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

Caf� 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. Please review and support us in any way you can.  Feel free to find more updates and pictures on our Facebook (facebook.com/cafecultura), Instagram (instagram.com/cafeculturadenver), and Flickr (flickr.com/photos/cafecultura/sets) accounts.

Cafe Cultura's Open Mic
w/ spoken word, food, live art, vendors, & community!

Spread the word...Bring your family and 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...Dec. 13, Jan. 10

--->Doors Open w/ Vendors & Live Art @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia (9th Ave & Galapago St)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

December Features: 
--->Enrique Argueta (Tattoo Artist from Cheyenne, WY): Artist since I came out the womb 7 something n the morning....May 20th 1982 and now pursuing to become a well respected tattoo artist. I am going to expand my interests and explore other areas of creativity in various mediums. 
--->More Than Metaphors (Amal Kassir & Kyle Sutherland): Amal Kassir is an 18 year old Syrian-American poet and student activist. A member of the 2012 Brave New Voices championship team (Minor Disturbance) she has since traveled around the US performing her poetry and speaking her truth. Kyle Sutherland is a 21 year old muslim-American poet, emcee, and student activist. His poetry was featured on HBO's Brave New Voices in 2010. He is currently a staff member at Minor Disturbance (minordisturbance.org) and president of the Denver Hip Hop Congress.
Project More Than Metaphors
Project More Than Metaphors

Live Art from Pyro CMS: 
I'm a 20 year old professional street artist from Denver, Colorado. I created my company called CMS industries in 2010 with a couple of my friends, since then I've competed in multiple graffiti events including the Colorado Crush and the graffiti reports annual black book battle, this year i took third place. I'm currently working on a project which I'm calling the Graffiti Warz Battles, which will be starting 2014 @Owl and orchid tattoo on Federal. Its open to the public and everyone from all ages is welcome! 
Community Feature:
---> Project More Than Metaphors is campaigning to raise the necessary funds to directly help Syrian refugee camps and internally displaced Syrians. Using art to supply both truth and beauty unto the people, we also hope to directly help the people of Syria, so that our compassion is not limited to metaphors. The fact of humanitarian work is always more than metaphors. Join us as we bathe in contemporary issues, humanitarian care, and poetic justice.
For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589; www.cafecultura.org

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Thanks to a matching grant from the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado and Hispanics in Philanthropy, you have the opportunity to double your donation. It's easy! Maximize your donation and give today.

Your contribution would help us:

-expand our monthly open mic

-conduct more spoken word workshops for youth

-publish books of poetry & art from youth participants (visit this link for an example)

-coordinate our Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program

Community members have said:

"They [Caf� Cultura] provide a format for youth to express themselves in a positive, creative manner...inspiring words of the next generation of Native Youth."

"My most memorable moment was going to a workshop...and finding something I didn't know I had inside."

Donations can also be mailed to:

Cafe Cultura
PO Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211 

As you step inside this workshop, you will learn how to express your thoughts and feelings through hip hop, poetry, and spoken word. We are extremely excited to provide you the space and time to give voice to your stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration. With our words, we can represent our culture(s) and tradition(s) as we strengthen our minds.

WHEN: Saturday, December 21st 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!


If you are interested in helping build our organization while gaining valuable experience and making connections in the community, below are the unpaid internship positions we hope to fill ASAP.


Development Intern: provide assistance in organizing activities that will lead to the growth and development of our organization. This includes being involved with implementation of strategic plan, fundraising, and engaging Board of Directors. 

Click Here for Development Intern Job Description


Communications Intern: help in coordinating effective and efficient communication within the organization as well as with the community. In addition to internal communications, this person will focus on promotion and documentation of our programs. 

Click Here for Communications Intern Job Description 


Programs Intern: be actively involved in planning and carrying out programs including events, workshops, and our youth leadership program.

Click Here for Programs Intern Job Description

Interested in being more involved in Cafe Cultura?


If you have ever thought of contributing ideas and energy to help Cafe Cultura better serve our community, we invite you to attend the following meeting:


Cafe Cultura Collective, Advisory Committee, & Volunteer Informational Meeting/Dialogue


Tuesday, December 17th @ 6pm at our office 
(1029 Santa Fe Dr)


We will hold similar meetings every month (next one: Jan. 16th @ 6pm).


Feel free to contact us with questions and/or concerns.

In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura's December Open Mic-
-Double Your Donation!-
-Monthly Spoken Word Workshop-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Interested in being more involved?-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Future Events-
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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: Grant Beacon Middle School, Contemporary Learning Academy, and Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. We are confirming several more as the school year progresses.
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. Click here for a detailed information sheet.
Save the date: December 21st from 11am to 12:30pm at 1029 Santa Fe Dr...Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop.
We continue to enjoy working with our intensive workshops at College Track, STRIVE Prep SMART, & Denver Center for International Studies (through DPS Indian Education). We look forward to publishing the poetry from each group of youth. We look forward to the showcase for College Track this Friday as we finish their third book.
If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us



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

Exciting Updates

Thank you to everyone who attended another powerful Caf� Cultura Open Mic this past Friday. Special shout out to 1) those who were brave enough to get on the mic 2) our features Bobby LeFebre & Shawn Little Thunder for sharing your energy and words 3) Jay Jaramillo for blessing us with your art. We also appreciate the opportunity to partner with CHAC (Chicano Humanities and Art Council). Here are a few pictures (you can visit our flickr page
for more)

-We were honored to have been selected for the 2013 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture (Youth Arts). Here are some photos from the reception: 
-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).
-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

Future Events


Monthly Open Mic (2nd Friday of every month)


WHEN: Friday, January 10th & February 14th


--->Doors open @ 7pm
--->Show @ 7:45pm 
WHERE: Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia (9th Ave & Galapago St)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night 


$3 donation (nobody turned away)


Everyone is welcome!

January Features:  
--->Gerald James (Cafe Cultura Collective member)


February Features:
--->Lyla June Johnston (Taos, NM)