Joel stands facing the camera amongst a background of leaves.

Joel Garcia

Joel Garcia (Huichol) is an Indigenous artist and cultural organizer that uses Indigenous-based frameworks to center those most impacted, and arts-based strategies such as printmaking, installations, creative action, and altar-making to raise awareness of issues facing underserved communities, youth, and other targeted populations. In various roles, he has worked with Indigenous communities across borders in support of issues of land, access, and self-determination. His work explores healing and reconciliation, as well as memory and place. He previously served as Co-Director at Self Help Graphics & Art (‘10-’18) and is the co-founder of Meztli Projects, an Indigenous-based arts and culture collaborative centering indigeneity into the creative practice of Los Angeles. 

He’s a former fellow of the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Intercultural Leadership Institute as well as a former artist-in-residence at OXY ARTS and AIR (Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator).