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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
August 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, August 10th
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 (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!

-August Features:
--->Stephen Garcia... I'm eight-teen years young with a thing for poetry. I've been on the Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Team two years in a row (nationally, team placed 3rd in 2011 and 1st in 2012). Denver, CO has raised me, and a few of my eleven siblings, since the day I was born. Writing has been one of the many outlets I use to empower, not only myself, but the world around me. I am attending the University of Denver in September.

Word On The Street: Dear Spock by Stephen Garcia 
---->Calvin Standing Bear... is a full Oglala/Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud reservation of South Dakota. He is a talented flutist and singer of traditional Lakota music and composer of contemporary Lakota Flute songs, which are richly grounded in "Spirituality." He has a duo with James Torres since 1994 called "Red Tail Chasing Hawks." Their music can be heard while walking through grand concourse A or the Denver International Airport. Calvin has had the pleasure of preforming internationally, introducing his music to audiences in Canada and Japan. Continuous invitations have been extended from the City of Denver and the Colorado Performing Arts Council.

His website with audio:

Calvin Standing Bear & James Torres 

---->Community Feature: Bridge Project strives to help children and youth living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods to achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources necessary to succeed as adults.
For more info:; 720-394-6589;

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Creative Expression Rez Tour 2012
was a success!
Article in the Navajo Times

We recently had the honor of sharing our words and energy on and near the Navajo Reservation. We conducted our Xpress Yourself spoken word/poetry workshop for youth (ages 6 to 13...most were under 10) at the Shiprock Boys and Girls Club. They created and shared amazing poetry reflecting their pride in being Dine'.

Group photo at the end of the workshop 


We then hosted a fundraising event in Farmington, NM

for a child in the area with a rare intestinal disorder. In addition to hosting an open mic, Cafe Cultura Collective members Hannabah Blue, Eden, and Ara Cruz performed. We heard some great music from local band End This Year. Michelle Sherman (with the Native Youth Leadership Alliance) shared information about Celebrate Life and their recent Skate and Ride Across Rez Tour.

The workshop we conducted at the Navajo Nation Museum in Windowrock, AZ went extremely well. The young people who participated really impressed us with their energy and words. We were humbled to then host an open mic with performances from local artists including Miss Indian Northern Arizona University Erin O'Keefe and our feature, renowned storyteller and poet Sunny Dooley.

Scheduled Programs and Updates
-Cafe Cultura presents Art in the Park: Fri, August 10th-
-Rez Tour was a Success!-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Report from Director about Leadership Institute-
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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 Puente @ YWCA (Boulder), the Bridge Project (@ Columbine), and the Summer Migrant Youth Leadership Institute. They were amazing experiences for both youth and Cafe Cultura Collective members. We finished our series of workshops with the Summer Jaguar Club (youth leadership program) at La Alma Recreation Center. We hope they remember our chant:

"We are the Jaquars/We let our voices be heard/with powerful words!"

We have a short break before we start up again with our intensive workshops at Bridge Project (Quigg Newton), College Track, West Denver Prep SMART, and KIPP Denver Collegiate High School. If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.



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

Exciting Updates

-We continuously update our website so make sure to check back (click on the image).

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

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

-Cafe Cultura recently submitted our application for nonprofit status. We are really excited for the opportunity this will bring as we grow to better serve our community. Now we wait for approval.

-Cafe Cultura Collective members
Alejandro Jimenez & Jozer will be representing Denver, along with other members of Slam Nuba, as they compete in the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte August 7th-11th. 

-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 4th Annual Fiesta Cookout sponsored by Servicios de La Raza. It takes place on Saturday, August 25th from noon to 7pm on the corner of 41st Ave and Tejon St.
-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

Report from Cafe Cultura Director about Leadership Institute

"Thank you to everyone who donated to send me to the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) 12th Annual Leadership Institute. It was an incredible week of workshops and activities that helped me gain a better understanding of what it will take for Cafe Cultura to take that next step in fulfilling our mission. In addition to the relationships I formed with similar-minded artists and/or arts administrators from around the country, I benefited greatly from all sessions, especially those focused on Strategic Thinking, Leadership Principles, Financial Management, Board Development, and Grant Writing. I look forward to sharing the knowledge I gained with our Board, the Collective, and other community members. Feel free to visit NALAC's website for more information:  Again, I appreciate the support our community has shown Cafe Cultura and myself.