The SGV Arts Directory

Nuvein dedicates itself to ‘voices rarely heard in a world increasingly devoid of diversity’. – Enrique Diaz

The San Gabriel Valley communities of Southern California are a shining example of diverse cultures and societies thriving side by side, where an ongoing process of cultural, ideological, and societal exchange is constant at every level from the evolving collegiate haunts of Claremont, Azusa, Pasadena, and Walnut to the changing demographics of assemblies and local governments such as those of Alhambra, Rosemead, El Monte, Baldwin Park, and evident in the flow and changes of businesses at the Valley Mall or Downtown El Monte, Old Town Monrovia, Uptown Whittier, and the many facets of the swapmeets, farmer’s markets, laundromats, and strip malls north and south of Valley Blvd.

But one thing is certain to connect these many communities and cultures, and that is art. Simply put, the need to create something of value to oneself, for another, or for others is a shared experience. This universal impulse has led societies to many great discoveries and has brought about change.

Nuvein’s founder, Enrique, believed in the unity of individuals that expressed itself in a variety of ways, so much so that Nuvein began its work as an online magazine publishing works of fiction, commentary, poetry, graphic and media art, as well as reviews that brought together individuals all over the globe in each volume of publication.  Following a successful nearly decade long run, the drive to affect change locally in the San Gabriel Valley emerged, which then gave rise to the Nuvein Foundation incorporating in El Monte.

So, can you help us bring all artistic groups, organizations, and resources together in an Online Directory?

We hope we can count on your help to make this happen.

This Directory will be for aspiring and emerging artists to get a hold of any chances for further education/training, securing encouragement and assistance, and finding opportunities to showcase their work.

If you are from any of the following SGV regions, please contact us via email at info@nuvein.orgto inform us about your group/organization/resource and provide us any contact information and printable/shared media (eg. logo) that you wish included.

Region A:    Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada-Flintridge, San Marino

Region B:    South Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterrey Park, Montebello

Region C:   Arcadia, Monrovia, Temple City, Rosemead, Irwindale

Region D:   El Monte, South El Monte, La Puente, Valinda, Baldw in Park

Region E:   Whittier (North, Uptown), Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, La Habra Heights

Region F:   West Covina, Covina, Azusa, Walnut, City of Industry

Region G:   San Dimas, Claremont, Pomona, La Verne, Glendora, Diamond Bar




2012 Dia de los Muertos Performance Schedule

Every year, the Nuvein Foundation works with the Downtown El Monte Business Association to create an event that highlights the traditions, culture, and artistic vision that defines the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Valley Mall in Downtown El Monte, CA.

As part of the Centennial celebration of the incorporation of the city of El Monte, this event has secured acts that are deeply rooted in the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino traditions surrounding Dia de Los Muertos and are representative of the various regions of Mexico and Latin America that commemorate this event.

The 2012 Dia de Los Muertos organized by the Nuvein Foundation and sponsored by DEMBA is proud to present this years performers:

Event Master of Ceremonies and Host:
Kimberly Cobian  (11am-6pm)

Kimberly Cobian is multi-cultural and multi-talented artist hailing from North Whittier, CA. She is a bilingual poet & writer, belly dance instructor & performer, consummate performance artist, and event organizer.

Kimberly  is the president of the ZzyZx WriterZ Group out of El Serreno, CA.  Her group  coordinated and produced the Poetrypalooza Tour in August of 2012 to rave reviews and record attendances in venues all over LA County.

She also serves on the Executive Board of the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts.


Event DJ and Sound Systems Coordinator
DJ Quinto Sol  – Jesus Montoya  (11am-6pm)

Jesus Montoya (DJ Quinto Sol) is a premier entertainment and event producer hailing from Dana Point, CA. Jesus’ company, DJ Quinto Sol Entertainment, has been organizing and entertaining at events since 1995 all over CA and across the Continental United States.  DJ Quinto Sol is a member of the Orange County – Southern California chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association.

