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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) at Cal State San Bernardino invited the campus and community to decorate a calavera in September.

The completed calaveras are now being showcased in a virtual Festival de Calaveras exhibition on RAFFMA’s website and @RAFFMAcsusb social media pages.

All calaveras will then be auctioned Oct. 30–Oct. 31 to raise money for the university’s Association of Faculty, Staff and Students (ALFSS) scholarship fund.

The calavera is an iconic symbol for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the central and south regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The calavera, which means “skull” in Spanish, is usually an ornately decorated representation of a skull, often featuring flowers, animals and other decorations.

To view the completed calaveras available for auction and for more information, visit RAFFMA’s Festival de Calaveras webpage.

For questions, contact Miranda Canseco at miranda.canseco@csusb.edu.

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, houses a collection that includes Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art, and hosts 10-12 temporary exhibitions a year. Located at California State University, San Bernardino, RAFFMA presents one of the largest public displays of ancient Egyptian art in Southern California.

The museum offers a variety of opportunities providing valuable hands-on work experience and preparation for future museum-related careers for CSUSB students. RAFFMA is a great location for hosting corporate events, networking events, meetings, social gatherings and K-12 school field trips. During the temporary physical closure of RAFFMA due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are invited to participate in RAFFMA @ Home!

Visit the RAFFMA website for more information.