Greater Denton Arts Council


Day of the Dead: Una Exhibición
In partnership with Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival
October 8 - November 2, 2016, FREE
Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

In partnership with Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council presents an exhibition of traditional and contemporary ofrendas honoring departed loved ones and ancestors. Altars will be presented by the Tri-County Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, students of the Hispanic Honor Society and Denton Independent School District, Ghosts of Denton, and LULAC Denton.

Días de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of family members and loved ones who have passed. Altars are built at the home of the families of the deceased, presenting offerings such as food, drink, flowers, incense and personal items to welcome the spirits of loved ones. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar.


Day of the Dead: Una Exhibición Opening Reception
Friday, October 7, 6 - 8 PM, FREE
Join us for the opening reception of Day of the Dead: Una Exhibición. Enjoy food provided by Boca 31, a performance by Teatro Dallas, and more! When the reception is over, Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance and the Artists Enclave of Denton County present “Day of the Dance”, a short dance concert at Black Box Theatre at 8:30 pm. 

Creative Space Workshop Series | Body Factory: Puppet Workshop
Friday, October 28, 6 - 9 PM, $50 ($45 for GDAC members)
Do you remember those incredible dioramas and puppets that graced the Arts Center in support of 35 Denton? You are invited to spend the evening learning how to make a puppet in a similar fashion. The amazing artists Melanie Little Gomez Smith and Des Smith of ARTLAB 3000 will be leading participants into their realm. Participants will assemble and customize their very own puppets. All supplies provided. Class size is limited. Register by October 21 by email at, call 940.382.2787, or register online.

Day of the Dead Parade Puppet Workshop
Saturday, October 29, 11 - 2 PM, $15 ($10 GDAC members)
Create your own Day of the Dead Sugar Skull parade puppet then join in the fun of the Day of the Dead twilight parade later that evening! Construction materials provided; participants are encouraged to bring ribbons and decorations to customize their puppet. Register by October 24 by email or call 940.382.2787

Denton's Day of the Dead Festival
Saturday, October 29, 11 AM – 9 PM | FREE
Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival is a free, family-friendly event held outside on E. Hickory and Industrial Street in downtown Denton. Spirits will be high as we celebrate the fall season, the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween. Cheer on your favorite team during the famous coffin races and create your own paper marigolds and more at the Arts Center. For details visit

Denton's Day of the Dead Festival Events at the Arts Center
Saturday, October 29, 11AM - 6PM
11 AM – 6 PM: Day of the Dead: Una Exhibición open to public
11 AM – 2 PM: Marigold Maker Station
11 AM - 2 PM: Day of the Dead Parade Puppet Workshop (requires advanced registration; email
11 AM – 3 PM: “Pat the Bat” Book Signing with Kent Chapman and Kelly Stribling Sutherland
3 PM: “Pat the Bat” reading with author Kent Chapman