Bare Hands, Inc. hosts 14th annual Día de los Muertos festival

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Bare Hands, Inc. hosts 14th annual Día de los Muertos festival

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Bare Hands Gallery, Inc. hosts 14th annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) festival at new location with sights set on long-term sustainability

Festival to be held at Cahaba Brewing Company under leadership of Robert Hernandez with support of new junior board

Birmingham, AL – Aug. 25, 2016 – Bare Hands Gallery presents the 14th annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) festival on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at Cahaba Brewing Co. from 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

“We are thrilled to partner with Cahaba Brewing for this year’s festival,” said Robert Hernandez, executive director. “We are thankful that Cahaba was so welcoming during a year of transition, and know that our festival goers are in for a treat with how the festival will be laid out this year.”

As many devoted festival-goers know, the 2015 festival was the final year in Bare Hands’ traditional location on 1st Ave. due to Birmingham’s expansion. Bare Hands also lost two valuable assets who retired after years of generous support: Wendy Jarvis, executive director, and Craig Legg, lot manager. Because Bare Hands pulls together just enough in-kind donations, sponsorships and contributed funds to move forward with staging the festival each year, it became too heavily dependent on ticket sales on the festival night to cover costs, exposing the organization and its volunteers to great financial risk. Therefore, the Bare Hands board of directors weighed the pros and cons of staging a festival in the same year that it sought a festival location.  

“We engaged in many difficult conversations,” said Hernandez. “Of course we are passionate about the festival and want it to happen every year, but it’s also important to us that our organization is sustainable for the long-term and that our location embodies what Día de los Muertos stands for: diversity, community and versatility.”

Initial feedback made it clear that the festival must go on, so the team worked tirelessly to find a new home and put a structure in place. Hernandez, formerly the marketing director of Bare Hands and treasurer of the new junior board, was elected to the executive director role (biography below). Hernandez partnered with Kaitlyn Bentley, Bare Hands communications director, and Marcus Castro, son of Guillermo Castro (n early festival organizer), to form the new junior board in direct support of fundraising for the festival. The junior board has been essential in fundraising for this year’s festival and now stands at nine members. You can click here to view a full member list. Contact jb@barehandsinc.org if interested in joining.  

In tandem with the Bare Hands board of directors, the junior board and volunteers worked to find a new home. Cahaba Brewing offered its support to the local festival celebrating life and culture and will be the host of this year’s festival.

“The Día de Los Muertos Festival has become a Birmingham staple and an event that many look forward to each year. We are so excited that Bare Hands selected Cahaba as the venue for its fourteenth event,” said Eric Meyer, partner and brewmaster, Cahaba Brewing. “The festival is about healing, love and remembrance of those we have lost. We are truly honored to be so closely involved and can’t wait to see the community support in our home on Nov. 2.”

The festival will again honor life and feature music, performers, art (local artists, face painting, kids craft area), food, and altars. However, this year’s festival will be different, in that due to limited costs and a quick turnaround, festival goers are encouraged to bring their own altars. Click here for specifications regarding altars.

Support from individuals, organizations and businesses allows admission to remain low at $10 for adults, $3 for children aged 7 to 12 years, and free for children 6 years and younger. A major portion of festival proceeds continues to support Bare Hands Art Club at the downtown YWCA of Central Alabama.

Purchase tickets in advance:  https://dayofthedead.instagift.com/
Volunteer or learn more: http://www.barehandsinc.org/volunteer
Schedule of Events: http://www.barehandsinc.org/schedule

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ABOUT DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

The Day of the Dead is a joyful, colorful remembrance of lost loved ones, which originated in Mexico centuries ago. Similar to Decoration Day in the southern U.S., the tradition combines flowers, music, food, stories, friends, family and memorials in honor of those who have gone before. The observance has become a cherished cultural celebration of life in Birmingham, which began in November 2003 with a Day of the Dead-inspired installation built by artist Tracy Martin in Bare Hands Gallery to honor her father who died earlier that year. Her father was noted Civil Rights photographer, James "Spider" Martin. Spider's memorial was eagerly embraced by a small group of artists and friends and began the celebration at Bare Hands each Nov. 2. Countless volunteer hours go into creating an experience that respects the tradition and heart of Mexico's sacred remembrance while recognizing many memorial traditions. Many say the gathering has brought them a stronger, broader sense of community.

