MOUNT MORRIS – The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts is offering a workshop Oct. 16 in Mexican arts associated with the Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead, which occurs at the beginning of November, is a time of joyful remembrance of deceased loved ones, filled with an array of colors, scents, sounds and stories. The custom holds that it is the one time of the year when souls can return to earth for a day and commune with their families and friends, who create home altars or ofrendas to welcome them with flowers, candles, favorite foods, decorations, photos and mementos.

The GVCA workshop is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Council on the Arts, 4 Murray Hill Drive. The event is free, though registration is required. Registration is limited to 40, with families welcome. For registration information, go to

Community member Estela Gutierrez will lead participants in creating papel picado, or cut paper banners and flowers, which she learned to make from her father. She will be joined by Ana Sanchez, who will guide attendees in creating a version of calaveras de azucar, or sugar skulls, that use apples and sweet decorations.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to see the exhibit, “Connecting by Design: Artists and Farmworkers Share Talents and Traditions,” on display through Nov. 20. The exhibit features artwork created through CAMPS, a program that brings arts instruction to migrant farmworkers and families in the region.

For more information, visit the arts council website at and Facebook at

The exhibit and accompanying programs are supported by funds from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature.

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