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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Arts organization provides decade of access to Art across San Gabriel Valley

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Enrique Diaz, founder of the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, in 2004 was asked why the urgency to create a local arts organization for the San Gabriel Valley, he simply stated,

“We are dedicated to voices rarely heard in a world increasingly devoid of diversity.”

Nuvein PartnerFor nearly ten years, a small group of community leaders, educators, business owners, artists, and activists have banded together to connect various communities to free arts programming.

The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, an El Monte based arts non-profit organization, has provided arts programming, arts advocacy, arts scholarships, and funding for arts projects since its incorporation in 2007.

From creating and organizing annual arts and culture events like Dia de Los Muertos in El Monte or the annual San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Expo in cities such as Baldwin Park, Monrovia and other communities, creating and developing the La Puente Artwalk, sponsoring and supporting the El Monte/Rosemead Adult School with art supplies, as well as funding the PoetryPalooza event organized by the ZzyZx WriterZ group, and handing out scholarships to high school students from Baldwin Park, South El Monte, and other communities, the foundation’s work has been extensive.

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Across the years, Nuvein has enjoyed partnering or participating with groups or organizations such as the East Valley Arts Association, KCET Departures – Youth Voices, Greater West Covina Business Association, South Pasadena Arts Council, El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce,  Twin Palms Recovery Center, East Valley Boys and Girls Club, South El Monte Arts Posse, M.E.Ch.A., San Gabriel Valley Club Cubano, Monrovia Association of Fine Arts, El Monte La Historia Society, Baldwin Park Arts and Recreation Center, Old Town Puente Association, Arts for LA, San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival, City of La Puente, LA County Public Library, Downtown El Monte Business Association, Downey Arts Coalition, and many others to provide arts programming across the San Gabriel Valley.

These partnerships have helped Nuvein further its charitable mission of promoting arts and culture in a traditionally under served area with limited access to art experiences.

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For this and other reasons, Nuvein also provides funding for arts education.

Specifically, Nuvein awards two annual arts scholarships for junior and senior high school students residing in the San Gabriel Valley  area who are creative and inclined to pursue an artistic profession through higher education at an accredited community college or university.

Nuvein has awarded scholarships to students from San Gabriel Valley communities from South El Monte, El Monte, and Baldwin Park. Past recipients have gone on to major in graphic design, become entrepreneurs, and local representatives of their communities.

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Nuvein is a proud supporter of greater inclusion of arts in education, and has proudly partnered with educators and arts advocates in various surrounding communities to provide students of all ages meaningful learning experiences that provide an arts and culture formation.

Nuvein is a volunteer driven CA 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on fundraising, donations, grants, and other charitable gifts to sustain its mission to connect the communities of the San Gabriel Valley to and through the arts.

Nuvein Board PowerNone of its board members have ever, since its founding, gained any financial compensation, incentives, or reward for their efforts, as each position is at-will and voluntary.

Since the beginning, all events and programs organized by the Nuvein Foundation are free to the general public.

For more information on the Nuvein Foundation – how to volunteer, donate, participate at events, or address general questions as to the programs and services Nuvein provides, please visit the organization’s website at www.nuvein.org or at the organization’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/nuvein you can send an email to info@nuvein.org.

We look forward to to continuing our commitment to educate, encourage, and showcase the arts in all its forms across the San Gabriel Valley for many more years.

 

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2017 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 May 1, 2017. The award is made possible by the Enrique Diaz Scholarship Fund, who alongside Nuvein, have supported students seeking a career in the creative fields.

2013: A Nuvein Retrospective (Part II)

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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.

JUNE

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.

 

JULY-AUGUST

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.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

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.

 

OCTOBER

 

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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.

 

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

 

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)

2013: A Nuvein Retrospective (Part I of II)

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2013 was a year of discovery.

The year brought significant transitions and upward mobility for the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts (Nuvein).  The year brought with it changes, expansion, and challenges that in the end, have served to strengthen Nuvein’s overall presence, impact, and profile among so many exciting developments in the San Gabriel Valley region of Southern California.