 

ABOUT BARE HANDS, INC.

Bare Hands is a 501(c)(3) community-supported, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to developing creativity and innovation in metro Birmingham and the region by creating opportunities and providing favorable environments in which artists and audiences play an active role in the creative process and engage in cultural dialogue.

 

ABOUT ROBERT HERNANDEZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BARE HANDS, INC.

Robert Hernandez has been a part of the Bare Hands Día de los Muertos festival since 2013. He has served as communications director and marketing director before recently being elected by the board of directors as Bare Hands' executive director. His favorite part of the celebration are the altars. Since his initial philanthropic venture with Bare Hands, he has created an altar dedicated to his family, friends and their loved ones, and Hispanic icons. Robert is also a business continuity employee at BBVA Compass in Birmingham, Ala., and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Texas A&M International University. In his free time, he enjoys hosting Airbnb guests from all over the world, painting, photography, graphic design, concerts and traveling

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Birmingham's 13th Annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Festival on Nov, 2, 2015

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Birmingham's 13th Annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Festival on Nov, 2, 2015

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Local non-profit organization hosts its 13th Annual Day of the Dead Festival; final year in historic venue

BIRMINGHAM, AL – October 20, 2015 - Bare Hands, Inc., presents its 13th Annual Day of the Dead Festival (Día de los Muertos número trece) on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The 2015 commemoration features guest visual artist Tim Kerr, from Austin, Texas, who has created the central memorial mural to honor departed Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. Alabama artist, Anna Zoladz is painting a festive cutout for a new photo booth on 1st Ave. Birmingham’s Grupo Milenio is the headlining band.

Personal remembrances (ofrendas), kids’ crafts and puppet show, music, procession, memorial roll call, local artists’ market (mercado), food and beverage vendors, face painters and more will once again enliven the festival’s section of midtown Birmingham.

The annual procession, inspired by New Orleans Jazz Funeral marches, will be different this year. As always, the community is invited to join in or line the route to view the parade, which takes place in the middle of the festival, as day becomes night and somber reflection shifts to joyful celebration. The parade will depart from BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft (213 R. Arrington Jr. Blvd. S.) at 6:00 p.m. and make its way to the festival for roll call. Individuals who wish to walk in the procession should meet at BridgeStreet at 5:40 p.m. All participants are encouraged to dress in bones or bright colors and carry a photo of a lost loved one.

Due to exciting development in midtown and festival growth, this year marks the final time the centerpiece of the event will be in its traditional spot at 2115 1st Ave. S. The Bare Hands Board is investigating a fitting future location.

Support from individuals, organizations and businesses allows admission to remain low at $10 for adults, $3 for children aged 7 to 12 years, and free for children 6 years and younger. A major portion of festival proceeds continues to support Bare Hands Art Club at the downtown YWCA of Central Alabama.

Purchase tickets in advance:  https://dayofthedead.instagift.com/day-of-the-dead

Volunteer or learn more:  http://www.barehandsinc.org

Schedule of Events on Monday, November 2, 2015:

Gates open at 4:00 pm. Gates close at 10:00 pm. No pets, personal food or beverages. Rain or shine. 2115 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

4:00-7:00       Kids' Crafts – kid’s area in the alley
4:00-9:30       Magic City Face Art, face painting – lower 1st Ave
4:00-9:30       HICA, Henna, Photo Op, Mercado - upper 1st Ave
4:00-10:00     Food: Cantina, Greg’s Hot Dogs, Mi Pueblo, Taqueria Mexico – lower 1st Ave
4:00-10:00     Beverages: Event Concessions - 1st Ave
3:45-5:45        Internacional Mariachi Rioverde – central lot
4:30-5:00       Birmingham Suzuki Violinists – stage
5:00                Puppet Show – kids’ area
5:15 - 6:00      Grupo Milenio, norteño – stage
5:40                Procession Participants Meet at BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft
6:00                Procession from BridgeStreet
6:20-6:35       Memorial Roll Call – stage
6:35-6:50       Frida Kahlo Ceremony with Second-line musical celebration – stage
7:20                Introduction of Guest Visual Artist Tim Kerr - stage
7:30-9:30       Grupo Milenio, cumbia – stage

The Day of the Dead is a joyful, colorful remembrance of lost loved ones, which originated in Mexico centuries ago. Similar to Decoration Day in the southern U.S., the tradition combines flowers, music, food, stories, friends, family and memorials in honor of those who have gone before. The observance Bare Hands presents has become a cherished cultural celebration of life in Birmingham. Many say the gathering has brought them a stronger, broader sense of community. The festival comes to life through countless volunteer hours given to create an experience that respects the tradition and heart of Mexico’s sacred remembrance while recognizing many memorial traditions.

