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Extravagancia de Pinatas


Win money for classroom Art Supplies!

K Space Contemporary will host the 13th Annual Extravagancia de Piñatas exhibition and competition for youth in conjunction with our annual Dia de Los Muertos Festivities. Local K-12 teachers and group leaders are invited to create piñatas with their youth groups, classes, and/or after-school clubs. Each participating group will receive a $30 supply allowance (limited to 2 allowances per school).

Cash awards, based on popular vote, are given for the 1st and 2nd Place piñatas in three categories:

Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12).

Award money must be used for classroom supplies. 

2024 Theme: Alebrijes

Alebrijes (pronounced: ah-leh-bree-hez) are whimsical carvings painted with intense colors and intricate patterns depicting animals and fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes originated in Mexico City, originally created by 'cartonero' artist Pedro Linares. In 1943. Linares fell ill and hallucinated a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, rocks, and clouds that suddenly transformed into strange, unknown animals. He saw “a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull  horns, and a lion with an eagle head,” and they were shouting "Alebrijes! Alebrijes! Alebrijes!" Upon recovery, Linares began recreating papier mache’ versions of the creatures from his dreams. As his creations gained popularity, artisans began carving small versions of these fantastical creatures out of wood.  Alebrijes have since come to represent the beauty, mystery, and magic of Mexico.

Important Dates:

October 5th: Pinatas must be delivered to

K Space Contemporary, 623 N. Chaparral St.

October 12 - November 8: Exhibition Dates

November 1: Awards Announced on Social Media and Website

November 9-10: Pick up Piñatas


Eligibility: Open to K-12 school groups (classes/clubs) in Corpus Christi and cities within a 50-mile radius. Each group/club may enter one hand-constructed Piñata (group project.) Piñatas must be delivered to K Space Contemporary by Oct. 5. To register to participate, complete the form below and click “Submit”.

2024 Theme: "Alebrijes"

Voting: The public is invited to vote for their favorite pinatas in person during the exhibition.  Piñatas will also be posted on the Corpus Christi Dia de los Muertos Festival Facebook page for public voting October 12 – 30. . Awards will be announced on November 1st for the piñatas receiving the highest number of votes totaled from both Facebook and in-person voting.


Awards: $200 Award for First Place and $100 Award for Second Place in each category – Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12).  Checks presented to the winning groups’ leaders are to be used for classroom supplies.


Size: Piñatas must fit through a 40” wide doorway. Piñatas must not weigh over 8 pounds.


Hanger: Piñatas must be ready-to-hang with a built-in secure, sturdy hanger. K Space is not responsible for piñatas that fall because of faulty construction or faulty suspension method.


Label: Attach a label to the hanger that includes: School/Group, Teacher/Leader’s name, Leader’s email address & phone number, title, and price. We suggest printing this information largely on a printer sheet of paper and attaching it to your pinata.


Sales:  Piñatas can be priced for sale. 100% of the proceeds from sales are paid to the participating group’s leader by check. Enter “NFS“ (not for sale) as “Price” if you do not want to sell your piñata.

Registration - Extravagancia de Pinatas

Thanks for registering for Extravagancia de Pinatas! Please deliver your pinata to K Space Contemporary by October 5, 2024

2023 Winners

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