3rd edition of Dia de Los Muertos returns to the Valley Mall in El Monte

On Saturday, October 27th, 2012 The Nuvein Foundation in partnership with the Downtown El Monte Business Asssociation will organize the 3rd annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the Valley Mall, in Dowtown El Monte. The event will run from 11am to 6pm.

Nuvein’s  Dia de Los Muertos will take place at the Valley Mall along Valley Blvd and Valley Mall Blvd. The event will boast a curated art gallery entitled ‘Callejon, Calacas, y Cultura’ along the Valley Mall, artists and artisans vending their traditional art, crafts, and wares in an outdoor Mercado facing Valley Blvd, a stage hosting traditional performance of mariachi, musical conjuntos, flamenco and ballet folklorico, poet(a)s and poem(a)s, as well as Aztec Danza between both avenues, as well as an arts installation by Arturo Lopez of Arte Cabalturo Studio in La Puente.

Nuvein’s Dia de los Muertos began in 2010 and drew a crowd of over 3,500 El Monte and SGV locals, and the 2011 year rose that number to just under 5,000. As the event enters its third year, both the Nuvein Foundation and the Downtown El Monte Business Association estimate the number to increase  as the event gains momentum over time.

The event this year is of remarkable note, as it takes place during El Monte’s Centennial year. For this reason,  the Nuvein Foundation happily offers any success in this event as a shining example of the Hispanic community’s many contributions to El Monte’s storied history, proving that a common tradition among all cultures is the celebration of life, even after death.

All of us here at the Nuvein Foundation hope to see all of El Monte’s community members, and all of you wonderful gente at our annual event this October.

See you there!

Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
11am – 6pm
Valley Mall- El Monte, CA

Event FB page

For information on getting a booth at Dia de Los Muertos 2012, go here.

For information on performances for Dia de Los Muertos 2012, go here.

For information on the event layout/map of the Dia de Los Muertos 2012 event, go here.

For information on the Art Exhibition at Dia de Los Muertos, go here.

Rincon de Poesia / Poet’s Corner at Dia de Los Muertos

As part of the celebrations at the Nuvein Foundation’s 2nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte event, entertainment will this year include the addition of poets/poetas from all over Southern California. The event will have spoken word artists from LA, OC, and SGV.

The event will feature award-winning spoken word performances by: Mike the Poet, Radomir V. Luza, Rick Stepp-Bollin, Christopher Trevilla, Kimberly Cobian, and others.

The spoken word will also be showcased at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead and the living, as well as showcasing the several works of poetry and poetic groups and organizations from across Southern California.

Among the groups to be featured at the event will be the members of the ZZyZx WriterZ  group from Los Angeles; members of the Spartan Cafe Poetry Club from Schurr High School in Montebello; members from the Whittier Poetry Group; members from the Unbuckled NOHO Poetry Open Mic of North Hollywood; members of the Spoken Word @ the Last Bookstore from Downtown Los Angeles, members of the San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group, and many more!

For more information on how to participate, email Christopher Trevilla of the Nuvein Foundation at ctrevilla@nuvein.org

2011 Dia De Los Muertos – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE SECOND ANNUAL EL MONTE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATES THE
FAMOUS DAY OF THE DEAD WITH A PAGEANTRY OF ALTAR CREATIONS,
COLORFUL TRADITIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE

EL MONTE, CA (September 2011) – The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts presents the 2nd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, October 29 from 12 pm until 5 pm at The Valley Mall, 10933 Valley Mall in El Monte. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the free Day of the Dead Celebration making it the largest event in El Monte’s history.

The all day, family festival will showcase more than 50 beautiful 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.

In addition, a Galleria de los Muertos exhibit 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.

Throughout the free celebration, attendees can enjoy a variety of dance performances including Aztec dances by Danza Cuautemoc Baldwin Park and Danza Azteca Kalpulli tlatekuhtli, as well as fusion hip hop by popular dance ensemble Studio Danza Dancers, and vibrant folklorico by Ballet Folklorico de Colores. Los Angeles emerging and established spoken word poets will add to the colorful celebration performing throughout the day.  The spoken word will also be showcased at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead.

The festival will also host a large children’s area which includes various children’s arts and activities.  Gourmet traditional Mexican dishes will be sold, giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican cuisine.

The 2nd 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.

For more information on the 2nd Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos visit:
http://nuvein.org/dia-de-los-muertos/
OR
call the Nuvein Foundation at 626.600.2780.

Event Day Highlights include:

  • Five-hours of culturally rich programming from top Southern California artists
  • Award-winning spoken word performances by: Mike the Poet, Radomir V. Luza, Rick Stepp-Bollin, Christopher Trevilla, and Kimberly Cobian
  • Over 50 artists showcasing unique art works, traditional songs, stories and dance highlighting Mexican culture including a Galleria de los Muertos
  • Over 50 Dia De Los Muertos – Paper Mache skulls created by local area middle school children

Artwork by Javier Hernandez.

Call for Artwork – GALERÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

Call for Art and Submission GuidelinesThe Second Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Location: 10933 Valley Mall El Monte, CA 91731 (Outdoor Event)

Artwork must be picked up from Nuvein Advisory Board Member, Grasiela Rodriguez the first week of November 2011 (unless other arrangement has been made)
3400 Aerojet Ave, Suite 177
El Monte, CA 91731

This exhibit will explore the rituals of the Day of the Dead that venerate and celebrate the dearly departed. Death was considered a passage to a new life to the indigenous people of Mexico. It is believed that the spirits of the dead return to earth for one day of the year to be with their loved ones. The Day of the Dead is a way in which the living remembers and honors their departed relatives. To those unaware of the customs of the holiday it may sound morbid but it is anything but that. It is a festive and colorful holiday.

Artists are asked to research the Day of the Dead/Día De Los Muertos and include references to the traditional and cultural aspects that go along with the holiday. It is encouraged that the artwork submitted serves as a way to educate the viewer. Only two-dimensional work will be accepted. Artwork that examines rituals honoring the deceased and/or pays tribute to departed ancestors is encouraged.

All accepted artwork will be on view at the exhibit held at El Monte’s Second Annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival. This is an outdoor show.

Submissions must include:
– Artist’s first and last name, telephone number and email address
– Title of work, dimensions, price of each piece unless indicated NFS (not for sale)
– Low res jpeg of the work

All accepted work must be received by October 27, 2011. Nuvein Advisory Board will coordinate the delivery and pick-up of original artwork with the artist.

Digital Format: Digital images can be submitted by e-mail (send to: gras37@hotmail.com).

To send via email: The email should include the artist’s full name as subject along with ‘DIA DE LOS MUERTOS SUBMISSION.’ (Send to: gras37@hotmail.com).

The images must meet the following specifications:

File names = artist’s last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number.
(i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg).

The image files should be in low resolution (for viewing purpose only) JPEG format, images should be approximately 5” x 7” and 72 dpi. (does not have to be exact, just don’t send high resolution images). The images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include text info or borders that are not part of the actual work.

Sale of Work: All work, unless indicated as not for sale (NFS), will be available for sale during exhibit. Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts will retain a commission of 10% on all artwork sold during the exhibition. Artists will be required to sign an entry form upon delivery of the artwork.
Questions? Contact Grasiela Rodriguez at gras37@hotmail.com or contact Nuvein Foundation at
(626) 600-2780 to leave a message.