Sean Telles

Sean Telles is a San Gabriel native (born in his home) and has experience in education, television, and non-profit work. He is passionate about the San Gabriel Valley because it is his home and because he has lived and worked in many of its 48 cities.

Growing up he attended elementary and junior high school within the San Gabriel School District at Madison Elementary and Jefferson Jr. High, followed by high school at Rio Hondo Prep High on the El Monte/Arcadia border. For college he stayed in the San Gabriel Valley attending Claremont McKenna College where he studied theater. This was followed by a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Other San Gabriel Valley related work includes being a past Assistant Editor of the Mid Valley News in El Monte and a past volunteer for the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Santa Fe Springs and for Pio Pico State Park in Whittier.

His favorite artistic places in the San Gabriel Valley are the Huntington Library in San Marino,  the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and the Vineland Drive-In Theater in El Monte. He also enjoys and encourages all people to visit the following SGV places for further artistic/cultural inspiration:

  • El Monte Historical Museum
  • La Historia Society Museum in El Monte
  • The Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry
  • The Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights
  • The San Gabriel Mission and Mission Playhouse
  • The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia
  • The California Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia
  • 626 Night Market at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia
  • The American Military Museum in Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte
  • Divines Furniture shop in Monterey Park
  • Gallery Nucleus arthouse in Alhambra

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Anabel Bello

Anabel is a proud Mexican-American woman whose family hails from Guerrero, Mexico and now live together in La Puente, CA. As a child and youth, her family laid roots in El Monte, where she was completed her formative years with El Monte City School District and El Monte Union High School District. A graduate from El Monte High School, she was a participant in the Puente project with Rio Hondo Community College where she was guided in her efforts towards eventually transferring and graduating from California State University – Irvine. She is the first of her family to graduate from a four year university, and serves on the Puente Project at Rio Hondo College now to help others like herself reach their goals and dreams.

Anabel’s dedication to serving  youth aspiring to higher education is rooted in her own experience as a naturalized immigrant, Mexican-American woman, and current social services professional. She is an adamant believer in the power of education and access to any all tools for self-enhancement. Artistically, her preferred medium of art is literary arts, where she enjoys many forms of fiction and non-fiction alike. Anabel is also a firm believer in the importance of communities celebrating and maintaining their culture alive in positive and meaningful ways. Anabel’s vision for Nuvein is to have the foundation do more to empower young student artists of all backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances through art scholarships, workshops, and other programs.

The accomplishment that most fills Anabel with pride is that she has been able to work with student volunteers and has served as co-host of large Nuvein events, admittedly a bit nervous but ultimately elated and proud of her performance, most notably at the Dia de Los Muertos in El Monte event.

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Bryan Coreas

Bryan Coreas is a native of La Puente, California and a proud graduate of Bassett High School. While studying at Pomona College, Bryan coordinated various initiatives including Pomona Partners, a program aimed at connecting with 7th and 8th graders to the prospect of college, the arts and current events. Always looking for new challenges, Bryan played the role of both mentor and actor as a part of Theatre for Young Audiences, an ever-growing transformative theatre program for middle and high school students at Fremont Academy.

After graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics, Bryan returned to Pomona College as the inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Education Outreach at the Draper Center, coordinating the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success. His passion for education and art stems from his goal to see communities become proud of their heritage, especially in the local youth. His facilitation skills help to build relationships with the community by empowering its members to engage in dialogue that promotes educational and artistic achievement.

In his spare time, Bryan enjoys practicing his culinary skills and implementing daily exercise alongside his dog, all while capturing his adventures and the local landscape with his camera.

Since 2014, Bryan has proudly served Nuvein as the Executive Board Secretary and as Director of Educational Outreach.

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Christopher Luke Trevilla

Christopher is a 30 something arts advocate, poet, writer, actor, singer, and performer who was raised in the Southeast Los Angeles communities of Maywood and Bell who now resides in La Puente. Christopher is also a social worker for the developmentally disabled and their families throughout the San Gabriel Valley. His passion to promote the emergence and enhancement of the whole person through inclusion, education, arts, culture, and community involvement is rooted in his own personal experience and process as a multidisciplinary artist and organizer of Mexican-American descent. Among Christopher’s affiliations and associations have been the Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse, Emerging Urban Poets, SGV Poetry Festival, Nuvein 3LP, Coffee House Writers, ZZyZx WriterZ, SGV Literary Festival, and other community arts causes.
Christopher identifies himself as a Mexican-American poet(a) . His short stories and poetry have been published by Candalyse Press, Uno Kudo Magazine, Being Latino Online Magazines, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, and other online and print publications.  Previously, his works were hosted on Myspace through his blog series “Life Via the Muses” under the nom de plume “C•£•T”.  He has also performed in a variety of Shakespearean productions across California. Christopher was also co-founder of the chicano rock group ‘La Recalentada’ along with fellow Nuvein director Timo Curtiss.

