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

Caf� 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 presents Art in the Park: open mic with spoken word, music, art, vendors, food, & 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...July 12th, August 9th

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors @ 6:30pm
--->Graffiti Artists begin @ 6:30 pm
--->Food & Show @ 7pm

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

July Features: 
We will be hosting some of the most talented and well known graffiti artists in town in a GRAFFITI BATTLE!! The community will vote throughout the night on the dopest piece, and award the winning artists with Wall Space and a first place surprise!! 

--->No "Mo" Violence Cultural Dance Group provides children and youth a constructive alternative to gang violence by offering a positive and creative outlet through dance. This unique and dynamic dance group was founded in 1999 by Cathy Maestas, in memory of her son Geronimo "Mo" Maestas. The death of her son "Mo" inspired Cathy and sent her on a life-long mission to promote no violence and provide awareness to the youth and their families of our community about the tragic realities of gangs and violence; thus, the No "Mo" Violence Cultural Dance Group was formed.
---->CU Boulder Upward Bound Students...the program serves approximately 103 students from 8 different states across the country. Targeting 20 high schools located on or near Native American reservations, our program works to provide students with insight into a college life hoping to set them on a path towards higher education.
--->As/Us is a space to showcase the creative literary expressions and scholarly work of both emerging and established women writers from around the world. We are interested in publishing works by underrepresented writers particularly Indigenous women and women of color. As/Us publishes a winter and spring issue both in print and online.

--->Sisters of Color United For Education's goals are to improve peoples health, wellness, and quality of life by educating families about healthy lifestyles and increasing their access to health services by removing language and cultural barriers. The health promotion and harm reduction education utilizes a unique and culturally relevant holistic curriculum Mind, Body, Spirit and empowers participants to access meaningful healthcare and support services through community activism, advocacy, information exchange, referrals, and art as social justice. 
For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589; www.cafecultura.org

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Words to Actions
Youth Leadership Program


Words to Actions is an Indigenous (Native, Chican@, Latin@) youth leadership program that starts with a two week paid camp. In addition to receiving a Caf� Cultura t-shirt, a book and a stipend of $150*, participants will gain confidence, cultural awareness, and leadership skills to strengthen their family, community and/or tribe. Activities will include workshops, guest speakers, creative expression, community outreach, and the creation of a mural.

Who: Native/ Chican@/Latin@ Youth ages 14-21, in the Denver Metro Area.

Monday July 29, 2013- Friday August 9, 2013
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am- 2:30 pm
1029 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204

Lunch will be provided.

*Participants who do not miss more than one session will receive the stipend at the program's completion.

To Apply: cafecultura.org/wordstoactions

Growth as an Organization

Cafe Cultura has grown a great deal within the last few years. We will soon have our nonprofit status, which will open doors for us. Within the last year, we have received financial support from the Chinook Fund, Colorado Creative Industries (Colorado Creates Grant & Jumpstart Grant), and Hispanics In Philanthropy/Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

Feel free to check out our 2012 Annual Report (it's online!). Just click on the cover below.
In this newsletter....
-Art in the Park: July 12th-
-August Art in the Park-
-Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program-
-Growth as an Organization-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word 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.


Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

Recent partners for Cafe Cultura's workshops: Latin American Heritage Camp and CU Upward Bound Program.
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 seven 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.
Save the date: August 10th from 11am to 12:30pm at 1029 Santa Fe Dr...Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop: open to educators and youth advocates and the larger community.
As for our intensive workshops with youth at several locations, here are a few photos from our showcases:

Here is some feedback from our intensive workshops:

"[I enjoyed] learning how to show my struggles in words" -10th grader at KIPP Denver Collegiate


"I especially enjoyed being able to not only publish our poems but then read them at the showcase and take home some of our own copies which I was able to give to my family and share the experience that I had in spoken word with them. I think spoken word really helped me to improve my writing abilities not only with poetry but with other literature as well." -10th grader at College Track


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



Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates...

Exciting Updates

-Much love to everyone who attended our first installment of Art in the Park. In what will be a yearly showcase, participants from our Intensive Spoken Word Workshops did an amazing job performing. Shout out to Dani (College Track), Jennifer (KIPP Denver Collegiate HS), Alejandra (KDCHS), Desire (KDCHS), and Lulu (STRIVE Prep SMART). The event also showcased the art of STRIVE Prep SMART students. Below are some photos from the event.

-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).

-Internship and volunteer opportunities: If you are interested in helping build our organization while gaining valuable experience and making connections, we will post detailed descriptions soon.
-Feel free to visit our website
often for updates (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