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PAIR Center Day of Service: Dia de los Muertos

October 20, 2023


PAIR Volunteer Event Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

In partnership with Juntos artists Ivonne Pinto García and Erika Guadalupe Núñez, members of the PAIR Center helped to prepare different components of the ofrenda (altar) for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia.

The tradition of Día de los Muertos is very much related to the work of PAIR – to earnestly honor the end of life and to celebrate life beyond living.

For more information, read this WHYY article about Ivonne and her thoughts on what Día de los Muertos means to her.

Seven PAIR Center volunteers pose with Erika Guadalupe Núñez, Ivonne Pinto García, and Ivonne's mother.
Artists Erika Guadalupe Núñez (seated, left), Ivonne Pinto García (seated, right), and Ivonne’s mother (seated, middle) with PAIR Center volunteers.
Emily Blaum kneels on the ground, painting the background of a large sign in a purple-to-blue gradient.
Emily Blaum paints the background for the sign.
Erika Guadalupe Núñez smiles while holding up a purple and blue sign with cutouts in the shapes of birds and leaves and the words "De La Tierra Somos".
Erika with the nearly completed sign, “De La Tierra Somos”, meaning we are from the Earth.
Eric Underwood, Yingying Lu, and Erika  Guadalupe Núñez, making cutouts in the shapes of leaves and birds in the purple sign.
Eric Underwood and Yingying Lu work with Erika to make careful cutouts in the sign.