Among his artistic influences are Edgar Allan Poe, Aesop, Yolanda ‘Tongolele’ Montes, Robert Rodriguez, Jack White, Dita Von Teese, Kenneth Branagh, Frida Kahlo, Luis Miguel, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Eugenio Derbez, Betty Page, Marc Bolan, Michael Jackson, Tin Tan, John Alberto Leguizamo, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Elvis Presley, Robert Frost, Frank Sinatra, Pablo Neruda, Jim Morrison, Walt Whitman, Rocio Durcal, and many others. Pre-eminent among his influences in dance, theatre, and literary stylings is the astutely accessible and succinct observations and quips of Mario Moreno Cantinflas and comedic stylings of Roberto Gómez Bolaños “Chespirito”.

As a poet(a), Christopher’s writing emphasizes the sacred and the profane, the common mundane aspects of every day and forces it into psychosocialsexual symbiosis with the hidden revered mystical and misunderstood aspects of our existence with a few accentos and references to history, mythology, religion, and philosophy thrown in for a deeper and more meaningful utterance he calls “magiapoesia”. Currently, he is at work compiling his first anthology of this style of poetry.

Christopher has always been a big advocate of community change through active service, earned leadership, and continuous learning. This was a large part of him being recruited into the Nuvein Foundation by Enrique Diaz, founder of the organization, in 2010. Following Enrique’s passing, he ensured the continuance of the projects and efforts of the foundation, culminating in being elected President of the foundation, a role he served in from 2012 to 2015. Currently, Christopher serves alongside his fellow directors in guiding the messaging and outreach of the organization as head of Communications and Development.
Christopher’s vision for the Nuvein Foundation is that of serving to connect under served communities to experiences of arts and culture that they would not otherwise have access to as a result of an ongoing culture of austerity, isolation, skepticism, and division. The accomplishment he is most happy with is having helped Nuvein through its transition following the loss of its visionary founder, and his friend, Enrique Diaz. The fact the Nuvein continues its efforts is an accomplishment that fills his life with meaning. Christopher proudly serves, guides, partners, promotes, and assists many community arts organizations and collectives in order to promote arts and culture across many Southern California communities.
Photo credit – James Plascencia
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Possible partnership with Nuvein and the Vela Volunteer of East Los Angeles organization for their upcoming Valinda Farmers Market

We at the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts are proud to explore a possible partnership with the Vela Volunteer of East Los Angelesorganization for their upcoming Valinda Farmers Market this coming April! If you have not liked the farmer’s market page, well go right ahead amigo/as!

If all goes as planned, our Executive Board member and Arts Program Chair, Timo Curtiss, will be joined by advisory members Lisa Ruiz, curator of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District student art show, as well as by El Monte resident artist, educator, and director at La Historia Historical Society Museum Dolores Gonzalez Haro to create a community mural art piece entitled ‘El Mercado’ for the Farmers Market employing the talents of local student artists.

Organic forums for creativity, healthy living, and interaction are what build community. We at Nuvein are committed to cultivating just that.

Nuvein, connecting the communities of The San Gabriel Valley TO and THROUGH the Arts!

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3LP – Literature and the Arts Literature, Literacy, and Letters Project

The 3LP project is not currently a focus of Nuvein, but through years of focus many positive outcomes were met by pursuing these goals. 

Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts Literature, Literacy, and Letters Project (3LP)


“The poor and the affluent are not communicating because they do not have the same words. When we talk of the millions who are culturally deprived, we refer not to those who do not have access to good libraries and bookstores, or to museums and centers for the performing arts, but those deprived of the words with which everything else is built, the words that open doors. Children without words are licked before they start. The legion of the young wordless in urban and rural slums, eight to ten years old, do not know the meaning of hundreds of words which most middle-class people assume to be familiar to much younger children. Most of them have never seen their parents read a book or a magazine, or heard words used in other than rudimentary ways related to physical needs and functions. Thus is cultural fallout caused, the vicious circle of ignorance and poverty reinforced and perpetuated. Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.” —  Peter S. Jennison


To help foster a genuine rebirth of reading, writing, and artistic expression through the creation of support networks to help children, youth, and adult alike in learning how to read, how to access books through the public library system while partnering with literacy groups and local schools; working with them on how to express themselves through various writing forms (poetry, prose, press, and playwriting, etc.) through hosting writer workshops for each genre while partnering with local educators and schools, press and media publications and writers, freelance writers and press, and local writers published, online, or aspiring in promotion of their respective art forms. Nuvein is a flagship and beacon of opportunity for the development and fostering of widespread literacy, nurturing and supporting through print or by exposing/featuring undiscovered writers and talent through its own publishing efforts, and collaboration with established media resources


Address each area by establishing a task force to work towards attainable working goals.


