Welcome to Cafe Cultura's October 2016 newsletter! 

We are excited to update you as we work to fulfill our mission.


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories #ArtInThePark #WordsToActions #RiseUp

Café 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. You can find more updates on our Facebook (facebook.com/cafecultura), Issuu (issuu.com/cafecultura/docs), Instagram (instagram.com/cafeculturadenver), Flickr (flickr.com/photos/cafecultura/sets), and Youtube (youtube.com/user/cafeculturavideos) accounts.

Cafe Cultura's
12th Anniversary showcase, Book Release, & Fundraiser
a portion of proceeds goes to Standing Rock & #NoDAPL

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 (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month... October 14th (12th Anniversary Showcase), November 11th, December 9th

--->Doors open w/ Silent Auction, Door Prizes, & Unveiling of Words to Actions Mural @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: 910 Galapago St 

$5-$30 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

Feature performers:
----> Cafe Cultura poets (Alejandro, Josie, Hannabah, Eden, Ara, Franklin) and youth program participants

alejandro -
Alejandro - "Mrs Parrot"

Josie -
Josie - "An Open Letter To Brown Girls"

Hannabah Blue - It's Trendy to be an Indian
Hannabah Blue - "It's Trendy to be an Indian"

Eden -
Eden -  "Who Are You to Tell Me?"

Ara -
Ara - "Breaking The Silence"

Franklin -
Franklin - "Before that"

---->Unveiling of Mural created by participants in Cafe Cultura's Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program (Summer 2016)

Cafe Cultura has been recognized as a 2016 IMAGINE 2020 Fund recipient by Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs. The development of this unique experience was inspired by the seven vision elements that make up the foundation of IMAGINE 2020, Denver's cultural plan, and proudly joins the collective effort in furthering arts, culture and creativity throughout Denver. To learn more about IMAGINE 2020 and how to get involved, please visit IMAGINEDENVER2020.org

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura continues our Poetry/Spoken Word classes at DSST College View, Kepner Beacon Middle School, and La Academia. Below are some examples of their writings:

"I am from the struggles for civil rights.
I come from the ones they call aliens,
and wetbacks.
I am more than all stereotypes can claim.
The judgements,
racial comments,
and inequality
make me stronger as I grow.
Tus palabras no me duelen.
México vive en mi corazón
como nunca te imaginaras."
-Prizma, La Academia student

"I am the warm food my grandma sets on the table,
the smell summoning my ancestors
and opening the door for them.
They line up behind me,
waiting for their piece of frybread 
that we will take into the front room
while enjoying each other's company.
Happiness and comfort engulfs everyone,
pushing smiles onto their faces."
-Celeste, DSST College View student

"We have our ups and downs.
If you fall down,
get up and learn from your mistakes.
When I score,
I yell,
because I know that will affect my future.
I will get better and better at soccer.
The defenders that try to take the ball away from me
are like money problems
and bullies trying to hit me.
But I do not let them.
I focus on the target and score!
I reach my goals and achievements."
-Mauro, Kepner Beacon Middle School student

If you are interest ed in having Cafe Cultura bring our "Telling Our Stories" workshop series to your school as an electi ve, after-school enrichment, or a part of an existing class , contact us.  

Our youth-written books are available online . To access each collection of powerful spoken word poetry from participants in our workshop series,  simply click on the book cover .

Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.

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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm



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Xpress Yourself

Spoken Word/Poetry 

Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)

We have worked with schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves . We have recently conducted our workshop for the following schools/organizations: Emory Elementary, Girls Inc, Upward Bound @ Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Colorado Youth At-Risk.

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 a decade 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  support Language Arts curriculum (4th through 12th grades) 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 more information.
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Promo video for 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 (new dates):  3rd Friday of the month (October 21st, November 18th, December 16th)
TIME (new time): 6 to 7:30pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday for our Back 2 School/Know Your Rights Open Mic. Special thank you to 1) Padres & Jóvenes Unidos for partnering with us to host a great event and presenting an insightful play 2) alejandro for sharing powerful poetry that inspired everyone in attendance 3)
Ill Se7en 
for moving the crowd with incredible beats and lyrics 4) 
O livia Lucero 
for painting a masterpiece live. Shout out to all the volunteers who made it all possible. Thank you!

Videos from 9/9/176 open mic
Videos from 9/9/16 Open mic


-Thank you to the Denver American Indian Commission for nominating our Executive Director Ara Cruz for a 2016 Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Award ...he accepted it on behalf of Cafe Cultura and everyone who makes what we do possible.

-Performances/shows from Cafe Cultura poets: If you want us to perform at an assembly or host an open mic featuring our spoken word artists, contact us. Funds will go to sustaining our organization and the work we do in the community (especially our workshops for youth). 

-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our past and current funders: Imagine 2020 Fund, Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation Colorado, Young Latino Philanthropists, Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund (The Denver Foundation), Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples , 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:
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