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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
July 2012 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf� 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 the increased number of performances, events, and workshops we are organizing. Please review and support the list of events below.

Cafe Cultura
Art in the Park  
Fri, July 13th
Open mic, art, food, vendors, & 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 the organization of the event. 


WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month (July 13th, August 10th)

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors @ 6:30 pm
--->Show starts @ 7:00pm

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

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

-July Features:
--->Girls Inc. of Metro Denver Teens... will present Theater of the Oppressed. Teens will perform on topics that have been discussed during their Global Awareness (Raise Your Voice) and Food Justice (The Roots) summer class at Girls Inc. Girls Inc. of Metro Denver believes that girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes, to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm, to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success, to accept and appreciate their bodies, to have confidence in themselves, to be safe in the world and to be prepared for interesting work and economic independence. 

---->Jonny 5... is an emcee with the band Flobots, a co-founder of the arts-empowerment organization, and community activist in Denver Colorado. Since age 16 he has been writing raps in order to make sense of himself and the world around him. He is very close to having it all figured out.

---->Special Guests from Albuquerque...a surprise! 

---->Community Feature: Stronghold Society Our mission is to inspire confidence, creativity, hope, and ambition for the youth of native and non-native communities. We want to encourage youth to take action to live a healthy life in mind, body, and spirit through the diverse means of skateboarding, arts, and creative movements.
For more info:; 720-394-6589;

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Cafe Cultura
Creative Expression Rez Tour 2012

Featuring Collective Members


Ara Cruz, Desirea LaMotte, Hannabah Blue, Jozer, & Eden    

Local Native poets Welcome


Friday, July 27th:

Spoken Word/Poetry Workshop 

10:00 am @ Shiprock Boys and Girls' Club

(N Highway 491, Shiprock, NM 87420)


Community Fundraiser Event

7:00pm @ Andrea Kristina's Bookstore

(218 W. Main St, Farmington, NM 87401)


Saturday, July 28th:

 Navajo Nation Museum

(Highway 64 and Loop Road, Window Rock, AZ 86515)


2:00pm: Spoken Word/Poetry Workshop

5:30pm: Open Mic/Spoken Word Event


For more info:; 505-793-1874;

Send Cafe Cultura Director to Leadership Institute

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From Ara Cruz (Director, Cafe Cultura):

"Great news! I have been selected to participate in the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) 12th Annual Leadership Institute from July 16 to July 21, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. For those who do not know, the NALAC Leadership Institute brings together emerging and established artists and arts administrators of community-based arts and cultural organizations from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development.

So this is where you come in...the cost of this program is $965. I have already received support from our regional arts agency (WESTAF) in the amount of $192.31. The remaining cost is $772.69. I am calling on Caf� Cultura friends and supporters for assistance.

Just click on this link (deadline is July 22nd)

Why? I feel my participation in this premier professional development program will definitely further Caf� Cultura's mission and organizational goals. I will return with the knowledge and skills we need in order to do even more for our communities. I take this responsibility seriously and hope to share what I learn with others over the next few months. In fact, I plan to post daily reports (written and/or video) to this facebook event page as the training progresses.

Any amount you give will go a long way. Again, the page for donations is 
Scheduled Programs and Updates
-Cafe Cultura presents Art in the Park: Fri, July 13th-
-Creative Expression Rez Tour 2012-
-Send Cafe Cultura Director to Leadership Institute-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Community Survey Results-
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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
P.O. Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211-1791

Workshops for Youth

We were honored to present our spoken word/poetry workshop for youth at CU's Upward Bound Program as well as at the Bridge Project (@ Westwood and Quigg Newton). We are excited to do the same this month with youth at Puente @ YWCA (Boulder), the Bridge Project (@ Columbine and Lincoln), and the Summer Migrant Youth Leadership Institute. We will also continue our workshops with the Summer Jaguar Club (youth leadership program) at La Alma Recreation Center over the two weeks. If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.



Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates from our workshops...

Exciting Updates

-Our website looks amazing! Thank you to Cafe Cultura Collective member Mat Barkhausen for taking the lead and especially to Ursala Hudson (from White Rabbit Studio) for creating it. We really appreciate all your energy and hard work. Click on the picture to check it out!

-Our last open mic went extremely well. Here are a few photos:

 (art created during the event; by Collective member David Ocelotl Garcia) 

-For more pictures, click here to view all of our photo sets on Flickr.

-We have new Cafe Cultura shirts. They came out great! We will have them for sale over the next few months. As we saw with our last batch, they won't last long...

-We will be vending at the ONE Gathering Skate for Life event to be held at the Denver Skate Park (20th & Little Raven) on July 14.

-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 ( We'd definitely appreciate it...
Compilation Cover

 Community Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our anonymous online survey. Here is a brief summary of the results: 


We found that most people enjoy the following about Caf� Cultura's programs: sense of community, opportunities for creative expression, and performances from Caf� Cultura Collective members. When asked about whether Caf� Cultura has positively impacted them, most said they "strongly agreed." Out of 10 point scale, the average rating was 9.00. We received a similar response to a question about whether we have taken steps to fulfill our mission. 9.35 was the average rating. Those who took our survey also overwhelming support our continued growth (average rating: 9.38).

The following are select statements from this year's survey:


"My most memorable moment was going to a workshop...and finding something I didn't know I had inside."


"They ([Caf� Cultura]) provide a format for youth to express themselves in a positive, creative manner...inspiring words of the next generation of Native Youth."


"I started going to Cafe 6 years ago. Since then, I have developed as a writer, speaker, and I also consider myself a better person for all I have learned."


To view a complete report, simply click on the image below.