As we near the end of October, the Kruizenga Art Museum will host two events: “After Hours: A Taste of Japan” and “Day of the Dead Celebration,” on Oct. 26 and 28, respectively. The Kruizenga is known for incorporating pieces that are culturally appreciative into their galleries, such as their current exhibit on Japanese Meiji period art. The new events follow suit as they focus on both Japanese and Latin cultures.
“After Hours: A Taste of Japan” is part of a monthly series where the museum extends its regular visiting hours every third Thursday until 8 p.m. This month, in accordance with the aforementioned Japanese Meiji gallery, there will be a selection of Japanese appetizers as well as origami and a coloring table. The event will be hosted by Hope’s Japan Club from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Visitors are encouraged to come and go as they please and to enjoy viewing the galleries during this time.
The Latino Student Organization (LSO) is putting on a free event Saturday, Oct. 28 to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican celebration beginning Oct. 31 and ending Nov. 2. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community is invited to come to the Kruizenga as the LSO builds a traditional Day of the Dead altar in one of the galleries. Visitors are invited to color skull masks, decorate the patio with chalk and hear about the meaning behind the altar from a LSO representative. Join them as they honor the deceased in this annual Latin tradition.
Want to know more about these events? Visit the front desk at the Kruizenga Art Museum, located between Martha Miller Center and the DePree Art Center on Columbia Ave., or search for them on the online events calendar.