Welcome to Cafe Cultura's February 2016 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's
open mic
w/ spoken word, music, art, door prizes, food for sale, & 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....February 12th, March 11th (Rise Up at 6pm @ the Denver Indian Center), April 8th

---> Doors open w/ Vendors, Art, & Food for Sale @ 7pm

---> Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura @ Denver Inner City Parish (910 Galapago St)

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

Featured Performers:
---->Hasan Salaam  is an emcee, educator, and community organizer from New Jersey. Hasan's music paints vivid pictures of the commonalities that bind us: struggle, love, and pain. It's this ability, to touch people at their core, which has garnered Hasan Salaam a loyal fan base all over the world. 
Hasan Salaam ft. Immortal Technique & Hezekiah - JERICHO
Hasan Salaam ft. Immortal Technique & Hezekiah - JERICHO

----> Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe)  is a provocative contemporary artist/activist. Much of Gregg's work deals with indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration, and stereotype.
Defiant To Your Gods
Defiant To Your Gods - Gregg Deal

----> Ty Holly (15th old Navajo):  I'm a 15 year old student who loves to write poetry about racism, my culture, and my own life. Although I live in Denver, I grew up in Farmington, New Mexico, surrounded by the Four Sacred Mountains. I may seem like someone who doesn't have anything to say, but I have more to say than you think. Just listen to my poems and you will see the real me.

Community Feature:
---->Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) of Metro DenverVORP 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.

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura is in full-gear with our "Telling Our Stories" spoken word/poetry class at  Mi Casa @ Lake  (after-school),   DSST: College View High School 
(elective), Escuela Tlatelolco (elective), College Track (after-school), and 
Grant Beacon Middle School  (enrichment). Participants  continue to impress us with their insight and creativity.

We recently published another youth-written book from DSST: College View HS. Students performed their work as part of a book release, pep rally, and elective showcase. Below are a few excerpts from the amazing poems students wrote:

It is a place rooted so deeply within me,
it has become my veins,
transporting memories of long hours 
in the brutal sun
as a reminder
of the blood,
and tears
my people have shed on those fields.

I will never forget what kept me going
when I thought it was over:
the strength,
and love
of mi abuelita
that I carry around my neck.

If all the darkness in the world
cannot kill the light of a single candle,
what makes you think
they can handle your light?
Only you can choose to dim it,
for the sky is the limit.
silence the critics
by burning bright.

You can read more by clicking the book cover below.

If you are interested in having Cafe Cultura bring our "Telling Our Stories" workshop series to your school as an elective, after-school enrichment, or a part of an existing class , contact as soon as possible.  

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.
Join Our Movement!

Purchase your
Cafe Cultura 2016 Season Pass
for $30 ($120 value)

-free admission (for you and a guest)
-free gifts (stickers, books, etc)
-front row seating
-recognition during the event (of you &/or another person)

Don't miss this opportunity! 

Available at February 12th open mic event

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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm



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Xpress Yourself

Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)


We have worked with schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves. Recent partners have included: Brady Exploration School and Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.

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:  Last Saturday of the month (February 27th, March 26th, April 30th)
TIME:  11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE:  Cafe Cultura @ Denver Inner City Parish (910 Galapago St)

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

- Thank you to those who roughed the cold weather to attend our last open mic event. It was an amazing night because of you! If you couldn't be there, you missed a good one. Special thank you to our features: Jozer showed why he is a nationally recognized spoken word artist and actor (was just recognized as Denver's Best Actor in a Play by BroadwayWorld.com). We were also blessed by the talented youth ensemble from Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Thompson Williams provided us a glimpse into his world through his masterful artwork. GRASP Enterprises shared information about their innovative work offering youth job training and life skills as they build a silk-screening and embroidery social enterprise. Of course, it wouldn't have been possible without everyone who volunteered. Thank you!

Videos from Cafe Cultura's 1/8/16 Open Mic
Videos from Cafe Cultura's 1/8/16 Open Mic


-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 recent funders: Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation Colorado, Young Latino Philanthropists, Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund (The Denver Foundation), Biennial of the Americas, 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