Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
August 2014 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf� 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. Please review and support us in any way you can.  Feel free to find more updates and pictures on our Facebook (facebook.com/cafecultura), Instagram (instagram.com/cafeculturadenver), and Flickr (flickr.com/photos/cafecultura/sets) accounts.

Cafe Cultura presents 
4th Annual Art in the Park 
an open mic w/ spoken word, food, art, vendors, & community!

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

   

VOLUNTEERS PLEASE ARRIVE AT 5:30pm :-)  

 

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

 
WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night
 
WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month....August 8th, September 12th (return to Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia)

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors, Art, & Food @ 6:30pm
--->Show starts @ 7pm

WHERE: La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater (12th Ave & Osage St...next to the swimming pool)

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 donation (nobody turned away)......Everyone is welcome!


August Features:
 
---->Cempoalli 20 (Soul, ska, reggae...from Los Angeles)With a fusion that soars Cempoalli 20 embodies the voice of truth, gifting us with sweet weaving sounds of a hip hop spirit, reggae soul, blues, and rock. A fusion that soars. www.cempoalli20.com
Cempoalli 20 - Across
Cempoalli 20 - Across

---->Flor Marquez (Cafe Cultura Collective member) is a young professional, artist, and woman. She currently dedicates her time to working for a local non-profit organization on improving the quality of the early childhood system in Denver. She is working on continuing her work in the community through participation with locals organizations with a mission of social change. One day, she hopes to be a published writer with a focus on poetry and children's books in order to be a messenger of sustainable change in the world. 
 
---->Unveiling of Mural from Words to Actions, Cafe Cultura's Indigenous (Native, Chicana/o, Latina/o) youth leadership program that starts with a three week paid camp. Participants gain confidence, cultural awareness, and leadership skills to strengthen their family, community, and/or tribe. Activities include workshops, guest speakers, field trips, creative expression, community outreach, and the creation of a mural.

---->Community Partner: Four Winds American Indian Council is a place of gathering for the Native community. It has events that happen through out the year. We have things scheduled weekly, and have open days for anyone who would like to use 4 Winds. 

Thank you to our event sponsors: Ready Foods, The Original Chubbys @ 1385 Santa Fe Dr, El Noa Noa, Santiago's, & Tamale Kitchen @ Sloans Lake  

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

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We had the honor to teach an Advanced Creative Writing class for CU Upward Bound Program. Participants did a great job in both writing some amazing poems and performing with confidence at our last Art in the Park event. It was great to see their excitement in receiving and gifting their copies of the book of poetry we published for them.



Here is an excerpt from their book:

I just finished tying my bright neon pink Nike shoes,

preparing myself

for a bigger

and challenging run into my future.

I stretch my legs,

preparing for the hardships,

protecting myself.

Music in my ears blocks everything out.

As I start jogging,

looking ahead of myself,

I still hear the deep

and motivational voice of my dad saying,

"Shiyazh�, ay�o int-I,

adaa'�h�ly�, adaa �honidzin,

ashine shiy�zh�."

The little things are getting the best of me.

But I tell myself,

"It'll be okay,"

and keep pushing forward.

  
We look forward to starting the school year working with old and new partners.

Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.
 
     

Cafe Cultura's Words to Actions is an Indigenous (Native, Chicana/o, Latina/o) youth leadership program that starts with a three week paid camp (July 21 - August 8). Participants gain confidence, cultural awareness, and leadership skills to strengthen their family, community, and/or tribe. Activities include workshops, guest speakers, field trips, creative expression, community outreach, and the creation of a mural.


Levels of support

$150 Pays The Stipend For 1 Youth (Gift #5)

$100 Supports 1 Youth For 4 Days (Gift #4)

$50 Supports 1 Youth For 2 Days (Gift #3)

$25 Supports 1 Youth For 1 Day (Gift #2)

$10 Buys Lunch For 2 Youth (Gift #1)

 

Gifts for your support

 

Gift #5: Cafe Cultura Sticker, Book, T-shirt, & print of mural (created by youth)...plus, a print of CC's banner (signed by artist)


Gift #4
: Cafe Cultura Sticker, Book, T-shirt, & print of mural (created by youth)

 

Gift #3: Cafe Cultura Sticker, Book, & T-shirt


 
Gift #2: Cafe Cultura Sticker & Book

 

Gift #1: Cafe Cultura Sticker


 
 

 

To Support, Donate, and/or Fundraise: 

fundly.com/wordstoactions2014

 


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

 



In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura presents Art in the Park-
-Telling Our Stories Spoken Word Workshop Series-
-Support Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program-
-Calendar of Events-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop @ Cafe Cultura Office-
-Family Day Open Mic-
-Exciting Updates-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Make a one-time or monthly donation-
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Contact Information

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

Office: 1029 Santa Fe Dr Unit #6
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 9am to 4:30pm
Fri from 1 to 4:30pm.

info@cafecultura.org

Xpress Yourself 

Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

Recent partners for Cafe Cultura's workshops: 
Move Mountains Project in San Luis, CO 
Aquetza: Youth Leadership, Education and Community Empowerment Summer Program at CU Boulder.

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 seven 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.
 
We're extremely excited to share a promotion video for these workshops (edited by Derek Brown...Chair, Cafe Cultura's Board of Directors).
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
 
As you step inside this workshop, you will learn how to express your thoughts and feelings through hip hop, poetry, and spoken word. Give voice to your stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration. With our words, we can represent our culture(s) and tradition(s) as we strengthen our minds.

WHEN: Saturdays in 2014 (August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20) 
 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 
 
Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org

WHEN: Friday, September 12 (as part of our monthly open mic on the 2nd Friday of every month)

 

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors @ 7pm
--->Show @ 7:45pm 

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

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Bring artwork, photos, and poems focused on family, food, and/or substance abuse.

 

Share a free meal with your family.

Free...Everyone is welcome!

Exciting Updates

Thank you to everyone who joined us, especially the CU Upward Bound program. The CUUB Advanced Creative Writing class we've been working with did great job telling their stories. Special thank you to Nataanii Means for blessing our community with your lyrics & words of empowerment. We appreciated the opportunity to hear from the La Alma Neighborhood Association.  (visit our flickr set for more).


 
-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our recent funders: National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, Seventh Generation Fund, 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
 
-Performances/shows from Cafe Cultura Collective members: If you want us to 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).
 
-Feel free to visit our website
often for updates (click on the image).
Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!

  

If you are interested in helping build our organization while gaining valuable experience and making connections in the community, below are the unpaid internship positions we hope to fill ASAP.

 

Development Intern: provide assistance in organizing activities that will lead to the growth and development of our organization. This includes being involved with implementation of strategic plan, fundraising, and engaging Board of Directors. 

Click Here for Development Intern Job Description

 

Communications Intern: help in coordinating effective and efficient communication within the organization as well as with the community. In addition to internal communications, this person will focus on promotion and documentation of our programs. 

Click Here for Communications Intern Job Description 

 

Programs Intern: be actively involved in planning and carrying out programs including events, workshops, and our youth leadership program.

Click Here for Programs Intern Job Description

Make a one-time or monthly donation to Cafe Cultura!

 

You have the opportunity to invest in Cafe Cultura's work in the community. Click on the following image to make a tax-deductible donation.