Dia de los Muertos/Celebration of Life Festival - The oldest Dia de Los Muertos Festival in the area, this event celebrates the ancient Mexican holiday commemorating the lives of loved-ones who have passed away. The day is set aside to remember ancestors while instilling a positive attitude towards life and death. The festival showcases community performers, folk art vendors, storytelling, cultural music, children’s activities, a community procession and community altar. The event is free to the public.
In 2013 we are taking a new direction in regards to Dia de los Muertos and the festival. We are going to focus our efforts on educational outreach in the East Valley Schools . While there won’t be a traditional Xico’s Celebration of Life festival- we will still be promoting the cultural importance of Day of the Dead to our youth.
Community Exhibitions and Meet the Artist Events - This program gives Latino and Native American artists a place to display and sell their artwork allowing more recognition and exposure to the public. Xico exhibitions are held both at our gallery in Chandler and at other locations throughout the greater Phoenix area. Last year we produced twelve exhibitions featuring 50 local and regional artists.
Underserved Youth Arts Programs - Workshops and classes taught by professional artists provide an opportunity for underserved youth to develop life skills in a creative environment while producing marketable artwork. This program helps young people develop leadership, community & socialization skills based on the values of equality, mutual respect & sharing. Students are taught how to work in various art media including public art murals, monoprints, mosaic sculpture and ceramics.
Printmaking workshops - Xico provides workshops for our participating artists to learn new techniques and methods from master printers. This provides an extraordinary opportunity for local artists to experiment with new media and methods while learning from other local, national and international artists who are skilled in the techniques of printmaking. The result is one of shared inspiration and increased knowledge of an art-form with a rich history among indigenous artists.