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Joy & Resilience

Self Help Graphics & Art Youth Committee

Wheatpaste poster mural, piano and viola composition | 2021

Self Help Graphics & Art 

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 E 1st Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Picture of art work: Self Help Graphics Youth Committee, Respect for BIPOC Workers, 2020. Cardboard, tissue paper, electric candles, clay, string lights, Image courtesy of Self Help Graphics & Art
Self Help Graphics Youth Committee, Respect for BIPOC Workers, 2020. Cardboard, tissue paper, electric candles, clay, string lights, Image courtesy of Self Help Graphics & Art

About the Project

Self Help Graphics & Art’s (SHG) Youth Committee uses reflections shared during SHG’s Wellness Wednesday sessions as inspiration for a new mural about stories of healing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Artists and educators, Audacious IAM and Felicia Montes, facilitated the sessions, and Youth Committee members created a music component that accompanies the wheatpaste mural along 1st Street.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, the overconsumption of social media has made people’s mental health suffer. The Youth Committee wants us to focus on the opposite end of that, on the new hobbies we may have picked up—the walks in our neighborhoods, the exercise routines, anything we’ve created, listened to or moved our bodies with to uplift our spirits. The piece reflects stepping away from the endless scroll of negative news cycles and into activities that bring us joy. Additionally, SHG will be hosting two additional wellness workshops during May connected to the mural topic.

The Self Help Graphics Youth Committee includes: Fariyan Alam, Jacqueline Aguirre, Citlaly Flores, Sonia Maturano, Sabrina Mendoza, Josiah O’Balles, Elizabeth Simon, Andrea Tupas and Ashley Valle.

Additional funding for the SHG Youth Committee was provided by The California Endowment.

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WE RISE is the annual Mental Health Awareness Month initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s ongoing WHY WE RISE campaign, funded by sponsorships and Prop 63.

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WE RISE honors the profound contribution of Tongva Elder and WE RISE artist Julia Bogany who passed away March 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. We uplift her voice as an incredible leader who used arts and culture to educate, elevate and build community.

“We, the Indigenous People, the Traditional Caretakers of this landscape are the direct descendants of the First People who formed our lands, our worlds during creation time. We have always been here. Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming of humans with order, knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors imbued us, who now live here, with the responsibility and obligations of our original instructions as told to us in our creation stories. We are guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of, and ensure the welfare of the NATURE, the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression. We pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come.”

- Julia Bogany. October, 2020.

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