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Celebrate ‘Day of the Dead’ and Preview Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Event During the ‘First Thursdays’ Event at Minneapolis Visitor Information

On November 1, celebrate “Day of the Dead” with the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and preview their upcoming Open District event at Minneapolis Visitor Information (MVI) at Nicollet and 5th Street (505 Nicollet Mall), directly across from the METRO Nicollet station. As part of the monthly “First Thursdays” event, visitors will be able to sample free pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and view an ofrenda (offerings on a ritual altar) by Northeast Minneapolis artist Gustavo Lira. In addition, there will be live art demonstrations and guests can purchase original art and meet local artists between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Pan de muerto, by Ecuadorian bakery Charito, located on Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, will be available while supplies last. This “bread of the dead” is a traditional sweet roll that is eaten on Day of the Dead. The ofrenda will be unique to Minneapolis Visitor Information. A typical ofrenda display is a collection of objects set up to honor one’s ancestors on Day of the Dead in the Mexican tradition. Ofrenda means “offering” in Spanish.

Also preview the upcoming Open District event held November 2-4 in the Northeast Arts District. Members of the arts organization will highlight such events and buildings as Art Attack at Northrup King building, Open Casket at Casket Arts building, California Dreamin’ at the California building and Art This Way at Solar Arts building. Open District is an annual event that allows visitors to explore studio buildings, acquire original art as well as meet with local artist. 

Guests may also register to win a pair of tickets to Theater Latte Da (need not be present to win).

First Thursdays are held each month to encourage residents, employees of downtown businesses and visitors to learn more about Minneapolis Visitor Information and its partners, Love From Minneapolis and Move Minneapolis, as well as highlight community organizations and events.

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