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Finding Aid for the Self Help Graphics & Art Research Collection 1973 - 2007
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Self Help Graphics & Art Research Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1973 - 2007
    Collection number: 2
    Creator: Self Help Graphics and Arts 1970 -
    Extent: 14 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Self Help Graphics and Art was founded in 1970 in Boyle Heights by Sister Karen Boccalero, Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibañez and Frank Hernandez with a vision to begin an artistic revolution. Today, it is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. Its mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicano and Latino artists through fine art printmaking and multiple art forms. This collection includes a set of atelier prints, administrative papers, exhibition materials, photographs, slides, audio visual materials, and ephemera. It spans the time period between 1973 and 2007 with the bulk of the materials ranging from 1982 to 2007.

    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu
    Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library for paging information.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English, Spanish

    Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Self Help Graphics & Art Research Collection, 2, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Self Help Graphics & Art in 2004.

    Processing History

    Processed by Colin Gunckel and Cristal Gutierrez Alba, 2004-2005, 2013
    This collection was initially processed by Colin Gunckel between 2004 and 2005. In 2013 Cristal Gutierrez Alba updated the physical arrangement and description of the collection.

    Biography

    Self Help Graphics & Art was founded in 1970 in Boyle Heights by Sister Karen Boccalero, Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibanez, and Frank Hernandez. Today it remains a leading nonprofit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. Its mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicano and Latino artists through multiple art forms, including fine art printmaking.

    Chronology

    1970 Self Help Graphics is founded in a garage in Boyle Heights by Sister Karen Boccalero, Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibañez and Frank Hernandez with a vision to begin an artistic revolution.
    1972 Self Help Graphics & Art was one of only two organizations (the other Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco) that introduced the Dia de los Muertos observance as a public event in the United States. Since then, Dia de los Muertos has become a wide-spread activity, celebrated throughout the country.
    1973 Self Help Graphics is incorporated as a 501c3 organization and begins first artist workshop in batik and silkscreening with Linda Vallejo and Michael Amescua as Self Help Graphic's first artist instructors.
    1975 Self Help Graphics creates the Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS), a large van equipped with art supplies. Its mission was to "to develop the individual's aesthetic appreciation, to provide an alternative mode of self-expression, and to increase the individual's appreciation of Chicano culture." The program, although phased out after only five years, serves as a model for similar programs in Los Angeles and elsewhere.
    1980 Self Help Graphics expands its mission to incorporate music and the burgeoning Chicano Punk Rock scene and hosts the Vex, an all-ages music club, hosting acts such acts as Black Flag, Thee Undertakers, the Stains, the Plugz, and Los Illegals.
    1982 Self Help Graphics begins an "Experimental Screenprint Atelier", a workshop in fine art serigraphy. Ateliers center on a specific theme such as the Virgin of Guadalupe, AIDS, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, or the poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Special projects are also undertaken, such as the Maestras atelier, a workshop for female artists. The production of higher-quality works opens up the possibility of self-sustaining funding through the sales of prints. Stephen Rose was the first master printer, Oscar Duardo the second, and José Alpuche the third and current.
    1993 Self Help Graphics coordinates Chicano Expressions, an international exhibition featuring work by over 20 Chicano artists and touring South Africa, Colombia, Honduras, Germany, France, and Spain in 1993. The exhibition, which traveled many local artists to various countries, established Self Help Graphics as an internationally reknown art center.
    1997 Self Help Graphics' beloved founder and Executive Director, Sister Karen Boccalero dies from natural causes.
    1998-2001 Self Help Graphics regroups and begins a major strategic plan and capital campaign.
    2003-2006 Without proper foundations in infrastructure and finances, Self Help Graphics' expansion collapses and normal operations cease for approximately 2 weeks. Self Help Graphic's Executive Director resigns, as does most of the board of directors. Despite these set-backs, it is clear that through the support, dedication, and hard work from community and artists, Self Help Graphic's relevance is still strong.
    2006-2009 A new board of directors and artist volunteer group forms to address Self Help Graphics' challenges and to maintain programming on a part time basis. Self Help Graphic's is board and volunteer led for three years and overcomes challenges that threatened the organization's existence. Self Help Graphics renews itself by leveraging the expertise of committed working board members and thousands of hours from a core group of volunteers and incorporates new business models that are less reliant on external funding and more service and sales driven.
    2009-Present Self Help Graphics hires a new Executive Director and Program Manager, and is fully operational. Spirited by the goal of ensuring a long-term healthy future, Self Help Graphics moves to 1300 East 1st Street in Boyle Heights in April of 2011.

    Scope and Content

    This collection spans the time period between 1973 and 2007 with the bulk of the materials ranging from 1982 to 2007. It includes a set of atelier prints, administrative papers, exhibition materials, photographs, slides, audio visual materials, and ephemera documenting the organizational history of Self Help Graphics and Arts and the artwork that has been produced as a result of its community activism.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Invitations, Cards, and Flyers
    • Series 2. Administrative Papers
    • Series 3. Exhibition papers
    • Series 4. Media and Press Materials
    • Series 5. Miscellaneous Materials
    • Series 6. Photographs and Slides
    • Series 7. Audio and Visual Materials
    • Series 8. Atelier Prints

    Related Material

    Self Help Graphics and Art Archives

    California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, University of California Santa Barbara



    At the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library:

    •Alex Donis Papers

    •Armando Durón Papers

    •CARA: Chicano Arts: Resistance and Affirmation Records

    •CSRC Collection of Oral Histories

    •Ester Hernandez Papers

    •Francesco X. Siquieros Papers

    •Gronk Papers

    •Jose Luis Sedano Papers

    •Laura Aguilar Papers

    •Roberto Gutierrez Papers

    •Tomás Benitez Papers

    •VIVA Records

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Silkscreen, Chicano, East Los Angeles