Welcome to Cafe Cultura's January 2018 newsletter! 

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


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

CafĂ© 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 presents
1/12/18 Open Mic event 
w/ spoken word, music, art, vendors, food, & 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 (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month... January 12th, February 9th, March 9th.

--->Doors open w/ vendors, art, and food for sale @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: 910 Galapago St 

$5 donation (nobody turned away)... 

Everyone is welcome!


---->Cassy Huidobro is a video blogger, published author, and 2017 TEDx Colorado Springs poet. She advocates for social change by bringing awareness to divisive issues our society faces. Only then, she says, we'll finally see each other for who we really are: Human. She holds an M.A. in Languages and Literature from the University of Utah and loves spending time traveling and with friends and family. 

Cassy Huidobro's Uncomfortable Questions Vlog

---->SCATTER THEIR OWN, formed in 2012, is an Alter-Native Rock Duo of Oglala Lakota ancestry from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota. Scatter Their Own has traveled from Canada to Texas, as well as journeyed from Los Angeles to New York City. Scattering their own music to all nations in all directions, Scotti Clifford (Guitarist and Vocalist) and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford (Bassist and Vocalist) were a couple first. But before too long, after playing music together, they realized that they should start a band. Recently joined by Scotti's teenage children on-stage, it has become a family effort. Welby June (Guitar) and Wahpe Waste Win (Drums), have successfully earned their spots as touring members in the group. At the young ages of 17 and 15, Welby June & Wahpe now perform professionally alongside their parents across North America.

Scotti refers to touring as a modern day buffalo hunt. "In order to provide for our family, we must follow the music. Through our endeavors, I hope to teach my children how to find balance, spiritually and professionally." As a modern day Lakota family who views movement as sacred, Scatter Their Own has no difficulty packing up their Tipi and guitars in order to follow the buffalo. 

Scatter Their Own: Taste The Time Music Video

Art and Photography by:
---->LIVE LIFE Movement Art by Walt Pourier: Oglala Lakota outta Pine Ridge, artist, designer, youth outreach activist, motivational speaker... just a spirit on a human journey connecting the like minds of the world to our indigenous knowledge and prophecies through what creative means I have... learned and shared spiritual knowledge: "skan skan" something that moves... spiritual vitality... the force of life itself... something each of us and all of life posse within... your understanding within is the essence of you and to follow it... your sacred choice. "Taku skan skan wakan" something holy is moving... and it is you." - Hoka

Walt Pourier - 2014 Governor's Creative Leadership Awards
Walt Pourier - 2014 Governor's Creative Leadership Awards

Community Feature:
---->Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver'
mission is to inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold. We are committed to meeting the changing needs of girls in our community. Girls between the ages of 6 and 19 participate in our programs. Girls Inc. celebrates girls who are ethnically, economically, and culturally diverse. We believe that in a supportive environment, all girls can realize that they are strong, smart and bold and can achieve their full potential. Our programs are researched and developed by Girls Incorporated, the national organization of which we are an affiliate, and are nationally and locally evaluated and proven to be effective. We know girls in our programs stay in school and are more likely to resist violence and substance abuse and to prevent teen pregnancy.  

For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-460-9203

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

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
If you are interested in Cafe Cultura presenting at your school or organization, feel free to contact us. 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. 

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

Youth in our current partner schools have truly impressed us. We are currently working at  Alameda Jr/Sr HS, Kepner Beacon Middle School, and Edgewater Elementary (through Jeffco Indian Ed). We finished our elective at  DSST College View . Below are some excerpts of their book (click here to read it)

"Take me to a place
where I can feel comfortable
and cool:
no probation
no BS,
and I have already graduated from school.
Take me to a place
away from all these problems
and this stress.
I just want to be successful,
make my family happy,
instead of depressed.
Take me to a place
where I am able
to see the smiles
on my parents faces
with the great feeling
of seeing my family come together
to celebrate!
Take me to a place
where I can be a positive,
and successful young man.
I want to give my younger peers
the right guidance
to do the best they can.
I refuse to lose
and I am in it
to win it.

"I am corn. 
I come from the beautiful plants 
planted by many people.
I will always remember my ancestors
back in the times of peace, 
when wild animals were still there.
I will never forget 
the people who planted me, 
when they make soup 
and other foods. 
They respectfully make me 
with squash 
and beans, 
my sisters."

"Life is like riding a bike.
There will be plenty of obstacles.
I fall plenty,
but I get back up.
Life sometimes feels
like the obstacles never end,
but my dad will help me through.
I love riding my bike,
but lots of times it is hard.
Sometimes my friends go ahead of me
and they tell me,
'keep up.'
But I will always go at my own pace."

"I will never forget the cross
my dad gave me.
Every time I look at it,
it reminds me
of the work
he had to do.
He crossed the border,
keeping it safe
just like
he always keeps us safe.
I will always keep it close to me,
just like I keep my dad close,
even if he is far from me."

"I am from el cuadro
de la Virgen de Guadalupe
hanging on the wall.
This beautiful woman
has been with me
the whole time.
When I look at her,
I see the miracles she makes
for families
that pray for her.
This reminds me
of her beautiful skin color,
like me.
When I compare myself to her,
she makes me feel
that I can do miracles too."


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 recent collections of powerful spoken word poetry from participants in our classes/workshop series,  simply click on the book cover .

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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm

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Cafe Cultura's Youth Council  

1st & 3rd Wednesday... January 17th, February 7th, February 21st
TIME: 6 to 7:30pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

Food will be provided. 

Focus of the group:
-a support system...checking in about school and life
-leadership opportunities...youth will advise Cafe Cultura on programs and plan actions in the community

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you  to everyone who joined us at our 12/8/17 Open Mic. It was an amazing night! We appreciate everyone who made it possible: volunteers, venders, and attendees. Special thank you to 1) Ayla Sullivan for sharing her amazing poetry and music 2) EKYM 1536 for sharing some great beats and words 3) Enrique for showing us insightful and moving art and 4) Young African American and Latino Leaders for showing us how youth can be active in our community. Thank You!

Videos from Cafe Cultura's 12/8/17 Open Mic

-We had the honor of writing an article in Nonprofit Colorado, a magazine published by the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Below are a few photos.

-Cafe Cultura was featured by Denver 8 TV! Hosted by our Board member Bobby LeFebre, the episode documented our July Art in the Park. We appreciate those who had good things to say about us! Make sure to watch the whole episode as there is some footage at the end too... 

ArtScene: Cafe Cultura
ArtScene: Cafe Cultura
-Thank you to whoever nominated Cafe Cultura's Executive Director as a My Brother's Keeper 2017 Honoree. Ara accepted the recognition on behalf of the organization and everyone who makes what we do possible.
- Thank you to the  Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for selecting our  Executive Director to be a 2018 Livingston Fellow . Below is both a group picture and the video they produced to share how the 5 fellows lead their organizations. It is a great honor for Cafe Cultura to be showcased in this way. Thank you to our supporters who made this possible.
Ara Cruz as a 2018 Livingston Fellow
2018 Livingston Fellows

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: Arts In Society, 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 .
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