The annual Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, it’s an arts festival at Living Arts of Tulsa and is about changing the way people view death, said artistic director Steve Liggett. “What we’re doing is actually giving people a chance to engage with the notion that death is not necessarily a scary thing; that it is a sweet thing and if we embrace it, we will not be so fearful when it gets here,” Liggett said.
Liggett started to do festivals at Living Arts after he experience the celebration in a trip to Mexico in 1992. He said one of the main goals of the festival is to promote better understanding of the Hispanic culture and allow Tulsa Hispanics to reconnect with their heritage.
About 3,000 people attend the festival each year. This year, more than 50 altars will be on display in the building.