Vast monos de calenda (road puppets), created by artist, Antonio Cruz Zavaleta, can even return to bounce and wander amongst attendees. Everybody’s invited to affix in, and be at liberty to come back in Day of the Useless-themed outfits.

This yr we welcome 4 artists—Dan Butler, Ted Canning, Ruben Ornelas, and Gaitrie Subryan—from the newly-formed GLOW Creatives collective, supported by a 2-year grant from Creatives Rebuild New York. They are going to help with face portray, sound reinforcement, and displays of non-public ofrendas and dance—see the net schedule for precise timing (

The occasion is co-sponsored by GLOW Traditions at GO ART!, Mariachi de Oro Restaurant, and the YMCA, with partial funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the help of the Workplace of the Governor and the New York State Legislature .

Submitting photos.

High photograph: Karla Alcala, entrance, leads dancers from Alma de Mexico who will carry out on the Day of the Useless. Photograph from Batavia in 2022, by Karen Canning

Leonel Rosario adjusts the hat on a mono de calenda (road puppet) on the 2021 Day of the Useless celebration, Medina. Photograph by Christine Zinni

An attendee enjoys a paper mask-making workshop, 2021 Day of the Useless Celebration, Medina. Photograph by Christine Zinni

Lola Alvarado, heart, and Gladys Rosario, proper, in Dia de Muertos face paint, 2019 Day of the Useless celebration, Medina. Photograph by TC Owens


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