Welcome to Cafe Cultura's November 2017 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 presents
13th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser 
w/ spoken word, music, art, vendors, free food, & 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 10th... open mice events: December 8th, January 12th.

--->Doors open w/ Silent Auction, Door Prizes, & Photography @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: 910 Galapago St 

$5-$30 donation (nobody turned away)... Dinner included (pozole & frybread).

Purchase tickets @ tinyurl.com/cafecultura2017

Everyone is welcome!


----> Frank Waln:  is an award winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer, and performer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A receipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln attended Columbia College where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. Waln's awards include three Native American Music Awards, a 3Arts Award, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40, and the 2014 Chicago Mayor's Award for Civic Engagement. He has been featured in many publications, including USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed, The Chicago Tribune, and on MTV's Rebel Music Native America episode. Frank Waln travels the world spreading hope and inspiration through performance and workshops focusing on self-empowerment and the pursual of dreams. Frank currently lives in Chicago, IL. Follow him on Twitter @frankwaln
Frank Waln - AbOriginal
Frank Waln - AbOriginal


----> Tall Paul   is an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota. Born and raised in Minneapolis, his music strongly reflects his inner-city upbringing. From personal expressions of self, to thought provoking commentary on issues affecting Indigenous and diverse communities as a whole, Tall Paul's music evokes a wide variety of substance and soul. Check out his Soundcloud.  Also follow @tallpaul612 on Twitter.
Tall Paul - Prayers In A Song
Tall Paul - Prayers In A Song

----> Mic Jordan  is Anishinaabe from the Turtle Mountain Reservation, where music heavily influenced his childhood. As a Hip Hop artist and speaker, Mic Jordan speaks about his passion for life and where he came from. In addition to his musical endeavors, Mic also travels to communities and universities speaking directly to youth by using his voice to address issues of alcoholism, suicide, and the negative effects of Native mascots. He also shares his life story and how he overcame adversity. Mic spreads a positive message in hopes of a better understanding of the hip hop genre by continuing to change the minds of those who believe hip hop is only a form of verbal violence. Follow him on Twitter at @MicJordanMusic
Mic Jordan #DearNativeYouth Official Video
Mic Jordan #DearNativeYouth Video

----> Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and spoken word poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English. After college, she pursued her passion of poetry and received her graduate degree a MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. Tanaya guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally. View her TED talk, Igniting Healing: Tanaya Winder at TEDxABQ. You can follow her on Twitter at @tanayawinder.
Igniting Healing: Tanaya Winder at TEDxABQ
Igniting Healing: Tanaya at TEDxABQ

Art and Photography by:
----> Jolene N. Yazzie:  I am Diné. My clan is the Black Streak Forest People born for One Who Walks Around. I am a student at Metropolitan State University, while also working as a part-time graphic designer and photojournalist. I am pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, with a media interest in Photojournalism. As a graphic designer, I worked for the Santa Fe Reporter and Navajo Times, receiving awards for my designs. As an artist, my work has been shown in the Smithsonian Museum in Santa Fe. I have heard people say that they think of my work as portraying women warriors by centering my art on images of strong Indigenous women. By exploring this new role in Photojournalism, I feel like I am reversing the role of being a strong woman and actually living what I used to draw, by recording stories and sharing them.

---->Unveiling of Mural created by participants in Cafe Cultura's Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program (Summer 2017)

Community Feature:
----> Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition  is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.

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

#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
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

Youth in our current partner schools have truly impressed us. We are currently working at  Academy of Urban Learning, DSST College View, Alameda Jr/Sr HS, and Edgewater Elementary (through Jeffco Indian Ed). We recently published a book from New America School - Lowry . Click here on their book cover to read it online. Below are a few excerpts.

"Black clouds might walk with you
but a rainbow will appear at the end.
I still hear a powerful voice inside me
telling me,
"Fight like if you are in war.
Win the war!
Remember bad choices you made
and smile
because it is your past.
You reached the top.
Be proud of scars.
They remind us who we really are.
-Nelly, New America School - Lowry

"I have the strongest mom in the world.
She always tells me to never give up.
Her words travel miles,
reminding me how much she loves me
even though she is far away.
She makes me feel
like she is right next to me.
I am the picture that sits next to my tv.
I see it every single day.
It makes me feel like we are together
on those dark and lonely days.
My family is my motivation
to grow
as a man
with honor.
-Alexis, New America School - Lowry

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 each collection of powerful spoken word poetry from participants in our 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

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.

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:  3rd Friday of the month (November 17th, December 15th, January 19th)
TIME: 6 to 7:30pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

November featured poet/facilitator: Ara Cruz

Born and raised in Denver, Ara Cruz is a spoken word artist, educator, and organizer who finds himself standing on the shoulders of those women and men who have struggled to maintain traditions and dignity. With this strong sense of responsibility, he tries to walk in a good way every day in order to better his community. Graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies (emphasis in Chicana/o and American Indian Studies), he now works with youth in Denver as an educator, advocate, and workshop presenter. Using the experience he gained in campus and community organizing through MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan), Oyate (Native student group), and other organizations, Ara became a co-founder of Café Cultura and now serves as Executive Director. He has shared his flor y canto (flower and song) with people of all ages. Through his poetry, he attempts to place a smoking mirror in front of his people and society in general, in an effort to make all of us think, speak, and act in positive ways.

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Cafe Cultura's Youth Council  

We invite Indigenous (Native, Chicana/o, Latina/o) youth ages 13 to 21 to join us for a monthly Cafe Cultura Youth Council meeting.... especially past participants of our Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program.

1st & 3rd Wednesday... November 15th, December 6th, December 20th.
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

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Know Your Rights Training  

Cafe Cultura's Youth Council is offering this training to the community... so you can defend yourself in your interactions with the police, ICE agents, or school officials.

WHEN:   Wednesday, 
November 29th
TIME: 6 to 8pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

Refreshments will be provided. 

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you  to everyone who joined us at our last open mic. It was an amazing night! We appreciate everyone who made it possible: volunteers, open mic participants, and attendees. Special thank you to 1) Z Bass Speaks for blessing us with powerful poetry 2) Gunner Jules for sharing music that made us groove and think 3) Pamela Reséndiz Trujano for showing us insightful and moving art 4INSPiRE explaining how we can improve our communities through organizing. Thank you!

Videos from 10/13/17 open mic
Videos from 10/13/17 open mic


-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 , WESTAF , and The Chinook Fund .
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