Arts organization provides decade of access to Art across San Gabriel Valley


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.


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.


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.


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 or at the organization’s facebook page at you can send an email to

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.



SPARC Exhibition @ Leisa Collins Art Studio

SPARC Exhibition @ Leisa Collins Art Studio

March 8 – 29, 2014

South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) announces its latest exhibition project taking place from March 8 – 29, 2014 at the Leisa Collins Art Studio, 812 Fremont Ave, #101, South Pasadena California 91030.

Curated by Leisa Collins and Howard Spector, the Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 6-9 pm as part of the South Pasadena Spring Arts Crawl.

Howard Spector is Director of SPARC and Principal of Skyework Consulting. He works with non-profit organizations on program development, planning, and arts education; and with artists on exhibitions and projects.

He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo; is a professional visual artist and has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. His work is included in numerous public and private collections and Thistle & Weed Press published his first book of digital images, Dialog Box, a collaboration with poet Jay Brecker, in 2012.

Leisa Collins is a native of Auckland, New Zealand. She embarked on her artistic career in the late 1970′s. At the age of 17 she abandoned the confines of formal art training, opting to learn her craft by traveling across New Zealand and capturing its rugged beauty in her paintings.

She continued her travels around the world and set up a studio in Alexandria, Virginia and became actively involved in the Alexandria community. She served as a commissioner on the Commission for the Arts, formed a community art nexus of active local visual artists, and completed a number of public art projects. She travels extensively, enjoying the freedom of making her living from her art. In 2013 Leisa decided to head west and has now made South Pasadena, California her home.

Fifteen artists in different media were selected for this exhibition. They are: Michael Childs, Brian Cho, Dominique Heffley, Cathy Perlmutter, Paul Grab, Andrea Bogdan, Valerio Ventura, Vanessa Schoth, Carol Dequech, Janet Milhomme, Ashley Nunn, Garey Porter, Cody Patterson, Clare Hebert, and Michiko Ito.

In addition SPARC will host a closing event on Saturday, March 29, from 6-8pm at the Leisa Collins Art Studio

Come out for an evening on the town, enjoy music, food and fun time and stop by to see the exhibition and also artwork by Leisa Collins. Admission to the opening reception is free as part of the Arts Crawl.