Welcome to Cafe Cultura's May 2018 newsletter! 

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


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself

#TellingOurStories #WordsToActions

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 presents
our 5/11/18 Open Mic event w/ spoken word, music, art, vendors, & 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 open mic (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN:  May 11th... Cafe Cultura open mics (2nd Friday of every month): June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, etc.

---> Doors open w/ Vendors, Food for Sale, and art @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: 910 Galapago St. 

$5 (nobody turned away)

---->Brenda Negrete (Brown, Proud, Xingona)

---->Team Bearsheart (World Champion Hoop Dancers)

---->Art by Javier Flores (Printmaker, Artist, Maestro)

Community Feature:
 ---->American Indian Academy of Denver

Hosted by 
Maya Contreras

Special Honoring of Cafe Cultura's Youth Council Graduates

More information about our features:
---->Brenda Negrete is an 18 year old Mexica woman. Brown, proud, and xingona. She grew up in the struggling community of East Los Angeles, which taught her the skills and love she has for helping others to date. Having strong connections with her culture, she is determined to become a Lawyer to offer her services to communities such as those that she grew up in, helping the lives of families and children like her and her family.
Brenda Negrete performing at Rise Up! 2018
Brenda Negrete performing at Rise Up! 2018

---->A night of world championship dancing. Team Bearsheart sharing their love for culture. Dancing for our Ancestors and those who cannot. Step up and try out, our Native American Aerobics tryouts.
Team Bearsheart Performing with Inka Gold
Team Bearsheart Performing with Inka Gold

Featured Artist:
---->Javier Flores was born in Denver, Colorado in 1978. A first generation United States citizen, raised by immigrant parents that instilled a sense of identity, culture and integrity. He received his BFA in Painting from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD) in 2008, and an MFA in Printmaking from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) in 2017. He started teaching as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Spring of 2018, and at Museo De Las Americas as a maestro.

Instagram: @lenguajevulgar

Community Feature:
---->American Indian Academy of Denver is a community-driven public charter school that is being developed to serve the unmet needs of American Indian and Mestizo/Chicano students in the Denver metro area. Initially, AIAD will serve students in grades 6 through 8 and by the fifth year, at full capacity, they will serve grades 6 through 12. AIAD will be among the first schools anywhere to implement a rigorous STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) curriculum through the indigenous cultural perspective. The AIAD founding committee has just recently submitted their charter application to DPS and is anticipating opening in the fall of 2019.

Website: www.americanindianacademy.org
Email: info@americanindianacademy.org
For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-460-9203

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories
Words to Actions 
Summer Youth Leadership Program
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 . Recent partners: East HS, STRIVE Prep SMARTy, La Raza Youth Leadership Program, Chaffee County High School, and Latino Youth Leadership Conference.  
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

The youth in our classes continue to write and share powerful poetry. We are currently teaching at  Alameda Jr/Sr HS, Grant Beacon MS, New America School @ Lowry, 
Jefferson HS (through Jeffco Indian Ed), Rocky Mountain Prep, and La Academia.

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 .
Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.
Our Executive Director is running in the full marathon... to support our classes. Join us!

8th Annual Art in the Park

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Contact Information
Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 9am to 6pm

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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.

Spoken Word Workshop
 Cafe Cultura (monthly)

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 (May 26th, June 30th, July 28th) 
TIME: 1 to 2:30pm 

WHERE:   910 Galapago St 

May featured poet/facilitator: Tywania Holly 

Yá'át'ééh (Hello) my name is Tywania Holly (nickname Ty), I am from the water-edge clan and the coyote clan and I am from the Navajo tribe from the Four Corners (New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado). I am a 17-year-old high school junior student at DSST: College View High School and a regular in some of the after school clubs. Outside of school I participate in leadership groups- Café Cultura and Keystone (at the Boys and Girls Club) - which keeps me busy and helps my community evolve into something better.

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Cafe Cultura's Youth Council  

1st & 3rd Wednesday... May 16th, June 6th, June 20th, etc.
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

After showing a movie for the community
One member receiving a Mayor's Youth Award

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you  to those who joined us for a powerful and informative night of poetry, music, art and community at Cafe Cultura's 4/13/18 Open Mic. Thank you to everyone who made it possible: volunteers, partner organizations, vendors, and attendees. Special thank you to 1) Suzi Q Smith for sharing her amazing and insightful poetry, 2) reMARKable for sharing his words and music, 3) Natie for showing us her wonderful artwork, and 4) Black Lives Matter 5280 for teaching us about your important organization. Thank You!

Videos from Cafe Cultura's 4/13/18 Open Mic
Videos from Cafe Cultura's 4/13/18 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.

- 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: Bonfils Stanton Foundation, 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 , and Chinook Fund .
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