Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
January 2013 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf´┐Ż Cultura's mission is to promote 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. 

Cafe Cultura's Open Mic: spoken word, music, art, vendors, food, & community! 


Spoken word, music, food, art, vendors, & community! 


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




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 (Jan. 11th, Feb. 8th)

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors @ 7 pm
--->Show starts @ 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

$3 (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

December Features:
--->Eden Nicole....Born and raised in Denver, Eden Nicole merges her inspirations from her children with her Indigenous roots to create spoken word. Through traditional Aztec and Pow-Wow dancing, she is teaching her sons the traditions of their people. In collaboration with Cafe Cultura, Medicine Heart Dancers, and Grupo Tlaloc, Eden Nicole has been organizing youth workshops, compiling scholarships, and coordinating fundraisers. Eden is currently composing a spoken word/photography book called "Tracing the Foot Prints of Eden." 
Eden - Blue Corn Woman 
Eden Nicole - Blue Corn Woman

---->Molina Speaks
...Molina is a Denver-based Hip-Hop artist, poet, educator, historian, and futurist, hailing from the northern tip of Aztlan - Rawlins, WY. Molina attended the University of Wyoming, where he learned more about life through living than in the classroom. Molina has toured coast-to-coast with his poetry and music. He frequently visits schools, community hubs, group homes, and cultural centers, building with youth across racial and class lines and across boundaries.

For more info and free music downloads: www.MolinaSpeaks.com.

--->Guest Speakers: Local organizers of Idle No More Round Dance Flash Mobs


--->Community Features:

The Oyate Native American Student Organization
serves as a support center for Native American students at CU Boulder, and offers a communal atmosphere where students can come together to share their unique cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. It offers academic support, and is the central place for native students to network with one another, and other student groups both locally and nationally. 

UMAS y MEXA (United Mexican American Students & Movimiento Estudiantil Xican@ de Aztlan)
are two organizations led by students at CU Boulder. They provide a family away from home for Raza students while promoting the use of education to uplift our people. These organizations focus on the progress of the gente, the youth, and our communities. Their purpose is also to create solidarity with our people and other communities that undergo struggle and aid them as allies.

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

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Future at a glance
(for Cafe Cultura's open mic)

February 8th @ 7pm
Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia
(9th Ave & Galapago St)

Che Christ (Chicago, IL)

March 8th @ 7pm
Denver Indian Center
(4407 Morrison Road)

Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team (Santa Fe, NM)
Cihuatl Ce (Los Angeles, CA) 

Scheduled Programs and Updates
-Cafe Cultura's January Open Mic-
-Future at a glance-
-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.


Workshops for Youth

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 workshop structure for over six years to encourage Chicana/o and Native youth to use spoken word to give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration.

As school starts again, we look forward to continuing our work with youth in our advanced/intensive version of "Xpress Yourself" held at College Track, STRIVE Prep SMART, Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton, and KIPP Denver Collegiate HS.

Our 1st semester with College Track students went extremely well. Their friends and family were impressed with their book (see cover above) and performances.

If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.



Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates from our workshops...

Exciting Updates

-Thank you to everyone who attended our December Open Mic. We want to recognize Free Verse (Dominique Cristina & Ayinde Russell), Acequia, and Xencs L. Wing for sharing their energy, words, & art. Thank you to everyone with One Nation Walking Together for being our community feature.

-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).

-We have confirmed our features for
Rise Up! (our March open mic at the Denver Indian Center): Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team and Cihuatl Ce. We are also excited to screen a 45 minute documentary about the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team sometime in February. We will post details as they develop.

-We continuously update our website so make sure to check back (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