Self Help to Hold its 36th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

"Deadly Stylish" event featuring art, altars, music, food & More be held at East Los Angeles Civic Center, Nov. 2

Published on LatinoLA: September 22, 2009

Self Help to Hold its 36th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

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 36th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Monday, November 2nd, 2009. To better accommodate the thousands of visitors who attend the landmark event, Self Help Graphics & Art will hold this year's celebration at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. The location will provide visitors with free easy access parking, restrooms and greater space for vendors and activities.

The event will feature children's art workshops, art and crafts vendors, elaborate altars, as well as delicious local food. Guests will also enjoy a day of the dead fashion "walk," live music from top local performers including Killsonic, L'Esprit d'Afrique, Ollin, Conjunto Los Pochos, La Santa Cecilia and surprise special guests. One of the highlights of the celebration includes a traditional public procession featuring people of all ages in colorful calavera face paint and attire.

This year's commemorative print was created by vanguard artist Diane Gamboa who continues to feed off the urban landscape and its underground makings to fill her creative palette. Diane is known for her "Hit and Run Paper Fashion," the "Pin Up" series, her "Unpopular Culture" series of photographs and related images/concepts, her ongoing "Day of the Dead" couture style, and "Bruja-Ha" objects. Gamboa is also serving as curator of the "Deadly Stylish" art exhibition featuring works by William J. Acedo, William Borges, Ofelia Esparza, Simone Gad, Angie Skull Garcia, Jessica Gudiel, Theresa Hernandez, Edgar Ibarra, Pola Lopez, Rigo Maldonado, Sandra Vista, Dawn Wirth, and Jaime "Germs" Zacarias.

The exhibition will run from November 1-November 28, 2009 at Self Help Graphics & Art at 3802 Cesar Chavez Avenue.

Self Help Graphics will kick off the celebration with a series of FREE art workshops in October featuring courses on papel picado, luminarias and mascaras. Workshops will conclude with the construction of a community altar during the Noche de Ofrenda celebration on October 24, 2009 at 6 p.m. at Self Help's Cesar Chavez Avenue location.

This year's event is sponsored in part by the Walt Disney Company, with support from Los Angeles County Supervisor, Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County Libraries, Los Angeles County Internal Services Department, Ex-Voto Design, Hit + Run, La Morenita, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Sticky Rick's.


DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION: Nov. 2nd 2009, 5-11 p.m.
East Los Angeles Civic Center
4801 E. 3rd Street, LA 90022 (on the corner of 3rd Street & Mednik)

PROCESSION: 4 p.m. Gathering at the Virgen Mural on Mednik at Cesar Chavez Avenue

DEADLY STYLISH EXHIBITION: November 1-November 28, 2009
Opening Reception: November 1, 2009 5-7 PM
Artist Talk: November 21, 2009 2-4 PM
Self Help Graphics & Art 3802 Cesar Chavez Avenue, East Los Angeles, CA 90063

ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS: Throughout October 2009
NOCHE DE OFRENDA: October 24th, 2009, 6-9 p.m.
Self Help Graphics & Art 3802 Cesar Chavez Avenue, East Los Angeles, CA 90063

For a full schedule D?¡a de los Muertos activities, please visit www.selfhelpgraphics.com.

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.

On our yearly day of remembering that life is a dream from which one day we will awaken, we gather for music and community to celebrate our beloved who are no longer with us. Again we will paint our faces in duality -- half calaca and half ourselves, revealing the ancient comedy of life as our ancestors have taught us. With fashion and performance as the themes for this year's D?¡a de los Muertos celebration, join in a dress rehearsal of our final journey--come Catrina elegant or elaborately Catr?ìn, but definitely come "deadly fashionable."

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.

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