Welcome to Cafe Cultura's February 2017 newsletter! 

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


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories #ArtInThePark #WordsToActions #RiseUp

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's 02/10/17 Open Mic:
Benefit for Red Fawn
w/ spoken word, music, art, door prizes, 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 showcase (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month...February 10th, March 10th (8th Annual Rise Up), April 14th 

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

WHERE: 910 Galapago St 

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

Feature performers:
---->Wiyaka: I am Diné & Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, SD. I strive to inspire our youth to work towards success through my music and apparel. Currently, I am pursuing a business and music degree from East LA community college, to strengthen indigenous independence.

----> Eden:  Born and raised in Denver, Eden merges her inspirations from her children with her Indigenous roots (Mexikah, Dine', and San Felipe Pueblo) to create spoken word. Through Groupo Tlaloc, Medicine Heart Dancers, and Cafe Cultura, she is teaching her sons the traditions of their people; while also pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences.

----> Art by SunRose IronShell:  Denver Native, SunRose IronShell is an artist, who uses her imagery to shine light on current issues vital to Indigenous youth and the planet. An alumni of East High School and Graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, she promotes activism through art as a plate form to uplift Indigenous voices.

Community Feature:
----> Free Red Fawn:  Red Fawn is a human rights advocate, organizer, and a community leader, and now a political prisoner of Standing Rock. She has been imprisoned and held without bail since Oct. 27th. She is facing federal felony charges and could spend the rest of her life in jail for protecting water. 

For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589
#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories
Join Our Movement!

We are finishing up strong with our 2nd Trimester class at DSST College View HS. Below are a few excerpts from the 9th and 10th graders in our elective. We are also enjoying our after-school program through JeffCo Indian Education. We'll have samples of those students in our next newsletter. We look forward to working with a great group of kids at Alameda International Jr/Sr High School  starting this week. 

"Yo vengo de una plaza
en el centro de Mezquitic,
donde los tacos de la esquina
nos llenan de alegría.
Mi familia vive en un rancho,
donde hay recuerdos
en la carretera
y un Mezquite welcomes you.
Yo vengo de una mamá,
que representa la bandera mexicana,
con su piel morena
y su sacrificio a cruzar el río para
una mejor vida."
-Jocelyn, DSST College View student

"We are so fast
to post our success on social media
but not live it.
People sometimes fall into stereotypes
and become a statistic.
We often let a small mistake
define who we are,
making ourselves feel almost so distant.
Time is running out....
and those regrets you live by
will hunt you down.
I know life is a full of painful stories,
but find the beautiful details.
Only you decide
to live life as an miracle."
-Fabiola, DSST College View student

"I am the middle finger
that anger throws at the system
and the fight for change.
I am the bullet
used to murder the corrupt,
but also used to take his power.
I am the ramen noodles 
that fed my family,
and the lobster
we dream of eating.
I am ignorant about my past
but confident about my future.
I am a product of my environment,
good and bad."
-Carter, DSST College View student

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 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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Collaboration with Denver Art Museum

Rise Up! 3/10/17

Divesting from DAPL Banks

Cafe Cultura closed our bank account with US Bank, one of the many banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Below is the letter we provided them. We encourage you to educate yourself, divest from these banks, and open an account with a credit union. Find more information @  www.defunddapl.org
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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm

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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 . Recent partners: Genesister, Denver Art Museum, and Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.

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:  3rd Friday of the month (February 17th, March 17th, April 21st)
TIME: 6 to 7:30pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org

Group pic from last month's workshop
Exciting Updates
- Thank you to everyone who attended Cafe Cultura's January open mic. We appreciate everyone who contributed to an empowering night: volunteers, open mic participants, and attendees. Special thank you to 1)  Rosine Mares  for voicing your truth 2)  Queenz of Hip Hop  blessing us with dance and rhythms 3) Victoria Paige Gonzalez for sharing a piece of her world through art 4)  AFSC & Coloradans for Immigrant Rights  for offering our community an opportunity to support our undocumented sisters/brothers.  Thank you!

Videos from 1/13/17 Open Mic
Videos from 1/13/17 Open Mic

- Cafe Cultura  was honored to receive a Civil Rights Award from NEWSED.

- Thank you to the  Denver American Indian Commission   for nominating our  Executive Director Ara Cruz for a 2016 Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Award ...he accepted it on behalf of Cafe Cultura and everyone who makes what we do possible. Below is both a group picture and his acceptance video produced as part of the ceremony.

2016 Mayor's Diversity Award - Ara Cruz/Cafe Cultura
2016 Mayor's Diversity Award

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: 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 , WESTAF , and The Chinook Fund .