Welcome to Cafe Cultura's May 2016 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 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 open mic (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month....May 13th--->Art in the Park: June 10th, July 8th, August 12th

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

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

----> Su Teatro in La Muerte y La Vida : Special performance for Café Cultura. Featuring Adan y Eva en el Jardin de Ever After, Take Five and the Death of Orfeo, Home Grown Nationally Known

Video from previous play
Video from previous play

---->Franklin Cruz  is a Latino queer poet living in Denver currently in a biology program at Metropolitan State University. The shy kid who learned the power of his own voice, Franklin has performed throughout the country from the Southwest region, coast to coast. An alumni of Minor Disturbance a youth poetry slam team that has won Brave New Voices an international youth competition, Slam Nuba and Mercury Café both adult slam teams and Café Cultura, a grassroots indigenous spoken word artist collective. He has also taught and performed at Universities across Colorado including CU Boulder, UNC, CSU, Denver University, Colorado School of Mines, CU Denver and more. Franklin's poetry reflects on being a first generation child of immigrant parents, being a brown queer child in a heteronormative patriarchy, and recalling the traditional indigenous faith of curanderismo. Franklin's aims to work in social profit sector and is leading to a cross disciplinary STEAM career using poetry as advocacy for social change, scientific education/awareness and personal mental health practices.

Queer by Franklin Cruz
Queer by Franklin Cruz

----> Art by Garrett Etsitty aka KRNG 1N3 (Dine'; Chinle, Arizona) Garrett Etsitty has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of socially engaged interdisciplinary projects for over a decade. He has exhibited at University of Oklahoma at the Sam Noble Museum, Fort Lewis College Art gallery, and Phoenix Heard Museum, Knitting Factory in Hollywood California , Boros Art Gallery in Albuquerque, and Fresh Like Us Art Gallery in Albuquerque and the list goes on. Garrett Etsitty has a widespread collection of works of art in all kinds of disciplines that he was acutely sensitive to. His multi-optic senses were trained to perceive compositions in the round or flat that his large insect brain could process formal and informal aesthetic with a good deal of any medium. His favorite medium is paint and he had opened the floodgates with respected mediums that makes his style much more unique.

Community Feature:
----> Su Teatro : For over 40 years, Su Teatro has established a national reputation for homegrown productions that speak to the history and experience of Chicanos. Su Teatro has created more than 15 original full length productions that have toured widely to venues such as New York's Public Theater, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX and Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA. The artistic excellence of our programs and our relevance to the field has been recognized nationally through funding from The Shubert Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, the National Performance Network, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, and the American Composers Forum.

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura recently concluded our "Telling Our Stories" spoken word/poetry classes at  Mi Casa @ Lake  (after-school)  and  Escuela Tlatelolco  (elective). Below are a few excerpts from their books (look for links for online books next month).

I admire the way 
he stays so strong
when his past
tries to bring him down.
"Little monkey,"
he says,
"stay strong through it all.
Do not get caught up
like I did."
Remembering his words
is what keeps me going.
I am a movement for rights,
speaking up
for those
who do not feel their voice.

The Zombie outbreak is now.
You may not notice them
but they are in front of your eyes.
You just have to look closer.
They are showing up at Donald Trump's rallies
Let us shoot these zombies 
with sense
and prosperity,
and equality.
the world will know true peace on earth
because we are all human,
do not forget that.
Donald Trump you suck!
This zombie outbreak stops now.

I will always remember
my father's story
of how he was treated poorly
and had little.
As he crossed the border,
he smiled through the tears
of despair
leaving all he cared about behind
for a better life.
He raises 3 children,
smiling through the pain
of labor
and agony
to put something to eat
on the table.

We continue working with DSST: College View High School  (elective), La Academia (elective), and   College Track  (after-school) .  

If you are interested in having Cafe Cultura bring our "Telling Our Stories" workshop series to your school as an elective, 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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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm



Make a one-time or monthly donation to Cafe Cultura!

You have the opportunity to invest in Cafe Cultura's work in the community. Click on the following image to make a tax-deductible donation.

R unning for Creative Expression 
w/ Cafe Cultura

$10-->Pays for workshop materials for 2 youth

$25-->Pays for 1 youth to participate in a class

$50-->Pays for 2 youth to participate in class

$75-->Pays for 3 youth to participate in class

$100-->Pays for food at participant showcase

$150-->Pays for publication of book from youth

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 have included: UNC's Latino Boys 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:  Last Saturday of the month (May 28th, June 25th, July 30th)
TIME:  11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE:  Cafe Cultura @ Denver Inner City Parish (910 Galapago St)

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
- Thank you   to those who joined us for our April open mic. Special thank you to: 1) the producers of Tania Monarca for the opportunity to screen such a powerful film 2) Evelyn Hernandez for displaying her amazing artwork 3) staff from Denver Indian Family Resource Center for sharing information about your important work in the Native community. Of course, it wouldn't have been possible without everyone who volunteered. Thank you!

Cafe Cultura's 4/8/15 Open Mic
Cafe Cultura's 4/8/15 Open Mic

-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: Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation Colorado, Young Latino Philanthropists, Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund (The Denver Foundation), Biennial of the Americas, National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples , WESTAF , and The Chinook Fund .

-We were honored to have been selected for the  2013 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture (Youth Arts) . Here is the video they produced:
2013 Denver Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture - Youth Arts Award: Caf?? Cultura
2013 Denver Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture - Youth Arts Award: Cafe Cultura

Purchase your
Cafe Cultura 2016 Season Pass
for $20 ($90 value)

-free admission (for you and a guest)
-free gifts (stickers, books, etc)
-front row seating
-recognition during the event (of you &/or another person)

Don't miss this opportunity! 

Available at May 13th Open Mic
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