2018 Nuvein Scholarship: Apply now!


Attention Juniors and Seniors in High School!

Nuvein is proud to launch its Visionary Scholarship Award! The application is due on March 1, 2018. The award is made possible by the Enrique Diaz Scholarship Fund, who alongside Nuvein, have supported students seeking a career in the creative fields.

2016 Nuvein Visionary Scholarship Reception

Earlier this summer, we had the pleasure of awarding our annual Nuvein Visionary Scholarship Award. See all the excitement below! Once again, a heartfelt congratulations to Jimmy Licata and David Godinez who each received a $500 scholarship towards their educational success in the arts.

2015 6th Annual Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead Family Festival

On October 17, 2015, Downtown El Monte Business Association, (DEMBA) will once again host our beloved cultural event, the 6th Annual Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead Family Festival. Families from around the area are welcomed to this wonderful annual event.


DATE: Saturday, October 17, 2015
TIME: 1:00p.m. — 7:00p.m.
2014 Attendance: 4000 people

We also would like to invite vendors to participate in the event. You will have the opportunity to host a booth at the event to sell goods (non-food items) and/or services.

Please contact us via email at for more information at ign@yahoo.com
DEADLINE for Vendor registration is Friday Sept. 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Apply: Nuvein Visionary Scholarship!

Attention Juniors and Seniors in High School!

Nuvein is excited to launch its Visionary Scholarship Award application on April 28th, 2014. The award is made possible by the Enrique Diaz Scholarship Fund, who alongside Nuvein, have supported students seeking a career in the creative fields.

Check out the link under the Education tab to download the application and read eligibility requirements.

La Puente Artwalk FAQ

Take from the offical Facebook page.  Also see, La Puente Artwalk.


City of La Puente Quarterly Artwalk
Old Town La Puente (Along 1st/Main Street) will host Un Poquito Mas Arte-A quarterly Art Walk series uniting local artists, educators, businesses, and community members as they proudly showcase artworks at various establishments across Old Town La Puente.
Un Poquito Mas Arte! (UPMA) Old Town La Puente Artwalk
Booth/Vendor Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I get information about how to be a vendor?
There are 3 ways to do this:
(1) You can pick up a physical copy of the guidelines/application at Café CoCo Na Dre

(2) You can email the La Puente Artwalk on Facebook to then be emailed a copy

(3) You can download a copy online at the LP Artwalk FB page or the Nuvein Website

2. How much does it cost to be a vendor? Who do I contact about the booth spaces?
The costs associated with vending at the La Puente Artwalk, as well as the contact people are listed (phone number & email) on the guidelines and application forms and here below:

Artists/Artisans Booth – $25
Business/Corporation Booth – $50
Non-Profit Organizations – $0

Anabel Bello at abellouci@yahoo.com (emailed scanned applications or inquries only)
Estella Wicker-Nier at starllaa@msn.com or at 562-237-8249
Petra Macias-Nieto at pmn4jn@aol.com or at 562-706-4305.

3. Where are the booth spaces, how big are the spaces, and when is set up/break down?
Booths/Vendors will be at the Twin Palms Recovery Center in Old Town La Puente, whose address is listed on the guidelines and application forms, as well as set up and break down times. Also in the guidelines/applications forms are the space dimensions.

Set up will begin at 11:00am and vendors must be ready by 12:30pm to anticipate traffic by 1pm. Space dimensions are 10×10 and each vendor must bring their own canopy, tables, and chairs.

4. What amenities and utilities do we have access to?
Booths/Vendors will have access to the first floor bathroom inside the lobby area of the Twin Palms Recovery Center from 12pm to 10pm. Vendors/Booths are expected to provide their own power source for night vending (approx. 8:15pm to 10pm). There is a nearby liquor store for snacks and sundry items, as well as several restaurants nearby.

5. How will booth/vendor spots be assigned or selected?
Booths/Vendors will be asked to arrive at the Twin Palms Lot by 11am, once there Petra, Estella, and Anabel will guide you to your assigned vendor spot.

6. How does the Nuvein Foundation plan to use my vendor space monies?
The Nuvein Foundation is a CA 501(c)3 non-profit arts education and promotion organization that will use monies secured from the selling of vendor space to:
1) fund our 2 annual scholarship awards for aspiring student artists
2) fund further involvement and support of the La Puente Artwalk and related arts programs in the San Gabriel Valley communities and
3) have a reserve portion for future projects related to Nuvein’s charitable mission.


We believe in the power of the community and love creating mutually beneficial relationships with people, non-profits, and companies.  Below is a list of our partners we work with in a variety of ways to further our mission.



