In the heart of Chicago, a unique cultural experience is about to unfold—an exhibit that transcends generations illuminates the power of memory, and brings forth the resilience of the human spirit. Through a heartfelt collaboration, the Alzheimer’s Association will exhibit an ofrenda to honor those who have passed from Alzheimer’s and dementia at the National Museum of Mexican art during the Museum’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit – Living Presence beginning on Friday, September 22nd.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that touches the lives of millions, and within the Hispanic and Latino communities, it strikes with a 1.5 times HIGHER incidence. To address this growing concern, the Alzheimer’s Association, community caregivers and local artist Gabriel Moreno have created an Ofrenda that explores the memories of those who lived with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The Ofrenda, steeped in the rich Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed, will feature oral histories, cherished family photographs, and treasured objects, offering a poignant glimpse into the lives of Maria B. Cerda, Jose R Gonzalez, Abraham Montelongo, and Socorro Rocha. These are the individuals who, while grappling with memory loss, have left indelible marks on their families and communities.
As the dates of this remarkable Ofrenda draw near, we invite you to be part of this collaboration by sharing the news so that all of those affected by this disease can be together to remember their loved ones that have passed. By participating, you not only honor the memory of those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia but also contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to create a world without Alzheimer’s.
To celebrate our partnership, we will be hosting an After School Fiesta at the National Museum of Mexican Art on Thursday, September 28th from 3-4:30pm. We are inviting all families to come and enjoy fun activities together. To register, please visit bit.ly/ALZOfrenda2023.
About the National Museum of Mexican Art:
The National Museum of Mexican Art is a premier cultural institution that showcases 3,600 years of creativity and is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and casting Mexican art and culture. Located in Chicago, it stands as a vibrant hub for artistic expression and cultural exchange.