The year began with the continued support and accommodation of Nuvein meetings by the generosity of the staff and leadership of Longo Toyota at the Penske College campus.

Penske College (courtesy of www.longolexus.com)

The Penske College campus allows local non-profits and community causes to request meeting space usage and other resources to advance their charitable causes that impact and benefit El Monte and surrounding communities.  For additional information on how to connect with Longo Toyota as pertains to Penske College, see details here.

JANUARY

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“Nuvein” (artwork by Jim Lujan)

January 2013 had Nuvein’s 2012-2013 Nomination Season in full swing. (We are currently in our 2013-2014 Nomination Season.) As Nuvein board members and the artistic and cultural leadership community of the San Gabriel Valley sought to connect to one another, statements of interest as well as invitations were made to solidify the organization for what promised to be a year of significance.

2013 Nuvein Board (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

In the end, Nuvein’s board of 7 active members grew to 12 with the addition of 5 new members from the communities of La Puente, Covina, Whittier, and Pico Rivera. New members included artisan vendors sisters, a community organizing couple, and a tech savvy poet. All of which proved to be indispensable to the organization in the months ahead.

 

FEBRUARY

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February 2013 had Nuvein begin its participation in a variety of artistic and cultural events yearlong. Nuvein was invited to participate in the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival (SGV LitFest). The SGV LitFest was a weekend long event, February 15-17 of 2013,  that showcased literary luminaries from across the globe, the US, and featured many local Southern California writers and poets at the West Covina Civic Center, the West Covina Branch of the Los Angeles County Library, and City Hall.

 

2013 SGV Litfest Map (courtesy of sgvlitfest.com)

The inaugural literary arts event was organized by local published authors, poets, small press publishers, and literary arts collegiate educators. Nuvein was well represented at the event by its board members and community partners. During the course of the weekend, board members Petra Nieto and Estella Neyer vended their one of a kind artisan crafts, board member Kimberly Cobian and fellow ZZyZx WriterZ offered their Anthology “A Three Hour Tour”, board member Javier Hernandez, artist and comic book creator,  offered the vast catalogue of his Los Comex created works, while board member, Chris Trevilla, offered up his chapbook preview of his upcoming Chicano poetry collection to be entitled “Cantos a la Luna Burlona de sus Lobos Bohemios”. Also invited to participate at the Nuvein Booth was Sal Gomez, online radio host and programming coordinator of the Soul Pilot Radio Experience show on Mid Valley Radio as well as to represent Mid Valley News, a longtime Nuvein partner and sponsor.

Left to Right – Kimberly Cobian, Christopher Trevilla, and Sal Gomez at SGV Litfest. (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

Additionally, Nuvein President, Chris Trevilla, was among a group of Los Angeles writers/poets/organizers invited to showcase the vitality of LA Letters that included Don Kingfisher Campbell poet/educator/organizer of the SGV Poetry Festival and the Emerging Urban Poetry/Saturday Afternoon Poetry group from Pasadena, Mike the Poet Sonksen poet/organizer and contributor at KCET Departures – LA Letters, and Chiwan Choi poet/editor/author at Writ Large Press and organizing partner of the Grand Park Downtown Book Festival. Other literary luminaries featured were Suzanne Lummis, Tony Barnstone, Sunny Frazier, erald Locklin, Charles Harper Webb, Christopher Buckley, Laurel Ann Bogen, LA’s newly named poet laureate Eloise Klein Healy, and many others.

Cornucopia of Poetry/Prose at the SGV LitFest (photo courtesy of Washing Machine Press)

The event garnered high praise for uniting several prominent literary figures at a family friendly event that tallied over a thousand guests from beginning to end.  The event featured literary artists, small press and independent publishers, artisan vendors, food trucks, and musical performances.

Two months In, Nuvein already found itself full steam ahead for the next few hectic and rewarding months.

