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Call for Altars: Día de los Muertos 2018

Burton Barr Central Library is seeking proposals for self-made altars inspired by the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition for an exhibit at its @Central GalleryThe deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018.

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 and the items you will place on it.
  • At the top of the page, include your name, complete mailing address, telephone number and email address.
  • Photographs and/or sketches may be included.
  • Altar dimensions are required (width, depth and height).

Email your proposal to:


  • Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, September 21
  • Exhibit Dates:  October 15 to November 2
  • Artists’ Reception:  6–8 p.m. Friday, November 2  


  • 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 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.
  • You must install and remove your altar on the dates specified. Please bring all supplies and tools needed to create/dismantle your altar. 

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