Ryan Storms

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Ryan Storms is a graphic design artist,  fashion entrepreneur, business owner, and event promoter from Los Angeles with deep roots in El Monte, South El Monte, and La Puente.

Ryan came into contact with the Nuvein Foundation through Enrique Diaz, who was then promoting arts and culture in the San Gabriel Valley as well as digital media and design studies at the recently launched Digital Business and Design College (DBD) in El Monte. Ryan was attending South El Monte Chamber mixers at the time and later enrolled at DBD, where he was taught web, media, and graphic design.

Ryan was the first recipient of the Nuvein Visionary Scholarship, which allowed him to continue his media and design studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

 

As Ryan furthered  his studies at DBD and then the ACCD, he became involved in the Nuvein Foundation, and has since been a constant help to the organization reaching out to local students and the business community in the San Gabriel Valley.

Never one to back down from anything, Ryan began his own marketing and clothing line, SLC Collection, which he established in El Monte. Combining his skills acquired in media and web design, unique fashion sense, and an aggressive social media strategy, SLC Collection quickly became a major distributor of urban/alternative fashion.

In addition to enterprise, Ryan has made ample connections across the music/television industry as both an artist/fashionista business owner and event promoter with Klub Events. Ryan has helped organized and promote events in Los Angeles, across California, and Las Vegas.

Ryan’s primary motivation to volunteer with Nuvein is to empower students and youth to dream big and work hard to reach their own goals on their own terms – no holding back.

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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.

Bryan Coreas

Bryan Coreas is a native of La Puente, California and a proud graduate of Bassett High School. While studying at Pomona College, Bryan coordinated various initiatives including Pomona Partners, a program aimed at connecting with 7th and 8th graders to the prospect of college, the arts and current events. Always looking for new challenges, Bryan played the role of both mentor and actor as a part of Theatre for Young Audiences, an ever-growing transformative theatre program for middle and high school students at Fremont Academy.

After graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics, Bryan returned to Pomona College as the inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Education Outreach at the Draper Center, coordinating the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success. His passion for education and art stems from his goal to see communities become proud of their heritage, especially in the local youth. His facilitation skills help to build relationships with the community by empowering its members to engage in dialogue that promotes educational and artistic achievement.

In his spare time, Bryan enjoys practicing his culinary skills and implementing daily exercise alongside his dog, all while capturing his adventures and the local landscape with his camera.

Since 2014, Bryan has proudly served Nuvein as the Executive Board Secretary and as Director of Educational Outreach.

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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.
Photo credit – James Plascencia
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Upcoming events

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March 15th, 2014 – La Puente Artwalk
La Puente Branch of the LA County Library
1pm-6pm
The Nuvein Foundation will partner with the LA County Supervisor’s Office for Gloria Molina and the LA County Library – La Puente Branch to host a children’s chalk art activity (with volunteers from 2pm-4pm), will have a booth handing out information on the Foundation (1pm-4pm) and its events as well as other art events/resources locally, and will coordinate a children’s art workshop inside the Library (4pm-6pm). Volunteers should contact the Nuvein Foundation. For other inquiries, please contact Jeanette Freels (jfreels@library.lacounty.gov) the LA County Library – La Puente Branch
April 18th, 2014 – SGV Poetry in Motion: A Teen and Youth Poetry Competition and Showcase
Arcadia Library – Cay Mortenson Auditorium
3pm-5pm
The Nuvein Foundation will partner with the Arcadia Library to host a Poetry Competition and Showcase for students (grades 6-12) that will be hosted by Kimberly Cobian and a special guest young poet host. Students in the competition portion of the event will be judged by a poet’s panel (this year the ZZyZx WriterZ Group) and awards will be given in various categories. Students in the Showcase (Open Mic) portion will be eligible for a single prize for overall performance and delivery.Interested students should contact Petra Morris (pmorris@ci.arcadia.ca.us) the Arcadia Library for details  This event participates as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival (https://www.facebook.com/SGVPoetryFestival)
April 19th, 2014 – PEER POET PROGRAM: Show, Tell, Reveal
Montebello Regional Library Branch of the LA County Library
3pm-430pm
The Nuvein Foundation will offer a free community poetry program for students (grades 8-12) on poetry techniques that will also include peer exercises that will partner students to poets from across Literary Los Angeles. Chris Trevilla, president of the Foundation and published poet, will be leading this interactive workshop. For additional details, contact Beth Krupsaw (bkrupsaw@library.lacounty.gov) at the Montebello Library.This event participates as part of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival (https://www.facebook.com/SGVPoetryFestival)

 

UPMA! La Puente Art Walk on May 26th

The Nuvein Foundation, in partnership with the Twin Palms Recovery Center, East Valley Boys and Girls Club, parent volunteers from La Puente High School, members of both the Concerned Citizens Coalition of La Puente and the Old Town Business Association, La Puente LA County Public Library, La Puente Senior Center, local Old Town Businesses, and with endorsement and support of the La Puente City Council have prepared a great community arts event set to take place Saturday, May 26th, from 1-10pm in Old Town La Puente.

The Nuvein Foundation will be hosting a booth space to offer guests maps of the event, information about the foundation’s work and projects, and will have a donation box accepting any and all gifts to help it continue its charitable work of connecting cultures, communities, local organizations, artists, and business to improve SGV society one community at a time.

The Nuvein Foundation invites all to  join us in the second edition of a quarterly celebration of local Community and Art in Old Town La Puente (along Main St and 1st St).

The following is a itinerary and description of this event:

SIX GALLERIES OF ART!!! 3pm – 10pm

Arte Cabalturo (w/live music)  3pm-10pm     (event information here)

Cafe Coco Na Dre  3pm-10pm      (venue information here)

Ecclectic Art gallery (w/live music)  5pm-8pm
(at upstairs Hall behind Francisco’s Halloween Shop)

One Hour Tazes (w/ live music) 5pm-10pm

La Puente Senior Center               5pm-8pm (venue information here)

Trunk Trends Fashions                  3pm-10pm (venue information here)

 

THREE WINDOW ART DISPLAYS!!!  3pm-10pm

J&A Formal Wear                           3pm-10pm (venue information here)

El  Manantial                                     3pm-10pm

Main Line CG                                     3pm-10pm (venue information here)

 

FAMILY AND KID ACTIVITY! 2pm -4pm

Sidewalk chalk program for kids and families at the La Puente branch of the LA County Library organized by the East Valley Boys and Girls Club and volunteers from La Puente High School.

For more information on the library, including contact information, go here.

 

OUTDOOR BAZAAR & BBQ AREA!! 3pm-10pm

3pm-6pm BBQ

3pm-10pm vendors

Featuring vendors of various arts and crafts, as well as a FREE community bbq for artwalk attendees and La Puente residents at the Twin Palms Recovery Center. Venue information here.

 

OUTDOOR BAZAAR & STAGE FOR MUSICAL AND DANCE PERFORMANCES!!! 3pm-10pm

4pm-3:30pm live dance/music
6:30pm-8pm live dance/music

3pm-10pm vendors

Featuring vendors of various items and crafts, and an outdoor stage to have Belly dance, Zumba Demonstration, Live Bands, and more! At Trunk Trends Fashions lot.

For more information on performers and entertainment please go here.

 

VINYL SPUN VERSES
POETRY/SPOKEN WORD FEATURE AND OPEN MIC 8pm-10pm

Featuring and hosted by David Romero at Vinyl Saurs Records.
Event information here,  venue information here, and host information here.

 

CROP & SHOP SCRAPBOOKING WORKSHOP 7pm-10pm

Walk ins welcomed at the ScrapBook Cafe. Venue information here.