Welcome to the Young People’s Ofrenda Project Blog

Greetings and welcome to the blog. For the next several weeks, we will be documenting the process of the 2011 Ofrenda Project through this blog and the videos created by the students. This is our fourth year working with the students, and our third using the blog.

This deeply personal, moving exhibition of student work is the result of a unique partnership between the MIA and Austin High School (Greater Minnesota), Thomas Edison High School (Minneapolis), El Colegio High School (Minneapolis), and Humboldt Secondary School (St. Paul). The students explore world cultures’ reverence for ancestors in art and Day of the Dead traditions in Mexico in the classroom and the museum. They draw inspiration from these and other experiences to create personal ofrendas (offerings) – altars or shrines to honor friends, family, or community members who have passed away. Interact with the project online as it unfolds in the classroom beginning in early September. A selection of student ofrendas from each school is on view the museum November 1 through December 4.

Generous support is provided by Best Buy Co., Inc. and Cargill.