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Join in the conversation about how art transforms communities. Meet guest speakers Betty Avila and Alexa Kim from Self Help Graphics in LA.

As part of Santa Cruz’s countywide SPOKEN/UNSPOKEN exhibition series, the Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz highlights a collection of artists and activists engaged with forms of resistance in the exhibition, Forms of Resistance. The term resistance can represent various profiles from opposition to struggle; it can also portray resilience, strength, courage, and standing up for basic rights. Many artists examine the strength behind resistance and challenge the status quo from politics to art making. Selected artworks cover a range of outspoken topics of social justice from land rights to human rights and in a variety of unspoken print media and conceptual practices.


For more information, visit the Sesnon Gallery website.


Betty Avila’s work has centered on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. In 2015, Ms. Avila joined the Self Help Graphics and Art leadership team in 2015, where she serves as associate director. This organization has a 44-year nationally-recognized artistic legacy of empowering the Chicano and Latino communities of Los Angeles through the arts.

Alexa Kim is Program Assistant and Community Outreach Coordinator at Self Help Graphics and Art. Ms. Kim develops and coordinates the volunteer program which makes possible cultural programs such as Dia de los Muertos and the Annual Print Fair & Exhibition.


Founded in 1970 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicano/a and Latino/a artists.  It’s multi-disciplinary programs promote artistic excellence and empower community by providing access to space, tools, training, and capital.

See: https://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/ for more information

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