A proud and devoted father, avid entertainer, dedicated philantro-activist, DJ Quinto Sol will have everyone in the crowd energized and entertained during any event and setting. He is bound to ‘echarle sabor’ to any party/event and make even the most reluctant get up and dance.


Opening Performance (12pm-1245pm)
Danza Cuauhtemoc Baldwin Park

Danza Cuauhtemoc is a Aztec Danza group hailing from Baldwin Park. CA under the guidance and instruction of Chris Silva. They offer community classes in Aztec Danza for children, youth, and adults of all ages.

Danza Cuauhtemoc is committed to preserving the traditions of Aztec/Mexica culture. Danza Cuauhtemoc has performed at Dia de Los Muertos events all over LA/SGV. They have performed at all Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos.


Second Performance (1:15pm-2:00pm)
Mariachi Solecitos de Jose Hernandez

Mariachi Solecitos is a premier all adolescent and youth age mariachi group under the instruction of Jose Hernandez, director of the Mariachi Sol de Mexico, proprietor of Cielito Lindo Restaurant, and head of the Mariachi Heritage Society.

The Solecitos, like their acclaimed counterparts, have performed at venues, festivals, and concerts all across the country. The Solecitos mariachi group are instructed in the traditions and discipline of mariachi by the school run by director Hernandez and the Mariachi Heritage Society. Their performance is sure to amaze and delight one and all.


Third Performance (2:30pm-3:15pm)
Eugenio Torres & Grupo P.O.E.S.I.A.

Eugenio “Genio” Torres is a poet, singer-s0ngwriter with Mexican and Latin American roots that influence his compositions. His works speak of social justice, faith, love, loss, and the conflicts that tradition and progress create.

Eugenio and fellow Latino and Mexican-American poet(a)s, singers, and performers have formed Poetas Organizados en un Espacio Social, Intelectual, y Artistico (P.O.E.S.I.A.) a group that has toured all over California, parts of Mexico, and across the US, organizing great events for the Hispanic communities and its poetic voices.


Fourth Performance (3:45pm-4:30pm)
Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet

Bernard Garcia, also known as B.b. Garcia and his group of musicians fuse afro-cuban, tropical, and California folk into Mexican-Carribean stylings that have delighted crowds all across Los Angeles, as well as the La Puente Artwalk.

Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet have performed at venues such as the Yost Theatre at their “Noche de Boleros” event, and at various cultural events.  This year they will be touring Day of the Dead events across the San Gabriel Valley, specifically, in Uptown Whittier, Rose Hills, El Monte, and Alhambra. Their music will delight you in a joyful nostalgia.

Closing Performance (5:00pm-5:45pm)
Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Studio Danza

Located in Whittier under the direction of Luisa Macias since 2007, the various performance teams have participated and been recognized at competitions all across the United States.

Having expanded to include the Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Studio Danza has only served to offer youth, children, and adolescent dancers with opportunities to grow in this traditional Mexican dance form. The Ballet Folklorico de Colores has performed at events all across California at cultural and community events in Whittier, El Monte, Pico Rivera, Long Beach, and other communities.


We look forward to delighting our event crowd with these and other offerings of art, culture, music, poesia, and entertainment.

See you all on October 27th!



2012 Dia de Los Muertos Event Map

As we count the days to our great Dia de Los Muertos event at the Valley Mall on October 27th, we at Nuvein are sharing our event lay out with you our friends, supporters, and general public.

Event info can be found here.

We will be handing out maps to the event the day of for new guests at the Nuvein Foundation Booth.


Open Call for Art for DDLM Exhibition

The Nuvein Foundation is happy to once again offer a free community gallery/galeria of art centered around Dia de Los Muertos as narrated in the interpretations and visions of local SGV artists.

This one day exhibition promises to showcase art of all styles, media, and influences to offer the vast crowds at the upcoming Nuvein Dia de los Muertos event at the Valley Mall in El Monte something beautifully haunting and lasting.

Information on the one day exhibition is as follows:

“Callejon, Calacas, y Cultura” : A Dia de Los Muertos Exhibition
Outdoor Gallery/Galeria at Nuvein DDLM 2012
curated by Chris “Cakeshop” Penalber and facilitated by Christopher Trevilla
11am to 6pm, Sat. October 27th, 2012
Palm Ct. & Valley Mall Blvd., El Monte CA

Artists interested in displaying, please see Open call notice HERE

We look forward to welcoming many artists and art aficionados to our one of a kind exhibition.

See you all soon!


Poet’s Corner/Rincon de Poesia returns at DDLM 2012

As part of the celebrations at the Nuvein Foundation’s 3rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos event in El Monte, entertainment will again this year include the addition of poets/poetas from all over Southern California. The event will have spoken word artists from LA, OC, and SGV.

The event will feature poetry,  prose, and spoken word at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets and writers will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead and the living, as well as showcasing the several works of poetry and poetic groups and organizations from across Southern California.

Among the groups to be featured at the event will be the members of the ZZyZx WriterZ  group from Los Angeles; members of the Whittier Poetry Group; members of the South El Monte Arts Posse; as well as members from the San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group, and many more!

Poets and writers, as well as writing/poetry groups interesed in taking part will be offered free table space to display their works and engage the local El Monte and SGV community at Dia de Los Muertos 2012.

An hosted open mic will be held in conjunction with the hosted space for poets and writers, and will be hosted by well known local Los Angeles poet(a) with SGV roots.

For more information on how to participate, email Christopher Trevilla of the Nuvein Foundation at


Dia de Los Muertos events take root in the San Gabriel Valley

Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a celebration of the memory of those that have passed, and a rejoicing in the legacy of tradition, wisdom, joy,  and love that they leave behind to family, friends, and community.

This celebration is commemorated by Hispanic and Latino communities all across the San Gabriel Valley throughout the month of October and early November.

The Nuvein Foundation is happy to be a part of that celebration for the sister city communities of El Monte and South El Monte. Especially due to the centennial celebration of the founding of El Monte, and the storied and rich cultural, artistic, and historical contributions of Mexican Americans and other Hispanic and Latino communities to the growth of El Monte.

In the spirit of sharing all known Dia de Los Muertos events across the San Gabriel Valley, here is an incomplete but extensive listing of events known (thus far) to be organized and take place this October and early November.



For information on the Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos, click here.


Pasadena ARC Dia de los Muertos
November 2nd and 3rd, 2012

1158 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
$20 General Admission
For info call (800) 838-3006

Organizer(s): ARC Pasadena, Danza Floricanto USA

Website(s): here


Rose Hills 3rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Cultural Festival
Sunday October 28th, 2012
11am to 5:30pm

3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Entrance Gate 1 – (Follow signs to SkyRose Chapel)
Whittier, CA 90601

Organizer(s): Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
Website(s): here


The Folk Tree 29th Annual Day of the Dead Altars and Ephemera Show
October 6 – November 4th, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 1 – 6 PM
Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5.

217 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information, call 626/795-8733 or 626/793-4828.

Organizer – The Folk Tree
Website(s): here


Baldwin Park Dia De Los Muertos: Fiesta Del Alma
October 1st – November 3rd
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

14403-B East Pacific Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 214 – 1601

Organizer: Baldwin Park – Arts and Recreation Center (ARC)
Website(s): here


Cal Poly Pomona 18th Annual Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Friday November 2nd, 2012

Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education
Building 95
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Organizer(s): Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education, Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department.

Website(s): here and  here


Covina Dia de Los Muertos 2012
Saturday, October 27th
5-10 pm
Covina Park
301 N. Fourth Ave.
Covina, CA 91723

Organizer(s): Covina Cultural Arts Advisory Commission, Covina Parks & Recreation Department

Website(s): here

Monrovia Public Library – Dia de Los Muertos
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

321 S Myrtle Ave,
Monrovia, CA  91016

Organizer – Monrovia Public Library
Website(s): here


7th Annual Uptown Whittier Dia de Los Muertos Art & Music Festival
Sunday, October 14th, 2012
10am – 5pm
13100 Philadelphia St.
Uptown Whittier, CA 90601

Organizer – Casita del Pueblo

Website(s): here


Alhambra Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

San Gabriel High School
801 S. Ramona St.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Organizer(s): Alhambra Latino Association

Website(s): here

Call for performers for Dia de Los Muertos

UPDATE: We now have found all performers for the main stage at our Dia de Los Muertos event this year.

We would like to thank all interested parties and performance groups for their inquiries.

We at Nuvein value all local performance artists and look forward to putting on events to highlight all styles of performance. Stay tuned amigos!

The Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life and death against the background of traditions cultural, spiritual, and artistic that help to highlight the joys of community life, the importance of family, and help one remember with honor, joy, and reverence those that have departed.

El Monte is a San Gabriel Valley (SGV) city rich in the contributions of many cultures and in its centennial year, there is much to celebrate. Certainly, one of the contributors towards the development of El Monte has been the Hispanic and Latino communities.

This year at the Nuvein Foundation’s 2012 Dia de Los Muertos Celebration we wish to highlight these contributions and showcase them to a anticipated audience of over 5,00o eager and excited children, adult, and youth from El Monte, and surrounding SGV communities at our annual premier El Monte event.

The Nuvein Foundation thus issues an open call for the following type of performers:

  • Aztec Danza – Aztec Dance group
  • Mariachi y/o Conjunto – Mariachi and/or Hispanic Folk Music Group
  • Arte Teatrico y/o Teatro Hispano – Performance Art and/or Hispanic Theatre
  • Ballet Folklorico y/o Danza Hispano – Folklorico Dancers and/or Hispanic traditional dance

These would be compensated performances, and each performer/performance group would recognized by the foundation, the Downtown El Monte Business Association, the City of El Monte, and be given media exposure.

For more information, to express interest, and to discuss details, please contact the Dia de Los Muertos 2012 performance and entertainment director, Kimberly Cobian, Nuvein Executive Board member, at

Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos Booth/Vendor Info

As we prepare for our annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos at the Valley Mall in El Monte this October 27th, 2012, we at the Nuvein Foundation are hard at work laying out an event that will offer much to our audience in attendance. From a curated gallery, live entertainment with mariachis, conjuntos, ballet folklorico, Aztec danza, and poetry, as well as the many discounts from merchants at the Valley Mall, this year will once again host vendors of fine arts, crafts, and collectibles from all over the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Our annual Dia de Los Muertos event gathers an average attendance of 3500 to 4000 people during the course of the event, with about 1500 in attendance during the peak attendance hours of 2pm to 4pm. This creates the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your arts, crafts, and specialty items.

We ask our interested vendors seeking booth space for our annual event to review the application carefully and to follow the submission and payment process.

As a courtesy reminder, please make a copy of the application for your records. There will be no food vending outside of mobile catering by Valley Mall merchants.

We look forward to a great event and a successful showing for our many vendors present.

See you there!

You can download the application  here.


Open Call: Curator for Galleria de Los Muertos for DDLM El Monte sought

UPDATE: The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts wants to thank all those candidates that came forward to seek curating our Dia de Los Muertos gallery. We have now filled the curator position for this years Gallery/Galleria. Congratulations Chris Penalber of the La Puente Artwalk organizing committee. The Gallery will be re-branded, revamped, and relaunched. Stay tuned amigos.

The Nuvein Foundation is seeking an individual(s) to curate our annual offering of art, culture, and community  to the City of El Monte, at our yearly Dia de Los Muertos event at the Valley Mall in Downtown El Monte.

The curator(s) sought is for the ‘Galleria de los Muertos’, a one day gallery viewing and reception as part of the Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 27th, 2012. The gallery viewing will run from 11am – 6pm.

The curator(s) will be asked to possess the following qualities and to perform  the following duties as pertains to curating this years ‘Galleria de Los Muertos’.

