Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mexic-Arte Museum

One of the great things about my job is the flexibility I have. I found out last minute that Trent's teacher needed me to go on their field trip yesterday, and I am so thankful I was able to go! We went to the Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin to view their Day of the Dead exhibit, and it was fantastic!

They had 2 different exhibits - one that was focused on Mojigangas - 'masks' that were used in the annual parade. We learned a lot about the history of Day of the Dead and how it is celebrated in different parts of the world. The second exhibit focused on community ofrendas - altars - that are built to memorialize the dead.

Different ofrendas made by groups throughout the community

Mojigangas exhibit - all used in the annual parade!

After the museum, we had lunch at a huge park and the kids got to run around on the playground - always much needed after having to be quiet in a museum!

Me and my cutie pie stinker


Kathryn Bagley said...

How funny because i just watched Coco for the first time last weekend. Of course I cried like a baby about the whole dad was a good movie and I learned a lot about that culture-that I didn't know before.

Emily said...

100% of my knowledge of Dia de los Muertos comes from "Coco." I'm ok with that since Coco was culturally accurate because Disney shockingly did a good job hiring actual Hispanic personnel to manage the film (versus their habit of hiring American White to portray other cultures - FAIL). The museum looks very cool!

Natasha said...

I have very little knowledge about Mexican culture and traditions and this museum looks amazing! From reading the comments above, it sounds like I should see Coco. Maybe I'll try and watch it over the Christmas break...