 

MARCH

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March 2013 kept Nuvein busy with the return of the successful quarterly arts and culture showcase known as the Un Poquito Mas Arte: Old Town La Puente Artwalk.  This marked the second year of this event in the City of La Puente‘s historic Old Town district. The artwalk began in February of 2012 as a coalition formed by Nuvein of local artists, educators, business owners, civic leadership, partner non-profit organizations, and community members created a space for arts and culture to be showcased and offered up to the La Puente Community.

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

The March 2013  edition of the La Puente Artwalk featured 10 artistic and creative spaces including an artisan vendors bazaar, scrapbook workshops, poetry and live performance open mic, and 7 galleries featuring the arts in all its forms. Curators and producers of this even included Chris Penalber of Cakeshop Oddities, Heyzen Contreras, Sal Gomez, Kimberly Cobian, Ricardo Ocampo, Lauren Carboney, and others.

Inside the Blood Lust art show at the RiT Gallery (photo courtesy of La Puente Artwalk)

Nuvein maintained a physical presence at the La Puente artwalk by organizing the vendor’s bazaar at the La Puente Arcade lot, and facilitating communication between civic leadership, business, artists, and the local community.

Poet’s Corner with Curator Kimberly Cobian (photo courtesy of Heyzen Contreras)

Overall, the event was a great success, as over 500 guests participated in the initial 2013 edition of the artwalk series from across Southern California and the local comnunity. The La Puente Artwalk, now officially over a year old, had firmly taken root and established itself as a community driven, artist built, and city supported arts showcase.

El Monte-Rosemead Adult School ESL students create family tree project displays. (photo courtesy of Mary Torregrossa)

El Monte-Rosemead Adult School ESL students create family tree project displays. (photo courtesy of Mary Torregrossa)

March also presented Nuvein with the opportunity to showcase local artistry and encourage cultural identification through supporting a small grant proposal towards the purchasing of arts supplies. The proposal was to support a family tree project proposed by El Monte/Rosemead Adult School educator and activist, Mary Torregrossa of Baldwin Park. The small grant was approved. The project moved forward, led by educator Torregrossa, which helped each student create a visual statement of their identity, heritage, and history.  Ultimately, the Adult ESL students of El Monte/Rosemead Adult School were able and successful participants at the District Open House at Wilkerson School that month.

March provided Nuvein the opportunities to educate, encourage, and showcase the arts and creativity in all its forms.

 

APRIL

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SGV Poetry in Motion (designed by Javier Hernandez)

April brought Nuvein into National Poetry Month 2013. Poetry has always occupied an important part in the history and development of Nuvein. The founder and president emeritus of Nuvein, the recently departed Enrique Diaz, was not only a published author and poet, but also helped incorporate the foundation following the success of Nuvein Magazine, a literary and media publication.  The current president of Nuvein, Chris Trevilla, himself a poet, met Enrique and the members of Nuvein at the Arts and Literature Festival at the Lakes in West Covina in 2009. Thus, rooted in mutual love for the written/spoken word and creative expression, Nuvein was more than capable of diving into National Poetry Month once again in 2013.

CLT spits Poetry at the Lakes (art by Raul Aguirre Jr.)

 

April 2013 brought about the 5th edition of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, a month long celebration of poetry and spoken word through a series of special performance showcases, workshops, and public events that featured several of the region’s writing groups, as well bringing together many of the emerging and established poets of the area.  The festival’s events spanned all across the San Gabriel Valley and were all highly successful and a strong testament to the vitality of Poetry.

2013 SGV Poetry Festival logo (courtesy of 2013sgvpf.blogspot.com)

 

One of the SGV Poetry Festival’s events was the 4th Annual SGV Poetry in Motion, a teen and youth poetry competition and open mic showcase held at the Arcadia Public Library. A joint venture of the Library and Nuvein, the event hosted over 30 participants in the competition and open mic showcase portions.

