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Gearing up for The Dead: El Dia de Los Muertos Art Workshops at Self Help Graphics

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By Willy Blackmore/Special to LAist

We’re only a few weeks past summer and Southern California is already doing a pretty good impression of fall this week, with record lows hitting some cities. But even if the heat comes back later in the month, as we all know it almost certainly will, the spirit of the season in East Los Angeles won’t be deterred, no matter the weather.

At the corner of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Gage Avenue, the broken-plate mosaic-ed Self Help Graphics will be full of seasoned Chicano artists and armies of volunteers throughout October, all working with tissue paper, glue, paint, old newspapers and a variety of other materials to build the various art objects associated with El Dia de los Muertos.

Tissue paper flowers, calaveras of all sizes, intricately cut papel picado banners, luminarias and other symbolic images are all needed in large numbers for Self Help Graphics 36th annual Day of the Dead celebration taking place at the East Los Angeles Civic Center on November 2nd.