Call for Art: Sugar Skull City

Aurora Downtown will be turning downtown into Sugar Skull City from October 15 to November 15 to coincide with Day of the Dead events during First Fridays on November 6. 

Sugar Skull City will appeal to all ages and afford downtown businesses an opportunity to decorate their storefront, participate in a scavenger hunt, and have activities for customers that are extended and crowd-free while respecting both COVID-19 state guidelines and an honored cultural and local tradition.

To that end, Aurora Downtown will not be hosting its annual Halloween Trick or Treat event at downtown businesses. 

Local artists of all skill levels are invited to submit a 12 x 18 work depicting a sugar skull.


Sugar Skull City: A month-long celebration in downtown Aurora that celebrates and honors the cultural and local tradition of Day of the Dead.

To coincide with First Fridays and Day of the Dead activities on November 6, Sugar Skull City promotion and activities will run from October 15 to November 15. Local artists, community members, youth & families are invited to honor the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) holiday by creating an unframed 12 x 18 work depicting a sugar skull (calaveras de catrinas) that can be displayed in business windows in downtown Aurora. Participate by creating a 2D artwork in the style and media of your choice. All skill levels welcome! Once completed, the submitted works will be displayed in storefronts as part of Aurora Downtown‘s Sugar Skull City events, and community members are invited to view them throughout the month as a crowd-free activity.


CREATE: ALL ages and abilities are encouraged to participate! Using the media of your choice, create a 2D sugar skull that can be scanned, or sent as a PDF to print. SIZE: 12″ x 18″ vertical

RETURN: Once your artwork is completed, send a PDF to info@auroradowntown org or drop the artwork off to Aurora Fastprint, Inc. along with your name, city, and contact info no later than October 5, 2020 (drop off or email) to be included in the show. Originals can be picked up the week of October 19.

DISPLAY: The pieces will be printed and displayed in downtown storefronts from October 15 – November 15, 2020.

PRIZES: All participants will be entered into a drawing to receive one $25 gift card from a downtown business (randomly drawn). A limit of 40 names will be drawn. Further prizes and awards may be given and announced at a later date.

SALE: After the show, prints will not be returned to you, but will be available to the public for purchase for a donation to benefit Athziry Dia de los Muertos 501(c)(3) during a virtual auction.