The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announces winners

in our first-ever Dia de los Muertos Art Competition

PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2020) – Today, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced winners of our first-ever Dia de los Muertos art competition, a celebration of art. The competition was held in partnership with; Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, Pasadena City Councilmember John Kennedy and the Roybal Foundation.

“When it comes to traditions, festivities and flowers – we get the appeal!” said Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller. “As an organization that’s all about a rose, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses can appreciate that the Dia de los Muertos marigold holds such a prestigious place in the 3,000 year old celebration, that originated in Mexico.”

More than $6,000 in scholarships and cash awards will be presented in three age categories.  Cash awards will be presented in the 4-8 and 9-13 age categories.  Scholarships will be presented in the 14 to 18 age category.

Additionally, the Tournament of Roses has partnered with ScholarShare 529, California’s official college savings plan, to provide the parents or legal guardians of the winners with an opportunity to open a college savings account with their cash award. 

We would like to thank our art competition judges for their time in viewing more than 300 entries. The submissions showcased the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and the artistic talent in numerous artforms, including drawing, face painting, poetry and more.

“It was an honor to have been asked to serve as one of the judges for the Dia de los Muertos art competition,” said John Kennedy.  “It was obvious to me that all of the students put their heart in the activity.  So, in a real sense, all of the students who participated by providing original art are winners. Additionally, I congratulate the highest scoring students.  Bravo! “

FEATURE IMAGE: April Gonzalez, 12, received an honorable mention in the Tournament of Roses’ first Dia de los Muertos artwork contest. There were three age groups: 4-8 years old, 9-13 years old and 14-18 years old. (Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses)

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2020 Tournament of Roses Dia de los Muertos art competition judges:

Ambassador Marcela Celorio, Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles

In 2019 Ms. Celorio took office as Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles. Her diplomatic work has been distinguished by her commitment to achieve dialogue between cultures. In that sense, from Los Angeles she has fostered intergenerational and intercultural understanding between Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and the United States. Born in Mexico City, Ms. Celorio has a distinguished career in foreign relations, including serving with the Mexican Foreign Service as a Diplomatic Attaché, Chief of Staff for the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. and Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.

John J. Kennedy, Pasadena City Councilmember

In 2013, John J. Kennedy was elected to serve as a Councilmember representing District 3 in the City of Pasadena, California, where he also currently serves on the Finance Committee, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and as one of three City representatives to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.

Political involvement and extensive world travel have garnered him a keen understanding of local, national and international government practices and procedures. Much of his spare time is committed to community organizing and working to elect and support political candidates.

Youth Initiative in Pasadena

The Roybal Foundation partnered with the Pasadena Unified School District for the “Voices from Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” a Pasadena Community Roundtable Discussion Addressing Local History, Present Challenges, and Our Collective Future.

Pasadena leaders met with students for a robust conversation about the current challenges and future opportunities to be informed and engaged, and let their voices be heard. Event was held on September 25, 2020.

The Roybal Foundation Gallery Partners with Ana Pescador

Under the direction of Ms. Ana Pescador, the Roybal Foundation will begin the archiving, cataloguing, and digitalizing the extensive historical pieces belonging to the late Congressman. This long overdue work will enable the foundation to eventually create a virtual gallery and an up-to-date catalogue inventory for research use, possible exhibits and to share with the community.

Ana Pescador will curate a gallery exhibit of Congressman Roybal legacy which includes his original and authentic congressional office furniture, and original never before viewed by the public materials.

Ana Pescador has over 20 years of extensive experience in the fields of Executive Museum Management & Curation and Senior Art Teaching. Her expertise in designing diverse cultural projects, leading engaging artistic displays for permanent and traveling art collections for in-person experiences and virtual enjoyment.

Ms. Pescador’s impressive experience with organizations like The Latino Museum of History, Art & Culture, US Embassies: Mexico, Bolivia and Chile, Forest Lawn Museum and the Archdioceses of Los Angeles will enhance the Roybal Exhibit.

Ms. Pescador received her B.A., Art History from Cal State University Los Angeles, a fellowship on Museum Studies (Latino Center) from The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., and her M.A., Modern & Contemporary Art from University & Cultural Institute Casa Lamm.



Roybal Foundation partners with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

Submissions Due by Noon on October 28, 2020

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced their first-ever Dia de los Muertos art competition, a celebration of art. In partnership with; Concamin, EWomenMX, Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles and the Roybal Foundation.

A tradition in Mexico that goes back more than 3,000 years, Dia 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.

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Lucille and Edward Roybal Foundation Raises Money for Local Community

Ramon Miramontes, Co-Chair of the Legacy Gala, Tyrone Hampton, Vice-Mayor, City of Pasadena, and David Eads, Executive Director, Tournament of Roses (Courtesy photo)

The Lucille & Edward Roybal Foundation held its annual Legacy Gala last week in Pasadena at the historic Tournament of Roses House. With more than 250 attendees, the Legacy Gala raised $100,000 for the foundation to support its programs that serve over 2,000 individuals each year with three basic principles – education, engagement and empowerment.