Today the L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed a motion, authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, to enter into an agreement with Self Help Graphics & Art, a pioneering community arts organization, for $450,000 in funding for equipment and/or property renovations. In exchange for a commitment to provide a slate of community services and benefits at Self Help Graphics’ location in Boyle Heights, the funds will be used solely for community economic benefits.
“Securing funding for a permanent home for Self Help Graphics positively impacts the social and cultural wellness of the Eastside and the entire L.A. County community,” said Supervisor Solis. “Self Help Graphics offers County residents a unique opportunity to learn and build the creative skill-sets needed to break through and thrive in the creative economy of Los Angeles – and indeed the world!”
Self Help Graphics (SHG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media made by Latino artists. They have been an integral part of the Boyle Heights community for decades, providing a forum for local and international artists.
“Today’s Board of Supervisors news highlights the significance of Self Help Graphics & Art’s impact on the populations it serves in the County of Los Angeles, through multidisciplinary grassroots community arts practice, and sets a precedent in securing its legacy as a top cultural arts institution in the country,” said Betty Avila, Co-Director of Self Help Graphics. “Many thanks to Supervisor Solis for supporting our call to action for the communities and artists of color that we serve.”
Today’s action will help ensure the renowned arts organization’s permanence on the Eastside for future generations. The County’s funding will be allocated for equipment and/or property renovations at 1300 East First Street, where Self Help Graphics is located. The site resides in the Adelante Eastside Redevelopment Project Area and directly across from the Metro Gold Line Pico/Aliso station in City of Los Angeles.
Michael Kapp, Communications Director (213) 974-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org