Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
October 2013 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 presents 
9th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser
w/ spoken word, music, free food, 
live art, silent auction, vendors, & community!

Spread the word...Come eat with your family and enjoy a good time for FREE!!!!!!  




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 our work in the community. 

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month...Oct. 11 (fundraiser), & Nov. 8, Dec. 13

--->Doors Open w/ Food, Vendors, & Live Art @ 7pm
--->Show @ 7:45pm

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

WHAT: All ages Showcase & Fundraiser

$5-$30 donation (nobody turned away)...food included

Everyone is welcome!

October Features: 
--->Wahwahtay Benais (Native Hip Hop artist from Minnesota) grew up on the Leech Lake reservation, raised by his mother and deeply influenced by the traditional teachings given to him by his grandparents and other spiritual leaders in the community. He has organized music exhibitions and workshops focusing on youth empowerment and reconnection to traditional Anishinaabe teachings on his reservation, as well as performing on a national level. His work has taken him to many places including Orlando, Albuquerque, Michigan, Maine, Northern California, Washington state, and Kansas. Wahwahtay Benais continues to utilize his artistic expression to promote the advancement of tribal people everywhere. In the Anishinaabe language, the term "Wahwahtay Benais" describes a great thunderbeing that lives within the northern lights. To the Anishinaabeg, the thunderbird is a powerful being who works with the balance of Mother Earth and the northern lights represents the physical dimension where our ancestors live.  myspace.com/wahwahtaybenais
Indigenous Holocaust by Wahwahtay Benais
Indigenous Holocaust by Wahwahtay Benais
--->Cafe Cultura Collective members: EdenAlejandro

For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589; www.cafecultura.org

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We are honored to partner with the 10th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival in hosting Radmilla Cody as a guest facilitator.

Using poetry, song, and spoken word to express your cultural voice.


WHEN: Saturday, October 12th 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

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

(@ CU Boulder) 


Monthly Open Mic (2nd Friday of every month)


WHEN: Friday, November 8th


--->Doors open @ 7pm
--->Show @ 7:45pm 
WHERE: Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia (9th Ave & Galapago St)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night 
$3 donation (nobody turned away)
Everyone is welcome!

November Features:  
--->Shawn Little Thunder (South Dakota)


--->Bobby LeFebre
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

In this newsletter....
-9th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser-
-Spoken Word Workshop w/ Radmilla Cody-
-Future Events-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Interested in being more involved?-
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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 4:30pm
Fri from 1 to 4:30pm.


Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

Recent partners for Cafe Cultura's workshops: Lincoln High School, Southwest Early College, & Grant Beacon Middle School. We are confirming several more as the school year progresses.
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 curriculum. Workshop 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.
Save the date: October 12th from 11am to 12:30pm at 1029 Santa Fe Dr...Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop w/ Radmilla Cody.
As for our intensive workshops, we are enjoying getting to know the youth at La Academia @ Denver Inner City ParishCollege Track, STRIVE Prep SMART, & Denver Center for International Studies (through DPS Indian Education). We look forward to starting with KIPP Denver Collegiate HS this the month.

If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us



Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates...

Exciting Updates

Thank you to everyone who attend our 1st Annual Family Day Open Mic. Families had the opportunity to attend a free event and eat together (frequent family dinners are effective tools to help keep kids substance free). Special shout out to everyone who performed during the open mic...and especially to our features, Idris Goodwin and Grupo Tlaloc, for inspiring the crowd with their words and energy. We also appreciate the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver
 for sharing importance of your work in the community. Thank you to Denver RAP (Resource for Awareness and Prevention) for your support in hosting this event. We look forward to making our September open mic a free event with free food...every year! 
Below are some photos from the event.


-We are honored to have been selected for the 2013 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture (Youth Arts). For more information, click here.
-Performances/shows from Cafe Cultura Collective members: 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).


-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 (info@cafecultura.org). We'd definitely appreciate it...
Compilation Cover

Interested in being more involved in Cafe Cultura?


If you have ever thought of contributing ideas and energy to help Cafe Cultura better serve our community, we invite you to attend the following meeting:


Cafe Cultura Collective, Advisory Committee, & Volunteer Informational Meeting/Dialogue


Wednesday, October 16th @ 5:30pm at our office 
(1029 Santa Fe Dr)
We will host similar meetings on a monthly basis for those who can't be present for this one.
Feel free to contact us with questions and/or concerns.