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New Day Of The Dead Art Exhibit Honors 12 Lifegiving Chicago Organ Donors

By Ariel Cheung | October 18, 2017 6:13am
 A woman dressed to celebrate a past Dia de los Muertos at Dvorak Park in Pilsen.
A woman dressed to celebrate a past Dia de los Muertos at Dvorak Park in Pilsen.
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AVONDALE — An art exhibit debuting Wednesday will honor people whose organ and tissue donations saved lives.

The Dead of the Dead exhibit will honor a dozen donors and their families at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge Ave., in Avondale.

There will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 3 , is the first of its kind to commemorate the lasting impact of a donor. The National Museum of Mexican Art and Gift of Hope partnered with the arts alliance on the project.

Día de los Muertos will take place Nov. 1 and 2. The Mexican holiday is dedicated to honoring friends and family members who have died and is celebrated with festivals and parades. Some build private altars or visit cemeteries to remember their loved ones.

In Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art will host a masquerade ball and other Día de los Muertos events. There will also be wooden skull painting, a children's festival at Benito Juarez Community Academy and the 38th annual ElevArte celebration.