MTS Secondary is creating unique opportunities to celebrate different cultures within our MTCS community. MTS Latino Liaison and multi-media artist with more than twenty-five years of experience in creating multicultural and artistic programs in the US, Renato Lombardi, recently organized the first Días de Muertos (Days of the Dead) event here at the MTS Secondary site. Days of the Dead is the celebration of life and death—a tradition celebrated by people of Mexican heritage everywhere. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Lombardi shared the meaning behind the celebration with students and let them experience the tradition firsthand. The beautiful and poignant display fills the Southern end of the cafeteria. Students brought framed photos of loved ones, artwork and other important mementos to remember people they love who have died. Families and the community came to share in this celebration—and we invite you to come and visit and share as long as the display stands.
Of special note is the more than 8 foot representation of a wall, with graves and faceless representations to commemorate the many people who die trying to pass from Mexico to the United States.
With Lombardi’s artistic talents and passion, and community connections—MTCS will celebrate a number of cultural events this year. Dias de Muertos was the first, and in December there will be a unique, multi-cultural celebration of light, Black history month in February and a celebration of young women who turn fifteen, in the beautiful fiesta de quinceañera.
Renato shared, “MTCS is honoring the stories of our students with these celebrations and telling them you are important. Art is a way to convey their stories.”
MTCS is grateful for the leadership and vision of Renato Lombardi as he guides students through art and powerful cultural traditions, to understand themselves and each other.