The Tyler Hispanic Professionals Association hosted its second annual Dia De Los Muertos art exhibit at Southside Bank in downtown Tyler on Thursday.
The art exhibit featured artwork made by local high school students to celebrate the Hispanic holiday that honors and celebrates those who have passed away.
Alma Monsivais, president of HPAT, said the event aims to give back to the community around Hispanic Heritage Month.
“If you look at a lot of demographics for Tyler, the Hispanic community has grown. We feel like professionals, not only do we give back, but we show the importance of our heritage and share it with others, ”said Monsivais.
High school students from Chapel Hill, Tyler High and Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School entered their artwork for the competition.
Chapel Hill High School student Katelyn Chavez said she was thrilled to create a work of art inspired by her Mexican heritage.
Chavez’s work of art was a skull with red, green, and white details depicting the flag of Mexico. Details have been placed on a light blue skull layered with red flowers to give it a 3D effect.
“I’m really happy to have been able to participate because with my family, it’s really a big problem. We always have an ofrenda (altar with offerings to loved ones) and that was a big reason why I wanted to be part of this exhibit. I have to create a work of art that really looks like him with the skulls and the festive colors, ”said Chavez.
Monsivais mentioned what the holidays mean to her and the importance of remembering those who paved the way for your journey in life.
“Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to be able to show and give an offering to your ancestors who came before you, who marked your path in life. For me, it is important for me to remember my grandmother and my grandfather who are no longer with me but who I carry with me all the time in my heart, ”she said. “It’s an important time to remember.”
This is the second year that HPAT has organized the art exhibition and Monsivais said they decided to bring it back due to the students’ enthusiasm to show their work.
The Tyler Junior College Student Hispanic Organization also participated to promote their organization on campus.