Want to Build an Altar? Info Meeting Tuesday the 17th in Garfield Park

Build a Box Altar

Info meeting Tuesday Oct 17th – 6pm

Outside the Clubhouse in Garfield Park

 

We invite you to be inspired by the tradition of shoe box altars. We are seeking community members or organizations interested in creating large box altars to anchor the sacred space of the park for the community to come together, celebrate and feel the complexities of emotions associated with death.

We will provide one 3’x7′ cardboard box each for community member or organization interested in creating a large box altar. This year we are encouraging all community members to make more personal and individual shoebox altars this so please keep that in mind when constructing your large cardboard box.

The Marigold Project invites traditional, contemporary and experimental altars that address grief and loss on a social, spiritual and personal level. We encourage and support altar’s that engage community participation.

The Marigold Project is asking that the altar proposals incorporate the following directions, elements and age groups. These elements are universal symbols that connect indigenous cultures and traditions with the present. By placing these symbols within the altars at Garfield Park we invoke the ancestors and create a sacred space. Please indicate which one best suits your project when submitting your proposal.

THE DIRECTIONS/ELEMENTS

North- Earth: Elders

East- Air: Children

South- Fire: Young Adult

West- Water: Adult

Center- Ether: Ancestor

These elements are universal symbols that connect indigenous cultures and traditions with the present. Within the altars at Garfield Park we invoke the ancestors and create a sacred space.

Author: Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead SF

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated since the early 70s with altar installations, music, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our existence and mortality - a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and our ancestors.

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