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N.C. Museum of Art plans virtual family day to mark All Saints Day

Posted October 20, 2020 4:52 p.m. EDT

Courtesy: NC Museum of Art

The N.C. Museum of Art will host a virtual family day next month with an international theme. The museum, in collaboration with the Consulate of Guatemala in Raleigh, will host a free Day of Guatemala celebration on All Saints Day, which is Sunday, Nov. 1. In Guatemalan culture, the day celebrates life by remembering those who have died.

During the virtual family day, participants can watch live-streamed performances and take part in a package of digital activities. The event also includes the creation of a traditional giant kite, called an Esperanza Kite or Kite of Hope, that will be on view outside in the Museum Park.

“We are so grateful for our continued partnership with the Consulate of Guatemala and are excited to bring this collaboration to families across our state through virtual activities at home,” said Museum Director Valerie Hillings in a press release. “The Esperanza Kite that will also be on view in the Museum Park will acknowledge personal and communal losses while celebrating a vital cultural tradition that underscores the power and uplift of community.”

The kite, titled Humanity Will Survive, is the creation of artist Cristina España, vice-consul, Consulate General of Guatemala in Raleigh, and her husband, Nathanael Sperger, according to the release. The kite will debut at 2 p.m. on the Museum Park Theater stage. Visitors can drop by in person to see it until 5 p.m. Face masks and social distancing are required.

“The Esperanza Kite was built to recognize the invaluable contribution in arts and traditions of the Guatemalan indigenous community, the sacrifice of all immigrants, and the beauty they bring to this precious country,” said España in the release. “The kite is a messenger of hope during this pandemic. Humanity will survive, and our generation will be part of the improvement of this world.”

Other activities include traditional folk music, art-making projects, and appearances by special guests. Some activities will be live-streamed and others will be available prerecorded in a digital package that will debut on the morning of the event on the museum's website. Activities will begin at 10 a.m., Nov. 1. More information is on the museum's website.