The curator must display:

  • Temperance and Patience- as pertains to working with the Nuvein Foundation, local school district, local artists, and the Downtown El Monte Business Association
  • Diligence and Professionalism- as pertains to communicating expectations with partners, artists, and handling situations as may arise in organizing the ‘Galleria de los Muertos’.
  • Imagination and Passion – as pertains to delivering a showcase of the finest SGV local art that is themed around Dia de Los Muertos, Hispanic and Latino culture, as well as a showcase for the aspiring art from the local school district, as well as making the art accessible to an audience of predominately Mexican-American and Spanish speaking population.

The curator will serve and be limited as follows:

  • The curator(s) will meet with the Nuvein Foundation and the Dowtown El Monte Business association to survey donated property to be used as gallery and communicate with both parties in all stages of event development.
  • The curator(s) will consult with the Nuvein foundation regarding any fees or commission percentages sought or requested of artists displaying.
  • The curator(s) will consult with the Nuvein Foundation regarding any sponsors secured for the gallery.
  • The curator(s) shall not sell/offer alcohol at the gallery without the express permission of the Nuvein Foundation and Downtown El Monte Business Association.
  • The curator(s)  is free to have sponsored product (as approved by Nuvein) for sale at the gallery for his/her sole profit.
  • The curator(s) will work with the Nuvein Foundation and local school district about having student artwork displayed at the event.
  • The curator(s) will use allocated funds for event on a discretionary basis, and prepare a fiscal report to present to the Nuvein Foundation prior to the event.
  • Unless otherwise indicated by Nuvein and the local school district, student artwork will not be for sale.
  • Any promotional material prepared by the curator(s) must bear the Nuvein logo.

Compensation: For services rendered, the curator(s) shall be paid the amount of $300.00, of which $200.00 will be allocated at the outset of curatorship, with the $100.00 balance allocated on October 1st. The curator(s) are free to retain hanging fee, and earnings from sponsor donated product sold (beverages, snacks).

Interested applicants are to send inquiries to Christopher Trevilla of the Nuvein Foundation at

3rd edition of Dia de Los Muertos returns to the Valley Mall in El Monte

On Saturday, October 27th, 2012 The Nuvein Foundation in partnership with the Downtown El Monte Business Asssociation will organize the 3rd annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the Valley Mall, in Dowtown El Monte. The event will run from 11am to 6pm.

Nuvein’s  Dia de Los Muertos will take place at the Valley Mall along Valley Blvd and Valley Mall Blvd. The event will boast a curated art gallery entitled ‘Callejon, Calacas, y Cultura’ along the Valley Mall, artists and artisans vending their traditional art, crafts, and wares in an outdoor Mercado facing Valley Blvd, a stage hosting traditional performance of mariachi, musical conjuntos, flamenco and ballet folklorico, poet(a)s and poem(a)s, as well as Aztec Danza between both avenues, as well as an arts installation by Arturo Lopez of Arte Cabalturo Studio in La Puente.

Nuvein’s Dia de los Muertos began in 2010 and drew a crowd of over 3,500 El Monte and SGV locals, and the 2011 year rose that number to just under 5,000. As the event enters its third year, both the Nuvein Foundation and the Downtown El Monte Business Association estimate the number to increase  as the event gains momentum over time.

The event this year is of remarkable note, as it takes place during El Monte’s Centennial year. For this reason,  the Nuvein Foundation happily offers any success in this event as a shining example of the Hispanic community’s many contributions to El Monte’s storied history, proving that a common tradition among all cultures is the celebration of life, even after death.

All of us here at the Nuvein Foundation hope to see all of El Monte’s community members, and all of you wonderful gente at our annual event this October.

See you there!

Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
11am – 6pm
Valley Mall- El Monte, CA

Event FB page

For information on getting a booth at Dia de Los Muertos 2012, go here.

For information on performances for Dia de Los Muertos 2012, go here.

For information on the event layout/map of the Dia de Los Muertos 2012 event, go here.

For information on the Art Exhibition at Dia de Los Muertos, go here.