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A Landmark Community Center

Self Help Graphics celebrates 30 years of Chicano art

Published on LatinoLA: April 22, 2003


A Landmark Community Center


Self-Help Graphics & Art, Los Angeles? premier Chicano art and cultural center celebrates 30 Years of creating, presenting, and preserving Chicano art and culture through special programming beginning this Spring 2003 and extending through 2005. For a calendar of our current and upcoming events, please visit http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com.

Self-Help Graphics & Art was founded as a non-profit art center at the height of the Chicano Movement in 1973. The era marked a turning point for both our nation and our community in affirming the cultural and political identity of Americans of Mexican descent. Within this climate, Self-Help Graphics & Art sprang forth from an old garage in East Los Angeles and the extraordinary vision of Self-Help?s founder, Sister Karen Boccalero.

Self-Help Graphics & Art is first and foremost a printmaking center and has served thousands of Chicano artists with the opportunity to create limited edition serigraphs, woodcuts, etchings, and monoprints. Self-Help Graphics & Art continues to encourage the creativity of its local artists by supporting their growth and professionalism through a wide set of programming, including our ever-popular artist-led Day of the Dead celebration, cutting-edge exhibitions, and our increasingly in-demand community art workshops and youth programming.

Tomas Benitez, Executive Director, comments: ?As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we honor the work and creativity of our artists and our founder, and embrace the contributions of old and new friends. In this way, we sustain the dream that continues to be Self-Help Graphics & Art?a landmark community art center with a sparkling promise of things to come.?

Self-Help Graphics & Art is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization. Current programs are supported in part by funds from the following generous sponsors: Andy Warhol Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, California Casualty Group, California Endowment, California Community Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Getty Grant Program, Inez Fine Art Framing, Kaiser Permanente, East Los Angeles, Liberty Hill Foundation, Rhino Records, Los Angeles Times, Metropolitan Water District, Margie E. Murdy Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Nissan Foundation, LA County Superrvisor Gloria Molina, 1st District, National Endowment for the Arts, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Union Bank of Southern California, and Wells Fargo.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Tienda Colores: Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm


Self-Help Graphics & Art
3802 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063
For More Information: Visit www.selfhelpgraphics.com or call 323-881-6444
Fax: (323) 881-6447






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