The Altars Festival

Altars Festival Richmond a celebration of cross-cultural ancestor remembrance and an art exhibition. The festival is a part of an expanding project—Altar American Project. Beginning in Washington D.C. and expanding to Richmond in 2022, the mission is to alter America for the better and we believe we can achieve this goal by bringing communities together through art, culture, and history.

Through the work of the artists who created altars, the speakers who will join us at the festival, the musicians who will share their music, we aim for the greater Richmond community to see these examples, and become inspired to engage in their own, culturally relevant acts of remembrance. The exhibition opens on October 27th at Art Works. On November 5th, the cultural celebration festival will be held at Art Works.

Enjoy music, performances, speakers and meet the altar artists. This event is free and open to the public. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We invite you to join us for a unique celebration of ancestor remembrance that draws inspiration from the vibrant traditions of Dia de los Muertos and other cultural celebrations from around the world. This exhibit features seventeen talented artists who have created stunning altars of honor and remembrance that transform the Centre Gallery at Art Works into a space of reflection and celebration. Come be a part of this festival of cross-cultural connection as we honor our ancestors and celebrate their enduring legacy. Through the power of art and community, we will come together to explore the rich diversity of our shared cultural heritage and pay tribute to those who came before us.

The Altars Festival RVA 2023 is a collaboration of The Sustainable Culture Lab, Philanthropy Journal, and Art Works. To learn more about the festival Click Here.


Glenda Kotchish, Art Works, Inc. Owner 804.291.1400 [email protected]

Jessie Boyland: Art Works, Inc. Gallery Director [email protected]

Barrett Holmes Pitner: Website

Craig Martin: [email protected]

Event Details

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