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Día de los Muertos in Guatemala: Celebrating the dead through the art of giant kites

Professional development opportunity for K-12 educators from all discipline

Hands-on workshop on Guatemalan Barriletes

Día de los Muertos in Guatemala: Celebrating the dead through the art of giant kites

Supango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Photo: by Josue Goge (courtesy of Flickr)

Kites are known as barriletes in Guatemala. The practice of flying barriletes during the Day of the Dead festivities is a tradition connected to their Mayan ancestry. The culture of making colorful giant kites and flying them over the cemeteries of Guatemala is a form of honoring and communicating with ancestors, family members and friends that have passed on.

This five-hour hands-on workshop will include a discussion on how the Day of the Dead celebration has been observed in Guatemala and how the tradition of barriletes is integrated into the celebrations. Participants will create barriletes and learn about the meaning of the art form involved. The instructor will provide designs suitable for different grade levels that can be reproduced for classroom use. All supplies will be provided, and no previous art experience is necessary.

Approved for 5 Hours of Professional Development Credit for LAUSD-UTLA Teachers

Eligibility: Open to K-12 educators from all disciplines

Cost: $60 (Includes workshop supplies & light refreshments)

Deadline to submit Online Application: September 28  Space is Limited
Deadline to pay registration Fee: October 4


To register for this workshop please complete the following steps:

1. Complete the online registration form
2. Submit $60 Online Payment (Debit/Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)

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Contact: Veronica Zavala, | 310-825-4572