The SHG Team
Joel Garcia, Director of Programs & Operations
Joel Garcia is an artist, arts administrator and cultural organizer with over 20 years of experience working transnationally with artists locally and in Latin America, organizing workshops, events and festivals in over 20 Mexican and Latin American cities. Currently, Joel is the Director of Programs & Operations at Self Help Graphics & Art and since 2010 has produced the Día de los Muertos Celebration, helping grow attendance and engagement with the local and international community. Joel has also developed art and organized community engagement activities for organizations such as the Dolores Huerta Foundation, UFW United Farm Workers, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural, The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Japanese American National Museum, the Save Ethnics Studies Campaign in Arizona, Alto Arizona Campaign against SB1070, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the Cucapa Campaign for Ancestral Fishing Rights among others. As printmaker Joel has assisted with revitalizing the Professional Print Program at Self Help Graphics & Art by helping merge digital and analog techniques and pushing for more experimental processes.
Betty Avila, Associate Director
Betty Avila is a native of Los Angeles, born and raised in Cypress Park. Her career has centered on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. She has held positions with The Music Center, working on public participatory art programs, and Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park as Community Relations Manager. She is the board chair of Multicultural Communities for Mobility, an organization that supports low-income cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users of color through advocacy and education. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish literature at Pitzer College, has an M.A. in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, and is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Korea.
Alexa B. Kim, Program Associate
Alexa B. Kim is the current Program Associate and Community Outreach Coordinator at Self Help Graphics & Art. Alexa has assisted in the development and coordination of the ever growing volunteer program that is key to the success the many of Self Help’s cultural programs such as Dia de Los Muertos and the Annual Print Fair & Exhibition. Alexa was selected as the 2013 Getty Multicultural Intern at Self Help Graphics & Art and has also interned at the Japanese American National Museum (Little Tokyo), Yochim Arts (Venice), and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Orange County). Alexa is a graduate of Kalamazoo College with degrees in Art History and Sociology. During her internship at Self Help Graphics & Art, Alexa helped with the digitization and development of Self Help Graphics & Art digital print archive that includes prints from ’73 to the present.