  • Partnership with local libraries, local schools, literacy groups, educators, non-profits, as well as philanthropic corporate businesses essential to develop a network for support for school age children and young adults, as well as adults and seniors, to continue and foster the habit of reading (poetry, prose, plays, press) in the local community, SGV, and beyond.
  • Hosting a SGV Children’s Book Fair (Cohesion of SGV Libraries, Schools, Publishers & Distributors)
  • Nuvein co-sponsored SGV Public Library Events (Featured Writer’s night, etc.)
  • Partnership with San Gabriel Valley existing Book Festivals (Jewish Federation of the Greater SGV, Independent Book Festival – Covina)
  • Relaunch of SGV Arts and Literature Festival (new format)


  • By partnering with local libraries, local schools, literacy groups, educators, non-profits, as well as philanthropic corporate businesses the essential task of helping reduce illiteracy can be attained by providing supports for children, adult, and seniors alike in developing and nurturing the habit of reading books, important correspondence, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  • Nuvein co-sponsored SGV Public Library Events (How to access a library – TOUR, Reading with Mom and Dad, Read along(s), etc.)
  • Partnership with Literacy agencies, like minded private business and Schools
  • Nuvein – SGV schools needy children/students Book drives
  • Nuvein- Letter and Mail Clinic (partnership with a paralegal firm(s) to help illiterate, seniors, and underprivileged to understand their mails such as summons, creditor(s), bank, bills, etc.)


  • By seeking out the many undiscovered writers, poets, playwrights, journalists, and other print media artists, and by providing them an environment of support, along with collaboration with local Community Colleges, public/private schools or colleges, the private sector and other non-profits, Nuvein becoming a flagship for the development of writing in all formats.
  • Nuvein collaboration with Colleges/Universities for Journalism Workshops and Courses (DBD, Mt. SAC, Rio Hondo, University of the West, Whittier College, Everest College, Azusa Pacific, Pasadena CC, etc.)
  • Nuvein scholarships for aspiring writers of all media (partnership with local Community/Private Colleges/Universities and non-profits)
  • Relaunch Nuvein Magazine online and create journalism subgroup (online publishing book reviews, editorial/op-ed pieces, etc.)
  • Nuvein collaboration with playhouses and writers of theatre in securing publication and press creation of Nuvein Drama and Playhouse (eventually)

Partnership  with the Nuvein Editorial Board to oversee Nuvein Publications

Creation of Nuvein Poetry Group and Writer’s Group

Back-to-Back Greatness in April: “SGV Poetry in Motion: A Teen & Youth Poetry Competition & Showcase” & “PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal”

Coming soon to a library near you.

There are two wonderful Nuvein collaboration events happening very soon. One on April 18th and the  other on April 19th (details below). Please come join us at the Arcadia Library or the Montebello Library to engage or support.

Taken together or individually, these events represent Nuvein’s mission to connect the communities of The San Gabriel Valley TO and THROUGH the Arts!

SGV Poetry in Motion: A Teen & Youth Poetry Competition & Showcase

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Arcadia Public Library

PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 3pm-4:30pm, Montebello Regional Library Branch of the LA County Library



SGV Poetry in Motion: A Teen & Youth Poetry Competition & Showcase

Within the Arcadia Library – Cay Mortenson Auditorium…

The Nuvein Foundation will partner with the Arcadia Library to host a Poetry Competition and Showcase for students (grades 6-12) that will be hosted by Kimberly Cobian and a special guest young poet host. Students in the competition portion of the event will be judged by a poet’s panel (this year the ZZyZx WriterZ Group) and awards will be given in various categories. Students in the Showcase (Open Mic) portion will be eligible for a single prize for overall performance and delivery.

Musical Performance by Dead Letter Office

Interested students should contact librarian, Petra Morris ( or the Children’s Desk at the Arcadia Library for details

This event participates as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival (

Poetry submissions are due April 11th.

Also see ZZyZx WriterZ.


PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal

April 19th, 2014 – PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal
Montebello Regional Library Branch of the LA County Library

The Nuvein Foundation will offer a free community poetry program for students (grades 8-12) on poetry techniques that will also include peer exercises that will partner students to poets from across Literary Los Angeles. Chris Trevilla, president of the Foundation and published poet, will be leading this interactive workshop.

Guest poet Mentors:

Toti O’Brien, Gary Imperial, and maybe YOU!

For information on participating as a guest mentor, please email Chris Trevilla at

For additional details, contact Beth Krupsaw ( at the Montebello Library.This event participates as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival (

Poetry Comp

Event offers a little more art in Old Town La Puente

Event offers a little more art in Old Town La Puente

By Claudia S. Palma, Staff Writer


There was “a little more art” infused into Old Town La Puente last Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts of the San Gabriel Valley kicked off the first of a quarterly art walk series, “Un Poquito Mas Arte!,” meaning a little more art.

“(The foundation) is trying to reach out to small communities to showcase community art and talent,” said Christopher Trevilla, acting foundation president.

The event works to unite local artists, educators, businesses and community members to showcase artworks at various establishments across Old Town La Puente.

The event featured a poetry/music open mic, art gallery displays at various businesses along Main street, a vinyl record hop and scrapbooking event.

The series kicked off with the poetry readings and live music during the open mic at the La Puente branch of the L.A. County library.

“We create opportunities for the community. We want to educate, encourage and showcase art,” said Trevilla.

He hopes more community members, including businesses and artists, will take part in future art walks, growing the event and hopefully including booths throughout the Old Town area.

Poets Kimberly Cobian and Mary Torregrossa led the open mic in the library where artwork from children at the East Valley Boys and Girls Club was also on display.

“We hope to wake up Old Town La Puente culturally and artistically,” said Cobian.

Art in various mediums from ceramics to papier mache, were on display at the Cafe Coco Na Dr , ARte cabalTURO Studio, Main Line CG and Twin Palms Recovery Center.

The Vinyl Saurs Record Store let patrons bring their own favorite vinyl record to play in the store or listen to in a private station.

The Scrapbook Cafe led a Crop and Shop scrapbook workshop where patrons were able to bring in their own items to scrapbook together.

At Coco Na Dr , owner and La Puente native Jason Armstrong is happy to showcase artists in his coffee house and was more than willing to take part in the art walk.

“I think it’s something we needed in this town. It’s pretty quiet here,” he said. “I would like to see it continue. It’s good for business.”

The owner welcomes all kinds of artists from novice to professionals.

During the art walk, the cafe featured a professional artist, Jarrett Camp, who focuses in stipple art. Stippling is the art of creating outlines or a picture using single dots.

“It’s smart business to allow artists to come in and showcase their art,” said Camp. “I would like to see what (artists) will bring in from La Puente.”

The artist enjoyed talking about his work to patrons who entered the cafe. He said each of his works has a great story behind it.

“You want to have a good story and then you add eye candy,” he said.

The art walk will be held every three months with the next one set for the third Saturday in May.

“(The art walk) is great,” Councilman Dan Holloway said. “It’s important to encourage the arts in the community.”

For more information on the series, visit the event facebook page at For more on the businesses and artists, visit; Main Line Custom Graphics, Silk Screening, and Tattoos (Gallery owned by Joe Ortega) at; Coco Na Dr Cafe (Gallery owned and operated by the Armstrong Family) at; and Jarrett Camp at

626-962-8811, ext. 2110

Meet the Team

Our board is a mosaic of cultures, backgrounds, artistic interests/passions, voices and visions. We aim to provide arts education programs, supports, and resources, encourage emerging and aspiring artists within their community and showcase the rise of arts and culture across the SGV region. Each member of Nuvein is a volunteer and not a single person gets a salary from our fundraising efforts. All money raised goes back into the community through our current projects.

*    Enrique de Jesus Diaz, Late Executive Board President


1.    VACANT, Executive Board President
2.    Miguel Sankitts, Executive Board Vice President / Events
3.    Jeffrey Bickel, Executive Board Treasurer / Events
4.    Roberta Lujan, Sgt-at-Arms
5.    Bryan Coreas, Secretary / Educational Outreach
6.    Lucia Flores, Director
7.    Kimberly Cobian, Director
8.    Christopher Trevilla, Director / Communications and Development
9.    Ryan Storms, Director
10.  Michael Ian Churchman, Director
11.   Maria Estela Diaz, Director
1.    Sean Telles,  Associate Director / Communications and Development
2.    Timo Curtiss, Associate Director/ Arts Programs
3.    Javier Hernandez
4.    Renato Aguirre
5.    Jody Bush
6.    Tina Flores
6.    Lisa Ruiz
7.    Sylvia Lopez
8.    Carlos Aranibar
9.    Ana Bernal
10.  Tracy Ramirez
11.  Roy Anthony Shabla
12.  Adrian Diaz
13.  Tatiana Diaz
14.  Manuel “Manny Lynx”

2013: A Nuvein Retrospective (Part II)


2013 was a year of fulfillment.

