Welcome to Cafe Cultura's November 2015 newsletter! 

We are excited to update you as we work to fulfill our mission.


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories #ArtInThePark #WordsToActions #RiseUp

Café Cultura is an award-winning arts, culture, and youth development organization that promotes unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim oral and written traditions, and become leaders in their communities. 

We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits.  This newsletter helps us keep you informed of our growth as an organization. You can find more updates on our Facebook (facebook.com/cafecultura), Issuu (issuu.com/cafecultura/docs), Instagram (instagram.com/cafeculturadenver), Flickr (flickr.com/photos/cafecultura/sets), and Youtube (youtube.com/user/cafeculturavideos) accounts.

Cafe Cultura's open mic
w/ spoken word, music, food, art, door prizes, & community!

Spread the word...Bring your family & friends!!!!!   

Note: Make sure to come early to sign up and get a good seat.

WHAT: All ages showcase (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month....November 13th, December 11th, January 8th

---> Doors open w/ Vendors, Food for Sale, Door Prizes, & Live Art @ 7pm
---> Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia (9th Ave & Galapago St)

$3 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

Featured Performers:
---->Vaniesha Egypt (Biomedical Science major @ CSU)

----> PARAMIDA (Native Alternative-Rock band from Denver):  We're a young, upcoming band from Arvada, Colorado that has been playing together for two years now. Our band members include, Jacob Ball (Percussion), Joshua Ball (Vocals/Guitar), and Joe Mondragon (Vocals/Guitar). In the last year we've played numerous shows in the Denver Metro area, including being selected to participate in the Herman's Hideaway-Westword's "Best of The West" music competition in Denver. We have proudly represented the Native American, Mile High Unity Youth Group, as well as the Stronghold Society Organization at some of this years performances.
PARAMIDA - Foo Fighters, My Hero (cover)
PARAMIDA - Foo Fighters, My Hero (cover)

----> Live art by Matt Barkhausen Matt Barkhausen is a citizen of the Skarure' Kahtenu'aka (Tuscarora - People of the Cypress) Nation, and a member of the American Indian Movement. He is the Owner/Creative Director of Fourth World Creative, an indigenous design studio and clothing label. He is a 2010 Graduate Fellow of the First Nations Development Institute's LEAD fellowship for Native American nonprofit leaders, and a 2010 Graduate Fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership's political leaders fellowship. He served two consecutive two year terms as a commissioner on the Denver American Indian Commission for the Denver Mayor's Office of Human Rights and Community Partnerships, and is an MA candidate in Political Science at the University of Colorado Denver.

Community Feature:
---->Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) works as people who have experience with homelessness and allies to help protect and advocate for dignity, rights and choices for people experiencing homelessness. We put out a magazine by, for and about people experiencing homelessness; we are running the Right to Rest Act in Colorado to decriminalize basic acts of survival in public space; and we recently built five Tiny Homes as the start of Resurrection Village (a self governed Tiny Home Village for people without housing) and placed them on Denver Housing Authority land slated to be sold off to private developers for un-affordable housing and were arrested and our homes stolen - we now are camped outside of this land demanding land for our village.

Article about recent actions
Timelapse of Resurrection Village Denver
Timelapse of Resurrection Village Denver

For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura recently finished our "Telling Our Stories" spoken word/poetry workshop series at  Grant Beacon Middle School  (enrichment),  La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish  (elective), and  DSST: College View High School  (elective). Below are excerpts from the books we published (click covers for online versions) and a few photos of the showcases.

Take me to a place
where we stop underestimating ourselves,
where there is no such feeling that overwhelms.
I am begging!
Take me to a place
where we do not have to worry
if we have enough money,
where a man can cry
without it being considered unmanly,
a place where no one goes hungry.
More than anything,
take me to a place
where there is peace!


I grasp my language in my hands,
never letting go.
If I do,
I will lose everything that I am.
Even if I am hundreds of miles away from home,
I will always remember who I am.
I belong to the Water Edge clan
and the Coyote clan.
This is who I am
and this is who I will always be.
I will always remember who I am. 

We continue working with  Mi Casa @ Lake  (after-school).

If you are interested in having Cafe Cultura bring our "Telling Our Stories" workshop series to your school as an elective, after-school enrichment, or a part of an existing class , contact as soon as possible.  

Our youth-written books are available online . To access each collection of powerful spoken word poetry from participants in our workshop series,  simply click on the book cover .
Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.
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Work Study Jobs with Cafe Cultura

If you're a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver or University of Colorado Denver and been awarded work study, you can earn $10/hour while contributing to the work Cafe Cultura does in the community.

Apply today:  www.cafecultura.org/jobs

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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
P.O. Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211

Office: 910 Galapago St
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 8am to 2:00pm
Fri from 8am to 5pm



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Xpress Yourself

Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)

We have worked with numerous schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves. Recent partners: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Fuerte Youth Conference @ UNC, East High School.

If you are interested in having Cafe Cultura present at your school or organization, feel free to contact us. Our basic version is a one time, 1 to 2 hour  session . We have used this  highly engaging and  culturally relevant  workshop structure for over eight years to encourage Chicana/o and Native youth to use spoken word to give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration. They serve to supplement and support Language Arts/English curriculum Workshop structure was designed by a spoken word artist with 4 years experience teaching at the middle and high school level with contributions from other poets and youth advocates.Click here for a detailed information sheet.

Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced poet, join us as we workshop poems you are currently drafting or will write during our time together.

WHEN:  Last Saturday of the month (November 28th, December 26th, January 30th)
TIME:  11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE:  Cafe Cultura @ Denver Inner City Parish (9th Ave & Galapago St)


November Guest Facilitator:  Jozer
Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you to everyone who shared their evening with us at our 11th Anniversary Showcase and Fundraiser. It was a great event with over 150 people in attendance. We all enjoyed the talent who blessed the space including Tall Paul and Tanaya Winder. We want to say thank you to the Yellow Hawk Family for providing the community feed. We also appreciate and congratulate the graduates of this summer's Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program. Shout out to the volunteers who helped make this event possible. Thank you all for celebrating 11 amazing years with us. 

Videos from Cafe Cultura's 11th Anniversary Showcase
Videos from Cafe Cultura's 11th Anniversary Showcase

-Tall Paul @ local schools:  As part of Tall Paul's visit to Denver, he had the opportunity to be a part of workshops and performances. Here are some photos.

-Performances/shows from Cafe Cultura poets:  If you want us to perform at an assembly or host an open mic featuring our spoken word artists, contact us ASAP. Funds will go to sustaining our organization and the work we do in the community (especially our workshops for youth). Recent performances: York International, Colorado State University (Pueblo), University of Northern Colorado. Below are a few photos.

- We moved!  We are enjoying our new office  @ 910 Galapago St (site of our monthly open mic event). After almost 10 years of working with La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish, we look forward to building on this relationship to strengthen both organizations' work in the community. Below are some photos (a few before/after).

-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our recent funders: Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund (The Denver Foundation), Biennial of the Americas, National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples , Peyback Foundation , Hispanics In Philanthropy , Latino Community Foundation of Colorado , WESTAF , and The Chinook Fund .

-We were honored to have been selected for the  2013 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture (Youth Arts) . Here is the video they produced for us: 

2013 Denver Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture - Youth Arts Award: Caf?? Cultura
2013 Denver Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture - Youth Arts Award: Cafe Cultura