Dia de los Muertos: SMAC Member Kristin O'Halloran Shareout

On Saturday, September 7, a group of students from Turner Middle School volunteered at the Kansas City Latino Arts Festival. Students helped the artists set up booths, talked with them about their work, and invited them to TMS Career Luncheons. Students enjoyed mingling with local artists and tasting cultural cuisines. The group was led by art teacher and SMAC cohort member, Kristin O’Halloran, and World Languages teacher, Julia Schwartz. These two teachers collaborate each year to create a Dia de los Muertos display at their school.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated by the creation of altars to remember loved ones that have passed away. At TMS, students bring letters, personal belongings, and photos to place in the display in honor of their late family and friends. The collaboration between Art and World Languages classes is an example of how cross-curricular projects can lead to deeper knowledge and understanding of a concept.

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