Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
April 2013 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf´┐Ż Cultura's mission is to promote 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. 

Cafe Cultura's Open Mic: spoken word, music, art, vendors, food, & community! 


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




Note: Make sure to come early to sign up and get a good seat. As always, we welcome anybody who is willing to help in our work in the community. 

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month...April 12th, May 10th

--->Doors Open w/ Vendors @ 7pm
--->Food & Show @ 7:45pm

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

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

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

April Features:
--->Ray Salas (La Academia Spoken Word Artist)....I have loved spoken word ever since I stepped through the doors of La Academia. I started poetry when I was around 14 yrs. old. I was no longer afraid to express myself and when I did I let my words flow on paper and sway from my mouth. With the support I was given, I never gave it up and I still write today.

---->Kooper "Indigenize" Curley (Dine' Hip Hop Artist/Activist from NM)....is a young Dine' man from ChiChiltah, NM. Growing up, he was raised in a household that solely believes in Indigenous rights and respect for all living creatures. His mother, Anna Rondon, surrounded Indigenize with intertribal philosophy and ceremonies which ultimately shaped his way of expressing himself through music. Over the years, Indigenize's point of view has grown to a deeper understanding that the human voice has the power to heal and to inspire people to appreciate life.

---->Community Feature: Denver Fair Food Committee...

We are community members in and around Denver who work in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a grassroots human rights organization of farmworkers working to end modern-day slavery and sweatshop labor conditions in Florida agriculture. Through an alliance of Denver residents and Florida workers, we seek to transform the purchasing practices of the corporate food industry in order to advance the human rights of farmworkers at the bottom of corporate supply chains.



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

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Cafe Cultura's 2012 Annual Report

We are extremely excited to present our annual report from 2012. You can view it online by clicking here or on the first page below.
Running for Creative Expression - Fundraising @ Colfax Marathon

We have made tremendous progress in recruiting more supporters to run on behalf of Cafe Cultura during the Colfax Marathon (May 18-19). Please consider supporting our fundraising efforts to increase our work in the community...specifically to conduct more spoken word workshops for youth. To make a donation, simply visit
Below is a list of our runners (click on the link to donate in runner's name):
-9 runners in the half marathon (Tanaya Winder, Alejandro JimenezKasi GarciaMariela Sagastume, Desirea LaMotte, Nick Diaz, Jozer, Boni Sanchez, & Ara Cruz)
-2 runners in the 5k (Terra Harvey & Terretta LaMotte)
-1 runners in the 10 miler (Eden Nicole)
-1 relay team in the marathon (led by Michael Encinias). 
If you would like to join us in promoting healthy living while fundraising for our organization, let us know ASAP.
Interested in being more involved in Cafe Cultura?

If you have ever thought of contributing ideas and energy to help Cafe Cultura better serve our community, we invite you to attend the following meeting:
Cafe Cultura Collective, Advisory Board, & Volunteer Informational Meeting/Dialogue
Tuesday, April 16th @ 5:30pm at our office 
(1029 Santa Fe Dr)
We will most likely host a similar meeting in May for those who can't be present for this one.

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or concerns.
Performances in the Community

In this newsletter....
-April 12th Open Mic-
-Cafe Cultura's 2012 Annual Report-
-Running for Creative Expression...Fundraising @ Colfax Marathon-
-Interested in being more involved in Cafe Cultura?-
-Performances in the Community-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
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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.


Workshops for Youth

We enjoyed our time presenting our spoken word workshop for youth at Merrill Middle School and 
Boulder Valley Latino Student Conference. We look forward to doing the same at the following schools or conferences this month: 
Contemporary Learning Academy, Colorado Academy, Trevista, La Raza Youth Leadership 
Conference, Boulder Prep, 
Increasing Opportunities for Native American Students Conference.
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 workshop structure for over six years to encourage Chicana/o and Native youth to use spoken word to give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration.

We have started discussing monthly spoken word workshops in our space at 1029 Santa Fe Dr. Let us know if you would be interested and what days/times would work best.

The youth participating in our advanced/intensive version of "Xpress Yourself" continue to inspire us. Our sites include College Track, STRIVE Prep SMART, and KIPP Denver Collegiate HS.

Excerpt from a student @ STRIVE Prep SMART:


"I come from the bravest,

the strongest.

His hands more scarred and broken than the soil beneath his feet...


I will always remember the pyramids my ancestors built.

Perfectly place and made

to show our intelligence,

no one could destroy

or resist."


If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us



Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates...

Exciting Updates

-Thank you to everyone who came out to Rise Up 2013 at the Denver Indian Center. It was definitely one of the best events we have hosted. If you missed Rise Up this year, make sure to mark your calendar for next year: March 14, 2014
at the Denver Indian Center. Special thank you to the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team and Cihuatl Ce. Your powerful words inspired everyone who heard you. We recognize the work of our community partners. Below are some photos from the event.

-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).

-Internship and volunteer opportunities: If you are interested in helping build our organization while gaining valuable experience and making connections, please let us know. We will post a detailed descriptions soon.
-We recently updated our website to include a fully functional online store among other features (click on the image).


-We need your help: We're still distributing Cafe Cultura Collective Compilation books to local schools and organizations working with youth (especially to those serving mostly Native & Chican@/Raza youth) free of charge. If you're interested or know of contacts, send us an email (info@cafecultura.org). We'd definitely appreciate it...
Compilation Cover