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Muertos y Monarcas: Celebrating Día de Muertos to Save Mexico’s Monarchs

Day of the Dead

By Vía Orgánica

Join Vía Orgánica, La Calaca, and Muros en Blanco for “Muertos y Monarcas,” a block party and art exhibition created to celebrate the creativity and diversity of la colonia Guadalupe, and bring attention to Mexico’s declining Monarch butterfly population. The fiesta will take place in front of Vía Orgánica (calle Margarito Ledesma 2) and feature local street food, live music, theater performances, and interactive workshops led by a talented group of local and international artists. The event will culminate in a monarch themed procession to the Jardín led by La Calaca performance artist Paradox Pollack, and featuring the work of transnational visual artist and activist Favianna Rodríguez. Favianna, who is internationally recognized for her work celebrating the strength, courage, and determination of immigrants who go to the US, will be working with local students and residents to make monarch butterfly wings to be worn for the procession to the Jardin. Staying true to the theme, the procession will arrive just in time to see La Calaca concert headliner Sonic Butterfly and their inspiring long-string harp performance.

Muertos y Monarcas
Within the La Calaca Fest
Fri, Oct 31, 5-9pm
Vía Orgánica
Margarito Ledesma 2

Long a symbol of the arrival of Día de Muertos, monarchs have represented the return of deceased relatives in Mexico since the time of the Aztecs. Unfortunately the opportunity to observe this symbolic annual migration may not be around for much longer as monarch numbers continue to decline. “Muertos y Monarcas” will seek to bring awareness to the plight of monarch butterflies in both Mexico and the US, whose populations have declined by more than 90 percent in the past 20 years. This dramatic decline is due in large part to the planting of GMO crops, which have wiped out milkweed plants, monarch caterpillars’ only source of food, across much of the US and Canada, and will require drastic changes on both sides of the border in order to bring these beautiful creatures back from the brink of extinction.


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