Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
September 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 
Family Day Open Mic 
w/ spoken word, music, free food, art, vendors, dance, & community! 

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


Bring art, photos, and poems about family, food, and/or substance abuse.




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...Sept. 13, Oct. 11 (fundraiser), & Nov. 8

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

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

Free! (donations accepted)...Everyone is welcome!

September Features: 
--->Idris Goodwin is a playwright, spoken word performer, poet and essayist. He is the author of the award winning play How We Got On and the pushcart nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks. He is currently developing new plays with Denver Center Theater, Steppenwolf in Chicago, StageOne and Actors Theater of Louisville. He's performed on HBO, The Discovery Channel, Sesame Street and National Public Radio. He teaches performance writing and Hip Hop aesthetics at Colorado College. idrisgoodwin.blogspot.com
Idris Goodwin - What Is They Feedin' Our Kids
Idris Goodwin - What Is They Feedin' Our Kids
--->Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca is a non-profit traditional Mexica/Azteca group made up of Chicano/Mexicano families and students of all ages dedicated to preserving and nourishing the ancient knowledge of their ancestors. They have pledged to uphold and walk a spiritual way of life and have committed themselves to help educate the public's view of the Aztec culture. Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca is the first and oldest group of its kind to flourish in the Denver area, receiving numerous awards, trophies, and certificates since 1980. www.grupotlaloc.org
::Grupo Tlaloc Short::
::Grupo Tlaloc Short::
--->Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) of Metro Denver ...VORP of Denver's mission is to keep our kids out of jail by restoring relationships with self, family and community. VORP of Denver values the importance of inclusiveness, community, social justice and non-violent resolution to conflict. VORP provides Restorative Justice programs to youth and their families as an alternative to retributive consequences to keep youth out of the criminal justice system and combat the school to jail pipeline, mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow. www.denvervorp.org

--->The Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention (d-RAP) is your community-based source of information and tools to help identify and prevent teen alcohol and drug abuse, and to promote fun, healthy, positive lifestyle choices. www.denverrap.org
For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589; www.cafecultura.org

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As you step inside this workshop, you will learn how to express your thoughts and feelings through hip hop, poetry, and spoken word. We are extremely excited to provide you the space and time to give voice to your stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration. With our words, we can represent our culture(s) and tradition(s) as we strengthen our minds.

WHEN: Saturday, September 21st 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Save the Date: Oct. 11, 2013
Cafe Cultura 9th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser


WHEN: Friday, October 11th (as part of our monthly open mic on the 2nd Friday of every month)


--->Doors open @ 7pm
--->Show @ 7:45pm 
Come celebrate with us!

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

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night 
$5-$30 donation (nobody turned away)...
Everyone is welcome!

October Features:  
--->Cafe Cultura Collective Members


--->TBA (we're working to confirm details with an amazing performer)
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....
-Family Day Open Mic: Sept. 13th-
-Spoken Word Workshop @ Cafe Cultura Office: Sept. 21st-
-Save the Date: Oct. 11 (9th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser)-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
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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: Manual High 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: September 21st from 11am to 12:30pm at 1029 Santa Fe Dr...Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop.
As for our intensive workshops, we are enjoying getting to know the youth at La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish and College Track. We look forward to starting with STRIVE Prep SMART, Denver Center for International Studies (through DPS Indian Education), and KIPP Denver Collegiate HS 
within 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 joined us for our third Art in the Park event of the summer at La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater (2nd Friday in June, July, & August every year). We unveiled an amazing mural created by participants in Cafe Cultura's 2013 Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program. Special shout out to our features Slam Nuba, NDAAZ, and GRASP for sharing their energy and words with everyone in attendance. Below are some photos from the event.

-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