The Dia De Los Muertos Steamroller Print Project brings together artists, students, and the community for a collaborative art event.
More than 1,500 people in the Walla Walla region attend this free event each fall, which brings together artists, musicians, dancers, and community members. This festival came about because of the vision and collaboration of organizations across the city, including Shakespeare Walla Walla, Art Walla, Carnegie Picture Lab and Whitman College Art Department.
As part of the festival my Whitman art students collaboratively print giant woodcuts using a steamroller. For over a month before the festival, Beginning Printmaking students hand-carve their designs on 4-by-4-foot and 4-by-8-foot sheets of medium density fiberboard. The students also help teach community members how to carve their own mini-relief blocks, which could be printed on t-shirts using the steamroller. The resounding success of the inaugural Dia de los Muertos was due to the enthusiasm and support of local organizations, schools and the community.