Welcome to Cafe Cultura's September 2015 newsletter! 

We are excited to keep in touch with you as we work to fulfill our mission.


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories #ArtInThePark #WordsToActions

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 food, 
art, vendors, & community!

A benefit for Paul Castaway...with proceeds going to support his family in paying for costs associated with his death. #NativeLivesMatter

Spread the word...Bring your family & friends!!!!!   

Note: Make sure to come early to sign up and get a good seat.
WHAT: All ages open mic (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month.... September 11th, October 9th (11th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser), November 13th

---> Doors open w/ Vendors, Food for Sale, & Live Art @ 7pm
---> Show starts @ 7:45pm

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

$3 (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

September Features:
---->Norbert Jones  is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse reservation. He is also a member of the Oak Lake Writers Society.
Norbert Jones Performs at the Loft's Equilibrium
Norbert Jones Performs at the Loft's Equilibrium

----> The Soul Pros  (Soul Proclaimers of Sound Culture) are a musical collective based out of Denver, CO which consists of MC's Mike Wird, Pablo Kee and DJ/Producer Aaron "A-L" Ladley. Their sound blends old to new school Hip Hop textures with Soul, Funk, Jazz and Latin influences. On stage the Soul Pros deliver high energy live performances that move the crowd with skilled lyricism and authentic turntablism. In addition to performing at national events, the group has shared the stage with musical acts such as De La Soul, Public Enemy, KRS ONE, Pharoahe Monch, Lattyrx, Les Nubians and more.
"Greatness" The Soul Pros ft. Felix Fast4wrd + Edo. G

----> Live art by Karma Leigh , a painter and creator who also makes tangible art items and jewelry from her work. A drinker of coffee, a night owl. A lover of lines, water and bold colors is apparent in her work. When not creating, she is daydreaming and staring at the stars, birds, or rocks.

Community Partner
----> Project VOYCE (Voices of Youth Changing Education) : PV's mission is to empower youth to create change within themselves, their schools, their communities and the world. It has evolved into a leadership program that increases student engagement in school, improves graduation rates and promotes youth success, especially for students in Denver. Through in-depth leadership and advocacy training, PV inspires young people to be the change they wish to see in the world.

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories


To invest in these young people's development as leaders in our communities, 

Cafe Cultura's Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program brings together Indigenous (Native, Chicana/o, Latina/o) youth ages 13-18 starting with a five week paid summer camp (in 2015: July 13 - August 14). Participants gain confidence, cultural awareness, and leadership skills to strengthen their family, community, and/or tribe. Activities include workshops, guest speakers, field trips, creative expression, community outreach, and the creation of a mural.


Gift #1: Cafe Cultura Stickers
Gift #2: Cafe Cultura Stickers & Print of 2015 Mural (created by youth)
Gift #3: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2015 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt
Gift #4: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2015 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt; Prints of 2013 and 2014 murals
Gift #5: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2015 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt; Prints of 2013 and 2014 murals; print of CC's banner (signed by artist)

To donate,  click here

Checks can also be sent to:

Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204


Exciting start of the school year! Cafe Cultura began our "Telling Our Stories" spoken word poetry workshop series at  Grant Beacon Middle School Community Page  (enrichment),  La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish  (elective), DSST: College View High School  (elective), and Mi Casa @ Lake (after-school). Plans are already being made for Fairview Elementary and  Escuela Tlatelolco  during the 2nd quarter. 

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. Below are photos from two Spring 2015 showcases.

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.

Work Study Jobs with Cafe Cultura

If you're a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver or University of Colorado Denver and been awarded work study, you can earn $10/hour while contributing to the work Cafe Cultura does in the community.

Apply today:  www.cafecultura.org/jobs

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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
P.O. Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211

Office: 910 Galapgo St
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 8am to 2:00pm
Fri from 8am to 5pm



Make a one-time or monthly donation to Cafe Cultura!

You have the opportunity to invest in Cafe Cultura's work in the community. Click on the following image to make a tax-deductible donation.

Xpress Yourself

Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)

We have worked with numerous schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves. Recent partners: Aims Community College (TRIO programs). 

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 eight 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.

Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
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 (September 26th, October 31st, November 28th)
TIME:  11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE:  Cafe Cultura @ Denver Inner City Parish (9th Ave & Galapago St)


September Guest Facilitator:  Tanaya Winder
Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 3rd and last event in Cafe Cultura's 5th Annual Art in the Park. Mother nature blessed us once again with great weather even when storms affected other areas. Around 150 people enjoyed an open mic event featuring: Motus Theater's inspiring play "Do You Know Who I Am?"...powerful spoken word from Dominique Christina...and information about Northern Colorado Dreamers United- NCDU's work. Shout out to the volunteers who helped make the event possible.  Special thank you to our sponsors:  Biennial of the AmericasReady Foods Inc.Tocabe, An American Indian EaterySantiago's Mexican Restaurants, and El Noa Noa .

Cafe Cultura's Art in the Park 8/14/15
Cafe Cultura's Art in the Park 8/14/15



- We are moved!  We are enjoying our new office  @ 910 Galapago St (site of our monthly open mic event). After almost 10 years of working with La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish, we look forward to building on this relationship to strengthen both organizations' work in the community. Below are some photos (a few before/after).

-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our recent funders: 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, Peyback Foundation, Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, 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 for us: 

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
- Performances/shows from Cafe Cultura poets:   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).