Art is sacred at Living Arts of Tulsa’s Altared Spaces, where late loved ones are honored through timeless tradition in thoroughly contemporary ways. As part of the annual Day of the Dead Festival, the contemporary art gallery located in the Brady Arts District invites artists to decorate altars in memoriam to someone. Just as those who practice the ages-old Mexican custom of bringing marigolds, favorite foods, candies and personal mementos of the remembered person to celebrate life, the artists erect temporary monuments testament to the unique personality of the family or friend honored. And, just as decorating tombs and headstones is held during the Dia de los Muertos holiday on Nov. 1, Altared Spaces opens the same day as part of Living Arts Day of the Dead Arts Festival. Throw in some fire dancing, music, food, art/crafts vendors and a street party, and you have a night uniquely Tulsa and celebratory of both “living” and “arts.”

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