Día de los Muertos 2018

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For 45 years Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) has led one of the most renown Día de los Muertos cultural events in Los Angeles —
the oldest Day of the Dead commemoration in the nation! Our program is unique in that it provides the community with a season of activities throughout the Fall, including workshops and an exhibition in our gallery. We do this to honor our ancestors in the rich tradition of the ofrenda, to celebrate their lives and share these ancient traditions with our community, as we prepare for Día de los Muertos on November 2nd.

 
 

 45TH ANNUAL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS MAIN CELEBRATION

MENDEZ LEARNING CENTER November 2nd, 2018

Music | Art | Altars | Workshops | Facepainting


Ceremonia tradicional | Puesto de Pintura de Calaca | Talleres para Niños
Traditional Procession | Procesión Tradicional
Meet at Mariachi Plaza at 4:30pm
Procession to Self Help Graphics starts at 5:00pm

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY

The California Feetwarmers 
La Chamba
The Altons
Danza Chicomecoatl
Special Musical Appearance by El Teatro Campesino 
Mendez High School Marching Band

FEATURED LOCAL FOOD, ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS

Butterflies and Hummingbirds, Casa Papalotl, Chano’s Elotes, Children of Venus, CJ’s Angels, Colorful Bones, De la Luna Designs, El Machete, Estefania Garcia, EVILLUSTRATIONS, Farm Fresh To You, Fiesta Mexicana, Genetic Windsongs, iniCreations, JDN73, Kalli Arte Collective, La Candelaria Candles, Lil’ Libros, Lov Struk, Luis Genaro Garcia, Mis Nopales Art, Muertitos Art Collective, Nectar Azul, NSRGNTS, Olvera St., PINetration, Social Machine Productions, Sol de Cobre, Tezozomoc Sandoval, The Zombie Movement, Xochipilli Visions, Xti’Artisan and many more! 

OFRENDAS|DONATIONS 

Please help us continue to keep this tradition FREE by donating to
Self Help Graphics at selfhelpgraphics.com/donate

ADDRESS

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

CALACA ATTIRE ENCOURAGED
COME DRESSED IN YOUR BEST CALACA ATTIRE!

 

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS - 2018 is sponsored in part by…


 

Community Art Workshops

Noche de Ofrenda
@ Grand Park

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Saturday, October 27th, 2018

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 over four dozen altars, including the SHG community ofrenda. Participants are invited to place their newly created offerings on the new community altar, displayed during the Día de los Muertos festivities. This is an intergenerational experience for the entire family! Bring the kids and the abuelos!

VENDOR INFORMATION - TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST OF INTERESTED VENDORS, EMAIL INFO@SELFHELPGRAPHICS.COM. WE WILL CONTACT YOU REGARDING VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES should openings be available.  

Saturdays in October

  • 10/6/2018 Self Help Graphics & Art 12-3pm

  • 10/13/2018 Self Help Graphics & Art 12-3pm

  • 10/20/2018 Self Help Graphics & Art 12-3pm

  • 10/27/2018 Self Help Graphics & Art 12-3pm


DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Exhibition

45TH ANNUAL DíA DE LOS MUERTOS COMMEMORATIVE PRINT
& EXHIBITION AT SHG

OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 

7:00 - 10:00 PM 

It's official! Our Día de los Muertos season of programming begins this week with our 45th Annual Día de los Muertos Commemorative Print unveiling and exhibition opening, How We Remember and How We Survive this Thursday, October 4th from 7:00 -10:00 pm at SHG. The exhibition is curated by SHG Artist-In-Residence and our 45th Annual Commemorative Print Artist, Dewey Tafoya. Participating artists will explore life happenings that make us who we are in joy or trauma, thus how we remember these situations and how we survive them, as expressed through one-of-a-kind art. Featured artists include Ami Montevalli, Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan, Jose Sotelo, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Dalila Paola-Mendez, Michael Alvarez, Nani Chacon, Zeke Pena, Noni Olabisi, Cruz Ortiz, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Ofelia Esparza. FREE and family friendly. Complimentary brews by Border x Brewing.


 

Día de los Muertos 2017

A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future

PST: la/la Exhibition CATALOG

 

Last year’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Curated by Artist Linda Vallejo, was part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America initiative. Titled A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present and Future, the exhibition explored 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 stepped 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. Through this exhibition, SHG traced the evolution of Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles and beyond through the exhibition and a publication documenting our 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. Día de los Muertos, A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present, and Future included historical prints, photographs, and ephemera representing each decade of SHG’s commemorations, as well as commissioned altars from artists Ofelia Esparza (Los Angeles), Gerardo “Acamonchi” Yépiz (Tijuana), and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario (Los Angeles).

 

VOLUNTEER

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.