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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
June 2012 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 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, June 8th
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 (June 8th, July 13th, August 10th)

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

WHERE: La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater (11th Ave & Osage St)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

-June Features:
--->Slam an award-winning performance poetry event based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Originated in 2006 as a program of the Pan African Arts Society and certified by Poetry Slam, Inc., Slam Nuba has become a collective of many of the nation's finest poets, including Amy Everhart, the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion & Dominique Ashaheed, the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. Since its inception, the Denver Slam Nuba team has performed on semifinals stage every year at the National Poetry Slam. The squad has made it to finals stage twice. In 2007 in Charlotte, NC, the Nuba group placed fourth and in 2011 in Boston MA the Slam Nuba team won The National Poetry Slam Championship. The Slam Nuba collective presents a workshop, feature poet, open mic & slam event every 1st and last Monday of the month at The Crossroads Theater in the historic 5 Points district in Denver.

The team members this year are: Suzi Q Smith, Jovan Mays, Alejandro Jimenez, Jozer Guerrero, Mahogany, and D. Brooks.
The SuziQ EPK 
The SuziQ EPK

JOVAN MAYS - "McKayla"

Alejandro Jimenez - Mi Madre 
Alejandro Jimenez - Mi Madre

Slam Poet: Jose Guerrero 
Slam Poet: Jose Guerrero

---->Cary Morin: Powered by ever-so-fleet acoustic fingerstyle guitar, Morin's original songs showcase his imaginative "Native Americana Fingerstyle Blues," while innovative covers such as Bob Marley's War and Steely Dan's Black Friday further display his ability to seamlessly combine strong elements of reggae, blues, jam, jazz, bluegrass and dance music into a solo acoustic performance. Born a Crow tribal member in Billings, Montana, Morin spent most of his youth in Great Falls before relocating to Northern Colorado. Over twenty years later, the music has propelled him to celebrated stages across the country and the globe, including the Paris Jazz Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Winter Park Jazz Festival, and Folk Alliance International, among the many. His performances have reached millions through national TV in Japan, France and the UK; and national radio in the U.S. (NPR's Beale Street Caravan), UK (BBC's Whose London), France (RFI), Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Italy. Cary Morin currently performs with The Pura Fe Trio, The Cary Morin Duo, and The Atoll. 

For more information, visit, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Cary Morin -  
Cary Morin - "Sing It Louder" - 2nd Annual River People Festival
Cary Morin & Pete Knudson -  
Cary Morin & Pete Knudson - "This Train"

---->Community Feature: Our Native Healing Center is entirely owned and operated by Native researchers and practitioners who address mental health, historical trauma burdens and related implications. We are located in the Highlands and service the Denver and surrounding markets.

For more info:; 720-394-6589;

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Scheduled Programs and Updates
-Cafe Cultura presents Art in the Park: Fri, June 8th-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Community Survey...Your participation needed!-
-Exciting Updates-
-July & August: Art in the Park-
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Contact Information

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

Workshops for Youth

We look forward to presenting our spoken word/poetry workshop for youth with at the Bridge Project @ Westwood and @ Quigg Newton as well as for those at the Summer Jaguar Club (youth leadership program) at La Alma Recreation Center in the next couple weeks. If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.

We recently finished our extended workshops by publishing two books: The Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton Speaks! and KIPP: Denver Collegiate High School Speaks!




Here is a sample of what KDC students produced:


"I will never forget the days

my grandma would come from Mexico to visit me,

her nieta preferida.

I remember watching her warm tortillas,

telling me how hard she worked in Mexico: cleaning,

selling all kinds of things

in the streets to make money.

I witness the ups and downs

my grandma went through in her stories.

I am the chile that gives her strength to keep going after all these years.

My chile might be really hot,

but this is what we eat

to remember to keep our heads up high,

even when times are the worst."




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

 Community Survey

Your participation still needed!  


Thank you to those who have taken the time to participate in continuing to build a Cafe Cultura that is responsive to the needs and wishes of our communities. We are reopening our Community Survey in order to get more feedback (click on the takes 5-10 minutes)


We encourage you to fill it out ASAP so we can review the survey results.

Exciting Updates

-We want to thank everyone who contributed to our fundraising efforts for the Colfax Marthon. We almost reached our goal. The money has already gone toward publishing two books and arranging to expand our workshops. All our runners (Alejandro Jimenez, Ara Cruz, Hannabah Blue, Jozer Guerrero, Kasi Garcia, and Olivia Martinez) finished the race strong. Here is a photo of us after the race.

-As you can see from the photo, 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 are really excited for our Board of Directors and the progress they have made. In addition to attending a valuable training focused on roles and responsibilities, they have also taken leadership in our growth.

-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
-Website!!!: We are excited to have an incredible website soon (

For now, you'll find links to our facebook page and our previous newsletters.
July & August:
Art in the Park
(our open mic...summer edition


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


Open mic, art, food, vendors, & community! 

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


WHERE: La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater (11th ave & Osage St)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!