Día de los Muertos 2018


It all started in 1973…

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.



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! 


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


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!


Día de los Muertos exhibition


how We remember and how we survive

Curated by Dewey Tafoya


How We Remember and How We Survive is curated by SHG Artist-In-Residence and our 45th Annual Commemorative Print ArtistDewey Tafoya. Participating artists 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 Amitis MotevalliJennifer Gutierrez-MorganJose SoteloNery Gabriel LemusDalila Paola-MendezMichael AlvarezNani ChaconZeke PenaNoni OlabisiCruz OrtizMiyo Stevens-Gandara, and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Ofelia Esparza. FREE and family friendly. The exhibition is on view through December 21, 2018 @ Self Help Graphics & Art, 1300 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, 90033


Our 45th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration is supported in part by: 

National Endowment for the Arts , California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis - District 1, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles City Council District 14, Bank of America, The California Endowment, Mendez Learning Center, Grand Park, Naked Juice