Behind the Scenes at the DAM

The DAM Showcases Music, Dance & Family Fun at Día del Niño Celebration

It’s that time of the year again. Denver’s Día del Niño celebration of children, families, and culture is Sunday, April 27. Young performers and traditional dancers from Mexico are busy preparing for one of the biggest celebration of their dancing or singing careers. 

The DAM’s collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center started the celebration of Día del Niño in April 2002. Throughout the years, several other neighboring cultural institutions have joined us in this celebration that recognizes the important role of children in the community and that promotes a sense of understanding among young people of all nations.

Free Admission at the DAM & Other Cultural Institutions

This year, the Molly Brown House Museum and the McNichols Building will join the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, Byers-Evans House Museum, and the History Colorado Center in welcoming all visitors with fun activities and free general admission for the whole family.

Artmaking & Performances at the DAM

At the DAM, the festivities will start at 11 am with dances on the plazas outside the museum. In addition, the DAM will offer a variety of free fun activities for the family, such as the popular Family Backpacks, Art Tubes, and Create-n-Takes. Families will have the chance to create their own Mesoamerican-style book out of recycled materials.

Inside the museum’s North Building, more than 100 children will sing and dance in groups including, El Sistema Colorado, Colorado Ballet Academy, Comparsa Morelos (Chinelos), The Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir Summit Singers, Danza Matachina Guadalupana, and, directly from Aspen, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico.

At 1 pm there’s a special multimedia performance of Tree of Hope with original story and music that speaks about protecting our environment. Children from Hope Online Learning Academy helped create their own musical instrument and the stage props out of recycled materials. 

Children of all ages are invited to join us at this wonderful celebration of children, family, community and culture, at the Día del Niño celebration in downtown Denver on Sunday, April 27 starting at 11 am!

Adults visiting the DAM’s special exhibition Modern Masters, will receive $2 off the admission by mentioning the code NINO when they purchase their ticket at the museum or online.

Clara Ricciardi is the Spanish language and outreach coordinator in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Clara has been at the DAM since 1996 and her favorite artwork is the sculpture of Saint John Nepomuk in the New World collection.