Altar Projects

Personal Altars

There are multiple opportunities to create, display and hold vigil during the All Souls Procession Season.  Below you will find both instruction on how to participate in either Personal Altars and the Community Altar Project

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Location:
ARMORY PARK * S. 6th Ave Between 12th and 13th St.
1-11pm

Throughout time the living have created altars to preserve the memories of events and people that are important to us. Altars and shrines are one way to pay tribute to those that have passed. Typically, an altar is a sacred place where ceremonies take place. They occur in many cultures worldwide regardless of spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs. For example, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism and Neopaganism are all known to create sacred spaces for those that have left their mark on our hearts.

The PERSONAL ALTAR VIGIL project is an opportunity to pay homage to deceased loved ones, friends, ancestors, beloved pets, devastated communities, war-torn countries, and others by creating a personal altar in the center of downtown Tucson, within the downtown public library plaza.

Global, personal, ethnic, spiritual, religious and multi-cultural themes are most welcome. The day of your personal altar creation will officially flow into the vigil after a beautiful PROCESSION OF THE LITTLE ANGELS and the spectacular LITTLE ANGELS FINALE. Children will parade through the library plaza dressed as angels, invoking the spirits and celebrating the lives of those who have passed. The Procession ends at the Little Angels Finale, a spectacle of music and performing arts ending with a giant set of angel wings set ablaze.

As the sun sets and candles are lit, the public will have an opportunity to view all the altars throughout the evening during this vigil.


VITAL PERSONAL ALTAR BUILDING
&
VIGIL INFORMATION

Altars
Create your altar, utilizing up to a 4 x 4 foot space. A small card table or empty boxes or crates turned upside down and covered with cloth make wonderful alter platforms. Adorn your altar with personal mementos of your loved ones and objects that remind you of specific experiences, or attributes of them. Many altars include such objects as the favorite food of the person that passed, objects that were precious to them, pictures of that person, incense, chimes, flowers, etc. Possible objects for your altar may include:

Photographs Flowers
Objects of Personal Significance Art
Incense Herbs
Sugar Skulls Skeletons
Votive Candles Food
Glasses of Drink Fruit
Religious / Cultural Decorations Toys

We’ve included a few examples to give you some ideas and inspiration in paying tribute to those who meant so much to you. They can be elaborate or just a simple note or picture with a candle. As the saying goes”it is the thought that counts” and when creating anything, the emotional connection is what is most important.

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Important: Please incorporate a narrative of 25 words or less, in your altar design to describe the one you are honoring, for public viewing.

Candles are welcomed if placed in glass or metal containers that CATCH ALL WAX. Altars may not be staked into the ground. Electric outlets will NOT be available, however there is ambient lighting within the plaza.

Personal Altar Vigil ends: altars must be TAKEN DOWN BY midnight.

After midnight, the altars, and any items left behind, will be removed and disposed of.

Security will be “walking” the plaza throughout the night. However, please understand, MMOS cannot be responsible for precious items that may be lost or stolen during the vigil, or have not been removed by the altar owners.

The PERSONAL ALTAR VIGIL is a wonderful and significant opportunity to show your love for the people who have passed. Please join us and other community members in honoring the dead by decorating and making sacred a small piece of ground in the land of the living!

Contact:
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Community Altars

Location & Time:
Tucson Museum of Art

140 N Main Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 624-2333

Dia de los Muertos

  • Cost: Free
    Dates: 11/02/2012 5:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location: Tucson Museum of Art
  • Phone: 529-624-2333
  • Address: 140 N. Main Ave.

Celebrate the annual tradition of Dia de los Muertos at the Tucson Museum of Art. The evening will be filled with altars created by local schools and community partners, mariachi performances, pinatas, art-making, face painting, and much more. Bring your family and enjoy the rich, cultural festivities! This is a FREE event.

Enjoy a family-oriented celebration of Dia de los Muertos at the Tucson Museum of Art, in the courtyards and galleries at 140 North Main Avenue in historic downtown. This event is free and open to the public.

Enjoy the festive atmosphere of traditional Mexican light displays, music, and food. Join in the parade around the courtyard and over to El Presidio Park with Big Head Puppets. Marvel at the special altar created by students of St. Ambrose School and the Museum School for the Visual Arts. Bring photos or other small items to add to the Community Altar (any items that are not retrieved by the following day, Sunday-will be burned in a giant urn at the end of the All Souls Procession).

This special celebration in honor of our loved ones and ancestors who’ve passed is a collaborative effort between the Tucson Museum of Art, Many Mouths One Stomach, St. Ambrose School, and the Museum School for the Visual Arts.

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Mercado San Agustin Mis Recuerdos-Altar Event

Altar dedication and blessing, Group Coatilique Dancers, Mariachi, Ceremony of Memories, Pozole Feast

Thr. November 1, 2012

 


ALTAR OBJECTS

Many altars include such objects as the favorite food of the person that passed, objects that were precious to them, pictures of that person, incense, chimes, flowers, etc. Possible objects for your altar may include:

Photographs Flowers
Objects of Personal Significance Art
Incense Herbs
Sugar Skulls Skeletons
Votive Candles Food
Glasses of Drink Fruit
Religious / Cultural Decorations Toys

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