Welcome to Cafe Cultura's 

October 2014 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 


Caf´┐Ż Cultura is an award-winning arts, culture, and youth development organization that promotes 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.  Feel free to find more updates and pictures on our Facebook (facebook.com/cafecultura), Instagram (instagram.com/cafeculturadenver), and Flickr (flickr.com/photos/cafecultura/sets) accounts.

Cafe Cultura's 10th Anniversary
Showcase & Fundraiser
w/ spoken word, hip hop, free food (first come basis), art, silent auction, dance, & community!


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




Note: Make sure to come early to sign up and get a good seat.

WHAT: All ages showcase
WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month....October 10th (10th Anniversary Showcase), November 14th, December 12th

--->Doors open w/ Food, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, & Live Art @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

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

$5-$30 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

Featured performers:
---->Frank Waln is an award winning Hip Hop artist/producer/performer. He stands for media that speaks truth to power and works toward Indigenous peoples being happy, healthy and respected. He uses his voice, music and performance to address the media's misrepresentations of Native Americans and to address the issues effecting Indigenous communities.

Frank is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe where he was born and raised. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar recently graduating with a degree in Audio Design and Music Production at Columbia College of Chicago. He has been a recipient of the 2011 Howard Yackus Memorial Scholarship Award from the National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference; a featured speaker at the 2011 South Dakota Indian Business Conference; and a 2012-2013/2013-2014 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership Grant Fellow. He has also been featured in many publications, most notably, Colorlines Magazine, mtvU, Native Sun News, Indian Country Today Media Network, Lakota Country Times, Powwows.com and Winds of Change Magazine. Frank currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Frank Waln - AbOriginal
Frank Waln - AbOriginal

---->Sampson Brothers: As world-renowned dancers, the Sampson Brothers strive to promote Cultural Pride, Unity, and Hope through setting a positive example through Art, Education, and Dance. They hope to give back to their Tribe and the Indigenous Community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and thus creating opportunities for generations to come. They aim to not only be successful artists, but use that success to educate and keep their culture alive. With perseverance in education and tradition they bridge two worlds to provide positive inspiration as 21st century warriors.

Sampson bros
Sampson bros

 ---->Cafe Cultura Poets: Tanaya Winder, Alejandro Jimenez, Franklin Cruz, Alexis Vigil, & Ara Cruz

Thank you to our sponsor: WESTAF (www.westaf.org)

For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589; www.cafecultura.org
Cafe Cultura's
2013 Annual Report
click on image below to view online

We are excited to announce that we have made our recent youth-written books available online. To access each collection of powerful spoken word poetry from participants in our workshop series, simply click on the book cover.


We look forward to starting the school year working with old and new partners.

Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.

In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura's 10th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser-
-Double Your Donation-
-2013 Annual Report-
-Telling Our Stories Spoken Word Workshop Series-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Spoken Word Workshop @ Cafe Cultura Office-
-Exciting Updates-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Make a one-time or monthly donation-
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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 2:00pm
Fri from 9am to 5pm


Xpress Yourself Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

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 highly engaging and culturally relevant workshop structure for over seven years to encourage Chicana/o and Native youth to use spoken word to give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration. They serve to supplement and support Language Arts/English curriculumWorkshop structure was designed by a spoken word artist with 4 years experience teaching at the middle and high school level with contributions from other poets and youth advocates.Click here for a detailed information sheet.
We're extremely excited to share a promotion video for these workshops (edited by Derek Brown...Chair, Cafe Cultura's Board of Directors).
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced poet, join us as we workshop poems you are currently drafting or will write during our time together.

WHEN: Saturdays in 2014 (October 18, November 15, December 20) 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org

Exciting Updates

Thank you to those who attended and contributed to the amazing energy at our 2nd Annual Family Day Open Mic event. Shout out to the open mic participants. We especially appreciate our features reMARKable,
The Medicine Heart Dancers, &  . Your words, movement, art, and energy touched everyone present. Special thank you to Cleo Parker Robinson Dance for sharing information about your work. We plan to host this free event with free food again next year: September 11, 2015.

-Cafe Cultura will be collaborating on an HIV/AIDS prevention research project with Assistant Professor, Ramona Beltran and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Funded by the Public Good Fund through University of Denver's Center for Community Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning, the project will work with several other Denver-based organizations to develop a culture-centered HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for Indigenous youth and to support increasing education and participation in our annual Rise Up! community event to be held in March, 2015.  Recruitment efforts are slated to begin in January, so stay tuned if you want to be involved.

-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our recent funders: Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund, National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, Seventh Generation Fund, Peyback Foundation, Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, WESTAF, and The Chinook Fund.

-We were honored to have been selected for the 2013 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture (Youth Arts). Here is the video they produced for us: 
2013 Denver Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture - Youth Arts Award: Caf?? Cultura
2013 Denver Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture - Youth Arts Award: Cafe Cultura
-Performances/shows from Cafe Cultura poets: 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).
-Feel free to visit our website
often for updates (click on the image).
Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!


If you are interested in helping build our organization while gaining valuable experience and making connections in the community, below are the unpaid internship positions we hope to fill ASAP.


Development Intern: provide assistance in organizing activities that will lead to the growth and development of our organization. This includes being involved with implementation of strategic plan, fundraising, and engaging Board of Directors. 

Click Here for Development Intern Job Description


Communications Intern: help in coordinating effective and efficient communication within the organization as well as with the community. In addition to internal communications, this person will focus on promotion and documentation of our programs. 

Click Here for Communications Intern Job Description 


Programs Intern: be actively involved in planning and carrying out programs including events, workshops, and our youth leadership program.

Click Here for Programs Intern Job Description

Make a one-time or monthly donation to Cafe Cultura!


You have the opportunity to invest in Cafe Cultura's work in the community. Click on the following image to make a tax-deductible donation.