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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Roberta Lujan


Roberta Lujan was born in Fabens, Texas, an isolated community surrounded by desert with a population of 1200. Seeking to explore beyond her small town, Roberta moved to California in 1976 where she met Nuvein founding member Enrique Diaz in 2003.

She has always been a people person and wanted to help children learn about the arts and craft-making. Thus with hardly a second thought, Enrique quickly convinced her to become part of the Nuvein Board in 2004, where she took lead in the marketing aspects of the organization. Roberta has had many years experience working with children and youth throughout the Whittier, Pico Rivera, and San Gabriel Valley area.

Roberta feels most proud of her children and all that they have accomplished thus far. Herself the middle child of 12, she recalls having to fight for everything, especially with her 9 sisters. It was her upbringing that showed her the value of working together.

Roberta has proudly served Nuvein in many capacities, often helping with organizing volunteers and soliciting charitable donations from local business and organizations. Roberta is a strong supporter of providing students with a proper arts education, especially those children who aren’t in a position to push for these opportunities that they need. She works diligently to provide our Nuvein Memorial Scholarships to local area students and helps Nuvein operate its meetings and programs efficiently as the Executive Board Sgt-at-Arms.

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Nuvein partners with Arts for LA to have local SGV school board candidates weigh in on Arts Education

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As part of the Nuvein Foundation’s mission and core values of EDUCATE ENCOURAGE SHOWCASE, the foundation has partnered with Arts for LA for the purpose of having local school board candidates at local San Gabriel Valley community elections share their views on arts education ahead of the upcoming November Election Day.

To this end, Nuvein issues an open invitation to the candidates of the following school districts to participate in the Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Survey:

Bassett USD

Hacienda-La Puente USD

San Gabriel USD

Mountain View ESD

Valle Lindo ESD

Rowland USD

The community at large in the SGV cities of El Monte, South El Monte, Bassett, City of Industry, Valinda, La Puente, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Temple City, and West Covina are encouraged to share this invitation to participate with their local candidate.

Download Nuvein’s invitation to participate here:   2013-CandidateSurvey-NuveinLetter

 

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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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