Due to unforeseen circumstances and expected inclement weather, the Watchhouse concert originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 28. Tickets for the original date can be used for the rescheduled date; just present your ticket at the new event. For additional assistance, or to request a refund, contact help@ncartmuseum.org during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more on the event page.

Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about the opening weekend celebration.

Family Day of Guatemala

Esperanza Kite (Kite of Hope) Project

This traditional giant kite was created for Family Day of Guatemala by Guatemalan artist Cristina Espa±a, vice-consul, Consulate General of Guatemala in Raleigh, and her husband, Nathanael Sperger.

The kite is 8 feet across and made with bamboo, twine, tissue paper, and large sheets of printed paper pieced together. It is the first of its kind made in North Carolina! Watch the video to see more about this intricate and awe-inspiring artistic process.

“The Esperanza Kite (“Kite of Hope”) was built to recognize the invaluable contribution in arts and tradition of our Guatemalan indigenous community, the sacrifice of all immigrants, and the beauty we bring to this precious country. The Esperanza Kite is a messenger of hope: Humanity will survive, and our generation will be part of the improvement of this world.”–Cristina Espa±a

On November 1 each year, Guatemala celebrates All Saints Day to remember loved ones who have died. The most renowned tradition is viewing the giant kites from Sacatep©quez, Guatemala, which can be as big as a four-story building and are true pieces of art with intricate tissue-paper figures that take months to create. Flying the giant kites takes about 12 people with experience. People from around the world travel to Sacatep©quez to experience a unique and magical day. Guatemalan kites, called “barriletes,” are seen as pleas for peace and messengers of well-being between the living and our departed loved ones.

Opening Event

If you couldn’t join us live for Family Day of Guatemala, watch this recording that includes remarks from the Consulate of Guatemala and a performance of traditional music. Both Wake County and the State of North Carolina proclaimed November 1, 2020, Day of Guatemala.

Make Your Own Mini Esperanza Kite

Follow along with artist Cristina Espa±a, vice-consul of the Consulate General of Guatemala, to create your own Esperanza Kite. Find out here about the materials needed and detailed instructions.

Traditional Festive Food

As part of Guatemala’s All Saints Day festivities, families prepare a traditional dish called Fiambre. This is a salad with numerous ingredients including cold cuts, pickled vegetables, pacaya flower, cheeses, olives, and chicken. Each family has  its own recipe that is passed on to younger generations. In this video Durham-based El Chapin guides you through their take on this important and delicious custom.

Coloring Pages 

Virtual Vendor Fair

Here is an extensive list of Guatemalan artisans, vendors, and community organizations based in North Carolina and Guatemala. Learn more about their Fair Trade products like coffee and beaded jewelry that you can order online.

Book Recommendations

Global Connections

Watch this video to enter the lives of two accomplished Maya weavers as they accept the challenge of weaving traditional blouses or huipiles. Manuela Canil Ren of Chichicastenango and Esperanza P©rez of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala, expertly demonstrate the art of backstrap weaving at its finest and most colorful. Produced by Endangered Threads Documentaries, a nonprofit educational organization. Run time: 29 min.

Explore the tradition of cofradias with Google Arts and Culture. This online exhibition was created by the Ixchel Museum in Guatemala, a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to collect, register, classify, preserve, study, exhibit, and promote Guatemalan indigenous attire. The collection has been enriched with donations from private collectors.







Nov 01, 2020


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