I know, I know, you're probably expecting Smithsonian museum resources. And I've got 'em, a whole variety of opportunities to either scratch the surface or dive right into the holiday. First, I started by visiting the Smithsonian Latino Center's Dia de lost Muertos/Day of the Dead Festival home page (http://latino.si.edu/education/LVMDayoftheDeadFestival.htm). There are so very many ways to learn about the celebration. A lesson plan by Nancy Green, called "Calaveras on Wheels, " explores the Day of the Dead through the art of Jose Guadalupe Posada. Take a look here: http://latino.si.edu/PDF/LVM_D%C3%ADa_de_los_Muertos_Lesson_1.pdf.
But I was most interested in the opportunity to actually visit a Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Festival thanks to Smithsonian's efforts in Second Life. This virtual world application allows visitors to explore 3-D worlds. I took some time exploring the Virtual Museum. Wow! I can just imagine pulling this up on a SmartBoard and exploring the art, music, culture and festivities in this Virtual Museum. A link to the Second Life festival is available from the Smithsonian Latino Center page noted above. You have to have a Second Life account and avatar to participate, but it's a free account. The festival activities take place October 31-November 2, 2011. You can download a PDF map of the festival to plan your participation.