Already entering the midway point of the year, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts (Nuvein) had created momentum towards creating opportunities for artists and communities to connect. Adopting a hectic and fast paced approach, Nuvein continued its work in promoting and cultivating a arts culture across the San Gabriel Valley region of Southern California.

For a detailed look at Nuvein‘s work and achievements earlier in 2013, see details here.


Photographic Art Exhibition at the Gallery at ViP (photo courtesy of Heyzen Contreras/La Puente Artwalk)

June began with the collective energy and momentum of Nuvein and its partners, the Old Town Puente Business Association, the City of La Puente, the RiT Gallery and Center, and the community of artists, community organizers, educators, and families culminating in yet another successful edition of the La Puente Artwalk.

The June 2013 edition of the La Puente Artwalk boasted over 7 different artistic and creative spaces that served to feature the area’s finest local creative talent. Once more, this was accomplished by partnering local business, community artists, and involved citizens in the development of the event. In the continuing tradition of prior events, the Artwalk would also feature local students, arts and crafts vendors, community art workshops, and many more attractions  just as Memorial Day weekend had recently heralded the start of summer in Southern California.

The event took place on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 4pm to 11pm.

Kimberly Cobian performs “Veiled Vanity” with musical arrangements by Richard Torres as part of the “Poetry with a Side of Show” venue at the June 2013 La Puente Artwalk (photo courtesy of Alex Rodarte/La Puente Artwalk)


As in prior editions, Nuvein member and artist Kimberly Cobian curated the celebrated “Poet’s Corner” series, rebranding it “Poetry with a SIDE of SHOW”, featuring poets, musical performances, dancers, and sidewalk performers in the tradition of the Venice Boardwalk. The event engaged people of all ages in its carnivalesque environment with performances including collaborations from artists of different performance mediums. As in prior editions, the performances took place along Main Street in Old Town La Puente.

Other such artistic events included exhibitions that covered (recovered) classic and contemporary rock album covers, a photography art exhibition, a car culture art show, a student art gallery, a graffiti art showcase, and many others. All events added to the kaleidoscope tapestry that was evolving each time to become the next edition of the La Puente Artwalk.


Artwork and Sketchwork inside the RiT Gallery’s “RE-Covered Oddities” Exhibition (photo courtesy of Sal Gomez/La Puente Artwalk)


Aside of the many artistic, musical, performance, and creative experiences to be had at the artwalk, the community was offered a showcase of its local and nearby community car culture enthusiasts and their incredible restored vehicles. over 15 different car clubs from across the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire Region participated, lining Main Street with classic cars from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. The vehicles were on proud display by their owners as many attendees took advantage of posing next to the vehicles, including in one instance, a new bride and groom. Additionally, the car club’s families were treated to the local flavor of Old Town’s many eateries, and the sights and sounds of the Artwalk.

The result was an event that offered a greater connection between the local community, business, families, artists, and car culture enthusiasts that brought over 1,200 attendees to Old Town La Puente.


Chrome, Cars, and Culture on proud display at the June 2013 LP Artwalk (photo courtesy of Sal Gomez/La Puente Artwalk)


If one massive event in a single month was enough, Nuvein took on relaunching the long awaited San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival. The event, established in 2008 by Nuvein Board Member Javier Hernandez, was rebranded as the SGV Comic Book Expo and Comic Art Exhibition. (For additional information on the SGV Comic Book Festival and its history, click here.)


SGV Comic Book Expo logo (design by Javier Hernandez/Nuvein)


The rebranded and relaunched 2013 edition of the San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Expo was a joint venture between Nuvein and the Arts and Recreation Center of Baldwin Park or Baldwin Park ARC. The Baldwin Park ARC, no stranger to successful community events and art exhibitions, only added to the success enjoyed by this event in co-producing the event’s programming, promotion, and logistic organization. The event was supported by the City of Baldwin Park in every facet of its development.


The 2013 SGV Comic Book Expo invades the Baldwin Park ARC (photo courtesy of Grasiela Rodriguez/SGV Comic Book Expo)


The event itself was chaired by Nuvein members Javier Hernandez, creator of the event, and Nuvein President, Chris Trevilla, in cooperation with Helen Hernandez, Program Director at the Baldwin Park ARC, and her staff. Nuvein also recruited the assistance and guidance of successful curator, arts program developer, and Nuvein advisory board member Grasiela Rodriguez. Other partners in the event included the Last Minute Arts Collective, a Baldwin Park based arts group, who organized a children’s outdoor chalk arts program. Together, the event was organized to incorporate various program elements including a curated art exhibition, story telling, children’s arts & crafts, outdoor chalk art, and much more. (For additional information on event programming, go here.)


