October 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Curated by Rio Yañez and Anaís Azul, To Love and Be Loved in Return: Día de Los Muertos 2022 exemplifies how the love between us and our dead continue to help us to navigate the world. This year, artists to reflect on how those we have lost have taught us to love and be loved in return. As we navigate a world troubled with war and injustice, we are more connected to each other than we ever thought possible. Love is the orchestrator connecting us to our departed and the action grounding our communities in healing.

Join us for the all-ages exhibition unveiling and opening reception on Friday, October 7, 6–9 PM PST! Featuring curatorial remarks and the launch of the René Yañez Legacy Fund, this is the first public Día de Los Muertos opening reception since 2019.

This event is free and all-ages, $10 suggested donation

Every Día de Los Muertos exhibition is dedicated to community members and artists whose legacy has inspired generations and galvanized movements. This year’s exhibition is dedicated to Japanese American poet and educator Janice Mirikitani who advocated for the City’s historically marginalized communities. She was the San Francisco poet laureate from 2000–2002 and she has spent nearly 60 years with Glide Foundation, a “radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization”. Longtime exhibiting artist and community member Beth Benson will be creating an altar in her honor.

Health & Safety
This event requires all guests to present proof of full COVID–19 vaccination. Masks are recommended when guests are not drinking.

Those who are unable to receive the COVID–19 vaccination must bring a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to the day of event. If you currently have COVID–19/Monkeypox symptoms, tested positive, or have been around anyone who tested positive for COVID-19/Monkeypox, we ask that you do not attend this event.

While at SOMArts, guests must follow health & safety signage and safety instructions per SOMArts’ staff persons. Please note that additional safety precautions may change based on City and State guidelines.

Learn more about our Health & Safety guidelines by visiting: somarts.org/healthsafety

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