Self Help Graphics & Art fosters the creation and advancement of new works by Chicana/o and Latinx artists through experimental and innovative printmaking techniques and other visual art forms. We are an organization rooted in community; and since 1973, have been at the intersection of arts and social justice, providing a home to foster creativity and the development of local print artists,
as well as international collaborations and worldwide cultural exchanges.
PROFESSIONAL PRINTMAKING| cultural & annual events
arts engagement & education | Youth & community Outreach
ARTS ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION
Self Help Graphics & Art is one of few places in LA that offers artists a space where they can develop artistically in a peer to peer setting. These workshops attract all levels of artists to work in a variety of art mediums such as intaglio printmaking, screen printing, ceramics, aerosol art, and many other forms.
Self Help Graphics & Art’s (SHG) acclaimed Professional Printmaking Program offers artists the opportunity to create fine art limited edition serigraphs & monoprints through a peer-led approach that is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures and supports our artists’ creativity and careers.
In support of local artists, Self Help Graphics & Art holds multiple craft and art fairs that feature fine art, prints, adorable and distinctive art, jewelry, housewares, clothing and crafts by local artists and artisans.
Cultural & Annual events
Self Help Graphics & Art is known for its popular and culturally relevant events such as the longest running (43+ years) and free Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, which draws over 10,000 people to its festivities; it’s Holiday Marketplace; and its one-day-only Annual Print Fair & Exhibition, which happens every last weekend in June.
The Annual Print Fair & Exhibition is a highly anticipated showcase filled with panel presentations, demonstrations, and an opportunity for artists that have participated through Self Help Graphics & Art’s Professional Printmaking Program to show off their work created throughout the year.
Self Help Graphics & Art in partnership with the Eastside Arts Initiative and the University of Texas at San Antonio is convening the Inaugural Chican/o Latina/o Printmaking Summit on February 20 – 26, 2017, in Los Angeles with the goals of discussing the following:
- Master Printer role within community centered printmaking studios/spaces.
- Develop a template (pathway) for future Master Printers.
- Discuss and develop a larger national printmaking summit for 2018-2019.
- Provide workshops to the local community of printmakers.
- Creation of a fine art print portfolio documenting this gathering.
youth & community outreach
The Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS) was founded as a program that works towards equity and social justice through art. SHG’s BMAS mission is to nurture emerging artists and present Latino art to a broad audience and address the vast demographic that is Los Angeles, while also expanding audiences and community beyond East Los Angeles.
S.O.Y. Artista is a free five-week (60 hour) summer art-training workshop for local youths (12-24 years old) from underserved communities of East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and the greater LA area who are recruited from local youth groups, schools, and other community centers. This youth program’s goal is to fortify and expand the use and access to art through Self Help’s facilities and resources.
CALARTS COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP (CAP) DIGITAL MEDIA PROGRAM
This is a 20-week, free-of-charge program for teenagers, to explore a multitude of disciplines while focusing on specific social issues. Participants may choose to collaborate with others in the class or work independently to develop their own way of self-expression and make creative choices within the visual arts. Media includes but is not limited to various forms of printmaking (linocuts, T-Shirt design), stop-motion animation, and digital video production.
2017- 2018 Dates:
Tue from 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Oct 10th, 2017 - Apr 10th, 2018
• Produced largest collection of Chicano/Latino fine art prints in history.
• Produced the longest running, free, artist-led Día de los Muertos celebration in the U.S.
• Traveled more exhibitions of Chicano/Latino Art across the country and around the world, including Mexico, Africa, Europe, Australia and Latin America.
• Recent Grant Awards:
◊ California Arts Council
◊ Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
◊ Vernon Community Fund
◊ Los Angeles County Art Commission
◊ National Association of Latino Art & Culture
◊ Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
• Exhibits work in major museums across the U.S. including LACMA, Autry National Center, Museum of Latin American Art, Fowler Museum, Hammer Museum, Mexican Museum in San Francisco, Museo del Barrio, Museum of Modern Art, National Mexican Museum of Art, Museum of Art and History in Anchorage, and the Museum of South Texas.
Self Help Graphics by the numbers in 2016:
26,300 people reached
8,000 youth served
5,000 people throughout Los Angeles experienced Dia de los Muertos with Self Help Graphics
79 Artist and community workshops provided
3 Marketplaces provide economic support to artists and the local economy
5 Los Angeles County Supervisorial Districts reached
4 Total counties reached in the Southern California region
Beyond a building, Self Help Graphics provides creative workforce development for our local youth and acts as a cultural resource to dozens of partners across the city. Most recently, Self Help Graphics housed an art-making party for the historic Women's March in Los Angeles, opening our doors to almost 1,000 visitors who created posters and banners
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