Birmingham’s Día de los Muertos commemoration began in November 2003 with a Day of the Dead inspired installation built by artist Tracy Martin in Bare Hands Gallery to honor her father who died earlier that year. Her father was noted Civil Rights photographer, James “Spider” Martin. Spider’s memorial was eagerly embraced by a small group of artists and friends and began the celebration at Bare Hands each Nov. 2.  In continuing memory of Spider Martin, toy spiders, Spider-Man action figures, and prints from his powerful photo archive are placed on an altar for him each year.

About Bare Hands, Inc

Bare Hands, Inc is a 501(c)(3) community-supported, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to developing creativity and innovation in metro Birmingham and the region by creating opportunities and providing favorable environments in which artists and audiences play an active role in the creative process and engage in cultural dialogue.

About Tim Kerr

Tim Kerr grew up with a love for and gift of art. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Beth. He earned a degree in painting and photography at the University of Texas in Austin. Tim was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant while at UT.

After college graduation, Tim became involved musically and artistically with the early stages of the DIY (Do It Yourself) punk/hardcore/self expression movement. His work created a momentum of followers, and Tim is now asked to exhibit his visual artwork in the US and abroad in galleries including PS1 in New York, 96 Gillespie in London, Slowboy Gallery in Germany, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. He was honored to be selected as the first artist for Arlington Transit's Art On The Bus program in 2010. Summer 2015, he had a solo show at the Rosa Parks Museum. He was also given a residency through Void Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland, AS220 in Providence, and I.A.M. in Berlin.

About Anna Zoladz

Anna Zoladz was born in Huntsville, Ala. and is studying art studio in the BFA program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Though she primarily works with drawing and other 2D media, she hopes to experiment with zine fabrication, new media collaboration, and independent video game design in the future.  Anna's relatively immediate plans include participating in local group shows, crying about graduate school applications, and going to Japan in the summer.

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Bare Hands Inc. Executive Director Announces Retirement

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Bare Hands Inc. Executive Director Announces Retirement

Wendy Jarvis, executive director of Bare Hands, Inc, the organization which presents Birmingham's annual Day of the Dead Festival, will retire from her positions as executive director and artistic director of the Day of the Dead Festival. She will continue to be an active volunteer and supporter of Bare Hands and its programs.

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Birmingham’s Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Festival

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Birmingham’s Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Festival

Birmingham non-profit organization hosts its 12th annual Day of the Dead Festival and commemorates Mexican artists with wall mural.


BIRMINGHAM, AL - Oct 28, 2014 - Bare Hands Inc. presents its 12th Annual Day of the Dead Festival (Día de los Muertos numero doce) on Sunday, November 2, 2014, featuring a commemorative main altar dedicated to famous Mexican artists who have influenced the Day of the Dead and its culture in their work.
 

Día de los Muertos is a vibrant, colorful, joyful commemoration of lost loved ones which originated in Mexico centuries ago.  Similar to what is called call Decoration Day in the Southern states, Day of the Dead combines music, storytelling, food, family, friends, flowers and memorials in honor of those who have gone before. The Birmingham’s annual festival incorporates other memorial traditions, such as the New Orleans Jazz Funeral. Through this event, Bare Hands seeks to build community and ethnic understanding through a cross-cultural, multi-cultural celebration unique in the Southeast.


Local organizations, businesses and volunteers provide in-kind services and financial donations, enabling the festival to charge a low admission price of $10 for adults, $3 for children aged 7 to 12 years, and free for children 6 years and younger. Traditional remembrance altars, a procession, music, dancing and family-oriented activities will bring to life the streets of downtown Birmingham. Craft-making is free—and designed for all ages—from 4-7:30 p.m. Food, beverages, t-shirts, masks, art, and calvera face-painting will be available for purchase. A portion of the event’s proceeds help support Bare Hands' After School Art Club at the Downtown YWCA.


