Exterior of Nancy Nicholas Hall in the evening, with lamps and windows glowing.
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Media Alert: Day of the Dead Fiesta Friday, Nov 1

Excellent video and photo opportunities: The annual event, free and open to the public, features community-created altar boxes, food, music, dance, and other activities.

For immediate release | October 24, 2019 | Madison, WI

Contact: Serena Larkin, serena.larkin@wisc.edu or 608-890-3970 or Carolyn Kallenborn, cmkallen@wisc.edu

Next Friday, the central foyer of the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison will transform into a scene of celebration and remembrance as part of the annual Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead. The event will feature storytelling, food, music and dance performances, and other activities, as well as an array of altar boxes personally decorated by community members to honor their deceased loved ones.

This year marks the third time the school has hosted the occasion, organized by Professor Carolyn Kallenborn, whose scholarship since 2003 has centered on the traditions of Indigenous artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. Kallenborn is the Jane Rafferty Thiele Professor in Human Ecology.

What: Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration, including display of community-created altar boxes, food, music and dance performances, and other activities

When: Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:30 – 8:30 PM / Full schedule on Facebook

Who: Community members; Faculty and students of the School of Human Ecology

Where: School of Human Ecology, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53703

Transit/parking: Parking is always limited, so we recommend transit. Several Metro bus lines drop in front of or very near to the building. Otherwise, lots 26 and 34 are free after 4:30 PM. More info here.

Images: Photos from last year’s celebration are available to preview here.


The School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison was founded in 1903. For over a century, it has promoted real-world, problem-solving research and teaching to improve the quality of life for children, families, consumers, and communities.