Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston
Decompress and nourish your creative spirit with Bhākti: A Practice of the Heart. Brighton artist Deborah Johnson curates an interactive installation featuring mixed-media, portrait paintings, and visual affirmations in a lush living room. As a queer South-Asian artist and mental health professional, Johnson connects her personal ancestry and spirituality to create a place of comfort and sanctuary for all. Drop by to reflect in a journal, view the art, gather with friends, or engage with the community altar!
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Live music, Oaxacan wood carving, and festive decorations help to make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones. Decorate a sugar skull (additional $6 fee); sip spicy hot chocolate; make papel picado (cut paper banners), cempasúchil flowers and other artwork; and write a message in any language you choose to place upon the Día de los Muertos altar. The community altar art will be created by students at the Rafael Hernández Dual Language School in Boston.
Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a special evening celebrating Diwali, the Indian festival of lights! Diwali is said to be lit by the love that resides within each person. Dancer and Harvard Kennedy School student Neha Bansal will explore this idea with a performance of her original work A Hundred Moons, a dance in the Kathak Indian classical style. Bansal’s work uses traditional Indian symbols to tell the story of the love between two mythological characters, Radha and Krishna.