Welcome to Cafe Cultura's February 2018 newsletter! 

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


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories #ArtInThePark #WordsToActions #RiseUp4OurHealth

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 presents
2/9/18 Open Mic event 
w/ spoken word, music, art, vendors, food, & 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 9th, March 9th (Rise Up @ 1400 Williams St), April 13th.

--->Doors open w/ vendors, art, and food for sale @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: 910 Galapago St 

$5 donation (nobody turned away)... 

Everyone is welcome!

---->LadySpeech Sankofa (Hood Healer. Black Gold.)

---->FACE the MC (Activist/Underground HipHop Artist)

---->SORR Traveling Earring Exhibit

Community Feature:
---->Street Fraternity

Hosted by Ty Holly

More information about our features:
---->LadySpeech Sankofa  comes with 10 years of time spent speaking to youth and service providers. As former host of Cafe Nuba, Lady Speech also has over 10 years experience hosting everything from Radio and Television, to Hip Hop Shows, and Poetry venues, You need a poem? She writes that. You need a poetry workshop? She runs those. You need a performance artist? She is that. You need a host /MC for your event? She does this. You need magic? She makes it. 

Our Voices by Lady Speech
Our Voices by Lady Speech

---->FACE the MC, is a Four Corners born emcee known for his underground, conscious, and revolutionary Hip-Hop style.  His approach to his music and performance stems from his academic coursework of Geo-politics and Environmental Science.  His high energy and activist approach sets him aside from the traditional emcee performances given by other artist which helps him grow his fan base. FACEtheMC has performed in 100s of shows across the United States from New Jersey to California and many states in between. 

FACEtheMC - Whos Your Enemy (Official Video)
FACEtheMC - Whos Your Enemy (Official Video)

Website: www.FACEtheMC.com

Art and Photography by:
---->The Sing Our Rivers Red Traveling Earring Exhibit aims to bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender based violence in the United States and Canada  striving to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice. We need to Sing Our Rivers Red to remember the missing and murdered and those who are metaphorically drowning in injustices. We are connecting our support through the land and waters across the border

Community Feature:
----> Street Fraternity's  mission is to provide a place of brotherhood and personal growth for urban young men. We strive every day to achieve the following goals: 1) Attract urban young men's consistent voluntary participation. 2) Gain an understanding of our participants and their backgrounds. 3) Help participants identify their opportunities, challenges, and goals. 4) Build our brotherhood & leadership. 5) Develop positive young men who understand how to balance aggression with respect, integrity, and ethics.  

For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-460-9203

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

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:
Cherry Creek Diversity Fair, Thornton HS, Jefferson HS, Peak Academy of Dance, Force Elementary Boys & Girls Club, and  Denver Ballet Theatre Academy.
If you are interested in Cafe Cultura presenting at your school or organization, feel free to contact us. 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. 

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

Youth in our current partner schools have truly impressed us. We are currently working at  Alameda Jr/Sr HS, Kepner Beacon MS, New America School @ Lowry, 
and Jefferson HS (through Jeffco Indian Ed). 
We will share their poetry as we receive it.

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 recent collections of powerful spoken word poetry from participants in our classes/workshop series,  simply click on the book cover .
Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.
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Contact Information
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.

Cafe Cultura's Youth Council  

1st & 3rd Wednesday... February 7th, February 21st, March 7th
TIME: 6 to 7:30pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

Food will be provided. 

Focus of the group:
-a support system...checking in about school and life
-leadership opportunities...youth will advise Cafe Cultura on programs and plan actions in the community

Questions: 720-460-9203; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you  to those who joined us for a powerful night of poetry, music, art and community at our 1/12/18 open mic. We appreciate everyone who made it possible: volunteers, venders, and attendees. Special thank you to 1) Cassy Huidobro for sharing uplifting and insightful spoken words 2) Scatter Their Own for blessing us with musical talents that rival any band 3) Walt Pourier for sharing insight thorugh art and words 4) Girls Inc. for having your youth present the opportunities girls have through your organization. Thank You!

Videos From Cafe Cultura's 1/12/18 Open Mic
Videos From Cafe Cultura's 1/12/18 Open Mic


-We had the honor of writing an article in Nonprofit Colorado, a magazine published by the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Below are a few photos.

-Cafe Cultura was featured by Denver 8 TV! Hosted by our Board member Bobby LeFebre, the episode documented our July Art in the Park. We appreciate those who had good things to say about us! Make sure to watch the whole episode as there is some footage at the end too... 

ArtScene: Cafe Cultura
ArtScene: Cafe Cultura
-Thank you to whoever nominated Cafe Cultura's Executive Director as a My Brother's Keeper 2017 Honoree. Ara accepted the recognition on behalf of the organization and everyone who makes what we do possible.
- Thank you to the  Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for selecting our  Executive Director to be a 2018 Livingston Fellow . Below is both a group picture and the video they produced to share how the 5 fellows lead their organizations. It is a great honor for Cafe Cultura to be showcased in this way. Thank you to our supporters who made this possible.
Ara Cruz as a 2018 Livingston Fellow
2018 Livingston Fellows

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: Arts In Society, 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 .
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