BMAS was founded as a program that works towards equity and social justice through art.

Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS) – BMAS serves our mission to nurture emerging artists and present Latino art to a broad audience, and address the vast demographic that is Los Angeles, while also expanding our audiences and community beyond the East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights communities.


Founded in 1974 and re-launched in 2014 through a generous grant by the James Irvine Foundation, Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS) takes art creation to the streets with arts programming that features both youth and multi-generational workshops. Trained in 2014 on peer-to-peer workshop facilitation, professional development, and social entrepreneurship, twenty-five artists administer BMAS. This allows Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) to hire artists, pay them a competitive fee, and enact its mission of self-help. BMAS assists the artists in their professional development (lesson planning and curriculum development) by providing field experience through the facilitation of SHG’s acclaimed workshops. The BMAS creative team facilitates workshops in the community that include: printmaking (silkscreening, linocut, dry point, monotype), digital art using mobile devices and tablets, aerosol art (including temporary murals), and stencil work, among other workshops that can be customized to fit any scenario. The BMAS was founded as a program that works towards equity and social justice through art.


SHG’s famous Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS), was a converted step van that was used as a moving cultural center between 1975-1985. Contracted by public and parochial schools throughout East Los Angeles to teach art, SHG hired artists who specialized in a variety of art forms to engage with community and youth through art. 

“innovative educational outreach programme, which has particular relevance to Chicano/a studies, as well as to the broader history of art education in the United States.”
Adriana Katzew

2011-2016 partners include: Casa0101; La Plaza de Cultura y Artes; Legacy LA; Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park; Mercado La Paloma; Proyecto Pastoral, Semillas del Pueblo (El Sereno), Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Amnesty International – Manifest Justice, Los Angeles County Libraries, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Grand Park, Boyle Heights High School, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles Education Partners, Occidental College, Independent Shakespeare Co., Riverside Art Museum, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

The Barrio Mobile Art Studio is supported in part by the Vernon Community Fund, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

If you would like to bring the Barrio Mobile Studio to your classroom, park, community center, office or any other location please send us an email.

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