From left to right: Apryl Skies, Xochitl Julissa-Bermejo, Don Campbell, Angela Moore, RIck Stepp-Bolling, and Gary Imperial (photo courtesy of Nuvein )

The event also served to connect the youth to the several poets and poetry group/small press organizers and publishers that served as judges for the event. Among the judges were poets Apryl Skies of Edgar & Lenore Publishing, Xochitl Julissa-Bermejo host of the HITCHED reading series at Beyond Baroque, Don Kingfisher Campbell of the SGV Poetry Festival, Angela Moore of Moms Write SGV, Rick Stepp-Bolling of the Coffee House Writers, and Gary Imperial of the Whittier Poetry Group.

Youth spectators and participants at SGV Poetry in Motion event. (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

All in all, a very successful event that celebrated the creative writing and spirit of middle school and high school aged youth in Arcadia and surrounding communities. The event enjoyed the attendance of over 50 youth and local community members.

DAC logo (courtesy of downeyarts.org)

As part of National Poetry Month, Nuvein was invited to participate in the inaugural edition of State of the Art. a public arts and arts resource fair, organized by the Downey Arts Coalition (DAC) and hosted by the Downey Moravian Church. The event hosted over 20 different artists and artist organizations from across the area and neighboring communities.

State of the Art event at the Downey Moravian Church (photo courtesy of the DAC)

Among the participants were the Last Minute Arts Collective, SGV Literature Festival, the Downey Museum of Art, Stay Gallery, and others.  Guests and participants were given a directory of arts groups and resources supplied by the DAC. The highly successful event brought to a close an artistically and culturally rich month full of celebrations and events that Nuvein was privileged to participate in. The event in fact, was the brain child of artist/poet/healer Roy Anthony Shabla of the Downey Arts Coalition and curator of the Green Salon, one of many arts programs offered by the DAC.

Nuvein at the State of the Art event organized by the Downey Arts Coalition (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

MAY

May 2013 brought greater participation and partnership for Nuvein with other San Gabriel Valley communities. This time with the community of South Pasadena, CA. The South Pasadena Arts Council or SPARC and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce both invited Nuvein to coordinate a poetry and spoken word event as part of the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk. As a result, Nuvein coordinated an event titled Vision and Voices of the Valley II: The Cultural Landscape of LA Poetry. The event unfolded against the backdrop of the beautiful Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.

Main entrance to Fremont Centre Theatre (photo courtesy of southpasadena.patch.com)

The event was hosted by the dynamic and talented Mike the Poet Sonksen and featured female  poets representative of the diverse poetic communities across Los Angeles County. Poets featured included Traci  Akemi Kato-Kiriyama, Blazhia Parker, Kimberly Cobian, and Jessica Wilson. Among poets participating in the open mic were Don Campbell, Chris Trevilla. Lee Boek, Karineh Mahdessian, Charles Davis, and others.

Mike the Poet Sonksen hosts the Vision & Voices of the Valley program at the SoPas Eclectic Music Festival & Artwalk SPARC stage (photo courtesy of Nuvein)

The successful showcasing of poetry and spoken word as part of the SPARC Stage lineup of performances at the Fremont Centre Theatre was a welcome addition to a day full of inspiring and memorable moments. The yearly event gathers crowds in the thousands who come to enjoy a one of a kind experience full of art in all its forms, a perfect environment for a dynamic partnership between Nuvein and SPARC to flourish and work together to showcase the literary world of art in a unique experience.

The band ‘Torches’ perform at the Emerging Artist Stage at the Eclectic Music Festival & Artwalk (photo courtesy of South Pasadena Chamber)

Not even halfway through the year, 2013 brought Nuvein from El Monte to West Covina, La Puente, Arcadia, Downey, and South Pasadena. If this part of the year was any indication of what lay ahead, Nuvein was in for an exhilarating remainder of 2013.

EDUCATE/ENCOURAGE/SHOWCASE

 

To be continued in 2013: A Nuvein Retrospective (Part II)

2013-4 Nuvein Board Nomination Season

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The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts is now soliciting and accepting statements of interest from individuals that wish to join the organization in helping promote its mission of spreading the arts, advocating for arts education, providing art showcase events, and providing artistic resources and opportunities to developing, aspiring, and established artists in the SGV and beyond.

 

The 2013-2014 Nuvein Nomination Season begins November 15th and ends December 15 of 2013.

