Lucia Flores

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Lucia Flores, 30, is a proud resident of the San Gabriel Valley, having grown up in the cities of El Monte and Baldwin Park. The daughter of parents who emigrated to the United States from Jalisco, Mexico, Lucia has fully embraced the diverse culture of her community.

Graduating on the Dean’s List with honors, Lucia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/TV/Film from California State University, Fullerton. She is currently a Radio Host/Producer for “Rockin’ Rolas” and “Funk & Freestyle” on Mid Valley Radio. Lucia is a Field Reporter for Mid Valley News, covering local events in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. She has also worked for over ten years as an Adult Education Assistant at the El Monte-Rosemead Adult School. In her spare time she enjoys video and audio editing, listening to BIGBANG, and blogging.

Lucia believes that it is very important for art and culture to have a presence in the community. Creative outlets for artistic expression help motivate individuals to achieve their goals and aspirations. The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts represents one of many burgeoning organizations that help facilitate this ideal.

As a member of Nuvein, Lucia hopes to help spread the word about the importance of art and culture in the San Gabriel Valley and inform the public about community events in which they have an opportunity to participate in.

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Maria Estela Diaz

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Maria Estela Diaz is a woman who believes in the power of education to empower, the ability of the arts to connect, and the responsibility to build community. In her 50s, Maria’s background has had her experience both Visual and Literary Art as student and as part of an educational team being inspired and inspiring others.
Maria was born in Jalisco, Mexico and was raised and schooled in California. Growing up in Baldwin Park, a predominantly Hispanic community in the East San Gabriel Valley, Maria grew to identify and appreciate the community where she still resides to this day with her family.
From an early age, Maria was always fascinated by literature, drawing and writing. Herself a creative and expressive youth, she received awards for her art work during junior high school. However, it was literature that had a lasting effect on her, as she chose to develop her writing skills instead. In High School, this passion for writing translated to Maria writing for the Baldwin Park High School newspaper. Not one to limit her exposure and attachment to the arts and organizing, Maria was also one of the principal students involved in creating and instituting a drama program which to this day remains active at Baldwin Park High School.
After graduating from Baldwin Park High School, Maria attended Mt. San Antonio College where she received an AA in Liberal Arts and transferred to Cal State University Los Angeles to pursue a bachelors in Psychology. Unfortunately, family obligations and unforeseen circumstances had her interrupt her studies, and she was unable to obtain her BA.
Nevertheless, while her studies may have been put on hold, her desire to improve her community never wavered. Since the age of 18, Maria has been a volunteer and employee of the Baldwin Park Unified School District (BPUSD) in various capacities and positions, While at BPUSD, Maria was able to observe the benefits of a well rounded curriculum which included arts and literature as well as how a curriculum suffered when visual, performing, and literary arts were not integrated into studies.
Maria also committed herself to improving her community through service at her local church. As a volunteer at her church, Maria was able to implement music, drawing and poetry in her catechism classes to help children learn abstract ideas such as faith and spirituality.
Through her instruction and assistance at her local church and schools, Maria was able to connect with her students by word and example, as she provided them invaluable lessons about team work and leadership participating in band, choir and color guard at the local schools.
Maria feels exposure to art, music and literature provides a depth and richness that creates a fertile environment for creativity and original ideas. Art is an important part of humanity, and any cause that furthers creativity and expression is one of the main reasons for Maria joining the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts.
As part of Nuvein, Maria sees opportunity to reach out to the community and provide services that promote and support the arts and literature. It is her hope that in doing so, Nuvein will be contributing to the cultural development of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond by increasing the number of students who can continue to pursue their careers in the arts becoming men and women whose creativity and vision will influence generations of budding artists, authors, dancers, and musicians.

 

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Miguel Sankitts


Miguel Sankitts is a proud member of the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts since 2004. He was invited to join the Foundation by its founder, Enrique Diaz, who saw great promise in him. Miguel met Enrique through a series of encounters at local El Monte and San Gabriel Valley Chamber mixers and meetings, as well as a personal invitation to explore the Digital Business and Design College. The experience combined three deep interests of his life  entrepreneurism, computers and technology, and the Arts. From there, Miguel’s dedication to Nuvein’s mission of spreading arts and culture began. He has proudly served as Vice President of Nuvein since its earliest days.  However, his passion and love for art, beauty and cuture began long ago.

As an American from the St. Croix US Virgin Islands, Miguel’s journey has crossed land and sea. He fell in love with art at an early age,  as a young boy with big dreams on a small Island. He immediately  fell in love with natural beauty of his homeland, often admiring  the landscapes he grew to love. This passion and admiration for beauty followed him when his family moved to the United States mainland. As a student in  junior high his artistic aspirations and inspirations were fostered and encouraged by his art teacher, who motivated him to draw and let his young mind wonder to new and exciting places and just draw. Additionally, in school he then  began to notice the art and beauty of different cultures.

