Self Help Graphics & Art, the first organization in the country to create a free public celebration of Day of the Dead, welcomes the community to its 35th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival and Celebration on November 2, 2008. The event will feature an art exhibition, elaborate altars built in memory of deceased loved ones, children's art workshops, music, arts and craft vendors as well as delicious local food. One of the highlights of the celebration includes a traditional procession featuring people of all ages in colorful calavera face paint and attire. This year's commemorative print was created by Peter Tovar.
Self Help Graphics will kick off the celebration with a series of FREE art workshops throughout October featuring courses on life-size calavera puppets and mask-making. Workshops will conclude with the construction of a community altar during the Noche de Ofrenda celebration on November 1, 2008 at 7 p.m. Additional D?¡a de los Muertos events including lectures, films and poetry readings will take place throughout November. For a full schedule D?¡a de los Muertos activities, please visit www.selfhelpgraphics.comt.
November 2, 2008
2:30- 3:30 p.m. - Children's Workshops
3 p.m. - Gallery, food and craft vendors open
4 p.m. - Traditional Procession to Self Help Graphics (begins at the Cinco Puntos corner of Indiana and Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.)
11 p.m.-Celebration ends
Self Help Graphics' D?¡a de los Muertos celebration was initiated by the community and artists in 1972, creating a link to the popular celebration in Mexico. This unique holiday dates back to Pre-Columbian Mexico 3,000 years ago, during which skulls were used to honor the dead, whom the Aztecs believed came back to visit. As in the different Mexican regions, Self Help Graphics' celebration is distinct to the East L.A. community.
Self Help Graphics & Art is a nationally recognized center for Chicano and Latino arts that develops and nurtures artists and printmaking. Self Help Graphics & Art seeks to advance Chicano and Latino art broadly through programming, exhibitions and outreach to diverse audiences in East Los Angeles and beyond. Self Help Graphics & Art seeks to identify young and emerging artists from the community in all aspects of its activities.