The Unity Council hosted their last of three altar workshops for el Día de los Muertos, finishing up with a session on how to make paper mache skulls. Over 50 Bay Area residents attended the workshop.
The workshops are part of the Unity Council’s cultural arts program to provide free community events in hopes of preserving and promoting all the different cultures in Oakland. “What I think is very important about this altar workshops is that they are created and made possible by city of Oakland taxpayer dollars,” said Dana Kleinhesselink, senior manager of development and communication and coordinator for the el Día de los Muertos workshops.
The council will be celebrating their 22nd annual Día de los Muertos Festival on October 29. The celebration will include carnival rides, live music, performances from Ballet Folklorico and Aztec dancers, as well as altar exhibits.