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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
September 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's Open Mic:
spoken word, music, 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 (Sept. 14th, Oct. 12th, Nov. 9th, Dec. 14th)

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

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!

-September Features:
--->Keren Delgado (Boo)...Youth Poet.... My mom got "Keren" from the bible (it was the name of a princess). I attend Bear Creek High School, where I am part of the "National Arts Honor Society". I was born in Denver, CO and raised by brothers. I love poetry, it inspires me. I feel like spoken word has been a way to express myself through my experiences. I consider myself ambitious and shy, but when I'm on stage, I can really give an image of who I am.

---->Mono Verde... This project was created to spread latin reggae rhythms. Mono Verde is made by members from countries like Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru and U.S who are in a continuous search for experiences to create spiritual, revolutionary music with the intention of helping the neighbor and bringing us together in peace and harmony.


Mono Verde -Viajero-  
---->Community Feature: Arts and Venues/One Book One Denver Arts & Venues Denver aims to amplify Denver's quality of life and economic vitality through our premier public venues, public art collection, and free entertainment events and programs. One Book One Denver is a city wide book club. In its 9th year, the program has chosen Sonia Nazario's "Enrique's Journey" as the book that we will be reading and building programming around. The central theme of the book is about immigration, specifically youth and women from Central America.
For more info:; 720-394-6589;

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Rest of 2012 at a glance
(for Cafe Cultura's open mic)

October 12th @ 7pm
 Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia
(9th Ave & Galapago St)

Indigenous People's Celebration
(part of our 8th Anniversary show)

Cafe Cultura Collective members and special guests

November 9th @ 7pm
Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia
(9th Ave & Galapago St)

Tanaya Winder

December 14th @ 7pm
Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia
(9th Ave & Galapago St)

Dominique Christina & Ayinde

Scheduled Programs and Updates
-Cafe Cultura's Open Mic: Fri, September 14th-
-Rest of 2012 at a glance-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
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Contact Information

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

Workshops for Youth

As the school year has started, we look forward to the numerous opportunities for Cafe Cultura to present our "Xpress Yourself" spoken word workshop for youth in the Denver metro area. 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.

Caf� Cultura has conducted "Xpress Yourself" (basic) workshops for the  Bridge Project (all four sites), Carbondale Middle School, Colorado Queer Youth Summit, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition's Youth Institute, CU's Upward Bound Program, Denver Center for International Studies, Denver East HS (Indian Education), Denver North HS, Escuela Tlatelolco, Fort Morgan HS, Girls Inc, Journey Through Our Heritage, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy, Lakewood HS (Indian Education), LaTEENa Conference, La Raza Youth Leadership Conference and Program, League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) conference, Littleton HS, McElwain Elementary School, Puente Program (YWCA of Boulder), Rangeview HS Diversity Conference, Summer Migrant Leadership Institute, and William Smith HS.

We started our 2nd year offering an advanced/intensive version of "Xpress Yourself," as we commit energy to forming long-term relationships with youth and their communities. Partner schools/organizations for 2012-2013 include Bridge Project (Quigg Newton), College Track, Strive Prep SMART, and KIPP Denver Collegiate High School. In fact, the 9th graders at Strive Prep SMART have already impressed us. One young woman not only shared her pride in being Western Shoshone. She also recited an amazing spoken word piece. We are excited to introduce our workshop chant that brings us together for our purpose:

It's our responsibility and choice
to express ourselves and lift our voice
Together building unity
leaders in our community
this is how we tell our story.

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 is a sample of what you missed if you weren't there:
-For more pictures, click here to view all of our photo sets on Flickr.


-We will be vending at the Denver Art Museum Pow Wow this Saturday, September 8th from 10am to 5pm between the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library. We will also be vending at the Heal Education and Liberation (HEAL) Festival on Sunday, September 9th from 1pm to 7pm at the La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater on 12th Ave & Osage 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