 

For those that have already come forward and offered assistance and have expressed interest, many thanks. The Nuvein Board will meet to discuss nominations and review statements from those that have declared interest in the months ahead.

 

There are many ways to help with the mission of Nuvein such as volunteering at events, performing at events, serving on either our advisory board to develop programs and events, serving on program or event committees, or serving on the executive board that handles budgetary, legal, and all other technical and logistical matters that the organization, promotion, development of evens, scholarships, and other resources require. Of course, one of the best way to support Nuvein is to support and attend our events, encourage fellow artists to showcase and participate at these events, and finally enjoy (hopefully) being a part of our events.

Statements of Interest should simply provide:

  • a quick background on your experience with arts related organizations
  • and/or your current practice/exercising of an artistic discipline
  • as well as include what goal or project would you like to be a part of developing with the Nuvein Foundation.

For additional information on what to include in your statement of interest, please view/download our memo on 

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If you are interested in being considered for the Nuvein Executive Board, please contact us as follows:

To: nuvein@gmail.com
Subject: Nuvein Board – Nomination

Body of Message:
Introduction
Statement of Interest
Contact Information

We look forward to meeting any and all interested future board members!

Nuvein presents the 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte

 Since October 2010, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts has organized a yearly Dia de Los Muertos public outdoor event in the City of El Monte with the partnership, support, and sponsorship of the Downtown El Monte Business Association.

Every year, this event brings thousands to the Valley Mall area of El Monte to celebrate art, culture, community, and tradition.

This year’s 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte will showcase a full program complete with:

An outdoor gallery exhibition entitled ‘Arte y Altares’ a DDLM Exhibition, where artists are invited to participate with works of art inspired by the culture, traditions, and customs behind Dia de Los Muertos as well as create custom altar pieces to commemorate loved ones. Art submissions and altar creation requests are still being taken. For more information, please contact the curators

Chris Penalber – cprisechris001@gmail.com

Miguelito Calaveras- mykee1980@yahoo.com

Lisa Ruiz – passion4paint@verizon.net

ddlm2013galleryAlso being showcased at this event will tbe yearly tradition of showcasing of poetry and spoken word as part of the ‘Rincon De Poesia’ (Poet’s Corner). The Nuvein Foundation has invited several well known, emerging, published, and active poetry and spoken word performers from across Southern California to lend their voices, spirit, and passion to this growing event.

This year’s special guest poetic/spoken word performers are:

Karineh Mahdessian
Abram Gomez
Iris De Anda
Roberto Blanco
Xochitl Julissa-Bermejo
Henry Olivas
Jessica Ceballos
David Romero

We will profile each of these incredible spoken word performers in the next few days.

ddlm2010Also featured at this event will be performances and participation by:

El Monte Television (EMTV Channel 3) who will be providing the event with one of the two colorful guests hosts for this event. This event will be taped by the crew of EMTV Channel 3.

Mid Valley Radio (KMVR) will also be participating by providing the event with a special guest host, Lucia Flores, hostess of the popular ‘Rockin Rolas’ online radio program on KMVR.

DJ Quinto Sol Entertainment managed by Jesus Montoya, will provide a professional event sound and performance audio service that will surely set the right tone and liven up the mood throughout the event as our invited Event Sound System Manager and Engineer.

Danza Cuauhtemoc of Baldwin Park will open up the event with an invocation and traditional danza azteca ceremony and performance, providing a rich cultural backdrop and mystical and communal ambience of unity, culture, and tradition that will guide the event from beginning to the end.

Mariachi Los Pasajeros from Pico Rivera will provide the event with traditional mariachi music performance and will move the crowd to sing along and remember moments and memories of their native land of their ancestry and invite others to immerse themselves in Mexican culture and tradition.

Tlalliyolo Corazon de la Tierra, a juvenil/youth ballet folklorico group from Los Angeles will surely move our hearts to joy and wonder as their colorful display of traditional garb, music, and dance inspire us to take in the tapestry of traditions surrounding Dia de Los Muertos.

