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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
SOCIAL MACHINE PRODUCTIONS


Inspired by music and art, Social Machine Productions began with La Becky and Dewey Tafoya and the idea of creating an art group (mostly musical at first) that could transcend mediums, genres, and styles without having to adhere to a label, name, or category. We began with a bass, keyboards, and an intent to grow and change constantly.

Social Machine Productions' mission is Arte es Vida with a DIY mindset that is grounded in community, education and art. Our mission gives us room to grow, learn, and develop. We feel very comfortable making and teaching art in a community setting. It gives us a forum to share, discuss, and learn from others. We believe that sharing the creation and art making process helps inspire others to delve into their own art making practices.

As we move into the future, Social Machine would like to create more opportunities to share our DIY art practices through printing workshops and/or live printing events as well as continue to be involved in art education in community settings. We would also like very much to return to our musical beginnings and share a performance or two in the future.

Being involved with SHG has influenced our practice by giving us a space to learn from, be inspired by, and communicate with other artists as well as the community. Our involvement has helped us to understand the importance of helping and empowering yourself as well as helping others. We have learned to conduct a variety of community art workshops in addition to managing all that is involved behind the scenes to maintain these workshops. Dewey learned to screen print on his own, and he has continued to develop his practice at SHG. This resulted in creating another direction for Social Machine, reaching far beyond our initial musical beginnings. We are empowered by the idea of SELF HELP, meaning simply, if you want to do it, pues do it.
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¡VIVA LA CAUSA!
Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice


Thursday, April 10, 2014

to Monday July 7, 2014

12PM to 5PM

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, 90012


Self Help Graphics & Art and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes invites you to attend ¡Viva La Causa! Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice which documents the life and passion of activist and organizer Dolores Huerta. Her life and work have special resonance today and her continued advocacy gains relevance in issues surrounding immigration, LGBT rights and violence against women. Through multidisciplinary art, explore the struggle and achievements of a woman whose life and work continues to inspire.


Dolores Huerta's work makes her an icon, but her humility continues to make her an inspiration.


SALUDARTE - USING ART TO BUILD
A HEALTHIER BOYLE HEIGHTS


Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30AM to 6PM
Hollenbeck Park
415 St. Louis Street, Los Angeles, 90033



Come out to enjoy a day of community and activities and join Self Help Graphics & Art, Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights and The Alliance for California Traditional Arts along with many other artists and organizations to promote healthier neighborhoods and schools through Cultural and Artistic preventative community practices. SaludArte will convene community artists to share their practices with local residents.

Workshops will explore the connections between Art-Making and Building Healthy Communities.


FREE ART WORKSHOPS
AT FIESTA MATSURI



Saturday, May 3, 2014
11AM to 4PM JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012



Join Self Help Graphics & Art at the Japanese American Community Cultural Center's Fiesta Matsuri, a multi-ethnic celebration for children and their families, which include children's arts and crafts workshops, games, food, and performances on the plaza. Don't miss this chance for family fun and memories! Finish off the day with a movie in the Aratani Theatre. Free admission for children age 12 and under and $12 fee for adults.
For more information, please visit our website, www.jaccc.org.


2014 GETTY MULTICULTURAL UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Self Help Graphics Seeks Qualified Undergraduate Student:
Paid Summer Internship *** APPLICATION DEADLINE ***
Wednesday, May 1, 2014, 5PM (PST)


For full details click HERE

SHG is seeking a Documentation and Archive Intern who will assist in the development and organization of the organization's print collections from 2012-2014, as well as associated inventory and materials.

Contact: Joel Garcia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The internships are intended for outstanding students who are members of groups underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations: individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.

Eligibility for the internships is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates who reside in or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2014, and those who will complete their degree by September 1, 2014 are also eligible to apply. Candidates can be sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.


IMPORTANT LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS
& FACILITY UPDATE



Self Help Graphics & Art is beginning facility leasehold improvements, and will the administrative be periodically closed during this time. We are still here to answer any inquiries or questions you may have, so please call us at 323-881-6444 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Self Help Graphics & Art will premiere its revamped space with the launch of a special 40th annual special prints exhibition with a date soon to be announced.


Select programming will continue at alternate sites during this time:

CALARTS COMMUNITY ART PARTNERSHIP (CAP) DIGITAL MEDIA PROGRAM

TUESDAYS 4 PM - 7 PM

NEW LOCATION:

Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School

1200 Plaza Del Sol, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Room M209


AEROSOL ART WORKSHOP WITH VYAL ONE

TUESDAYS 4 PM - 7 PM NEW DAY AND LOCATION:

Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School 1200 Plaza Del Sol, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Room M103



Supports Public Art Workshops Supports the Professional Printmaking Program Supports Community Art Workshops Supports the Summer of Youth (S.O.Y. Artista) Program Underwrites 1 Exhibition at Self Help Graphics


SOY ARTISTA 2013
PHONE ART ANIMATION




WATCH THE SHG 2013 VIDEO



WATCH THE SHG 2012 VIDEO





Self Help Graphics & Art

1300 East First Street

Boyle Heights, CA 90033


tel 323.881.6444

hrs Tue - Wed by appointment only

hrs Thu - Sat 10am to 4pm

em info@selfhelpgraphics.com



Parking is limited in the area. We encourage people to take Metro (www.metro.net) and exit at the Gold Line Pico/Aliso Station. 



GRACIAS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


Self Help Graphics & Art is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our programs and events are supported in part by our artists, volunteers, and board of directors, as well as by our major donors and collectors. Additional support is provided by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, AltaMed, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bank of America Foundation, California Community Foundation, Camachos Incorporated, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, The Walt Disney Company, Entravision Communications Corporation, The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, First District, Lexus, Milagro Communications Group, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rose Hills Foundation, Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pasadena Art Allaince, TransAmerica and Weingart Foundation.




ONGOING WORKSHOPS


CAP/Digital Media Program

Aerosol Art Workshop

DIY Silk Screening

Ceramic Tile Workshop