Founded in 1970 as "Art, Inc.", but incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1973 as "Self Help Graphics & Art" (SHG), SHG is dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latinx artists. Our multidisciplinary and intergenerational programs promote artistic excellence and empower our community by providing access to space, tools, training and capital.
Self Help Graphics’ vision is to be the pre-eminent center for Latino art in printmaking, exhibition and training, and to be a resource for young and emerging artists.
spirItuality & creative heart
Acknowledge the experience of art as a spiritual form of expression that reflects our community’s sense of hope and soul, (in memory of Self Help Graphics’ founder, Sister Karen Boccalero).
Build relationships across generations and communities by encouraging artistic expression through collaboration.
Promote socially engaging art with a conscience in service to the Latino community and diverse audiences through artistic freedom and cultural affirmation.
Continuously re-invent programming, creating new and resourceful ways of showcasing artists.
Achieve the highest quality of operations with accountability and transparency through diligent, dedicated and equitable practices.
Serve as a gateway to experience and appreciate art, and to provide art at a reasonable value.