Día de los Muertos 2018

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 11/2

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

CALACA ATTIRE ENCOURAGED
Come dressed in your best Calaca attire!

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PROCESSION INFO:
Meet at Mariachi Plaza Kiosko at 4PM

 


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Noche de Ofrenda at Grand Park: 10/27

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.  

Community Art Workshops (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


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

OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH 

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: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future 2017 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.