2012 Dia de los Muertos Performance Schedule

Every year, the Nuvein Foundation works with the Downtown El Monte Business Association to create an event that highlights the traditions, culture, and artistic vision that defines the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Valley Mall in Downtown El Monte, CA.

As part of the Centennial celebration of the incorporation of the city of El Monte, this event has secured acts that are deeply rooted in the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino traditions surrounding Dia de Los Muertos and are representative of the various regions of Mexico and Latin America that commemorate this event.

The 2012 Dia de Los Muertos organized by the Nuvein Foundation and sponsored by DEMBA is proud to present this years performers:

Event Master of Ceremonies and Host:
Kimberly Cobian  (11am-6pm)

Kimberly Cobian is multi-cultural and multi-talented artist hailing from North Whittier, CA. She is a bilingual poet & writer, belly dance instructor & performer, consummate performance artist, and event organizer.

Kimberly  is the president of the ZzyZx WriterZ Group out of El Serreno, CA.  Her group  coordinated and produced the Poetrypalooza Tour in August of 2012 to rave reviews and record attendances in venues all over LA County.

She also serves on the Executive Board of the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts.

 

Event DJ and Sound Systems Coordinator
DJ Quinto Sol  – Jesus Montoya  (11am-6pm)

Jesus Montoya (DJ Quinto Sol) is a premier entertainment and event producer hailing from Dana Point, CA. Jesus’ company, DJ Quinto Sol Entertainment, has been organizing and entertaining at events since 1995 all over CA and across the Continental United States.  DJ Quinto Sol is a member of the Orange County – Southern California chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association.

A proud and devoted father, avid entertainer, dedicated philantro-activist, DJ Quinto Sol will have everyone in the crowd energized and entertained during any event and setting. He is bound to ‘echarle sabor’ to any party/event and make even the most reluctant get up and dance.

 

Opening Performance (12pm-1245pm)
Danza Cuauhtemoc Baldwin Park

Danza Cuauhtemoc is a Aztec Danza group hailing from Baldwin Park. CA under the guidance and instruction of Chris Silva. They offer community classes in Aztec Danza for children, youth, and adults of all ages.

Danza Cuauhtemoc is committed to preserving the traditions of Aztec/Mexica culture. Danza Cuauhtemoc has performed at Dia de Los Muertos events all over LA/SGV. They have performed at all Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos.

 

Second Performance (1:15pm-2:00pm)
Mariachi Solecitos de Jose Hernandez

Mariachi Solecitos is a premier all adolescent and youth age mariachi group under the instruction of Jose Hernandez, director of the Mariachi Sol de Mexico, proprietor of Cielito Lindo Restaurant, and head of the Mariachi Heritage Society.

The Solecitos, like their acclaimed counterparts, have performed at venues, festivals, and concerts all across the country. The Solecitos mariachi group are instructed in the traditions and discipline of mariachi by the school run by director Hernandez and the Mariachi Heritage Society. Their performance is sure to amaze and delight one and all.

 

Third Performance (2:30pm-3:15pm)
Eugenio Torres & Grupo P.O.E.S.I.A.

Eugenio “Genio” Torres is a poet, singer-s0ngwriter with Mexican and Latin American roots that influence his compositions. His works speak of social justice, faith, love, loss, and the conflicts that tradition and progress create.

Eugenio and fellow Latino and Mexican-American poet(a)s, singers, and performers have formed Poetas Organizados en un Espacio Social, Intelectual, y Artistico (P.O.E.S.I.A.) a group that has toured all over California, parts of Mexico, and across the US, organizing great events for the Hispanic communities and its poetic voices.

 

Fourth Performance (3:45pm-4:30pm)
Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet

Bernard Garcia, also known as B.b. Garcia and his group of musicians fuse afro-cuban, tropical, and California folk into Mexican-Carribean stylings that have delighted crowds all across Los Angeles, as well as the La Puente Artwalk.

Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet have performed at venues such as the Yost Theatre at their “Noche de Boleros” event, and at various cultural events.  This year they will be touring Day of the Dead events across the San Gabriel Valley, specifically, in Uptown Whittier, Rose Hills, El Monte, and Alhambra. Their music will delight you in a joyful nostalgia.

Closing Performance (5:00pm-5:45pm)
Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Studio Danza

Located in Whittier under the direction of Luisa Macias since 2007, the various performance teams have participated and been recognized at competitions all across the United States.

Having expanded to include the Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Studio Danza has only served to offer youth, children, and adolescent dancers with opportunities to grow in this traditional Mexican dance form. The Ballet Folklorico de Colores has performed at events all across California at cultural and community events in Whittier, El Monte, Pico Rivera, Long Beach, and other communities.

 

We look forward to delighting our event crowd with these and other offerings of art, culture, music, poesia, and entertainment.

See you all on October 27th!

 

 

2012 Young Artist Expo

 

On Thursday, June 7th, 2012 from 2pm-5pm, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts will host the “Young Artists Expo” at the Club Cubano del Valle de San Gabriel/San Gabriel Valley Cuban Club (Cuban Club) located at10960 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte, CA 91731.

The Nuvein Foundation, sponsored by the Community Building Initiative or CCF, will host an event that will provide educational resources as well as information to high school age students in El  Monte interested In pursuing a degree and career in the Arts. This event will also host featured speakers from various artistic disciplines who will speak to the students about how to pursue a career in these fields.

The Nuvein Foundation will also be providing all participants with information on various artistic support groups, events, and organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Juniors (11th graders) in attendance will be given an application for the Nuvein Foundation’s Enrique Diaz Visionary Scholarship, which will award scholarships for arts oriented and college bound students.

ITINERARY OF EVENT

11am-12pm: Nuvein Opens Location
12pm- 1:30pm: Event set up (Speakers,Table presentors)
1:30pm-2:00pm: Sound Check
2:00pm-2:40pm: Opening Mixer/Resource Tables
2:40pm-3:00pm: Welcome & Introductions – Chris Trevilla/Nuvein
3:00pm-3:15pm: First Speaker (Theater/Theater Production) –Jose Esparza
3:15pm-3:30pm: Second Speaker (Dance/Choreography) –Luisa Macias
3:30pm-3:45pm: Third Speaker (Writing/Publishing) –Scott Noon Creley
3:45pm-4:00pm: Fourth Speaker (Art/Animation) –Raul Aguirre Jr.
4:00pm-4:20pm: Panel Discussion
4:20pm-5:00pm: Closing Mixer/Resource Tables/Nuvein Scholarship 5:00pm: Closing and Acknowledgments
5:00pm-6:00pm: Clean up and Close Location

Featured Speakers will include:

Raul Aguirre Jr. – Artist/Animator/Creator and Director/Producer behind Studio Raul and Host of the Man vs. Art blog and podcast show.

 


Luisa Macias-  Dancer/Dance Instructor and Director of Studio Danza of Whittier and Ballet Folklorico de Colores.

 


Jose Esparza – Dancer/Actor/Dance & Theatre Instructor and Production Team member of the Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse.

 


Scott Noon Creley – Adjunct English and Creative Writing Instructor at Whittier College, Writer/Author/Poet & Committee member of the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival.

Inquiries for this event can be sent to the Nuvein Foundation at info@nuvein.org, while parties interested in participation and exhibiting at this event are urged to contact any member of the Nuvein Executive Board.

Event page (Facebook)

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.