Comic Art Exhibition at the Baldwin Park ARC (photo courtesy of the ARC Baldwin Park)


The event took place on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 from 11am to 6pm at the Baldwin Park ARC grounds, and included usage of the West Covina City Hall Chambers for the panels and animation screening held there. The in house Comic Art Exhibition featured comic book inspired works of art by artists across Southern California. The exhibition ran from June 10th to August 10th, with an opening reception on Friday, June 21st.  Among the artists showcased were Grasiela RodriguezJavier Hernandez, and Jose Cabrera, whose artwork was used in the design of all promotional work for the event. In the end over 20 artists contributed works of art to showcase as part of the exhibition.  (For more information on artists exhibiting as part of the 2013 Comic Art Exhibition, click here.)


SGV Comic Book Expo – Exhibitors Hall inside the Baldwin Park ARC (Photo courtesy of Grasiela Rodriguez/SGV Comic Book Expo)


The Expo enjoyed a diverse crowd of families and children drawn by the free family friendly comic book themed programming and arts and crafts, teen and youth comic fans interested in exploring the works of independent comic book creatives, art collectors and enthusiasts, cosplayers, and many others drawn to the interactive panels, workshops, and animation showcase offered as part of the event.

All in all, the event was a huge success, boasting an attendance of 1400 plus people throughout the day’s programming. The hard work of Nuvein, the Baldwin Park ARC, Last Minute Arts Collective, the City of Baldwin Park,  and all other event supporters, partners, and participants ensured a great family friendly event that showcased the thriving comic book culture and connected it to its fans.

Nuvein members assemble at the SGV Comic Book Expo at the Baldwin Park ARC (photo courtesy of ARC Baldwin Park)


Thus, with the summer just beginning, Nuvein spent little time building momentum across the Mid Valley region of the San Gabriel Valley with the continuance of promoting local culture, building community, and showcasing artistic and creative talent in all its forms.



Javier Hernandez, co-founder of the Latino Comics Expo, recognized by the LA County Board of Supervisors Office of Don Knabe (photo couirtesy of Javier Hernandez/Latino Comics Expo)


July was a bittersweet month for Nuvein, for as time passes, more than just the seasons change. Following the successful relaunch of the SGV Comic Book Expo in Baldwin Park, Nuvein Executive Board Member Javier Hernandez, made a decision to step down from his role as Executive Board Member at Nuvein following the SGV Comic Book Expo.

Javier Hernandez and Enrique Diaz pose at Nuvein school outreach event (photo courtesy of Javier Hernandez/Nuvein)

During his tenure at Nuvein dating back to early days of the Foundation, Javier had taken part and developed projects such as Planet Comic Book Radio (an online podcast on comics), Nuvein Television,  the SGV Cartoonistas art collective (video here) as well as founded both the SGV Comic Book Festival (now the SGV Comic Book Expo) and the Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration in El Monte. This in addition to countless live art performances, library comic book workshops. and other education arts engagements in association with the Foundation.

Javier Hernandez at a live art event supported by Nuvein. (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

For over 6 years, Javier had been a tireless advocate and supporter of all things Nuvein, and continues to do so, but on a much more limited scale. This is chiefly due to time needed for further pursuits of his personal artistic projects,  including creation of new comics, but also in large part to his involvement in the founding and development of the Latino Comics Expo. While his presence on the Board would be missed, his remaining on the Nuvein Advisory Board allowed for future avenues of collaboration and partnership. Thus with every change a new direction full of opportunities is what remained.


PoetryPalooza 2013 promotional logo (courtesy of ZZyZx WriterZ/PoetryPalooza)


Summer 2013 also brought Nuvein the opportunity to promote arts and culture through supporting and sponsoring the highly successful PoetryPalooza 2o13 Tour. The tour is organized by the ZZyZx WriterZ, a multi-disciplinary arts group out of Alhambra/El Serreno who created the event in the Summer of 2011. Under the leadership of Kimberly Cobian, both President of the ZZyZx WriterZ and Executive Board member at Nuvein, the tour has garnered a large support following for blending poetry, dance, music, visual art, and performance at one night events across Southern California. (Click here for interview of Kimberly Cobian with Univision about PoetryPalooza)


Poet Angela Moore of Moms Write SGV recites poetry at PoetryPalooza 2012 – Friend’s Cafe in Monrovia (photo courtesy of Nuvein/PoetryPalooza)


Nuvein had previously fully sponsored the PoetryPalooza 2012 tour to ensure its continuing promotion of arts and culture from neighborhoods as diverse as Venice Beach, Monrovia, Whittier, Lincoln Heights, and many others. Though on a more limited basis, nevertheless, Nuvein made the decision to sponsor the tour which spanned 12 different communities across Southern California.


