Birmingham, Alabama - 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.

"It has been a tremendous honor to be part Bare Hands for almost 15 years, almost 19 if you count my years as a fan and friend from the early days of Bare Hands Gallery. I am very excited to see the organization and its outreach continue and thrive", Jarvis says.

The Bare Hands Board also welcomes its new members and officers for 2015. The board is Matt Layne - President, Delia Lewis - Vice-President, Tynley Baker - Treasurer, Burgin Matthews - Secretary, Jorge Castro, Susan Coan, Kim Graham, Mary Lyn LaRussa and Helga Mendoza. Bare Hands also gratefully acknowledges its Communications Director, Robert Hernandez, Art Club Director, Julie Watters and Festival Director, Jennifer Gowers. This leadership team will use the coming months to research who will assume Jarvis' duties in 2016. 

"Wendy has contributed so much to the arts and culture of our city over the past 15 years, and we are grateful for her service and leadership," said Matt Layne. "Her vision, leadership, and commitment to creating a festival that is true to the Mexican tradition of El Día de los Muertos has left us with a festival that is flourishing and connects with visitor's on a heart level. We wish her all the success in the world as she embarks on new adventures."

The Day of the Dead or El Día de los Muertos Festival in Birmingham has been an active cultural event in the city since 2003. Participants create altars and honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. The festival is held on November 2nd of every year. For more information about Day of the Dead and the history of Bare Hands, please visit

Bare Hands Inc - a 501(c)(3) community-supported, non-profit 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.

 Wendy Jarvis alongside her husband Michael at the Día de los Muertos Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wendy Jarvis alongside her husband Michael at the Día de los Muertos Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.