Thanks to the generous support of the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and Cheyenne Depot Museum are initiating a call for local artists to create original artwork for our 2022 community Día de los Muertos (DDLM) celebrations.
The DDLM events hosted by all three organizations seek to share the cultural significance of this holiday and provide welcoming spaces for people to celebrate publicly. In 2021, the celebrations served over 600 people at the State Museum and 860 at the Botanic Gardens. In 2022, we are working to increase the authenticity and educational value of the events. The first major step is inviting local artists to create authentic artwork that our organizations will use for event posters, social media ads, and other promotional materials.
Artists of all mediums (to include, but not limited to: visual arts, music, theater, dance, folk and traditional arts) are encouraged to apply. However, the winning artist must create a work of art that will work well for print and digital advertising. If an artist creates a 3D work of art, the piece will need to be portrayed in 2D so it will meet marketing needs. One selected artist will receive $750 to create a final work. Once the piece is created, the State Museum, Botanic Gardens, and Depot Museum will utilize their inhouse design professionals to create a regional marketing campaign featuring the work. Work must be completed by September 26, 2022.
Our Día de los Muertos celebrations are family-friendly and inclusive of all people. Artwork must be appropriate for children. We encourage artists to reflect on their own cultural and traditional connections to DDLM when creating their artwork. Artists should consider the following goals when creating their proposal:
- Represent the cultural significance of Día de los Muertos in a visually compelling way
- Appeal to multigenerational families and people of all ages
- Represent the diversity of people, places, and cultures who traditionally celebrate this holiday
All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm MST on July 29th, 2022.
Download the Call for Artists and Application: