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 ctrevilla@nuvein.org

 

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.

 

Enjoy!

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
5pm

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
1pm-5pm

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 Kimberly@nuvein.org

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.


 

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.

Rincon de Poesia / Poet’s Corner at Dia de Los Muertos

As part of the celebrations at the Nuvein Foundation’s 2nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte event, entertainment will 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 award-winning spoken word performances by: Mike the Poet, Radomir V. Luza, Rick Stepp-Bollin, Christopher Trevilla, Kimberly Cobian, and others.

The spoken word will also be showcased at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets 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 Spartan Cafe Poetry Club from Schurr High School in Montebello; members from the Whittier Poetry Group; members from the Unbuckled NOHO Poetry Open Mic of North Hollywood; members of the Spoken Word @ the Last Bookstore from Downtown Los Angeles, members of the San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group, and many more!

For more information on how to participate, email Christopher Trevilla of the Nuvein Foundation at ctrevilla@nuvein.org

2011 Dia De Los Muertos – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE SECOND ANNUAL EL MONTE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATES THE
FAMOUS DAY OF THE DEAD WITH A PAGEANTRY OF ALTAR CREATIONS,
COLORFUL TRADITIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE

EL MONTE, CA (September 2011) – The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts presents the 2nd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, October 29 from 12 pm until 5 pm at The Valley Mall, 10933 Valley Mall in El Monte. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the free Day of the Dead Celebration making it the largest event in El Monte’s history.

The all day, family festival will showcase more than 50 beautiful decorated altars created by local award-winning artists. Adding to the tapestry of color, calacas, paper mache masks, and papel picado displays will adorn the street showcasing the rich culture and mystic beauty of one Mexico’s most popular holidays.  Event attendees have the opportunity to purchase unique items to take home from some of Southern California’s most gifted artists.

In addition, a Galleria de los Muertos exhibit will explore the rituals of the Day of the Dead that venerates and celebrates the dearly departed.  Death was considered a passage to a new life to the indigenous people of Mexico.

Throughout the free celebration, attendees can enjoy a variety of dance performances including Aztec dances by Danza Cuautemoc Baldwin Park and Danza Azteca Kalpulli tlatekuhtli, as well as fusion hip hop by popular dance ensemble Studio Danza Dancers, and vibrant folklorico by Ballet Folklorico de Colores. Los Angeles emerging and established spoken word poets will add to the colorful celebration performing throughout the day.  The spoken word will also be showcased at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead.

The festival will also host a large children’s area which includes various children’s arts and activities.  Gourmet traditional Mexican dishes will be sold, giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican cuisine.

The 2nd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration for All Souls Day commemorates the spirit and memory of the dead; as well as the joy of living. The event is a high-spirited affair that celebrates local art, music, and dance. The focus of El Monte Dia de los Muertos is to provide a cultural platform that showcases art and is accessible to all.

For more information on the 2nd Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos visit:
http://nuvein.org/dia-de-los-muertos/
OR
call the Nuvein Foundation at 626.600.2780.

Event Day Highlights include:

  • Five-hours of culturally rich programming from top Southern California artists
  • Award-winning spoken word performances by: Mike the Poet, Radomir V. Luza, Rick Stepp-Bollin, Christopher Trevilla, and Kimberly Cobian
  • Over 50 artists showcasing unique art works, traditional songs, stories and dance highlighting Mexican culture including a Galleria de los Muertos
  • Over 50 Dia De Los Muertos – Paper Mache skulls created by local area middle school children

Artwork by Javier Hernandez.

Call for Artwork – GALERÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

Call for Art and Submission GuidelinesThe Second Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Location: 10933 Valley Mall El Monte, CA 91731 (Outdoor Event)

Artwork must be picked up from Nuvein Advisory Board Member, Grasiela Rodriguez the first week of November 2011 (unless other arrangement has been made)
3400 Aerojet Ave, Suite 177
El Monte, CA 91731

This exhibit will explore the rituals of the Day of the Dead that venerate and celebrate the dearly departed. Death was considered a passage to a new life to the indigenous people of Mexico. It is believed that the spirits of the dead return to earth for one day of the year to be with their loved ones. The Day of the Dead is a way in which the living remembers and honors their departed relatives. To those unaware of the customs of the holiday it may sound morbid but it is anything but that. It is a festive and colorful holiday.

Artists are asked to research the Day of the Dead/Día De Los Muertos and include references to the traditional and cultural aspects that go along with the holiday. It is encouraged that the artwork submitted serves as a way to educate the viewer. Only two-dimensional work will be accepted. Artwork that examines rituals honoring the deceased and/or pays tribute to departed ancestors is encouraged.

All accepted artwork will be on view at the exhibit held at El Monte’s Second Annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival. This is an outdoor show.

Submissions must include:
– Artist’s first and last name, telephone number and email address
– Title of work, dimensions, price of each piece unless indicated NFS (not for sale)
– Low res jpeg of the work

All accepted work must be received by October 27, 2011. Nuvein Advisory Board will coordinate the delivery and pick-up of original artwork with the artist.

Digital Format: Digital images can be submitted by e-mail (send to: gras37@hotmail.com).

To send via email: The email should include the artist’s full name as subject along with ‘DIA DE LOS MUERTOS SUBMISSION.’ (Send to: gras37@hotmail.com).

The images must meet the following specifications:

File names = artist’s last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number.
(i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg).

The image files should be in low resolution (for viewing purpose only) JPEG format, images should be approximately 5” x 7” and 72 dpi. (does not have to be exact, just don’t send high resolution images). The images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include text info or borders that are not part of the actual work.

Sale of Work: All work, unless indicated as not for sale (NFS), will be available for sale during exhibit. Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts will retain a commission of 10% on all artwork sold during the exhibition. Artists will be required to sign an entry form upon delivery of the artwork.
Questions? Contact Grasiela Rodriguez at gras37@hotmail.com or contact Nuvein Foundation at
(626) 600-2780 to leave a message.

El Día de los Muertos—¡Un Día Feliz!

El Día de los Muertos, que se celebra el 2 de noviembre, es una de las fiestas más populares en México y en varias partes de los Estados Unidos. Data de la epoca pre-hispánica.   Para las culturas mexicanas (la olmeca, la maya, la azteca, etc.) “la muerte” era un concepto primordial, según el cual, los difuntos tenían que viajar a “Mictlán.” Su jornada era muy peligrosa. Tenían que pasar un río hondo, subir altísimas montañas y luchar contra animales salvajes.

No hubo ni premios ni castigos para la mayoría de los muertos, excepto que algunos difuntos dependiendo de su manera de morir, se convirtieron en dioses.  Los guerreros valientes resucitaron como aves con el deber de acompañar al sol en el alba o en el atardecer.

En el Día de los Muertos, muchas familias visitan los cementerios, adornan las tumbas, ponen flores (zempasuchil o maravillas) y enciendan velas.  Es una ocasión de gozo.   Se prenden velas, se preparan aguas de frutas y atole.  Se adornan “Panes de Muerto” con huesos de dulce arriba, y con azúcar roja para representar la sangre.  Hay una gran cantidad de galletas, dulces de calabaza, calacas endulzadas y conservas de fruta.

Se ven esqueletos y calaveras por todas partes.   Las celebraciones incluyen música, La Danza de los Viejitos y el Baile del Pescado Blanco.

¡El Día de los Muertos es una gran celebración de la vida en sí!

Profesora Esthela Torres de Siegrist, ABD, UNAM
David Siegrist, ABD, USC

Image Credit: Flickr – Glen’s Pics

Day of the Dead – A Happy Day

The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2, and is one of the most popular holidays in Mexico and in various parts of the United States.  It takes place on November 2, and dates from pre-Hispanic times.  For ancient Mexican cultures (the Olmecs, the Mayas, the Aztecs, etc.) “death” was a major concern, according to which, the dearly departed set out for “Mictlan.” Theirs was a dangerous journey. The deceased had to ford a deep river, climb the highest mountains, and fight savage beasts.

There was no reward or punishment for most of the dead, except that some departed souls, depending on how they died, were reincarted as gods.  Brave warriors were reincarnated as winged birds, whose duty was to accompany the sun at dawn or at dusk.

On the Day of the Dead, many families visit cemeteries, where they adorn grave sites, place flowers (the zempasuchil or maravillas) and light candles.   It is a joyous occasion.  Candles are lit.  Fruit drinks, and atole are prepared.  Traditional “Day of the Dead” breads with bones on top, are adorned with red sugar, to symbolize blood.  Cookies, pumpkin-based candy, skulls of sugar, and fruit preserves abound.  Skeletons and skulls are seen everywhere.   Celebrations include music, the Dance of the Old Men and the White Fish dance.

by Professor Esthela Torres de Siegrist, ABD, UNAM
David Siegrist, ABD, USC

Image Credit: Flickr – Señor Codo