About the Organization
Raices Cultura’s mission is to create a space for artistic and cultural expression, to promote healthy communities, and to strengthen the voice of the Eastern Coachella Valley. Since 2005, in an effort to build community through the traditional arts, Raices has held an annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, with music, art, and a community procession. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican tradition that celebrates and honors the memory of those who have passed away.
Living Cultures Grant Program
Raices Cultura received ACTA funding to support their annual Día de los Muertos celebration. Raices expanded their event as a larger outdoor festival in Downtown Coachella. The centerpiece for this festival was the Camino de las Calaveras (Avenue of Skulls) which featured 4-foot skulls designed by local artists and youth, placed along the procession path. Accompanying the Camino de las Calaveras were massive altars created by families, artists, and organizations that honor those who have passed away and education community members about important local issues.