Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
January 2014 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...Jan. 13, Feb. 14...March 14th (@ Denver Indian Center)

--->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!

January Features: 
--->Gerald James (Cafe Cultura Collective member) is an inspiring spoken word/ slam youth poet raised in Denver, CO and Albuquerque, NM. His goal is to use past experiences to uplift the spirits of inner city youth. Through Caf� Cultura and Minor Disturbance, he teaches workshops.
--->Kinetic Movement Dance Academy is under the artistic direction of Krista Allen, located in Northglenn and is Colorado's leading Urban based pro-am dance Academy. Winning first place overall high score, judges choice awards and representing Colorado in National dance competitions. Kinetic Movement Dance Academy is now enrolling ages 2 through adult. For more information visit their website KineticMovementDanceAcademy.NET and like them on FaceBook. Be sure to check out their Snow White show January 17th! For more information check out their website.
Kinetic Movement Dance Academy
Kinetic Movement Dance Academy
Community Feature:
---> Colorado HealthOP is Colorado's only statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative (CO-OP). As a member-driven health plan, we give our members a voice in their healthcare and reward healthy behaviors. We strive to pay for quality medical care as efficiently as possible, support and improve individual health, and decrease healthcare costs for our members. We provide comprehensive individual and small group plans as well as health insurance plans for those registered with a tribe.

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

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We finished our 3rd workshop series with students at College Track in December of 2013. The participants wrote and performed some powerful poems that reflect their way of seeing the world. We saw tremendous growth. Everyone in attendance at their showcase was impressed with their work. Here is an excerpt from Shayla:

I will speak my voice

and let it be heard,

as I take these weights off of my back,

pound by pound.

Brick by brick,

I will dance my way up the mountain of success,

pushing, striving, working

to succeed.

If I know I can,

I will.

Feelings no longer suffer,

self-esteem on the rise.

Dance is the hidden voice of the soul.

My soul?

Well, my soul speaks loudly.

Click on their book cover to read their work online (below).

We look forward to continuing our workshop series at Denver Center for International Studies (through DPS Indian Education). The youth there have already written some strong lines in our short time together. The following is an excerpt from a participant's poem.

I am the tough and moist mixture 
of mutton, green chile, onions, and frybread 
that I get to enjoy only once a year.
I am the link between my unknown past and future,
reminding me of amazing times.
I come from a people I don't get to learn about.
I will never forget the experiences that connect me to total strangers,
with a common need.

Our workshops STRIVE Prep SMART HS also look very promising. We will share some lines from those students in the future.

In addition to returning to KIPP Denver Collegiate HS, we are excited to start working with students at STRIVE Prep Excel HS in 2014.

We will host a showcase featuring all of our workshop participants at our 1st Art in the Park of 2014 on June 13th at La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater.

Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.
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: Saturdays in 2014 (January 18, February 22, March 22, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20) 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

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



Thursday, January 16th @ 6pm at our office 
(1029 Santa Fe Dr)



We will hold similar meetings every month (next one: Feb. 17th @ 6pm).


Feel free to contact us with questions and/or concerns: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589


In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura's January Open Mic-
-Intensive Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop Series-
-Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop @ Cafe Cultura Office-
-Interested in being more involved?-
-Calendar of Events-
-Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-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.


Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

(photos of thank you letters/notes) 
Recent partners for Cafe Cultura's basic workshops: Shaw Heights Middle School and Clayton Partnership School. 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.

Exciting Updates

Thank you to everyone who joined us for another inspiring Caf� Cultura Open Mic in December. Special shout out to 1) students from our workshop series at Denver Center for International Studies for coming out in numbers 2) those who were brave enough to get on the mic 3) our features Enrique ArguetaProject More Than Metaphors ( for sharing your passion and words 4) Pyro CMS for blessing us with your art. 5) Felicia Alvarez & Newi De tekap (Peoples Bread in Shoshone) for the delicious food! 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 is the video they produced for us: 
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
-Cafe Cultura Growth Fund: Thanks to so many of our supporters, we were able to raise $2,090. Although we did not reach our goal of $3,000 by the end of the year, we still have the opportunity to receive the matching funds. Check back for more details.

-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).
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

Future Events


Monthly Open Mic (2nd Friday of every month)


WHEN: February 14th...March 14th (@ Denver Indian Center; see details below)


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


---> Rowie Shaundiin Shebala (Navajo Nation...AZ)
Rise Up
March 14th @ Denver Indian Center (4407 Morrision Rd...off of Ohio Ave and Utica St)
Details will follow soon