DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS | DAY OF THE DEAD

42nd Annual Día de los Muertos

ALAS DE LOS MUERTOS, THE RETURN OF THE SOULS

 

For 42 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 from August to November, to celebrate and prepare for Día de los Muertos. The activities include the participation of over 50 community organizations, 150 plus volunteers and over 15,000 attendees.

 

SHG’s Día de los Muertos Program includes:

• Community Art Workshops (Saturdays in October)
• Noche de Ofrenda at Grand Park (October 24)
• Annual Exhibition (October 22 – December 1)
• Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration (November 1)

 

 

THE RETURN OF THE SOULS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2015 | 4PM – 10PM

at MENDEZ LEARNING CENTER [1200 Plaza del Sol E, 90033]

(directly across from Self Help Graphics & Art)
Use the Goldline Metro (Pico/Aliso Stop) – Limited Paid Parking On Site!

 

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

 

FEATURED LOCAL FOOD, ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS:

2ndWnd, Butterflies and Hummingbirds, Celsa’s Tacos, Cha Cha Covers, Chano’s Elotes, Cihuatl Poxteca, Colibri Boutique, De La Luna Designs, Diversity Graphics, El Catrin Arte, Ernesto Yerena, Estefania’s Tamales, Fiesta Mexicana, Kalli Arte, La Candelaria Candles, Lalo Alcaraz, Leachy Peachy Art and Jewelry, Social Machine Productions, UrbanXic, The Zombie Movement and more…

 

PACHUCO CALACA ATTIRE ENCOURAGED

Come dressed in your best Pachuco, Pachuca Calaca attire!

GET THEM BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!!!!
DO NOT WAIT IN LINE – PICK UP AT WILL CALL

DOD Package #1
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DOD Package #1
1. Día de los Muertos T-Shirt
2. Día de los Muertos Tote Bag
3. Sticker Pack (various collectable 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)

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

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PARKING (see map below):

1. LIMITED PAID PARKING
a. Enter on Mission Rd just North of 1st Street
b. Enter on Gabriel Garcia Marques Street
(All fees are used by Mendez Learning Center for youth programming)

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

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

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

Metro Goldline – Pico/Aliso Stop

ANNUAL PROCESSION

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

• Gather at Mariachi Plaza at 3PM
• Start Procession at 4PM
• Arrive at the event at 4:45PM

HOSTED BY

JEANETTE GODOY of Barrio Boogie

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY

R&B/SOUL LEGEND

BRENTON WOOD

In Collaboration with the creators of

Barrio Boogie

Nicolas Centino x J.C. De Luna (Barrio Dandy Aesthetics)

BARRIO STOMP

featuring

THE WISE GUYS

El-Haru Kuroi, Día de los Muertos

Sin Color, Arriba La Libertad

Self Help Graphics & Art’s year long programs are supported in part by our following list of amazing supporters.
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  • Main Celebration:

    On November 1, 2015 (usually Nov.2), participants, many of whom paint their faces as Calaveras take part in a public procession where life size calaveras, personal and family items are carried and offered to the deceased family members at a large Community Altar. The procession and traditional blessing kicks off a festive celebration with arts, craft and food vendors, musical performances, face painting, and children’s art workshops. Over 10,000 guests enjoy a community gathering that celebrates community, life and death.

 

For the 2015 celebration, Self Help Graphics & Art takes a step back into the past! In collaboration with the creators of Barrio Boogie, Nicolas Centino x J.C. De Luna of Barrio Dandy Aesthetics, we pay homage to our resilient musical legacy at the 42nd Annual Día de los Muertos. Inspired by the post revolutionary spirit of the 1920s, we’re tipping our hats to the bandas and orquestas of the past by highlighting the best and brightest of a new generation of Mexican and American roots musicians. Tying in with this year’s theme, we end our musical journey with a revolution of soul with legend Brenton Wood. With a cross generational spirit in mind, this musical experience is sure to delight and inspire contemporary ears with a nod to a more classic era.

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  • Procession:

    Every year hundreds of members of the SHG family come from all over Los Angeles to create paper mache puppets at the Community Art Workshops that are used during the procession beginning at the Mariachi Plaza kiosk and after a blessing by Danza Chicomecoatl, participants begin to walk down to the event grounds.
    Please join Self Help Graphics & Art family of artists, volunteers, organizations and many other community members for our annual procession.

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

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  • Noche de Ofrenda:

    A day 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 40 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. Poetry readings, Pan de Muerto and Xocolatl will also be a part of this special evening.

