Día de Muertos: October 27-29, 2023

Mano a Mano’s Día de Muertos event is free, but please reserve a ticket here:


Naming The Lost Memorials, Mano a Mano, City Lore, and Great Small Works, with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, are at work on a public art COVID-19 memorial that will be on view during Mano a Mano’s annual Día de Muertos gathering from October 27-29 from 12-5 PM each day. The event takes place at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery (131 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003). This year’s memorial features artwork created by community partners Inside Change, Parole Preparation Project, and Oye Group. 

The public is invited to view the memorial, create artwork honoring their loved ones lost to covid-19, and participate in Day of the Dead events. Naming the Lost Memorials will gather and honor those lost to covid-19 each day at 1 PM.

The event is free, but registration is required. Register at: https://www.manoamano.nyc/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-muertos-nyc

Covid-19 access notes: This event takes place outside, rain or shine. We will have masks available and will have a “masks required here” area at the NTLM table, but masks are not required of event attendees.

Women’s Empowerment Coalition of New York members install their memorial panel at Green-Wood in May 2023. (Photo by Erik McGregor)

Past Events

“The Many Losses from Covid-19” was on view at the main entrance of Green-wood from May 3-29, 2023. For more information, please read our press advisory.

NAMING THE LOST Memorials (NTLM) is a small team of artists, folklorists, and activists working in collaboration with City Lore, Great Small Works, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, and Green-Wood Cemetery. The New-York Historical Society will acquire selected memorials from the five years of the project. To learn more about the project, see our press release below.

To make the May 2023 memorial, we collaborated with 20 community groups whose constituents have been particularly impacted by Covid-19. This year’s participants included:

The W.O.W. Project created wind chimes out of personal objects in their contribution to the May 2023 memorial. (Photo by Erik McGregor)

To learn more about the project and get involved in future memorials, please feel free to reach out to us at Namingthelostmemorials@gmail.com.

Naming the Lost Memorials invites you to join a nationwide network of memorial-makers to name and honor our neighbors, family members, and friends lost to Covid-19 in the United States.

Please find below resources for memorial makers:

Thank you for coming together in this moment. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help, and send us photos of your work anytime.

2023-2025 NTLM Planning Team: Juan Aguirre, director of Mano a Mano; Sandra A. M. Bell, Lead Community Liaison; Elena Martínez, folklorist; Megan Paradis Hanley, theater artist and educator; Jenny Romaine, artist, organizer, educator; Kay Turner, folklorist and performer; Steve Zeitlin and Molly Garfinkel, City Lore Co-Directors .

2020-2021 NTLM Planning Team: Alexa Aviles; Elena Martínez, folklorist; Lyra Monteiro, public artist, scholar, organizer; Megan Paradis Hanley, theater artist and educator; Jenny Romaine, theater artist, organizer, educator; and Kay Turner, performer and folklorist.