We met with the Spanish class from Edison High School this Wednesday to kick off the first phase of the Ofrenda project. Students split into small groups and discussed (in Spanish!) the role of ancestors in the Day of the Dead and the importance of honoring the deceased. Ms. Davis and intern Emily spoke with each group, and shared pictures from last year’s project.
Many students already know who they’ll honor, from civil rights leaders to cousins, and they shared their feelings with us. Students also recorded video—thinking ahead for the Phase 1 video blogs. Students keep a record of their feelings throughout the project to express themselves and talk about their artistic choices.