  • Opening danza and prayer by Danza Chicomecoatl
  • Teatro by Casa 0101
  • Perfomances by El Rio, and Fernanda Ulibarri

 

Saturday, October 24, 2015 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Noche de Ofrenda is supported in part by: Grand Park

  • Free Community Art Workshops (October):

    Every Saturday in October, Self Help Graphics offers the following Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops. All materials and teachers are provided by Self Help Graphics & Art! Please be on time, wear clothes that are not too precious, enjoy a Saturday afternoon of fun & tradición with new friends and old ones too. Free for the entire familia! Information on specific workshops is forthcoming.

    • Flores de Papel (Paper Flowers)
    • Papel Picado (Mexican Paper Cut)
    • Mascara (Mask) Decorating
    • Altar Making
    • Paper Mache Calaveras

     

    DATES & LOCATIONS | 12PM to 3PM

    • 10/3 – COSTELLO PARK: 3141 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

    • 10/10 – HOLLENBECK PARK: 415 S St Louis St Los Angeles, CA 90033

    • 10/17 – BELVEDERE PARK (Lakeside): ELA Civic Center: 3rd St. 90022

    • 10/24 – SELF HELP GRAPHICS & ART: 1300 E 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

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

42nd Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition:
ALAS DE LOS MUERTOS, THE RETURN OF THE SOULS
Curated by: Sonia Romero

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 E 1st St, Los Angeles, California 90033

Featured artists:

Pavel Acevedo • Agustin Artequihua-Ortiz • Lorraine Bauber
Ruben Esparza • Ricardo Estrada • Judithe Hernandez
Oscar Magallanes • Jackie Boy Mora
Wayne Perry • Nancy Romero • Sonia Romero
Altars by Dolores Guerrero Cruz, Richard Montoya, and Consuelo Flores

Self Help Graphics & Art’s iconic Día de los Muertos Commemorative Serigraphs are internationally recognized as important works to the Chicano Art legacy and offer an opportunity for artists to interpret their vision of Día de los Muertos. Experimental printmaking has been at the core of SHG’s Professional Printmaking Program and for the first time the studio will produce a 3D Printed edition based on the work of this year’s artist and curator, Sonia Romero.

 

ARTIST BIO
Sonia Romero is a full time artist living and working out of North East Los Angeles. She has created multiple public arts commissions for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Metro and the Community Redevelopment Agency. She included in traveling exhibitions from the Cheech Marin collection and the Harriet and Ricardo Romo collection. Exhibition highlights include her 2011 solo exhibition as the Vincent Price Art Museum, her debut solo show at the Avenue 50 Studio and a printmaking retrospective at Self Help Graphics. She received her formal education from the Rhode Island School of Design, with an emphasis in printmaking. She was an artist in residence at the Avenue 50 Studio from 2007-2014.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT
I began researching and creating work about monarch butterflies when I noticed the subject of their migration popping up in the media. Similar to the plight of the bees and the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder, the entire species of the monarch is threatened by loss of habitat through climate change, pesticides/herbicides and deforestation. The northeastern population of monarch butterflies overwinters en masse in mountainous regions of Michoacan, Mexico. They return each year during the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, where they are said to be the souls of the dead returning to earth. The population of monarchs which have returned in recent years has hugely declined. The plight of their species makes me ponder the interconnectedness of our species and all species of the planet. Therefore, I titled this year’s celebration of Day of the Dead “Alas de los Muertos, the Return of the Souls”.

The 42nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition is supported in part by: AARP LA, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Self Help Graphics & Art would like to thank Kassandra Ramirez for amazing Día de los Muertos characters.
The icons on this website and the characters were all illustrated by Kassandra and you can find her on instagram @ninjakatkashi

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos is the post-modern celebration of the Americas! – Joel Garcia

 

History

-The revival of the indigenous holiday Día de los Muertos was part of the Mexican-American reclamation of indigenous identity, an important social aspect of the Chicano Movement. Self Help played an integral role in the holiday’s revival in California. The first celebration was in 1972, and today, the Day of the Dead is one of Los Angeles’s major celebrations. The event has not only been the occasion to learn about the important role that heritage and tradition play in defining who we are, but has also been used to make artistic and political statements. In 1974, the Chicano conceptual and performance group ASCO took advantage of the opportunity to confront a by-then entrenched social and political culture with an irreverent “invasion”. In the midst of ceremonies attended by Los Angeles’s political elite, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Patssi Valdez, Gronk, and Willie Herrón were “delivered” in a giant envelope marked postage due. According to the artist group, “Day of the Dead can mean a lot of different of things, and it doesn’t necessarily mean paper cutouts, skull heads. We can invent it, what it means to us.”