Las ofrendas are not a familiar form to gringo artists. A Yahoo or Google image search is a good way for artists to find out what they are and how they would make one.
"These ofrendas need not be copies of the Mexican form," says SRAC honcho Pam Atchison. "We want artists to construct an installation that is interpretive."
The SRAC material has a list of Dia websites ready to be clicked. These sites will quickly hip you to the art, philosophy and practice of the Day of the Dead.
Artists, artisans and those who love Mexican culture should take the time to read the Call to Artists. There are subsidies for artwork, numerous projects besides the ofrendas and classes to be considered.