Dia De Los Muertos

Calling all artists!

The Unity Council invites local artists to contribute poster art ideas for our 19th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival.

The Unity Council cordially invites all interested artists to submit original art work for this year’s 19th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival.
The Unity Council is excited to once again provide the opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents in support of our 19th Annual Dial De Los Muertos Festival. This image should embody the spirit of what makes Fruitvale’s Dia Festival unique, and pay special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Unity Council, the festival organizer. The winning design will be prominently displayed on multiple billboards including the Oakland Coliseum’s digital board and reproduced on numerous marketing collateral pieces which include website, t-shirts and posters reaching thousands. This is a can’t miss opportunity for any Artist looking to achieve exposure on a national scale.
Your submission will be judged by a panel of prestigious Bay Area arts organizations and artists. Representatives from the Mexican Museum (San Francisco), Oakland Museum of California, and last year’s winning artist, Paco Garcia, will choose a winner based on aesthetic quality, representation of the spirit of our festival, and originality. They will be paying close attention to how the work celebrates The Unity Council’s 50th Anniversary. Local Fruitvale and East Oakland residents are strongly encouraged to apply. Final Cash Prize to be determined could be up to $1,000 for the use of their promotional materials.
About our Festival: The Fruitvale Día de los Muertos festival is one of the biggest and oldest festivals in the bay area- each year drawing 60,000- 80,000 people to Fruitvale to enjoy vendors, music, dance and folkloric art, and to commemorate this great Latin American tradition.
About The Unity Council: The Unity Council is a community development nonprofit with a 50-year history serving over 10,000 people in the diverse Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Our mission is to help families and individuals build wealth and assets through comprehensive programs of sustainable economic, social, and neighborhood development. To learn more about The Unity Council, visit our website www.unitycouncil.org.
Please send your design submission in jpeg or pdf file format and a brief biography and statement about your art, including any relevant past work samples, to dreyes@unitycouncil.org no later than Friday April 25th, 2014. High resolution images will be requested if your work is selected.
2013 winning Artist Paco Garcia


Dia de los Muertos 2013


You can view great festival photos in our Facebook photo album.

Aztec Dancers

For general questions, please email unitycouncildia@unitycouncil.org

Become a 2014 Dia Sponsor!

Our 2014 Dia Sponsorship Opportunity Packet is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Show your support for this community treasure, reach a diverse audience and showcase your business. Contact Diana Reyes at dreyes@unitycouncil.org for more information

Exhibitor information:

Part of what makes Dia special is the wide variety of art, clothes, music, and gifts for sale.  For information on becoming a vendor, please email unitycouncildia@unitycouncil.org with “Vendor” in the subject line.

Artist information:

Professional and aspiring artists, families and community groups come together to create the altars that are the heart and soul of the event! If you’re interested in providing an altar next year, email unitycouncildia@unitycouncil.org with “Artist” in the subject line.

Hagase un donador! Enseñanos tu apoyo a esta gran comunidad, alcanse a una gran variedad de público y muestre su negocio todo en un mismo  lugar. Manda un email a Ruth Perez-Paz via correo electronico a ruthp@unitycouncil.org.

Información de Vendedores:

Parte de lo que hace el festival de Día de los Muertos es la gran variedad de ropa, música, regalos, arte y mucha comida de venta. Mandanos un email a unitycouncildia@unitycouncil.org con “Vendedor” en el sujeto si estes interesado.

Calling all volunteers!

Volunteers are at the heart of what makes Dia de los Muertos a successful event. Sign up to volunteer next year by emailing volunteer@unitycouncil.org.