La Puente Artwalk continues to use the Arts to build Community Identity and Pride

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For nearly 2 years, a renaissance of sorts has been developing in the once self-admittedly sleepy town of La Puente, specifically, its Historic Old Town District.  In 2 years time, in spite of a crushing economic recession, political struggles and realignments, civic and community woes, a thriving arts movement has helped redefine and inspire a town that has been too often perceived negatively, to now view its own role in the San Gabriel Valley with renewed vigor and optimism.

Since its inaugural edition on Sat. February 18th of 2012, a growing confederation of business owners, local artists, community advocates, event organizers, educators, students, and an alliance between local charities, the local business association, and civic leadership has served to help offer the members of the La Puente community and visitors of the surrounding areas a unique quarterly event that serves to highlight local art, community, business, and culture.

Among its many architects are the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, a CA 501(c)3 arts organization and the Old Town Puente Business Association, a CA 501 (c)6 civic association.

The La Puente Artwalk, referred to previously as ‘Un Poquito Mas Arte’ or ‘A Little More Art’, grew from both vision and perseverance.

Photograph of Star Theatre iconic “Star Light Tower”, taken by Sal Gomez.

The Artwalk is a naturally progression of the vision, passion, and drive of the  late founder of the Nuvein Foundation, Enrique Diaz, who among his many personal convictions maintained the idea that arts could transform communities, unite cultures, and inspire the individual. Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to promote its core values of EDUCATE, ENCOURAGE, and SHOWCASE of the arts in all its forms and facets. This charitable mission was the primary motivating force behind Chris Trevilla’s (subsequent and current President of the Nuvein Foundation) decision to work with the La Puente community to create an arts community.

The Artwalk is also an extension of the perseverance, resiliency, and determination of the La Puente community, who worked together to ensure the survival and resurgence of the Historic Old Town District in light of credible threats of razing and redevelopment at the expense of longtime business and property owners. Sensing a common interest in revitalizing Old Town La Puente, the community and its leaders then began working together with the Foundation as far as accommodating art spaces, and assisting with the navigation of civic leadership and city ordinances, and enlisting area partners and involving local students, the event benefitted and grew as a result. The aim of revitalizing the Old Town District and connecting youth to art was the primary motivating force behind Bob Berdin’s (then Public Relations officer and current President of the Old Town Puente Association) decision to become involved in developing and promoting the La Puente Artwalk.

Two years and 7 events later, the La Puente Artwalk continues to show all attendees what vision and perserverance can achieve by showcasing local art, music, poetry, performance, talent, and creativity. The La Puente Artwalk hopes to continue to use the Arts to transform the community of La Puente.

On behalf of the Nuvein Foundation, Old Town Puente Association, and the City of La Puente, all are invited to join us at the upcoming September 21st edition of the La Puente Artwalk.

For more details on the upcoming event, see attached event description and listing or visit the La Puente Artwalk FB page

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Event- La Puente Artwalk
Date: Sat, Sept 21, 2013
Time: 4pm-10pm
Location: Old Town La Puente (Along Main St, 1st St, 2nd St, and Glendora Ave.)

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