An East LA arts institution is out of trouble — for now

Self Help Graphics & Art will be able to remain at is mosaic-covered Cesar Chavez Avenue building for at least another year after working out a deal with its landlord. The organization founded 35-years-ago by a Catholic nun has stayed in the same building rent-free until it was taken over by a new landlord. The prospect of paying rent and other issues raised questions about the viability and management of an organization that has nurtured the careers and aspirations of many Chicano and Latino artists.

“Staying in our long-time location enables us to continue uninterrupted service to the community,” said Stephen Saiz , president of Self Help Graphics & Arts board of directors. “We can also turn our attention to solidifying a stronger future for the organization including implementing a more diversified fund development plan, hiring an executive director and arranging for the proper care of our archives.”

Self-Help also announced in a statement that it had received a grant of $75,000 in response to a challenge grant of $250,000 provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Photo: Self-Help Graphics

* Correction: The headline on an earlier version of this post said Self Help Graphics was located in Boyle Heights. It’s actually in a part of unincorporated East Los Angeles that was identified as Belvedere by a person who commented on this post. I should have known that since I attended Belvedere Junior High just a few blocks east on what was then called Brooklyn Avenue, now Cesar Chavez.

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