Namely individuals/organizations that have funded/sponsored events/programs we have undertaken (also in-kind gifts)
Downtown El Monte Business Association
El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce
California Community Foundation – El Monte Community Building Initiative
Vons Credit Union – El Monte
Longo Toyota – Penske Motor Group
Southern California Edison
Market Grill – Monrovia (Tracy Ramirez)
Charlie Klinakis, Mayor of La Puente
Bob and Rose Berdin
J&B Burgers
Twin Palms Recovery Center (Craig French)


Namely individuals/organizations that have worked together with us in organizing/developing an event/program (media and volunteers as well)
Old Town Puente Association
RiT Gallery
Twin Palms Recovery Center – La Puente
City of La Puente
East Valley Boys and Girls Club – La Puente
Concerned Citizens of La Puente
Explorers Sheriff Deputy Academy
La Puente HS

City of El Monte
Downtown El Monte Business Association
Cultura y Mas
El Monte Television Ch. 3
Mid Valley News/Mid Valley Radio
Twin Palms Recovery Center – El Monte
SGV Conservation Corps
La Historia Society
El Monte HS AVID students
El Monte HS MeChA students

City of Baldwin Park
Arts & Recreation Center
Grasiela Rodriguez
Jim Lujan

South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
South Pasadena Arts Council
Fremont Center Theatre

Arcadia Library
ZZyZx WriterZ Group
Emerging Urban Poetry/Pasadena Saturday Afternoon Poetry Group
Whittier Poetry Group
Coffee House Writers Group
SGV Literature Festival
SGV Poetry Festival

LA County Library (multiple branches)
El Monte, Norwood, South El Monte, Baldwin Park, Montebello, La Puente


Namely organizations that we have worked under in an event/program
South El Monte Arts Posse
Downey Arts Coalition
Monrovia Cinco de Mayo Association
Monrovia Latino Heritage Foundation

La Puente Artwalk

La Punete Artwalk on official Facebook page.  Also see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. 

–Next La Puente Art Walks are June 21st & Sept 20th–

The Nuvein Foundation, in cooperation with Local business, city government, community organizations, and involved residents have helped create a quarterly event called Un Poquito Mas Arte (UPMA!), an artwalk along Glendora Ave., 1st Street, 2nd Street, and Main Street in Old Town La Puente.

UPMA! or the La Puente Artwalk features various galleries, musical performances, poetry and spoken word open mic, booth vendors and artisans, and many other community activities.

Partners in developing and/or promoting this event include:
La Puente City Hall
Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District
Old Town Business Association
Twin Palms Recovery Center
East Valley Boys and Girls Club
La Puente Branch of LA County Library
La Puente Senior Center
Trunk Trends Fashions
El Manantial Nutrition Center
Reaching Individual Transformation (RIT) Center
Cafe Coco Na Dre
Lumar’s Zumba Fitness
Main Line Custom Graphics and Tattoos
Blazin’ PC Repair
Francisco’s Halloween Shop & Banquet Hall
Scrapbook Cafe
J&A Formal Wear
Rocket Roasters Coffee Company
Vinyl Saurs Records
Arte Cabalturo Studio Gallery.

For more details stay tuned to official Facebook page.

4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte



EL MONTE, CA (August 2013) – The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, in partnership with the Downtown El Monte Business Association, presents the 4th annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, October 19 from 1 pm until 6 pm at the Valley Mall in El Monte, CA. For the fourth edition of this event, the festivities will unfold between Lexington Ave and Cleminson St along Valley Mall. Thousands of community members and surrounding city Day of the Dead enthusiasts are expected to attend the annual celebration of Mexican culture and traditions.
The all day, family festival will showcase beautifully 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 as well shop any of the Valley Mall’s hundred merchants and businesses.
In addition, a curated art exhibit “Arte y Altares” 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. The Gallery will explore these traditions through a more modern and contemporary artistic expression.

Throughout the free celebration, attendees can enjoy a variety of dance performances including Aztec dances and vibrant ballet folklorico, poetry and spoken word, as well as musical performances and mariachi music. Gourmet traditional Mexican dishes will be sold at many of the El Monte Valley Mall’s eateries as giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican cuisine. Amidst the backdrop of the El Monte Valley Mall, the event will allow guests to explore over 100 speciality shops making the event an outing for arts and culture enthusiasts, fine eating patrons, and weekend shoppers.

The 4th 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. Taking place immediately following El Monte’s Annual Children’s Day Parade and Harvest Festival, the local community will surely have much to remember and celebrate together.

For more information on the 4th Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos visit, www.nuvein.org/diadelosmuertos or contact the Nuvein Foundation via email at info@nuvein.org or via telephone at 626.600.2780.

For additional event updates regarding the 4th Annual DDLM – El Monte, please visit the event page here

For information on the ‘Arte y Altares’ DDLM Curated Exbibit at DDLM – El Monte, please visit the event page here.



Nuvein 2013 Executive Board elected


As part of its annual reorganization efforts, the Nuvein Foundation Board underwent a nomination process in the Fall of 2012-13 to select candidates up for election to the Nuvein Executive Board, as well as for Officers within the board.

As a result of subsequent elections in the month of January, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts of the San Gabriel Valley is proud to announce the 2013-14 Executive Board of Directors:


Christopher Luke Trevilla
Miguel Sankitts
Jeffrey Bickel
Anabel Bello
Kimberly Cobian
Roberta Lujan
Javier Hernandez
Ryan Storms
Petra Macias-Nieto
Estella Wicker-Neyer
Robert Berdin
Rose Berdin
Michael Churchman


The Nuvein Foundation has also admitted and confirmed the following individuals into the Nuvein Advisory Board:


Renato Aguirre
Carlos Aranibar
Tina Flores
Donald Quintana
Scott Essman
Rick Stepp-Bolling
Roxana Javadi-Kashani
George Lumbert
Grasiela Rodriguez
Baldomero Perez
Arturo Lopez
Christopher Penalber
Lisa Ruiz
Mary Torregrossa

The Nuvein Foundation congratulates its new board members and is committed to work hard to make 2013 a great year for community, culture, and the arts in the San Gabriel Valley.