Dia de los Muertos | Volunteer with MAH
Volunteers make a lasting impact by connecting communities with a celebration of cultural heritage. You’ll bring visibility, joy, and togetherness to a community at the heart of Santa Cruz that is often underrepresented. Here’s how you can get involved at one of the area’s most meaningful cultural celebrations.
Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead at the MAH is a dynamic celebration brought to life with and by Santa Cruz’s Latinx community.
It is a deeply meaningful and vibrant holiday, integral to Mexican heritage. It is a time to celebrate spiritual journeys, family, life, death, and the memories of deceased loved ones. Families honor those who’ve passed by making colorful alters full of flowers, candles, favorite foods, and meaningful objects. Sugar skulls (intricate edible artworks), costumes, and skeleton face painting connect people to death through joyful celebration.
Volunteers support this project in several capacities:
Evergreen Decor Squad
11 am - 3:30 pm, Evergreen Cemetery
The Dia de los Muertos parade leads to a vibrant celebration at Evergreen Cemetery. Help bring the beauty of this meaningful celebration to life by decorating the space in de los Muertos style.
Santa Cruz Mission Decor Squad
1 - 4 pm, Mission Adobe
Help decorate Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park in festive and traditional styles with Dia de los Muertos flags and marigolds. You’ll bring this stop along the parade to life with vibrant colors and beautiful decorations.
Face Painting and Parade Posse
12 - 3 pm, Museum of Art and History
Skulls and skeletons are meaningful symbols during Dia de los Muertos. Help local artists facilitate a face paint station for visitors.
Art Activity Helpers
11 am - 3 pm, Museum of Art and History
Help lead luminary and paper flower art activities for Dia de los Muertos participants.
1:30 - 4 pm, Museum of Art and History
Be a part of the area's biggest Dia de los Muertos parade from the Museum of Art and History, through Mission State Historic Park, to a vibrant celebration at Evergreen Cemetery.
Welcomers and Smile-Makers
3 - 6:30 pm, Evegreen Cemetery
Welcome participants to Evergreen Cemetery when parade arrives. You'll be the first face they see upon arriving to the beautiful decorated festival space.
10:30 am - 3 pm, Museum of Art and History or 3 - 6:30 pm, Evergreen Cemetery
Lend your top notch people power skills and help keep the parade and festival clear from traffic.
5:30 - 7 pm, Evergreen Cemetery
Celebrate the culmination of a beautiful day of family, stories, art, and community. Help break down the event with MAH staff. Share your feedback and insights from the event and hang out with the folks behind the festival.
You can sign up for a specific shift -- at the Museum of Art and History Eventbright page here:
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**This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.
Santa Cruz, CA
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