Mexico has a long tradition of printmaking. Satirical calavera (skull) images from artists like Posada are used to decorate altars and buildings throughout the country for the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration.
This year the museum in partnership with Wingtip Press, Boise State University, and The Boise Department of Arts & History are taking up this tradition. Using 8 ft x 4 ft pieces of wood and simple hand tools, local artists and school children have been preparing giant Dia de los Muertos themed printing blocks.
On Oct. 12 those artists will come together in the Pioneer Village next to the museum to print their blocks on fabric using a steamroller.
You don’t have to be a printmaker to join in. Anyone can come down to the museum to watch the fun. A DJ will provide the tunes from noon to 3 p.m.