Dia de los Muertos 2018 in photos

We celebrated Day of the Dead on November 2, hosting music, art making and a feast. We thought you might enjoy reflecting on the evening through these photographs, courtesy of Nova Photography. They beautifully capture the spirit of the night.

“Sometimes I’m overwhelmed when I think of how many people have ever been on this planet and the tiny fraction of them that are actually remembered to this day. Even two, three generations down the road, it’s easy to start forgetting. So memory has a spiritual dimension in that way to me….My grandmother who I was deeply close to, I remember her deeply every day. And when I go, probably no one’s going to remember her in that way again. So for the next few decades, her memory is still, in a sense, life after death.”
~ Dario Robleto 

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. The act of remembering may bring joy and healing. Day of the Dead has spread across the world and this celebration in Questa was our 4th annual.

Much gratitude! We look forward to hosting this special gathering in 2019.

Questa Chamber Music Concert Featuring Odin Rathnam, Nov 29

Questa Chamber Music Series Featuring Odin Rathnam – FUNDRAISER CONCERT FOR LA SALA – Thursday, November 29, 7pm

Odin Rathnam

Join us for this special “sneak preview” concert on November 29 at La Sala. $10 suggested donation at the door, children under 12 and students are free. Proceeds will help fund the continuing renovation of this new Questa venue.

Internationally renowned virtuoso violinist Odin Rathnam returns to the Taos area after his sold-out solo violin concert at the Harwood Museum one year ago. Rathnam presents a “sneak preview” concert Thursday, November 29, 7 pm, at La Sala, 2331 Hwy 522, Questa (on the south side of the village). La Sala is a new space in Questa in the midst of renovation; it will be home to a yoga, music and expressive arts.

Fingers crossed: A guest artist, Canadian cellist Morag Northey, who will be presenting her one-woman show,”17,” at the TCA on Nov. 30, may also perform with Odin at La Sala.

The full concert, “Odin Rathnam & Friends,” will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, and will include Morag Northey on cello and two local musician friends – Martha Shepp on piano, and Suzanne Schwartz on viola. The program will include works by Piazzolla, Bach, Mozart, Gliere, and Saint-Saens.

Download a poster to share, here.

The Questa Chamber Music Series is a program of the Questa Creative Council.

Day of the Dead, Nov 2, 2018

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with us! November 2, 4-7 pm, we host music, art making and a feast: posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, pan de muerto, and more! Bring a dish to share, perhaps a favorite of someone being remembered. Participants can bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. The Questa Stories Project will be present and available to record community members’ remembrances of loved-ones, if families choose to share (QuestaStories.org).

There will be much to do and feast upon, and music to enjoy. Michael Rael will play into the evening starting around feast time, about 5:30pm. A key aspect of the evening will be art making and sharing in a supportive and festive environment. Participants can make sugar skulls, paper marigolds, and other art; supplies and instructions are provided.

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. This ritual offers a container for feelings of sorrow at the death of our beloveds. And by treating the eventuality with honesty and even humor, we recognize we are all sojourners; some are simply further ahead.

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities.

October 30: “Coco” Community Film Showing

See the film, “Coco,” Tuesday, October 30, 5 – 7 pm.

All are invited to see the film “Coco” on Tuesday, October 30, 5-7 pm. Coco is an award-winning animated Disney/Pixar film focused on Day of the Dead and the connection between history and healing, family and community. Learn more about the film HERE.

LEAP and La Sala will host this community film showing.

LEAP is Land, Experience and Art of Place, an artist-run organization that creates arts and educational events and opportunities reflecting the natural and cultural ecology of Questa and surrounding communities. La Sala is a space in Questa, growing to serve as a home for movements, like  yoga, plus music and more!

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities. For more information Contact us call (575) 224-2102.
Volunteers are welcomed!

November 2: Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Questa

Celebrate Day of the Dead, feast and altar-making, Friday, November 2, 4 – 7 pm, FREE!

For background and event details, read our Press Release information below:

Dia de los Muertos is an enduring tradition to remember loved ones. It originated in Mesoamerica as a blend of Spanish, Aztec, and ancient traditions. Today, it is celebrated worldwide. LEAP and La Sala will host the 4th annual celebration in Questa.

LEAP is Land, Experience and Art of Place, an artist-run organization that creates arts and educational events and opportunities reflecting the natural and cultural ecology of Questa and surrounding communities. La Sala is a space in Questa, growing to serve as a home for movements, like  yoga, plus music and more!

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on November 2, 4-7 pm with music, art making and a feast: posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, pan de muerto, and more! Bring a dish to share, perhaps a favorite of someone being remembered. Participants can bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. The Questa Stories Project will be present and available to record community members’ remembrances of loved-ones, if families choose to share (QuestaStories.org).

There will be much to do and feast upon, and music to enjoy. A key aspect of the evening will be art making and sharing in a supportive and festive environment. Participants can make sugar skulls, paper marigolds, and other art; supplies and instruction are provided.

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. This ritual offers a container for feelings of sorrow at the death of our beloveds. And by treating the eventuality with honesty and even humor, we recognize we are all sojourners; some are simply further ahead. There are few set parameters, besides food, music, bright colors, and active remembering; this may explain why Day of the Dead has spread across the world.

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities. For more information contact us or call (575) 224-2102.
Volunteers are welcome!