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Call for Altars: Día de los Muertos 2017Graphic: Call for Altars - Dia de los Muertos 2017

Burton Barr Central Library is seeking proposals for self-made altars inspired by the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition for its @Central Gallery. This year’s theme, "What a Difference Words Make: Authors Who Have Touched Our Lives" invites you to create an altar honoring an author whose writings made a difference in your life. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Please see submission instructions below. For additional information email or call 602-534-9670 (for TTY dial 7-1-1).

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How to Apply

Please submit your proposal following these instructions:

  • In 200 words or less, describe your proposed altar.  Your description should include your reason for creating the altar, the items you will place on it and how it relates to this year's theme.
  • At the top of the page, include your name, complete mailing address, telephone number and email address.
  • Photographs and/or sketches must be included.
  • Altar dimensions are required (width, depth and height).

Email your proposal to:


  • Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18
  • Installation:  9 a.m.–1 p.m.  Sunday, Oct. 22
  • Exhibit Dates:  Oct. 22–Nov. 4
  • Artists’ Reception:  6–8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
  • Uninstall/Removal: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.  Sunday, Nov. 5




  • Arizona residents 18 years or older may submit a proposal for consideration.
  • While non-traditional altars will be considered, all altars submitted should reflect the books and authors theme and the traditions of Día de los Muertos.
  • Due to limited space, not all proposals will be accepted.
  • Altars must be freestanding, no more than 3 ft deep by 4 ft long and no taller than 8 ½ ft; you must supply a table or base for your altar.  Anything placed on the floor must be contained within the 3 ft by 4 ft area. Small objects should be at least 36 in. from the floor.
  • Please do not include valuable or irreplaceable items.
  • Nothing may be taped, pinned or nailed to the gallery walls or ceiling.  Any part of your altar that needs to hang must be suspended from the hanging rail located a few inches from the ceiling.
  • You must install and remove your altar on the dates indicated (see timeline).  Please bring all supplies and tools needed to create/dismantle your altar. 

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