Project News

Happy Homecoming

It’s Homecoming week at Austin High School! This week the school liaisons were greeted by students dressed up for Formal Day, wearing dresses and ties, awaiting the announcement of the homecoming court coronation. Despite the excitement in the hallways, students came into class ready to work on their ofrendas, which have come along quite nicely…

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Greetings from El Colegio

In preparation for their project, art students at El Colegio read a detailed account in a publication from the Univeristy of Veracruz about the elements and symbols in traditional ofrendas from several regions of Mexico. These student artists began by sanding and painting their wooden crates in luminous colors. As they continue to work on…

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Two Classrooms, One Visit

We were able to spend time in both Mr. Elizondo and Ms. Milazzo’s classrooms at Humboldt High School this week, checking out the impressive work done by all of the students. In Mr. Elizondo’s classroom, students have taken the opportunity to work in groups to create ofrendas honoring deceased celebrities, and in some cases, mutual…

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Making Connections

Though the painting process has only just begun, the Ofrendas project is well underway in spirit at Austin High School. Students have been speaking with their families and working hard to come up with a meaningful plan for their ofrendas. Almost every student has chosen to honor a family member, which makes the experiences at…

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Humboldt Students Generate, Discuss, and Develop Ideas

Students in Sarah Milazzo’s sculpture class at Humboldt High School worked in small groups during our recent visit to the home of the Hawks. They answered discussion questions about the meaning of “ancestor” and how ancestors are thought of and honored in Mexico and in the students’ own families. Once each student recorded answers to…

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Day 1 at Austin High School

The Young People’s Ofrendas Project has  kicked off at Austin High School with our first visit to the classroom of Mr. Brobeck. Though the students are currently working on an unrelated beginning of the year project to help them get their artistic gears turning, the basic concept of Ofrendas has been introduced with much excitement….

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Phase 1 of Young People’s Ofrendas Project: Honoring Ancestors

This week, students at Austin, El Colegio, and Humboldt high schools are embarking in earnest on the 2013 Young People’s Ofrendas project. They’re exploring the history and meaning of Mexican Day of the Dead traditions as well as discovering global traditions for honoring ancestors. Each student will soon select an important family member, friend, or…

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2013 MUSE Award Winner

We’re very proud to announce the Young People’s Ofrendas project was honored with a Silver MUSE Award in the Digital Communities category at the May 2013 annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums. The award recognizes the local and global impact of the project, made possible by the website and blog that chronicles the…

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Young People’s Ofrendas 2013

September 3 marks the official kick off of “Young People’s Ofrendas: Expressions of Life and Remembrance” for 2013. Now in its 6th year, this unique museum-school partnership begins in the art classrooms of three Minnesota high schools and culminates in an exhibition of students’ ofrendas (shrines to honor ancestors) at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts….

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