Pasadena Tournament of Roses | Dia De Los Muertos Art Competition

Winners of this year’s regional competition will be awarded scholarships and gift cards in three age categories: 4-8, 9-13 and 14-18.

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The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced the third annual Día de los Muertos art competition, a celebration of art, in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Pasadena Unified School District, the Greater LA Education Foundation, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mercadito Monarca, 360 Agency and Yankuititl.

Winners of this year’s regional competition will be awarded scholarships and gift cards in three age categories: 4-8, 9-13 and 14-18.

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A tradition in Mexico and Central America that goes back more than 3,000 years, Día de los Muertos is an annual holiday that is now celebrated around the world. A celebration of life and death, the holiday spans two-days, during which it is believed that the spirit world and the real world become one, even if only for a moment. When it comes to traditions, festivities and flowers – we get the appeal. As an organization that’s all about a rose, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses can appreciate that the marigold holds such a prestigious place in this celebration.



To enter, students must be between the ages of 4 and 18. Masterpieces can take any shape or form, as long as it celebrates, reflects and honors the traditions of Día de los Muertos. We encourage students to consider the following art categories:

  • Paintings & Drawings – Create an art piece featuring marigolds, monarch butterflies or other representations of the holiday
  • Calavera – Make and decorate a sugar skull
  • Ofrendas – Build or construct an altar
  • Catrina – Paint a face with traditional Día de los Muertos makeup
  • Digital Art/Graphic Design – Use technology and graphic design to bring your art to life
  • Other visual arts – Get creative in some other form, including sculptures, making a traditional Día de Muertos costume

To view the work of 2021 Día de los Muertos art competition winners, see the links below:

This year’s competition is supported by an Honorary Host Committee of regional leaders, including:

Ramon Miramontes (Chair), Luisa Acosta, Hon. Jessica Ancona, Chief Chad Augustin, Hon. Jonathan Bowers, Berlinda Brown, Shawn Brown, Leticia Rhi Buckley, Dr. Jose Zapata Calderon, Dr. Jaime Casillas, Hon. Marcela Celorio, Teresa Deukmedjian, Victor Dominguez, Dr. Debra Duardo, Diana Gonzalez, Hon. Victor Gordo, Hon. Tyron Hampton, Hon. Nury Martinez, Theresa Martinez, Lt. Bradley May, Dr. Brian McDonald, Veronica Melvin, Robert Monzon, Dr. Cesar Morales, Hon. Blanca Pacheco, Liliana Pérez, Hon. Sasha Renée Pérez, Hon. Hugo Rojas, Rebecca Zapanta.

For submission details, please visit: