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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Poet’s Corner/Rincon de Poesia returns at DDLM 2012

As part of the celebrations at the Nuvein Foundation’s 3rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos event in El Monte, entertainment will again 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 poetry,  prose, and spoken word at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets and writers 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 Whittier Poetry Group; members of the South El Monte Arts Posse; as well as members from the San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group, and many more!

Poets and writers, as well as writing/poetry groups interesed in taking part will be offered free table space to display their works and engage the local El Monte and SGV community at Dia de Los Muertos 2012.

An hosted open mic will be held in conjunction with the hosted space for poets and writers, and will be hosted by well known local Los Angeles poet(a) with SGV roots.

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

 

UPMA! Artwalk heats ups Old Town La Puente

On the 18th day of August  in Old Town La Puente, in spite of scorching heat, community, artists, business, vendors, classic car clubs, musicians, public officials, and poets came together to put together Un Poquito Mas Arte! (UPMA!) along 1st, 2nd, Main St. and Glendora Ave in La Puente.

UPMA! Old Town La  Puente Artwalk is a quarterly event in cooperation with the La Puente City Hall, the Old Town Business Association, Twin Palms Recovery Center, East Valley Boys and Girls Club, the La Puente Senior Center, La Puente Branch of the LA County Library as well as local businesses, and involved community members.

This 3rd edition of the La Puente Artwalk hosted a reported crowd of 0ver 500 attendees as the event unfolded across various venues in Old Town La Puente.

Here is a listing of events/galleries involved:


Arte Cabalturo Studio & Gallery
, the resident Old Town La Puente gallery curated by Art Lopez, hosted a themed group art show entitled “Troll Below Monster Bazaar”, an art show that hosted over 20 artists, oddity vendors, live music, and performances. Arte Cabalturo’s show featured the dark and light side of faerie and fantasy, with images evocative of such iconic films such as HellBoy and Pan’s Labyrinth.

 

Café Coco Na Dre Gallery, the coffee house that began the entire artwalk, hosted a group art show as well as house a featured art show with live entertainment. The open arts show will feature local community art submissions. The featured art show was an curated exhibit of the ongoing “Activate Vacant” art project organized by the South El Monte Arts Posse. Live music and entertainment played throughout the day and well into the night, as the cafe also housed artistic vendors.

 

 

RiT Center, a local non-profit focusing on the holistic wellness of the person, in cooperation  with Trunk Trends Fashions Boutique, collaborated with galleRoy @  to host an artistic event curated by Roy Anthony Shabla that housed a featured artist gallery, a live music and performance stage curated by Gabriel Armenta hosting over 10 bands, and interactive elements for an event entitled “I am Awake In The Garden of Dreams”. Folks attending were encouraged to dress up as their favorite deity, 50 gift bags were raffled off to various guests, and refreshments were provided. An after hours artwalk event also took place with DJs spinning and crowds dancing. 

 

 

Francisco’s Hall (formerly the Fabric Shop) sponsored a group art exhibition of SGV artists and LA wide concert tour that together, took part in creating an artistic space full of art, poetry, music, and other performances at the former Fabric Shop locale in Old Town La Puente. The group exhibition featured an interactive art installation and experience, live graffiti art, photography and mixed media, as well avant garde traditional art on canvas. Live music, as well as a tour stop for Poetry Palooza, a LA wide touring concert of poetry, music, and art organized by the ZZyZx WriterZ group.  This event featured local La Puente poets, artists, and musicians.

 


Blazin’ PC Computer Repair  hosted a solo art show  entitled Into the Mind of Mark Gleason, which featured an Art Gallery, live performances, and live art.

 

Tic Tac Restaurant,  an Old Town La Puente local restaurant, hosted the a solo art exhibition featuring the works of Kiki Reina.

 

 The La Puente branch of the LA County Library hosted a children’s sidewalk chalk art program that was organized by members of the La Puente Library and the East Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Rocket Roasters Coffee Company, an upcoming Old Town La Puente café, opened their doors and hosted a featured artist gallery that also hosted several live music and performance sets by local musicians and acts. Attendees and participants in this event will be filmed and broadcast via web podcast to make this event interactive for all present at the event, and those interested from afar.

One Hour Taxes hosted “La Puente’s Got Talent” a talent showcase and competition that put music, dance, and performance on display at the Twin Palms Recovery Center vendor/booth area.

The La Puente Senior Center housed an exhibition of art work submitted by La Puente Senior center attendees.

The Scrap Book Café hosted an interactive scrap book workshop that welcomed all walk ins to participate in creating unique take home art projects.

Vinyl Saurs Records hosted a bring your own vinyl event, where attendees who bring their favorite record will be able to play a side for common enjoyment as well enjoy additional discounts on records, t-shirts, and other memorabilia.

Twin Palms Recovery Center hosted over 20 vendors of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other items. There was also DJ Mike Mercado who provided live music and on site broadcasting throughout the event.


UPMA! La Puente Artwalk ran from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday August 18th, 2012 in Old Town La Puente between Glendora Ave and Stimson Ave, along Main St, 1st and 2nd Streets. 

Nuvein works to establish a SGV Literary Arts Council

The SGV Literary Arts Council was an idea based out of the 3LP project. Both the council and the project are not currently focuses of Nuvein, but many positive outcomes were met by pursuing these goals. 

“We gather together now, all of us, simply on account of four reasons and four reasons only.

First, because it is beyond silly and escapes understanding that all us organizations, individuals, and groups that are working towards related ends [promoting literature, literacy, and creative expression or letters] should be so separate and apart from one another.

Second, because as much as our individual groups have achieved with our respective communities, and group of supporters, how much more could we achieve if we but work together, and we all need some form of help.

Third, because the San Gabriel Valley deserves our combined effort to unleash all of its suppressed, oppressed, and otherwise silent creative genius and force to be seen all around so as to rival other areas known for arts and culture.

Fourth and last, because we must think of those that will succeed us, those young artists and writers, poets and authors, that need us now more than ever, in stark times, to tell them ‘above all, in spite and despite it all, no matter what, write, write well, and write your heart out.” – Chris Trevilla

Beginning in March 2012, and meeting every two months afterwards, a collection of non-profits, writers clubs, poetry groups, and community organizations dedicated to the encouragement and support of writers of all genre began to meet in hopes of establishing greater partnerships between groups and members, as well as join together to provide greater support for each respective group.

Moderated by Christopher Trevilla, acting president of the Nuvein Foundation, and hosted by John Brantingham of Mount San Antonio College Creative Writing and curator of the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival, this collective welcomes any and all groups, individuals, and organizations working towards the empowerment of human expression in the written and spoken form. Thus these groups have gathered to form the Literary Arts Council of the San Gabriel Valley.

Among the groups represented, involved, or included in this collective are:

Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts aka Nuvein Foundation

Un Poquito Mas Arte! La Puente Art Walk (UPMA!)

San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival aka SGV LitFest

Valley Poets

Writer’s Club of WhittierPoetry Workshop aka Whittier Poetry Group

ZZyZx WriterZ Group aka ZZyZx WriterZ

PoetryPalooza

San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group aka Coffee House Writer’s Group

A Few Lines Magazine aka A Few Lines

Creepy Gnome Magazine aka Creepy Gnome

Emerging Urban Poets

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival

Between the Bars Open Mic


Parties interested in participating in this collective are encouraged contactany of the following members:

Chris Trevilla at ctrevilla@nuvein.org

John Brantingham at johnmbrantingham@aol.com.

Christine Marie Bryant at depodol@aol.com