Meet the Team

Our board is a mosaic of cultures, backgrounds, artistic interests/passions, voices and visions. We aim to provide arts education programs, supports, and resources, encourage emerging and aspiring artists within their community and showcase the rise of arts and culture across the SGV region. Each member of Nuvein is a volunteer and not a single person gets a salary from our fundraising efforts. All money raised goes back into the community through our current projects.

*    Enrique de Jesus Diaz, Late Executive Board President


1.    VACANT, Executive Board President
2.    Miguel Sankitts, Executive Board Vice President / Events
3.    Jeffrey Bickel, Executive Board Treasurer / Events
4.    Roberta Lujan, Sgt-at-Arms
5.    Bryan Coreas, Secretary / Educational Outreach
6.    Lucia Flores, Director
7.    Kimberly Cobian, Director
8.    Christopher Trevilla, Director / Communications and Development
9.    Ryan Storms, Director
10.  Michael Ian Churchman, Director
11.   Maria Estela Diaz, Director
1.    Sean Telles,  Associate Director / Communications and Development
2.    Timo Curtiss, Associate Director/ Arts Programs
3.    Javier Hernandez
4.    Renato Aguirre
5.    Jody Bush
6.    Tina Flores
6.    Lisa Ruiz
7.    Sylvia Lopez
8.    Carlos Aranibar
9.    Ana Bernal
10.  Tracy Ramirez
11.  Roy Anthony Shabla
12.  Adrian Diaz
13.  Tatiana Diaz
14.  Manuel “Manny Lynx”


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:

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

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 or contact Nuvein Foundation at
(626) 600-2780 to leave a message.