Day of the Dead Mural Altars to Honor Four Renowned Muralists
For the first time, Santa Ana College (SAC) Mural Painting and Design students will participate in the Noche de Altares/Night of Altars. The Noche de Altares, a community-based Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration, is being held in conjunction with the monthly Santa Ana Artwalk.
Some 15 students from the mural class, along with students from SAC digital media arts and jewelry classes, will team to create the homage to four muralists and street artists. The honored artists are: Diego Rivera, celebrated Mexican muralist and husband of Frida Kahlo who died in 1957; Emigdio Vazquez, known as the godfather of Orange County/California Chicano art who died in 2014 from pneumonia; Keith Haring, New York City street artist and social activist who died of AIDS-related complications in 1991; and Margaret Kilgallen, a famous San Francisco street artist who died from breast cancer in 2001 three weeks after the birth of her daughter.
The SAC students are currently working on four 4’ X 8’ portable mural panels on campus to be transported to the Artwalk site on the day of the event. The mural class will be live painting on a brick wall outside of the Southern Counties Gas Company building across from the Grand Central Art Center on the Promenade in downtown Santa Ana.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Southern Counties Gas Company Building
Promenade (across from 125 N. Broadway)
207 W. Second St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
SAC Assistant Professor of Studio Art Darren Hostetter has revived a mural painting class that has not been taught at the college for over a decade.
SAC Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts Stephanie Clark and SAC Art Instructor Jennifer Monroe are also supporting this project.
For more information about SAC’s mural class, contact Hostetter at (714) 564-5620 or visit
About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which is turning 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit www.sac.edu to learn more. For information about Santa Ana College’s Centennial, please visit
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