Dia de Los Muertos events take root in the San Gabriel Valley

Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a celebration of the memory of those that have passed, and a rejoicing in the legacy of tradition, wisdom, joy,  and love that they leave behind to family, friends, and community.

This celebration is commemorated by Hispanic and Latino communities all across the San Gabriel Valley throughout the month of October and early November.

The Nuvein Foundation is happy to be a part of that celebration for the sister city communities of El Monte and South El Monte. Especially due to the centennial celebration of the founding of El Monte, and the storied and rich cultural, artistic, and historical contributions of Mexican Americans and other Hispanic and Latino communities to the growth of El Monte.

In the spirit of sharing all known Dia de Los Muertos events across the San Gabriel Valley, here is an incomplete but extensive listing of events known (thus far) to be organized and take place this October and early November.

 

Enjoy!

For information on the Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos, click here.

 

Pasadena ARC Dia de los Muertos
November 2nd and 3rd, 2012

1158 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
$20 General Admission
For info call (800) 838-3006

Organizer(s): ARC Pasadena, Danza Floricanto USA

Website(s): here

 

Rose Hills 3rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Cultural Festival
Sunday October 28th, 2012
11am to 5:30pm

3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Entrance Gate 1 – (Follow signs to SkyRose Chapel)
Whittier, CA 90601

Organizer(s): Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
Website(s): here

 

The Folk Tree 29th Annual Day of the Dead Altars and Ephemera Show
October 6 – November 4th, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 1 – 6 PM
Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5.

217 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information, call 626/795-8733 or 626/793-4828.

Organizer – The Folk Tree
Website(s): here

 

Baldwin Park Dia De Los Muertos: Fiesta Del Alma
October 1st – November 3rd
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

14403-B East Pacific Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 214 – 1601

Organizer: Baldwin Park – Arts and Recreation Center (ARC)
Website(s): here

 

Cal Poly Pomona 18th Annual Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Friday November 2nd, 2012
5pm

Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education
Building 95
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Organizer(s): Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education, Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department.

Website(s): here and  here

 

Covina Dia de Los Muertos 2012
Saturday, October 27th
5-10 pm
Covina Park
301 N. Fourth Ave.
Covina, CA 91723

Organizer(s): Covina Cultural Arts Advisory Commission, Covina Parks & Recreation Department

Website(s): here
 

Monrovia Public Library – Dia de Los Muertos
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

321 S Myrtle Ave,
Monrovia, CA  91016

Organizer – Monrovia Public Library
Website(s): here

 

7th Annual Uptown Whittier Dia de Los Muertos Art & Music Festival
Sunday, October 14th, 2012
10am – 5pm
13100 Philadelphia St.
Uptown Whittier, CA 90601

Organizer – Casita del Pueblo

Website(s): here

 

Alhambra Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
1pm-5pm

San Gabriel High School
801 S. Ramona St.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Organizer(s): Alhambra Latino Association

Website(s): here

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.

 

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.