Miguel prides himself to  have always thought outside the box, and is a keen and multifaceted problem solver and  change agent. He is a big believer in personal responsibility, self discipline, holistic health practices, and critical thinking. As a young man he became fascinated with martial arts and pursued the discipline of Muay Thai. This particular discipline has its origins in Thailand. Miguel sees the connection between all the different forms of art he has encountered in his life journey through its passion, love, patience, pain, and so much more.

As a member of Nuvein, Miguel is deeply committed to its vision and mission, as he often looks fo opportunities to share his personal story of his encounters with art to all who will listen so as to hopefully inspire someone to pursue their dreams, think outside the box, enjoy mother nature, be open to take advice, and to train and work hard to obtain whatever goals  one seeks to achieve in life. His message to all those interested in Nuvein and its work is that “Art is all around you, open your senses, hear it, feel it, see it, smell it, touch it. Remember art lives in all of us in one form or another.”

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Jeffrey Steven Bickel

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Jeffrey is an arts and education advocate who was raised in Alhambra and has lived the past 25 years in the community of Baldwin Park. Jeffrey works as a film preservationist, preserving and restoring news film and documentaries for the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In addition, he periodically does public presentations of his restoration work at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood and at other archival and academic institutions.

In 1996, Jeffrey assisted his late husband, Enrique Diaz, in creating one of the first online literary magazines, Nuvein Magazine. The magazine provided a space for writers who found themselves outside the mainstream literary community and often featured LGBTQ writers. A decade later, Enrique, Jeffrey and a small group of San Gabriel Valley natives founded the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts. The Foundation was created to raise funds for students interested in pursuing an education in arts or literature and to showcase the rich and diverse arts and literary scene in the San Gabriel Valley. Since Nuvein’s inception, Jeff has proudly served as Executive Board Treasurer, ensuring the vision and work of Nuvein remained true to its charitable mission and in compliance with 501(c)3 requirements.

Since his spouse’s death, Jeffrey has attempted to carry on Enrique’s visionary legacy. He continues to work to build the Nuvein Foundation into a thriving and dynamic institution that promotes arts education and facilitates arts and cultural events throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

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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.
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2012 Young Artist Expo

 

On Thursday, June 7th, 2012 from 2pm-5pm, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts will host the “Young Artists Expo” at the Club Cubano del Valle de San Gabriel/San Gabriel Valley Cuban Club (Cuban Club) located at10960 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte, CA 91731.

The Nuvein Foundation, sponsored by the Community Building Initiative or CCF, will host an event that will provide educational resources as well as information to high school age students in El  Monte interested In pursuing a degree and career in the Arts. This event will also host featured speakers from various artistic disciplines who will speak to the students about how to pursue a career in these fields.

The Nuvein Foundation will also be providing all participants with information on various artistic support groups, events, and organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Juniors (11th graders) in attendance will be given an application for the Nuvein Foundation’s Enrique Diaz Visionary Scholarship, which will award scholarships for arts oriented and college bound students.

ITINERARY OF EVENT

11am-12pm: Nuvein Opens Location
12pm- 1:30pm: Event set up (Speakers,Table presentors)
1:30pm-2:00pm: Sound Check
2:00pm-2:40pm: Opening Mixer/Resource Tables
2:40pm-3:00pm: Welcome & Introductions – Chris Trevilla/Nuvein
3:00pm-3:15pm: First Speaker (Theater/Theater Production) –Jose Esparza
3:15pm-3:30pm: Second Speaker (Dance/Choreography) –Luisa Macias
3:30pm-3:45pm: Third Speaker (Writing/Publishing) –Scott Noon Creley
3:45pm-4:00pm: Fourth Speaker (Art/Animation) –Raul Aguirre Jr.
4:00pm-4:20pm: Panel Discussion
4:20pm-5:00pm: Closing Mixer/Resource Tables/Nuvein Scholarship 5:00pm: Closing and Acknowledgments
5:00pm-6:00pm: Clean up and Close Location

Featured Speakers will include:

Raul Aguirre Jr. – Artist/Animator/Creator and Director/Producer behind Studio Raul and Host of the Man vs. Art blog and podcast show.

 


Luisa Macias-  Dancer/Dance Instructor and Director of Studio Danza of Whittier and Ballet Folklorico de Colores.

 


Jose Esparza – Dancer/Actor/Dance & Theatre Instructor and Production Team member of the Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse.

 


Scott Noon Creley – Adjunct English and Creative Writing Instructor at Whittier College, Writer/Author/Poet & Committee member of the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival.

Inquiries for this event can be sent to the Nuvein Foundation at info@nuvein.org, while parties interested in participation and exhibiting at this event are urged to contact any member of the Nuvein Executive Board.

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