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ASU Museum celebrates cultural diversity with
Día de los Muertos
(Day of the Dead)
Oct. 15, 2008 --
The ASU Museum, 110
Cooley Drive, Jonesboro, will hold its next diversity event, Día de los
Muertos, on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 2-5 p.m. The event will
held in the museum’s main gallery, on the 2nd floor of the
Dean B. Ellis Library/ASU Museum.
Free and open to the public and the university community, this family
event includes hands-on children’s crafts, refreshments, and
surprises. An ancient tradition originating with the Aztec and Maya, Día
de los Muertos melded with Christianity in Mexico and led to a rich
cultural celebration now practiced in many countries. Food, beverages,
flowers, and a time to remember the dead are common in all countries
that celebrate Día de los Muertos, and variations in dances and food
favorites make each culture’s celebration unique.
One thing is common in every Día de los Muertos celebration,
however: children love it. The ASU Museum’s Día de los Muertos
celebration is a special Kids’ Quest event. Children aged 5–12 can join
this free club and receive a newsletter, T-shirt, and other free goodies
from the Arkansas Discovery Network of museums. Register for this free
club during the Día de los Muertos celebration, or by visiting
This year, the blockbuster exhibition
Grossology, the impolite science of the human body, will also be
open. The Grossology exhibition is entirely free—thanks to the Arkansas
Discovery Network, which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
The local presenting sponsor is SHARP (St. Bernard’s Health Associates
Regional Providers), with additional support from Niche Publications,
Jonesboro Occasions magazine, KAIT Region 8 News, and Chick-fil-A.
Join the ASU Museum staff and people from many backgrounds for an
afternoon of fun and festivities. Experience Día de los Muertos, one of
the oldest, most intriguing, and richly diverse customs celebrated by
many Spanish-speaking people who now call Northeast Arkansas home. Parking is plentiful, Spanish translators will be available, and all are
The ASU Museum is located off University Loop, accessible from either
Caraway Road or Stadium Boulevard. Look for the library clock tower, and
park in the large lot.
For more information, visit the Special Events section of the ASU Museum
http://museum.astate.edu or call Lenore Shoults, (870) 972-2074.