The Reyes Project, a latin rock unit, and invited guest performance courtesy of Arturo Esparza, producer of the ‘El Monte Tonight’ show on EMTV Channel 3, will surely get the crowd moving and grooving to the sounds of Latin rock.

Kalpulli Tlaltekuhtli, a traditional Danza Azteca group hailing from East Los Angeles will then round out the event, and bring the event back into the context of culture, tradition, and art.

A more detailed write up on this year’s performers will be forthcoming.

We hope to see you Saturday, October 19th, at the Valley Mall!

 

 

 

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

Redesigned La Puente Artwalk icon header by Heyzen Contreras

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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FB Event page

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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Nuvein Logo Header updated by Heyzen Contreras

 

2013 DDLM El Monte Sponsorships Available!

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For a limited time only, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts will be offering business and merchants from across the San Gabriel Valley the opportunity to sponsor the 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos El Monte 2013 event.

Nuvein will open up a Sponsorship Drive for the period of Aug 8th to Aug 9th to Aug 30th, a 3 week period in which local business and merchants can consider contributing towards this growing artistic and cultural event.

DDLM 2013 Sponsorship Drive
August 9th – August 30th, 2013

DDLM 2013 – El Monte Sponsorship Levels

El Recuerdo  ($100 level sponsorship)
“Acuerdame siempre”/“Remember me forever”

El Recuerdo level DDLM event sponsors will receive their company/brand’s logo on DDLM 2013 event flyers, posters, print/online publications, and mention on the final DDLM press release. Sponsors will receive a 2013 DDLM event poster and certificate of recognition from the Nuvein Foundation.

La Ofrenda ($250 level sponsorship)
“Lo que ofrezcas te realiza”/“What you offer and give fulfills you”

La Ofrenda level DDLM level DDLM event sponsors will receive their company/brand’s logo on DDLM 2013 event flyers, posters, print/online publications, and mention on the final DDLM press release. Nuvein will offer La Ofrenda level sponsors a complimentary 10×10 booth space at the DDLM El Monte 2013 event. Sponsors also will receive a 2013 DDLM event poster, a Nuvein DDLM t-shirt, and certificate of recognition from the Nuvein Foundation.

 
Nuestro Altar ($500 level sponsorship)
“En el altar nos reunimos todos”/“At the altar we all gather together”

Nuestro Altar level DDLM level DDLM event sponsors will receive their company/brand’s logo on DDLM 2013 event flyers, posters, print/online publications, and mention on the final DDLM press release. Nuvein will offer Nuestro Altar level sponsors a complimentary 10×10 booth space at the DDLM El Monte 2013 event, as well as be recognized on stage during the event. Sponsors also will receive a 2013 DDLM event poster, a Nuvein DDLM t-shirt, and certificate of recognition from the Nuvein Foundation.

OTHER INCENTIVES MAY APPLY. ALL DONATIONS TO THE NUVEIN FOUNDATION ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE ACCORDING TO CA AND FEDERAL TAX CODE. THE NUVEIN FOUNDATION FOR LITERATURE AND THE ARTS IS A CA 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATION.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Trevilla – Nuvein President, via email at ctrevilla@nuvein.org for any inquiries in regards to Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte 2013.

 

 

2012 Dia de los Muertos Performance Schedule

Every year, the Nuvein Foundation works with the Downtown El Monte Business Association to create an event that highlights the traditions, culture, and artistic vision that defines the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Valley Mall in Downtown El Monte, CA.

As part of the Centennial celebration of the incorporation of the city of El Monte, this event has secured acts that are deeply rooted in the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino traditions surrounding Dia de Los Muertos and are representative of the various regions of Mexico and Latin America that commemorate this event.

The 2012 Dia de Los Muertos organized by the Nuvein Foundation and sponsored by DEMBA is proud to present this years performers:

Event Master of Ceremonies and Host:
Kimberly Cobian  (11am-6pm)

Kimberly Cobian is multi-cultural and multi-talented artist hailing from North Whittier, CA. She is a bilingual poet & writer, belly dance instructor & performer, consummate performance artist, and event organizer.

