SOY Artista 2018



S.O.Y. Artista is a free five-week (60 hour) summer art-training workshop for local youth (12-24 years old) from underserved communities of East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and the greater LA area. The program’s goal is expand access to art through Self Help’s facilities and resources. The five-week course is taught by local artists and consists of various workshops including multi-color screen printing, mobile phone/tablet based art, stencil making, woodblock printing, etching, mono printing and photography. 

We serve youth with this critical need for programming while providing positive and alternative models for creativity in an environment that is nurturing and reflective of this particular group of youth. In some cases, students use the work created in the program for admission portfolios to LA County High School of the Arts or for admission/scholarship consideration for college art programs. Our goal is to serve 60-80 local students through the summer. Classes are meant to inspire one on one instruction and provide in-depth art experiences that culturally connect youth to their community, develop critical analysis, and create stronger coalitions between community organizations, students and higher learning.



  • Free art workshops
  • Five-week (60 hour) summer art-training
  • Ages 12 – 24


July 3 – August 3, 2018, 11AM to 2PM

  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media Art
  • Introduction to Virtual Reality 

EXHIBITION of soy artista work

Saturday, August 4 from 11AM to 2PM


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Self Help Graphics & Art’s Youth and Community Programs are sponsored in part by Cal Arts Partnership, California Community Foundation, Southern California Edison, Union Pacific Foundation, Vernon Community Fund, and the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.