Welcome to Cafe Cultura's March 2018 newsletter! 

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


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories #ArtInThePark #WordsToActions #RiseUp4OurHealth

CafĂ© 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 presents
9th annual Rise Up! Showcase 
w/ Free food, spoken word, music, free HIV, STI, & Hep-C testing, resource fair, vendors, door prizes, & community

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

In honor of National Women & Girls HIV Awareness and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness

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

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

WHEN: March 9th... Cafe Cultura open mics (2nd Friday of every month): April 13th, May 11th

---> Free food @ 6:30pm
--->Show starts @ 7:30pm

WHERE: Althea Center (1400 Williams St) 

Everyone is welcome!

Sponsored by: Proud to be Prepped, Arts In Society

---->Jessa Calderon (Rapper, Singer & Song-Writer)

---->Fashion Show by Native Mag Magazine

---->Photography by Viki Eagle & #RealLifeIndian

Community Feature:

More information about our features:
---->Jessa Calderon  represents the Tongva, Chumash and Mexica Nations. Jessa was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, CA. Although she had written and featured with other artists since 2006, Jessa recently began her first Hip-Hop & R&B album as well as performing in 2015.

Home of The Brave by Jessa Calderon
Home of The Brave by Jessa Calderon

---->Native Max is a digital media company devoted to inspiring, entertaining and celebrating through positive storytelling. Through our platforms and content, we want to bring our readers positive and inspiring side of Indian Country. Through the use of various media platforms we aim to educate and present the unique beauty of indigenous cultures. We are working to replace cultural appropriation with cultural appreciation by ultimately reshaping the indigenous media landscape.

Art and Photography by:
---->Viki Eagle created a photography project titled "Real Life Indian" (2011). Real life Indian was to showcase the identities and complexities of living today where our inherited culture meets the mainstream society. The goal is to continue to show the conflicts and harmonies of being a human being but in particular the complicated relationship and meaning of a "Real Life Indian."

For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-460-9203

#RiseUp4OurHealth #CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Xpress Yourself Spoken Word/Poetry 

Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)

We have worked with schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give  underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves . Recent partners: Teller Elementary, Rocky Mountain Prep, and Montbello Community Center. 
If you are interested in Cafe Cultura presenting at your school or organization, feel free to contact us. We have used this  highly engaging and  culturally relevant  workshop structure for over a decade 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  support Language Arts curriculum (4th through 12th grades) 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. 

Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Promo video for Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Fundraiser for Cafe Cultura's Youth Council
Free showing of... Coco

Youth in our current partner schools have truly impressed us. We are currently working at  Alameda Jr/Sr HS, Kepner Beacon MS, New America School @ Lowry, 
Jefferson HS (through Jeffco Indian Ed), and Rocky Mountain Prep. 

"I am the posole my mom makes
on special holidays.
I am the indescribable taste,
the carne,
and sauce 
in this cultural food.
The smell is like home.
I am the food 
my ancestors made 
long ago.
The effort,
and work,
all lead to a delightful recipe.
I will always remember the joy
this food brings 
to me 
and others.
Most of all,
I will never forget the happiness
posole brings 
to my life."
-Hector, New America School - Lowry

"I am a rainbow fairy boy
and come from an LGBT family.
I look in the mirror
and see a boy figure.
In my dreams,
I imagine myself getting shots
and surgery
to become a boy.
I am an awkward trans.
I cry when people use the wrong pronouns
of my name,
but friends and family
make me laugh.
My love for LGBT
feels like the world is a safe place."
-Isaac, Kepner Beacon Middle School

"Life is like feet on the ground
running in different directions.
you run out of breath.
You stop
and relax.
you keep running forward
to where you want to be.
When you are almost there,
your legs give out,
and you have to sit down.
You are almost out of time,
but you run as fast as you can
towards your goal.
you just learned to crawl."
-Vanessa, Kepner Beacon Middle School

If you are interest ed in having Cafe Cultura bring our "Telling Our Stories" workshop series to your school as an electi ve, after-school enrichment, or a part of an existing class , contact us.  

Our youth-written books are available online . To access recent collections of powerful spoken word poetry from participants in our classes/workshop series,  simply click on the book cover .
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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm

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Spoken Word Workshop
 Cafe Cultura (monthly)

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 (March 31st, April 28th, May 26th) 
TIME: 1 to 2:30pm 

WHERE:   910 Galapago St 

March featured poet/facilitator: ZBassSpeaks 

Z Bass Speaks   was born a creative artist, an out of the box thinker, and descendant of royal Mayan warriors of Chichen itza. I wrote my first poem in kindergarten, and I won my first competition and was published in a book in the 4th (and 5th) grade. It wasn't until middle school when my beloved teacher showed me the power of words and my passion for creative writing. I became a local activist and fought for civil rights, using poetry as my tool. Chak (Mayan thunder god) gifted me my voice later in my life and my voice was like thunder. I have been awarded many titles and recognition as a byproduct of my passion to serve my community and my people for a brighter future.

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org

Cafe Cultura's Youth Council  

1st & 3rd Wednesday... March 7th, March 21st, April 4th
TIME: 6 to 7:30pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

Food will be provided. 

Focus of the group:
-a support system...checking in about school and life
-leadership opportunities...youth will advise Cafe Cultura on programs and plan actions in the community

Photos of our trip to San Diego and the Navajo Nation

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you  to those who joined us for a powerful night of poetry, music, art and community at our 2/9/18 open mic. We appreciate everyone who made it possible: volunteers, venders, and attendees. Special thank you to 1) LadySpeech Sankofa for sharing some profound and captivating poetry 2) FACEtheMC for blessing us with rap skills 3) The Sing Our Rivers Red Traveling Earring Exhibit for bringing attention to a great cause and 4) Street Fraternity for educating our community about their organization. Thank You!

Videos from Cafe Cultura's 2/9/18 Open Mic
Videos from Cafe Cultura's 2/9/18 Open Mic

-We had the honor of writing an article in Nonprofit Colorado, a magazine published by the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Below are a few photos.

-Cafe Cultura was featured by Denver 8 TV! Hosted by our Board member Bobby LeFebre, the episode documented our July Art in the Park. We appreciate those who had good things to say about us! Make sure to watch the whole episode as there is some footage at the end too... 

ArtScene: Cafe Cultura
ArtScene: Cafe Cultura
-Thank you to whoever nominated Cafe Cultura's Executive Director as a My Brother's Keeper 2017 Honoree. Ara accepted the recognition on behalf of the organization and everyone who makes what we do possible.
- Thank you to the  Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for selecting our  Executive Director to be a 2018 Livingston Fellow . Below is both a group picture and the video they produced to share how the 5 fellows lead their organizations. It is a great honor for Cafe Cultura to be showcased in this way. Thank you to our supporters who made this possible.
Ara Cruz as a 2018 Livingston Fellow
2018 Livingston Fellows

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. Funds will go to sustaining our organization and the work we do in the community (especially our workshops for youth). 

-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our past and current funders: Arts In Society, Imagine 2020 Fund, Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation Colorado, Young Latino Philanthropists, Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund, The Denver Foundation, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples , The Denver Foundation , and Chinook Fund .