43rd Annual DÍa de los Muertos | 2016

For 43 years Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) has organized one of the most popular Día de los Muertos events in Los Angeles and perhaps the oldest Day of the Dead commemoration in the country. This program is unique in that it provides the community with a season of activities through out the fall, to celebrate and prepare for Día de los Muertos.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 5PM

at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School  | 1200 Plaza Del Sol, 90033
(directly across from Self Help Graphics & Art)

Featuring performances and music by:


Legendary Chicana Punk Icon


All Latina Vinyl Collective



Traditional Ceremonial Blessing
Food and Craft Vendors • Face Painting
Children’s Workshops


For 43 years Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) has organized one of the most popular Día de los Muertos events in Los Angeles and perhaps the oldest Day of the Dead commemoration in the country. This program is unique in that it provides the community with a season of activities throughout the fall, to celebrate and prepare for Día de los Muertos.

Self Help Graphics & Art’s 43rd Annual Día de los Muertos is made possible by our artists, volunteers and board of directors with sponsorship from California Community Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Councilman Jose Huizar 14th District, The East Los Angeles Society of Film & Arts, Grand Park, Pasadena Art Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Supervisor Hilda Solis, First District, Liberty Hill Foundation, Partnership for a Healthy America, Cricket Wireless, Razorcake Magazine, Blick Art Materials. Self Help Graphics & Art also recognizes the important contributions of our partners: CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Casa 0101, Legacy LA, LURN, Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center, Mujeres de Maiz, Proyecto Pastoral / Dolores Mission, La Monarca Bakery, Brewjeria CompanyAlternative Source Printing, GNS Printing.



ALICE BAG is a legendary punk rock singer, musician, author, educator, feminist archivist and a self-proclaimed troublemaker. Alice was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first wave of punk bands to form in the mid-1970’s in Los Angeles, CA.   Check out this feature on Alice and pick up her Debut CD here.

LINKS: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Don’t miss a chance to collect a limited edition Alice Bag zine by Razorcake Magazine and please pick up a copy of Alice’s new album online or at the event.


CHULITA VINYL CLUB is all-girl all-vinyl collective that is taking down patriarchy with every record they spin, and that’s música we can all dance to. Check out the feature on Latina Magazine.


Multitalented musician and actress Lysa Flores emerged out of Los Angeles, California’s Eastside scene as a teenager in the early ‘90s and  is an important leader for female Mexican-American artists. Lysa as an activist has always been at the forefront of her body of work since the beginning of her career. Actively participating with local women’s shelters, championing women’s and minorities rights and more recently raising her daughter as a single mom.

LINKS: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Pick up a copy of her new album “You Took It Too Far” online or at the show.


Based out of Los Angeles, THE PARANOIAS has, according to their Parents and Siblings, consistently produced music that “Is Kinda Ok, But Could/ Should be Better.” Desde Los Angeles, Los Paranoias estan Listos Para Causar Desmadre.

LINKS: Website | Facebook | Instagram



PLEASE NOTE: Paypal is having difficulty with some payments, if you would like to purchase a package or parking, please contact info@selfhelpgraphics.com

DOD Package #1

$55 DOD Package #1
1. Parking Pass
(Parking On Site)

2. Día de los Muertos T-Shirt
3. Día de los Muertos Tote Bag
4. Sticker Pack (various collectible stickers from SHG’s past DOD events)
5. Pan de Muerto & Hot Drink from La Monarca Bakery
6. Food Pass valued at $5 (plus expedited food line)

DOD Package #2

$30 DOD Package #2
1. Parking Pass
(Parking On Site)

2. Día de los Muertos Tote Bag
3. Sticker Pack (various collectible stickers from SHG’s past DOD events)
4. Pan de Muerto & Hot Drink
from La Monarca Bakery
5. Food Pass valued at $5 (plus expedited food line)



1. FREE PARKING is available on the surrounding streets (except at Plaza del Sol)

2. DO NOT PARK at any Plaza del Sol residential streets


Metro Goldline – Pico/Aliso Stop


Please join the Self Help Graphics & Art family and many other community members for our annual procession.

• Gather at Mariachi Plaza at 4:00PM
• Start Procession at 4:30PM
• Arrive at the event at 5:00PM



Please support our arts and craft vendors who help make this event possible: Lalo Alcaraz, Aztlan Craft, Beatriz Garcia, Blue Nectar, Celsa’s Tacos, Cha Cha Covers, Chano’s Elotes, CJ’s Angels, Colibri Boutique, Dalila Paola Mendez, Emilia Garcia, Estefania’s Tamales, Fiesta Mexicana, Goodlife Roots, Inicreations, JDN73, La Candelaria, Kalli Arte, Leachy Peachy Art & Jewelry, El Machete Microbrew Sauces, Mis Nopales Art, Sergio Flores Jewelry, Social Machine Productions, Sol de Cobre, Ginette Rondeau, Tortilla Press, Ray Vargas, White Wall Wear, Xingona Xicana Mercado, Xti’ Artisan, Yoli’s, The Zombie Movement and more



Noche de Ofrenda in partnership with Grand Park
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 7PM to 9PM

A month of art workshops concludes with the construction of a large community altar at Self Help Graphics & Art’s Noche de Ofrenda at Grand Park. Over the past three years, SHG has partnered with Grand Park to expand the reach of this beautiful community altar night with over 30 plus organizations, partners, and artists installing altars of all kinds. Led by premier altar-maker and community resident, Ofelia Esparza, participants are invited to place their newly created offerings or those brought from home together in creating a community altar for display throughout our Dia de los Muertos festivities. This inspirational and important art of traditional altar making serves as a way for the community to contribute their memories with special tokens of remembrance. Featuring special performances as part of this special evening.

