Day of the Dead Workshop

Teaching el Día de los Muertos: A Workshop for Educators

Saturday, October 22, 2016

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

John Hope Franklin Center


Questions? Contact Outreach Program Coordinator Emily Chávez at

Resource Links

Dando Vida a la Muerte: The Mexican Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos is not Halloween

Picnicking in Cemeteries for Day of the Dead

Objects to Consider When Creating a Day of the Dead Altar

How would you like to be remembered? Tomb activity 

Day of the Dead Pan de Muerto Recipe


Presenter Information

Ivan Almonte was born and raised in Pedernales, Michoacán, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States in 1999 and has lived in Durham since then.  Ivan always tries to keep busy by improving his local community or spending time with family and friends because he believes that connecting with people helps to nurture diversity. Ivan worked as a youth organizer for six years at El Centro Hispano, and in 2009 started working with the Enlaces, a program for Latino youth and parents. He is currently a school facilitator at Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs.

Robert Healy is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles. He works on environment and development in Latin America, particularly sustainable development around parks and other protected areas and has a special interest in U.S., Canada, Mexico comparisons; management of tourism; and the development of sustainable agricultural products linked to tourism.  Dr. Healy is a long-time collector and enthusiast of Mexican art, particularly that related to Day of the Dead.

Sergio Sánchez Santamaria was born in Tlayacapan, Morelos, Mexico in 1976. A muralist, illustrator, and printmaker, Sánchez Santamaria is the heir of the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP). He received his Fine Arts degree from the great “La Esmeralda” National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Engraving in Mexico City. Sergio’s ex libris prints have been exhibited internationally.

Amber Carroll Santibañez was born and raised in Durham, NC, within a family that values creativity, story telling, and exploration. As a teenager, she developed a firm foundation in and a hearty appreciation for the arts at the Durham School of the Arts. She went on to continue her studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned a BFA in photography in 2009 and a Master’s degree of Art in Teaching in 2010. Amber relocated back to Durham to teach at her alma mater in 2012, after teaching and living in Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition to teaching visual arts at DSA, Amber is the director of the DSA Fall Arts Festival, an annual community celebration of el Día de los Muertos.

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