Día de los Muertos 2017

For 44 years Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) has organized one of the most popular Día de los Muertos events in Los Angeles and perhaps the oldest Day of the Dead commemoration in the country. This program is unique in that it provides the community with a season of activities from August to November, to celebrate and prepare for Día de los Muertos. The activities include the participation of over 50 community organizations, 150 plus volunteers and 10,000 attendees.



44th Annual Día de los Muertos Main Celebration

Mendez Learning Center 11/4

at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School
1200 Plaza Del Sol, Boyle Heights, CA 90033
(directly across from Self Help Graphics & Art)

Use the Goldline Metro (Pico/Aliso Stop) – Limited Paid Parking On Site!

Traditional Ceremonial Blessing * Food and Craft Vendors
Face Painting * Children’s Workshops

Come dressed in your best Calaca attire!


Meet at Mariachi Plaza Kiosko at 4PM


Noche de Ofrenda at Grand Park: 10/28

One of Los Angeles’ major Latino events.

A month of Self Help Graphics & Art’s (SHG) art workshops concludes with the construction of a large community altar at SHG‘s Noche de Ofrenda. Over 40 community partners participate in the creation of 40 plus altars, including the SHG Community Altar. Led by premier altar-makers, participants are invited to place their newly created offerings on the new community altar, displayed during the Día de los Muertos festivities.

• Opportunity to learn through art, about the important role that heritage and tradition play.
• All-day celebration brings Day of the Dead to the streets of Los Angeles, inviting all to participate.

• Over 10,000 attendees
• Intergenerational program for all family types. • International media engagement.


Community Art Workshops (Saturdays in October)

  • 10/7 Puente Learning Center 12-3pm
  • 10/14 Costello Park 12-3pm
  • 10/21 East LA Civic Center 12-3pm
  • 10/28 Self Help Graphics & Art 12-3pm

Día de los Muertos Commemorative Print 2017


Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future PST: la/la Exhibition

This year’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America initiative. Titled A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present and Future, the exhibition explores the evolution of the celebration in Los Angeles and the foundational transnational dialogue between the Chicano/Latino community and Mexico that continues to shape the tradition celebrated on both sides of the border. SHG will step away from the cultural appropriation that has repackaged this tradition to examine its Mexican roots presenting a future-focused exhibition supported by educational programming including lectures, artist panel discussion, family-friendly tours, and a catalog.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an integral part of the cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Today’s interpretation of the sacred indigenous tradition has been remixed and recycled into a commercial holiday blending Mexican, Latino, and American pop culture iconography with the spiritual aesthetics of the event’s indigenous and Catholic influences. Self Help Graphics (SHG) will trace the evolution of Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles and beyond through an exhibition and publication documenting its four-decade history of art, ritual, and celebration. Since 1972, when SHG organized its first public ritual for Día de los Muertos, its annual commemoration has developed into a complex and unique public observance. Día de los Muertos, A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present, and Future will include historical prints, photographs, and ephemera representing each decade of SHG’s commemorations, as well as three newly commissioned altars from artists Ofelia Esparza (Los Angeles), Gerardo “Acamonchi” Yépiz (Tijuana), and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario (Los Angeles).



Ready to help? Volunteers are a crucial component to SHG's year-round programming, including Día de los Muertos season. We have multiple opportunities for volunteers to donate their time to the event.