A collection of administrative papers, Self
Help Graphics invitations and other documents related to the operations
of the preeminent silkscreen atelier in Los Angeles.
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Over the past 30 years, Self Help Graphics & Art has emerged as
the leading visual arts cultural center which serves the predominantly
Chicano/Mexicano community of Los Angeles. In that time, Self Help
Graphics & Art has earned national acclaim for its programs and
services, which promote the contribution of Chicano/Latino art and
culture to the American landscape. Located in the heart of East Los
Angeles, and surrounded by a local population of over two million
Chicanos/Mexicanos, Self Help Graphics & Art has been a popular and
vital community resource of for the creation and presentation of art and
SHG is a nationally recognized center for Latino arts that develops and
nurtures artists in printmaking. SHG seeks to advance Latino art broadly
through programming, exhibitions and outreach to diverse audiences in
East Los Angeles and beyond. SHG seeks to identify and engage young and
emerging artists from the community in all aspects of its activities.
SHG vision is to be the pre-eminent center for Latino art in
printmaking, exhibition and training, and to be a resource for young and
Spirituality and Creative Heart: Acknowledge the experience of art as a
spiritual form of expression that reflects our community's sense of hope
and soul, (in memory of SHG's founder, Sister Karen Boccalero).
Social Consciousness: Promote socially engaging art with a conscience in
service to the Latino community and diverse audiences through artistic
freedom and cultural affirmation.
Integrity: Achieve the highest quality of operations with accountability
and transparency through diligent, dedicated and equitable practices.
Inclusion: Build relationships across generations and communities by
encouraging artistic expression through collaboration.
Innovative: Continuously re-invent programming, creating new and
resourceful ways of showcasing artists.
Accessibility: Serve as a gateway to experience and appreciate art, and
to provide art at a reasonable value.
Approx. 1.5 linear feet
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