Welcome to Cafe Cultura's January 2017 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's 01/13/17 Open Mic
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...January 13th, and February 10th, March 10th. 

--->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:
---->Rosine Mares: I am 16 years old. I am Apache, Cherokee, and Navajo. I am junior at Brady High School. On my spare time, I love to paint and write poetry. I will be the first one in my family to graduate high school on time so I can reach my dream of going to college. I want to be a Math teacher, specifically a Geometry teacher, because I am good in math and love helping others.

----> Queenz of Hip Hop: Queenz of Hip-Hop is a community based organization using the elements of Hip-Hop to create social change. Our goal is to continue striving toward our mission by staying closely involved in the community and creating a lasting connection. Queenz of Hip-Hop is helping create the next generation of women in the Hip-Hop community through empowerment & mentorship.
Queenz of Hip Hop Promo
Queenz of Hip Hop Promo

----> Live Art by Victoria Paige Gonzalez:  Victoria Paige Gonzalez is a visual artist who works with photography, ceramics and installation. She has been exploring representations of Nepantla, a Nahuatl term for in-between. She uses the garden, shadows, and light as a metaphor for understanding imposing boundaries and ones we self-inflict. Her work has been exhibited in Boston and Houston galleries such as, Houston Center for Photography, Alabama Song, Blaffer Museum and Suffolk University. Her series, "Pleasure Kitchen", was selected as the 2015 Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship Honorable Mention.
Community Feature:
----> American Friends Service Committee:  Our goal is to create a welcoming climate for all people by building broad support for immigrant justice. We advocate for humane immigration policies and work to eliminate unjust immigration practices. We provide immigrants in deportation the tools to resist and organize citizens to accompany them in their struggle for justice.

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories
Join Our Movement!

We finished strong with our Poetry/Spoken Word classes at Kepner Beacon MSGrant Beacon MS and  DSST College View HS . Below are the book covers, excerpts, and photos of students performing. Click on each book cover to read the online version. 

We are excited to continue our 2nd Trimester class at DSST College View HS while starting at South Lakewood Elementary (through JeffCo Indian Education), Alameda HS , and College Track .

"We need to rise up 
and fight 
to smell justice in the air,
feeling that breeze
coming to your ear
saying freedom.
We see lights that give us hope.
So I say,
stand up for the right,
the right to live,
the right to say,
'I am home.
I am done
with discrimination,
and the depression that comes into
your soul 
and turns into a black hole.'"

-Jose, DSST College View HS student


"I am the perfect food
made from the perfect balance   
of tortillas
and juicy, 
flavorful lamb.
I tell the story of a kitchen

full of love
and passion
since the first generations.
I represent the pride and culture
of the early people
passed down.
Even through the conquistadors' destruction,
our culture did not fade
like the steam rising and fading
out of the kitchen's burning stove,
where the plate of perfection is created. "

-Kevin, Grant Beacon MS student

        All Enrichment Showcase

Performance for their peers

"I am a woman
who will change the world for other women,
making their lives better
so we always will be treated equal.
Everybody should have the same rights in the world.
I am someone
who is now going to make rules equal
for women and men.
women will have the same rights as men
and can be treated the same."

-Ashley, Kepner Beacon MS 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 .
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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

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 (new dates):  3rd Friday of the month (January 20th, February 17th, March 17th)
TIME (new 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 braved the cold on Friday night to create an empowering space during Cafe Cultura's December open mic...whether as attendees, open mic participants, volunteers, vendors, or features. We are especially grateful for 1)  Emery Vela  speaking his truth and inspiring us to do the same 2)  Felix Fast4ward  blessing our ears and bodies with moving beats 3)  Alba Valerdi Art  creating an impressive portrait of Cantinflas 4)  Lakota Way Healing Center  sharing a visi on of empowerment through traditional ways. Thank you!

Videos from 12/09/2016
Videos from 12/09/2016 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 .