Every year, SHG hosts workshops and other events leading up to our main Dia de los Muertos Celebration on November 2nd. We would like to ask for your help in filling some of our volunteer needs for our Community Art Workshops and our Noche de Ofrenda, as well for the main Dia de los Muertos Celebration.
Please read the event descriptions and responsibilities for each volunteer opportunity and select the shifts you are most able and willing to work. Then, tell us a little about yourself and how to contact you in the Information Section, and we'll get back to you with your shift and station closer to the event date.
Held every Saturday in October, the Community Art Workshops offer hands-on activities and instruction in flores de papel (paper flowers), papel picado, and mask making, as well as the life-size, papier mache Calaveras customary to our main Dia de los Muertos Celebration. The calaveras and other works created are always an indispensable part of our décor for the big celebration, and our artist instructors need assistance in order to make these workshops enjoyable for everyone involved.
Volunteer positions include set up, artist instructor assistance, and break down.
SHG's Noche de Ofrenda will again be held in partnership with Grand Park on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Located between City Hall and The Music Center, Grand Park is at the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and offers their land for our offerings once a year on la Noche de Ofrenda. Participants are invited to place their newly created offerings or those brought from home together to create a community altar to display throughout our Dia de los Muertos festivities.
The tradition of making altars to honor our ancestors and passed loved ones serves as a way for the community to contribute their memories with special tokens of remembrance. Poetry readings, Pan de Muerto and Xocolatl will also be served as a part of this special evening.
Volunteer positions include general set up, break down, and help with Altars.
***PLEASE NOTE: All Main Celebration volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation leading up to the event. Date/Time TBD.
Self Help Graphics & Art will host its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School. The celebration's participants take part in a public procession where life size Calaveras, personal and family items, are carried to a large Community Altar that honors deceased family members. The procession and traditional blessing kicks off a festive Dia de los Muertos celebration with arts, craft and food vendors, musical performances, face painting, and children's art workshops. Over 7,000 guests enjoy a community gathering that celebrates community, life and death.
Volunteer positions will include general set up and break down, t-shirt/print/beverage sales, acting as ushers, donation hosts, greeters, managers, and entertainment wranglers, altar monitors, stage/performance liaison, Photobooth photographers/donation hosts, face painters, kids corner, Pan de Muerto sales, Vendor Load in and inspection, and volunteer check-in.