This year, in honor of the Mexican artist, the festival's main memorial altar is devoted to famous artists from Mexico. Artist Craig Legg is creating this altar, which will feature the names and images of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jose Guadalupe Posada—godfather of all things Day of the Dead—and many more.

 

The annual Festival, which begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until 11pm, has expanded to  include both sections of First Avenue South between Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd and Twenty-Second Street South, in addition to the fenced lot at 2115 First Ave. South and the adjacent alley. The event is rain or shine. No pets, personal food or beverages are allowed.  

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Día de los Muertos festival launches new web site

Birmingham, Alabama – Bare Hands Inc. (Bare Hands Gallery, Inc.) launched their new Día de los Muertos web site (www.dayofthedeadala.org) this week.

The new festival web site is modern, mobile-friendly, and easy to navigate. Online users can see up-to-date event schedules, social media connections, creative video montages, and a new way to donate to this annual event hosted in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

For the first time since its conception, Bare Hands Inc. is offering supporters the convenience of purchasing festival tickets online.

“It’s an exciting time for Día de los Muertos. This web site shows new ways to find out more about what we do and who we are as a non-profit,” says Robert Hernandez, festival Communications Director. “One great feature that I can’t wait for our supporters to use is our online ticket store!” 

The online ticket store simplifies the purchase of tickets so that patrons no longer need to wait in line the day of the event to get in. Tickets can be printed or presented on mobile devices.

Bare Hands Inc., A 501(c)(3) community-supported, non-profit arts organization, is dedicated to developing creativity and innovation in metro Birmingham and the region by creating opportunities and providing favorable environments in which artists and audiences play an active role in the creative process and engage in cultural dialogue.

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Bare Hands Inc. welcomes new Board Members and Directors

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Bare Hands Inc. welcomes new Board Members and Directors

Birmingham, Alabama - Bare Hands Inc. (Bare Hands Gallery Inc.) is pleased to welcome Samantha Kelly and Mary Lyn LaRussa to its Board of Directors.

Kelly and LaRussa bring collaborative and executive skills which will enhance Bare Hands' artistic, cultural and educational community involvement.

Bare Hands Inc. would also like to express appreciation to outgoing board members Franklin Biggs and Karen Duvdevani, who have given countless hours and energy in service to the organization. Biggs and Duvdevani emphasized that they will continue to be active volunteers and support the mission of Bare Hands Inc.

"This year Bare Hands celebrates 10 years as a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. The past ten years have been a rewarding and challenging journey. Our next decade is off to a great start with a talented Board of Directors, a strong volunteer structure, and a new website (www.dayofthedeadala.org). These are exciting times at Bare Hands!" says Wendy Jarvis, Executive Director.

Adding to the excitement and organizational growth at Bare Hands Inc., board members selected Robert Hernandez, who helped establish a new message and marketing structure in 2013, as Communications Director. Jennifer Gowers will continue as Festival Director for Bare Hands Inc.’s annual Día de los Muertos event. Julie Watters will continue to lead the Bare Hands Art Club, the organization's afterschool outreach at the downtown YWCA. 

The Board of Directors, and the directors, staff and volunteers at Bare Hands Inc. are looking forward to a vibrant 2014 and beyond!

Board of Directors:
Kim Strifert - President
Matt Layne - Vice-President
Dariana Dervis - Secretary
Scarlett Bradford - Treasurer
Jorge Castro
Alex Castro
Susan Coan
Kim Graham
Samantha Kelly
Mary Lyn LaRussa   

Directors:
Executive Director - Wendy Jarvis
Communications Director - Robert Hernandez
Festival Director - Jennifer Gowers 

Those interested in volunteering with Bare Hands can email volunteerdotd@gmail.com.
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Bare Hands Inc., A 501(c)(3) community-supported, non-profit arts organization, is dedicated to developing creativity and innovation in metro Birmingham and the region by creating opportunities and providing favorable environments in which artists and audiences play an active role in the creative process and engage in cultural dialogue.

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