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The California Community Foundation (CCF) is a vibrant and enduring resource committed to fulfilling the promise of Los Angeles County.

We are steadfast advocates for those who struggle.
We are trusted stewards of charitable passions.
And we are thoughtful investors in systemic change.

We understand the unique needs and remarkable potential of L.A.’s rich diversity. We know from experience that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. And we realize that together we are stronger.

We believe a brighter future is achievable.
We believe everyone has something of value to contribute.
And we believe the common good is our common ground.

We are proud of our century of service.
We are excited about what is possible when we collaborate to create a better tomorrow for all of L.A.’s residents.

And we invite you to join us in building Los Angeles together.

Homeward Bound: the History, Impact and Future of Proposition HHH and Measure H

Every night, nearly 60,000 men, women and children in Los Angeles County go to sleep homeless. Over the course of a year, that number climbs to more than 150,000, enough to fill the Rose Bowl, the Staples Center, the Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. Exactly one year ago today, Angelenos came together to say “enough” […]

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Dear SHG Friends, Family & Colleagues,
We did it!! After more than four decades in operation, we are pleased to announce the official purchase of our current headquarters at 1300 E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights! Today’s landmark achievement ensures our permanence on the Eastside of Los Angeles for future generations.

“The acquisition of Self Help Graphics & Art’s current home, is a monumental accomplishment for our community arts organization that began in the garage of our co-Founder, Sister Karen Boccalero. The positive impact to the populations that we serve, through multidisciplinary grassroots community arts practice and creative workforce training, is extensive; and sets a precedent in fortifying SHG’s legacy as a top cultural arts institution in the country, at a time in US history when the significance of the Chicana/o and Latinx experiences are being questioned by our nation’s highest office,” said Co-Director, Advancement and Administration, Betty Avila.

“Since its inception, Self Help Graphics & Art has been the premier space for printmaking, cultural expression, innovation, social justice and artivism for emerging Chicana/o and Latinx artists. Self-determination through stewardship of this building is significant for the cultural arts community and means that the organization will no longer be at risk for displacement; allowing us to expand on our mission to be a leading source of cultural programming, arts education and workforce development for artists-of-color in the creative capital of the world,” said Co-Director, Programs and Operations, Joel Garcia.

“Securing a permanent hub for Self Help Graphics & Art in Boyle Heights protects the legacy of cultural arts in the Eastside for communities of color, with one-of-a-kind arts programming that supports decades of advocacy toward cultural arts equity. One such program, SHG’s Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS), innovated arts education across the nation, while its internationally acclaimed printmaking studio paved the way for legendary artists today,” said Board President, Karen Mary Davalos.

The building acquisition of 3.625 million was made possible through Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) bond funds from the City of Los Angeles (Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar and Economic and Workforce Development Department), funding from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Office of the Honorable Hilda Solis), the Weingart Foundation, lending from California Community Foundation and private donors. Self Help Graphics & Art will launch a capital campaign to support funding for the building acquisition lending and for capital renovations, which will be announced to the public in the near future.

In the last year alone, SHG served over 30,000 people through workshops and live events, conducted over 130 workshops, hosted six marketplaces that provided economic support for artists of color (many of whom are from or reside in Boyle Heights), activated live workshops in multiple City of Los Angeles and County districts, and launched artistic training programs for youth, among many other projects.

A giant THANK YOU/GRACIAS to our Los Angeles community for your continued support. We look forward to sharing more news about our organization, building renovations and continued 45th Anniversary programming in the upcoming weeks.

Self Help Graphics & Art

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