The SHG Team
Meet our Dedicated staff
Betty Avila, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Betty Avila is a native of Los Angeles and raised in Cypress Park. Her work has centered on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. She has held positions with the Getty Research Institute, The Music Center and the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. She sits on the boards of the Center for Cultural Innovation and Arts for LA, and is a founding board member of People for Mobility Justice (formerly Multicultural Communities for Mobility), an organization that supports low-income communities of color that bike, walk and use public transit in Los Angeles County. Betty sat on the inaugural Advisory Committee for Los Angeles County's Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative as an appointee of Supervisor Hilda Solis that resulted in the recommendation of cultural policy and was unanimously approved by the County Board of Supervisors. In 2017, Betty was named one of C-Suite Quarterly Magazine’s NextGen 10 in Philanthropy, Arts and Culture and an Impact-Maker to Watch by City Impact Labs. She received her B.A. in Literature at Pitzer College, has an M.A. in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, and is a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to Korea.
Marvella mUro, DIRECTOR of artistic programs and education
Marvella Muro is the Director of Artistic Programs and Education at Self Help Graphics. Prior to joining SHG, she was the Community Engagement Manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)(2016-2018), developing and executing art programs with community partners, artists, and social service groups in the neighborhoods of East Los Angeles, Compton and North Hollywood. In 2015, she joined USC Pacific Asia Museum as Executive Assistant to the Director where she co-developed public programs with the Education Department and oversaw the day to day logistics of the museum. In 2012, she oversaw the installation of the exhibition, In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States at LACMA and developed its programming. From 2012-2015 she worked with the Chinese and Korean Art Department overseeing grants, programming, and assisting with the gallery rotations and installations. She has a B.A. in Art History from Cal State University, Fullerton and earned her M.A. in Arts Management from Goucher College.
Alexa Kim, Program Manager
Alexa B. Kim is the current Program Coordinator at Self Help Graphics & Art. Alexa has assisted in the development and coordination of the ever growing volunteer program that is integral to the success of the many of Self Help’s cultural programs such as Dia de Los Muertos and the Annual Print Fair & Exhibition. Most recently, Alexa played a key role in the completion of a comprehensive appraisal of Self Help Graphics' inventory, composed of 8,000+ individual print editions, with Patrick H. Ela of Comprehensive Art Services. Alexa is an alum of the Getty Leadership Institute NextGen 2017 cohort at Claremont Graduate University and has interned at Self Help Graphics & Art, the Japanese American National Museum (Little Tokyo), Yochim Arts (Venice), and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Orange County). During her internship at Self Help Graphics & Art, Alexa helped with the digitization and development of Self Help Graphics & Art digital print archive that includes prints from ’73 to the present. Alexa is a graduate of Kalamazoo College with degrees in Art History and Sociology.
STEPHANIE MERCADO, DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Stephanie Mercado is a fine arts professional with 10 + years experience in business management, arts administration, exhibition curation and fine art production. Stephanie Mercado is an artist from Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. She has worked in arts administration since 2007, while maintaining her arts practice. She has experience working with corporations and private clients on collections and acquisitions, appraisals, exhibition planning, and art gallery management. She has also worked as an artist assistant, as a costume-maker and production assistant in the film industry. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University Long Beach in Drawing & Painting and was awarded a merit scholarship to study drawing and painting in Florence, Italy through CSU Summer Arts. Stephanie is a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute in 2018. As an artist she has exhibited internationally including exhibitions in Spain, Canada, Colorado, Texas and Illinois. Stephanie joined the Self Help Graphics and Art team in September of 2017.