Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village’s Marigold Mural Project is in honor of Old Soul’s Day or the Day of the Dead, a tradition of the indigenous people of Mexico. The event is a nod to Tlaquepaque’s history; the center was built to resemble a Mexican village. Participants can decorate a 26-foot long mural that pays tribute to those who have passed. Artist Love Joy creates a centerpiece that people can add to. This year’s theme is “A Tree of Life: Messages of Love” – intended to convey a positive message in the midst of a trying year. It was important that the event continue. “The mural project is something that the locals have really embraced and a lot of people come back every year,” says Wendy Lippman, general manager and resident partner at Tlaquepaque. “We try so hard to emulate all of the rituals that go along with it. So it’s very educational. It’s colorful. I find that pretty much young and old are attracted to it and love it. So we’re really sad that we’re taking a pause this year [on our big celebration], but at least we’re going to have some decor to provide an opportunity to come down and take a look.”
Tlaquepaque will have painting supplies if you’d like to contribute to the mural. Past murals also will be on display. People also are encouraged to bring a photograph or print out items ahead of time. If you can’t or don’t feel comfortable making the trip out to Tlaquepaque, you can email a photo, poem, drawing or anything that will print that’s 4 by 6 inches or smaller to firstname.lastname@example.org. The staff will then print out your tribute, attach it to the mural and then send you a photo of your contribution. In the past, people have created tributes to their animals and even left bottles of the person’s favorite drink.
Tlaquepaque also will have installations – including a floral display inside the Chapel – at just about every patio. Beyond just being a visual treat, the Marigold Mural Project seeks to foster a sense of community. “People just love the creative outlet. We are an arts community,” says Wendy. − Teresa K. Traverse
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