Kimberly  is the president of the ZzyZx WriterZ Group out of El Serreno, CA.  Her group  coordinated and produced the Poetrypalooza Tour in August of 2012 to rave reviews and record attendances in venues all over LA County.

She also serves on the Executive Board of the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts.

 

Event DJ and Sound Systems Coordinator
DJ Quinto Sol  – Jesus Montoya  (11am-6pm)

Jesus Montoya (DJ Quinto Sol) is a premier entertainment and event producer hailing from Dana Point, CA. Jesus’ company, DJ Quinto Sol Entertainment, has been organizing and entertaining at events since 1995 all over CA and across the Continental United States.  DJ Quinto Sol is a member of the Orange County – Southern California chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association.

A proud and devoted father, avid entertainer, dedicated philantro-activist, DJ Quinto Sol will have everyone in the crowd energized and entertained during any event and setting. He is bound to ‘echarle sabor’ to any party/event and make even the most reluctant get up and dance.

 

Opening Performance (12pm-1245pm)
Danza Cuauhtemoc Baldwin Park

Danza Cuauhtemoc is a Aztec Danza group hailing from Baldwin Park. CA under the guidance and instruction of Chris Silva. They offer community classes in Aztec Danza for children, youth, and adults of all ages.

Danza Cuauhtemoc is committed to preserving the traditions of Aztec/Mexica culture. Danza Cuauhtemoc has performed at Dia de Los Muertos events all over LA/SGV. They have performed at all Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos.

 

Second Performance (1:15pm-2:00pm)
Mariachi Solecitos de Jose Hernandez

Mariachi Solecitos is a premier all adolescent and youth age mariachi group under the instruction of Jose Hernandez, director of the Mariachi Sol de Mexico, proprietor of Cielito Lindo Restaurant, and head of the Mariachi Heritage Society.

The Solecitos, like their acclaimed counterparts, have performed at venues, festivals, and concerts all across the country. The Solecitos mariachi group are instructed in the traditions and discipline of mariachi by the school run by director Hernandez and the Mariachi Heritage Society. Their performance is sure to amaze and delight one and all.

 

Third Performance (2:30pm-3:15pm)
Eugenio Torres & Grupo P.O.E.S.I.A.

Eugenio “Genio” Torres is a poet, singer-s0ngwriter with Mexican and Latin American roots that influence his compositions. His works speak of social justice, faith, love, loss, and the conflicts that tradition and progress create.

Eugenio and fellow Latino and Mexican-American poet(a)s, singers, and performers have formed Poetas Organizados en un Espacio Social, Intelectual, y Artistico (P.O.E.S.I.A.) a group that has toured all over California, parts of Mexico, and across the US, organizing great events for the Hispanic communities and its poetic voices.

 

Fourth Performance (3:45pm-4:30pm)
Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet

Bernard Garcia, also known as B.b. Garcia and his group of musicians fuse afro-cuban, tropical, and California folk into Mexican-Carribean stylings that have delighted crowds all across Los Angeles, as well as the La Puente Artwalk.

Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet have performed at venues such as the Yost Theatre at their “Noche de Boleros” event, and at various cultural events.  This year they will be touring Day of the Dead events across the San Gabriel Valley, specifically, in Uptown Whittier, Rose Hills, El Monte, and Alhambra. Their music will delight you in a joyful nostalgia.

Closing Performance (5:00pm-5:45pm)
Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Studio Danza

Located in Whittier under the direction of Luisa Macias since 2007, the various performance teams have participated and been recognized at competitions all across the United States.

Having expanded to include the Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Studio Danza has only served to offer youth, children, and adolescent dancers with opportunities to grow in this traditional Mexican dance form. The Ballet Folklorico de Colores has performed at events all across California at cultural and community events in Whittier, El Monte, Pico Rivera, Long Beach, and other communities.

 

We look forward to delighting our event crowd with these and other offerings of art, culture, music, poesia, and entertainment.

See you all on October 27th!