The ZZyZx WriterZ Group pose for a celebratory picture at the end of the 2013 PoetryPalooza Tour (photo courtesy of ZZyZx WriterZ/PoetryPalooza)


The tour was a success in every way as it traveled to Alhambra, Venice Beach, North Hollywood, Long Beach, Pomona, Historic Filipinotown, Whittier, Claremont, Highland Park, La Puente, Downey, and Downtown Los Angeles during the month of August.


Peer Poet Program logo (courtesy of Nuvein)


Another event took place at the very end of August involving poetry and educational outreach which Nuvein took part of was part of the “Peer Poet Program’ Series. This poetry workshop series is aimed at partnering local SGV youth and students with established authors, poets, and spoken word performers in order to examine poetic composition and performance.  The Peer Poet Program took place at the LA County Regional Branch Library in Montebello.


Coffee House Writer Board Member and poet Rick Stepp-Bolling and Whittier Poetry Group President and poet Gary Imperial partner up with Montebello HS students at Peer Poet Program (photo courtesy of Nuvein)


The Peer Poet Program “Improv Poetics” program was facilitated by Chris Trevilla, with assistance from poets from the Whittier Poetry Group, poets and writers from the Coffee House Writers Group, and the Pasadena Saturday Afternoon Poetry group. The interactive workshop explored every day situations, current issues, and personal revelations in a fast paced and casual format. Participants in the event were students from nearby Montebello High School. The program was a success, leaving students and youth inspired and motivated to explore further creative writing.

All in all, the Summer of 2013 was a season of change and excitement for Nuvein, which would surely follow in the months ahead.




Artwork on display at “Feed Your Eyes” exhibition at RiT Gallery (photo courtesy of Sal Gomez/La Puente Artwalk)


September 2013 brought Nuvein back to Old Town La Puente for the final edition of the La Puente Artwalk for the year.  The event marked the two year anniversary of Nuvein’s efforts in fostering the growth of a thriving arts culture in the Historic Old Town La Puente district. The event boasted over a dozen unique art experiences for attendees along Main Street, 1st Street, and 2nd Street.



Artwork of Baldomero Perez on display at Fairy Tales Boutique (photo courtesy of Grasiela Rodriguez/La Puente Artwalk)


The Artwalk featured over 75 artists from across the San Gabriel region and Southern California in 9 different art galleries with themes ranging from Food, Los Angeles, Glamour Photography, Vintage models and cars, 40s-50s Hollywood and Mexican Cinema, Mexican Independence propaganda posters, solo art exhibitions, and a student art exhibition. (For additional information on the event, click here.)


Kandy Yanez poses with models after Vintage Fashion Show as part of “Squaresville” exhibit at Kandy’s Vintage. (photo courtesy of Heyzen Conteras/La Puente Artwalk)


The event also boasted unique performances and guest appearances. Among the attractions was the popular “Poet’s Corner” Series rebranded the ‘Sabor Factory’ which was coordinated by Efrain Oquendo and The Art Movement, an El Monte based collective of artists, musicians, activists, and performers.  Also present, was a unique vintage fashion show, photo shoot, and photography show entitled ‘Squaresville’, which took place at the newly established Kandy’s Vintage in Old Town La Puente.


JC’s Latin Ensemble Band performs at Mid Valley Radio Stage at “A Taste of Bridgetown” event at J&B’s Burgers (photo courtesy of Nuvein)


Additionally, a special showcase of Disney Legends and Imagineers who graced the event with their participation. Lastly, as a special treat, Mid Valley Radio, a division of Mid Valley News, sponsored a special performance stage event titled ‘A Taste of Bridgetown’ at J&B’s Burgers. The stage housed several performances from local musical groups, including  a latin jazz ensemble, a latin rock cover band, among others.

Ultimately, the final 2013 edition of the La Puente Artwalk was an immense success, gathering over 1,000 attendees throughout the evening.


SGV Fall Candidate Survey promotional logo (courtesy of Nuvein/Arts for LA)


During September, Nuvein was also a proud partner of the Fall Candidate Survey on Arts & Culture process with Arts for LA. The survey was for school board candidates ahead of the Fall elections to weigh in on their thoughts on the role of art in education as well as share their memories of how the arts impacted their educational experience. Arts for LA, an arts advocacy organization. recruited several area partners to help reach across the many school districts in Southern California having elections. Nuvein was invited to participate in the process with connecting with school board candidates in the the Mid Valley Region of the San Gabriel Valley. The experience was rewarding and a great opportunity to make arts an important issue in the elections as well as articulate the need for continued arts support in all communities.


