Whether you are a professional artist, student, or community member, we invite you to commemorate someone special, a group of people, or a cause with a traditional altar. The altares are the heart and soul of Día. We anticipate space for twenty (20) 10ft x 10ft altars at the festival. Please read the required components of the application, so you understand aspects requested for each altar. Then fill out the application, you must include a sketch or diagram of your proposed altar, and submit it for consideration. Each artist will receive a small stipend of a minimum of $250 to offset the costs of the materials.
The Unity Council is no longer accepting applications for Dia altares.
**Mandatory orientation for all altar artists: Thursday, October 4th, 2018 from 6-8 PM at 1900 Fruitvale Ave. Oakland, CA.**
Every year, The Unity Council makes a call to artists and community members to submit artwork to be featured on the official Dia de los Muertos poster. The art chosen is selected by a community panel, who looks at the quality of the work, its ability to be reproduced as a poster and t-shirt, its connection to the theme, and the connection the artist has to the community. The art chosen is then reproduced and shown on billboards, t-shirts, posters, and online, and is seen by the 60,000+ people at the festival, and thousands more leading up to it.
The winner of the 2018 Dia de los Muertos poster art contest is Eduardo Chaidez. His artwork quickly stood out among competitors because of the way he captured this year’s theme, “A Dream for All.” Click here to see the artwork and to learn more about Eduardo.
Dia Community Panel
- Chris Iglesias, CEO of The Unity Council
- Erin Patch, COO of The Unity Council
- Maria Sanchez, Program Manager of The Unity Council’s Fruitvale Business Improvement District
- Zuleyka Jinks, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of A2Z Media Group
- Evelyn Orantes, Curatorial and Exhibit Development Consultant. Former Senior Experience Developer at Oakland Museum of California.
- Leslie “DIME” Lopez, Xicana Graffiti Writer, ARTivist, and last year’s winner
- Virginia Jardim, Retired Art Professor from the California College of the Arts and founder of the Athena Project
- Victor Moreno, Fruitvale community member, art lover, and activist
- Beatriz Mora, Fruitvale community member