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“Honoring the Dead in the Hispanic World” Project Awarded Grants

The Keith and Catherine Luminary, located in the School of Arts building

The immersive exhibition “Honoring the Dead in the Hispanic World” was awarded with two different grants by the BSU School of the Arts, and the Idaho Film Collection, as a digital exhibition and class resource to be developed for the Keith and Catherine Stein Luminary. The project is lead by Manuel Gómez-Navarro (Adjunct of Spanish in the World Languages Department), and teaming up with Lisa Hunt (The Keith and Catherine Stein Luminary Interim Director, and Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts), and Carolina Viera (Associated Professor of Spanish in the World Languages Department, and Project Scientia manager).

Dr. Manuel Gómez-Navarro
Dr. Manuel Gómez-Navarro
Dr. Lisa Hunt
Dr. Lisa Hunt
Carolina Viera
Dr. Carolina Viera

“Honoring the Dead in the Hispanic World” will teach, in the Luminary’s three digital walls as full screens, about one of the most important celebrations in the Hispanic world: the Day of the Dead. Although this celebration shares some common traditions around the same days (Nov. 1-2,) the regional variations take to indigenous, Catholic, or even Celts traditions, receiving different names: Day of the Dead; Day of the Skulls; All Saints Day; All Souls Day; etc. The exhibition will visually immerse the visitor through interactive maps, photos, videos, and texts, in the November celebrations of honoring the deceased in the Hispanic world, learning about different locations, traditions, and customs. “Honoring the Dead in the Hispanic World” is one of the first exhibitions to be designed specifically for the Luminary and will set a model in creating future exhibitions for the venue.