President of Nuvein, Chris Trevilla, and President of the Old Town Puente Association, Bob Berdin, receive recognition from Ian Calderon at La Puente City Council Meeting (photo courtesy of Nuvein)


Through events like the Artwalk and others like it, Nuvein continued to demonstrate its commitment to connecting communities through the Arts. For its work on the La Puente Artwalk, the Nuvein Foundation was the proud recipient of a Certificate of Recognition from Assemblymember Ian Calderon of the 57th District for their efforts in cultivating Community, Culture, and the Arts in the Historic Old Town La Puente District. Encouraged by this and other developments, Nuvein moved forward with its charitable mission.





4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte promotional logo design by Cultura y Mas (image courtesy of CYM/Nuvein)


October 2013 brought Nuvein back to its home of El Monte to once again produce the annual artistic and cultural celebration known as the Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte. The 2013 edition of the event was the 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos event, which took place along the Valley Mall main avenue on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 from 1pm to 6pm. (For information on the history of the event, click here)


Aztec Danzantes en route to perform at Main Stage on Valley Mall at DDLM 2013 (photo courtesy of Nuvein)


Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte 2013 was the collaborative effort of the Nuvein Foundation, and its primary event sponsor, the Downtown El Monte Business Association (DEMBA).

The event, which began in 2010, has been sponsored each year by DEMBA, and supported by organizations such as the Crystal C. Chavez Foundation, the Ms. Friendly El Monte/South El Monte, the Bobby Salcedo Memorial Foundation, the SGV Conservation Corps, , the El Monte La Historia Society, the Sisters Cities Association, the El Monte Cultural Commission, as well as the City of El Monte and its many departments.


Traditional Ballet Folklorico dancers perform on Main Stage on Valley Mall at DDLM El Monte 2013. (Photo courtesy of Nuvein)


The 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte event featured Danzantes Aztecas, Ballet Folklorico, Spoken Word and Poetry Performances, a Mariachi musical performance, and a Latin Rock ensemble group. Entertainment for the event spanned across the duration of the festival. The stage and video production of the event was assisted by dual media sponsors and partners  Mid Valley Radio as well as the El Monte Channel 3El Monte Tonight program, who both supplied a guest host to participate on the main event stage.


Mariachi performance at Main Stage on Valley Mall at DDLM El Monte 2013. (photo courtesy of Nuvein)


The event also featured over 65 vendors of unique artisan craftworks from across Southern California. Custom made jewelry, hats, clothing, artisan dolls and figurines, calaca and luchador masks, churros, art work, and much more was available for the crowds to immerse themselves in an outdoor tianguis (swapmeet) experience with items for sale themed around Dia de Los Muertos.

An event of such magnitude would not have gone through without the supporrt from other local organizations, DEMBA, El Monte City departments, and a sizeable volunteer group from El Monte High School AVID program.


Crowds of thousands attend DDLM El Monte 2013 (photo courtesy of Nuvein)


Lastly, the event housed a set of memorial altars to local heroes and leaders Bobby Salcedo, an educator and educational reformer who spent his life in service of the students in El Monte and was taken too soon due to tragedy. Also honored was Nuvein founder and arts advocate Enrique Diaz, who spent his life promoting arts and culture in all its forms across El Monte and the San Gabriel Valley.


Commemorative altar for Enrique at DDLM El Monte 2013 (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

Thus, with offering up an event immersed in the cultural traditions of Day of the Dead, as well as incorporating the participation of various community and civic organizations and groups, the event was a huge success and served as a proud testament to the celebration of culture, traditions, and history of the Mexican-American experience in El Monte across the years. The event, as always, was dedicated to the memory of the late Enrique Diaz.




Mountain View HS Students engage in group discussions about community projects that can help improve daily life in El Monte (photo courtesy of KCET Departures)


As the year began winding down, Nuvein began to reevaluate its role in promoting arts and culture in the San Gabriel Valley and look to future reorganization of the foundation via the annual Nomination Season. An open invitation stands to any individual interested in promoting arts and culture in the San Gabriel Valley.

Nuvein was also invited to participate in the Youth Voices program at Mountain View High School coordinated by KCET Departures. Nuvein President Chris Trevilla had the opportunity to engage students as to the role of public art in communities as well as the history, mission, and projects of the Nuvein Foundation. The experience was a rewarding one, as students engaged and discussed their ideas on how to use art to improve daily life in their communities.

Having thus reached the end of 2013, Nuvein and its members look to 2014 as a year full of promise, and to be like 2013 was, a year of growth, discovery, change, and fulfillment.


Quote from Nuvein founder, Enrique Diaz (courtesy of Nuvein)