Last week, I was fortunate to accompany 8th Grade Spanish classes to the Pilsen neighborhood where we visited the National Museum of Mexican Art. While every year the art and symbolism found in the Day of the Dead exhibits have left beautiful impressions in my memory, this year’s exhibits were at once breathtaking and profound. One exhibit honored the martyrdom of many activists who gave their lives fighting to protect the environment and Indigenous peoples of Central America. Another Altar was created to honor our homeless dead who go unnamed and unclaimed by loved ones. Articles of clothing or possessions found with the deceased were incorporated into the display.
Thank you to our World Language teachers who provide our students with meaningful and educational immersions into the cultures of others.