Noche de Ofrenda is supported in part by Grand Park.



CASA 0101


Lalo Alcaraz, American Indian Changing Spirits, Richard Beltran, CalArts Media Mash Up CAP and Self Help Graphics & Art Class, Casa 0101, Center Theatre Group, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking,Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles/Sun Valley Youth Arts Center, Eliana Dominguez, East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Consuelo Flores, Las Fotos Project, Grand Park Staff, Gender Justice LA, German Shepherd Rescue of OC, Germs/LA Taco, goeastlos, Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan, Celina Jacques, Heart On, Latino Equality Alliance, Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Los Angeles LGBT Center, LURN, Mujeres de Maiz, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Ni Santas, Proyecto Pastoral/Guadalupe Homeless Project, Rosemont Elementary, South Central Farmers, Vyal One, Youth Justice Coalition, Joan Zeta



TAKING THE METRO is quick and easy with these simple directions: Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or the Gold Line to Union Station or Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.  Plan your best route using the Trip Planner.

Parking for Grand Park is available in Lot 10 on N Broadway between First Street and Temple Street. Parking lot address is 145 N. Broadway, Los Angeles with entrances on Broadway and on Hill St. The Lot 10 parking rate is $3.50 per 15 minutes, or $20.00 maximum per day, and $10.00 per day for weekends, evenings and special events.



By Shizu Saldamando

Shizu Saldamando depicts how American social spaces are the laboratories for new ways of being. Her portraits playfully suggest that race, gender, and ethnicity act as white noise to the scene at hand; audible, yet not identifiable. Saldamando’s visual biographies, which use friends as her subjects, capture the energy of youthful experimentation and the freedom of malleable categories for identity.

Born to parents of Japanese and Mexican descent, Saldamando resides in Los Angeles but grew up in San Francisco. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, for her undergraduate work and received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

About arriving in Los Angeles, she says: “Growing up in the Mission district in San Francisco, it was predominately a hip-hop culture. Here in Los Angeles, I’d go to shows or house parties, and it would be all Latino kids listening to the Cure and the Smiths. In L.A., I felt normal for the first time.” Saldamando’s meticulous collaged paintings offer the viewer a subtlety of influences to ponder.


RECUERDOS Curated by Rosalie Lopez

Self Help Graphics & Art
43rd Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition

Curated by Rosalie Lopez

Thursday, October 20 through December 2, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, October 20 at 7PM


Día de los Muertos is a time when our community shares personal stories. Los Angeles has a unique history of building, deconstructing and reassembling its cultural past. Growing up surrounded by these transitions, the importance of expressing and honoring our cultural identities grew. For 43 years, Self Help Graphics & Art has been a public place for the neighborhood to commemorate and experiment with these rooted cultural practices. The inspiration for this exhibit came from a personal focus on using various forms of altars and ofrendas as a means of engaging and encouraging dialogue with the community. This years theme came from an interest in storytelling, archiving neighborhood histories, and creating environments where people can remember and share the wisdom left by those who have passed on into the afterlife, Mitlán.

Rosalie M. López
is a conceptual artist whose artwork involves reforming cultural iconography, often referencing the idealized perfect with more true-to-life icons, in order to highlight and recognize the strength, power, and influence of our communities, while also speaking about cultural and social expressions. She primarily uses printmaking, papel picado, installation, and the altar/offering to relay experiences of survival, loss, and hope.


Margaret Alarcon
Consuelo Flores
Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan
Gabriel Jimenez
Manuel Lopez
Rosalie M. Lopez
Jose Lozano
Star Montana
Susanna Negrete
Aydinaneth Ortiz
Wayne Perry
Alejandro Quan-Madrid
Luis Ramirez
Shizu Saldamando
Marissa Magdalena Sykes
Sergio Teran


Community Art Workshops
Saturdays in October, 1, 8, 15 & 22 | 12PM to 3PM

Join the SHG Family for our yearly Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops. All materials and teachers are provided by Self Help Graphics! Please be on time, wear clothes that are not too precious, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon of fun & tradición with friends and family.

October 1 – Legacy LA
October 8 – Lou Costello Rec. Center
October 15 – Belvedere Park Lakeside
October 22 – Self Help Graphics & Art

Community Art Workshops are supported in part by: California Community Foundation, Drink Up and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.