Welcome to Cafe Cultura's June 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 presents
6th Annual Art in the Park
an open mic 
w/ spoken word, live art, vendors, 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 open mic (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: June 10th...2nd Fri. of every month...Summer 2016 (July 8th, August 12th)

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors, Food for Sale, & Live Art @ 6:30pm
--->Show starts @ 7pm

WHERE: La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater (12th Ave & Osage St...next to the swimming pool)

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

----> Participants from Cafe Cultura classes  at La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish, Grant Beacon Middle School, Denver School for Science and Technologyhttps://issuu.com/cafecultura/docs/dsst_speaks_2_online at College View HS, Escuela Tlatelolco, College Track, and Mi Casa Neighborhood Center @ Lake. Youth from these sites have done an amazing job with Cafe Cultura's Telling Our Stories spoken word workshop series. In addition to publishing books of poetry, they performed for their communities. They will come together to share their words and insights with our regular audience.

Online books: 

---->Sheree Lovemestiza Brown Sheree Brown is a Woman of many colors. She is a writer, poet, Afrofuturist, artivist, cultural creative, educator, and new mother. Her passions reside in working with plants, youth, and women all across the spectrum. She dances with the cosmos, and writes the future of her people in her spare time. She is an herbalist, and is rooted in traditional indigenous medicine of her mixed ancestry. Her medicine is a direct reflection of her roots and her ancestors, and is evidenced in her poetry. 

----> Live Art by Felipe Dominguez Born & raised in the 80204, artist Felipe Dominguez does this for Delilah, Averi, and Scarlett.

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

#CafeCultura #ArtInThePark #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura recently concluded our "Telling Our Stories" spoken word/poetry classes at College Track (after-school), La Academia (elective), DSST: College View (elective),  Mi Casa @ Lake  (after-school)  and  Escuela Tlatelolco  (elective). Below are a few excerpts from their books along with photos and links to the online versions (click on the book covers .

"I will always remember 
la Virgin de Guadalupe.
She shows her heart
and desire for peace.
Rays of sunshine 
come from her life,
as she is surrounded by flowers
and her love for everybody.
Her smile tells us
she wants us to love."

"I find myself
on this path to succeed.
I start walking toward my future.
This sidewalk starts to get difficult
with family responsibilities.
I keep my head up and move on.
People doubt me.
I hear their voices inside my head.
I ignore them to succeed.
I struggle up this hill
to go to college.
I manage to keep going
and reach my dreams."

"We must show the people
who doubted us
that we are the powerful
and are able to commit
to following our dreams.
We keep our pain written
on our sleeves
and hearts
to make us stronger."

I write the truth.
I scribble my life over the words.
I am smart.
I have cultural wealth
that towers beyond
what your ignorant eyes
will ever see.
The blood of the unfailing strength
of my shackled ancestors
run through my veins

Our students performing!

If you are interested 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 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.
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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

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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 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 (June 25th, July 30th)
TIME:  11:00 to 12:30pm

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

June facilitator: Alexis Vigil

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
- Thank you   to those who attended our May open mic. Special thank you to: 1) Franklin Cruz for performing powerful new poems 2) Garrett Etsitty aka KRNG 1N3 for creating some amazing artwork during the event 3) Su Teatro for sharing some great songs and acts. Of course, it wouldn't have been possible without everyone who volunteered. Thank you!

Videos from 5/13/16 open mic
Videos from 5/13/16 open mic

- Running for Creative Expression: We participated in the Colfax Marathon on behalf of Cafe Cultura's "Telling Our Stories" spoken word classes. A total of 10 runners (2 relay teams) put forth their sweat to support our organization's work. Below is a picture of  Cafe Cultura's runners after the Colfax Marathon (a few needed to leave for previous commitments).

-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: Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation Colorado, Young Latino Philanthropists, Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund (The Denver Foundation), 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

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