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

Caf� Cultura's mission is to promote 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. 

Cafe Cultura presents
@ Denver Indian Center (4407 Morrison Rd)


in honor of 

National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)


National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)


Spoken word, music, free HIV testing, free food, vendors, door prizes, & community! 


Spread the word...Bring your family & 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...March 8th, April 13th (@ Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia)

--->Doors Open w/ Vendors @ 6:30 pm
--->Food & Show @ 7pm

WHERE: Denver Indian Center (4407 Morrison Rd)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 (nobody turned away)...Everyone is welcome!

March Features:
--->Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team....The SFIS Spoken Word Program empowers students to create original poetry - which incorporates Native languages and philosophies - and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. Through writing and performing, Spoken Word Team members operate as youth storytellers who utilize the modern medium of spoken word poetry to share indigenous knowledge and perspectives with people of all backgrounds. The SFIS Spoken Word Team has been featured in the New York Times, on the PBS News Hour, and in the HBO television series about teen poetry. Additionally, the group was named one of the "Ten Who Made a Difference" by the Santa Fe New Mexican in 2008 and received a 2011 Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the city of Santa Fe. In 2010, the team created an award-winning poetry CD entitled Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling. A documentary film about the program was released in the summer of 2012.
SFIS Spoken Word: We Come From
Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word: We Come From

---->Cihuatl Ce (Los Angeles)....has been spitting truth to power in the form of politically charged urban Indigenous, feminist inspired, hip-hop for the past decade. Sharing the stage with underground hip hop heavies such as Dead Prez, Bambu, Broadcast Live, The Coup, Invincible -to name a few- her high energy performances have won her dedicated admirers across the globe. She currently tours in support of her latest album, FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn, released early 2012. For the past 15 years she has been an ardent youth advocate and community organizer. In 2010, she founded the first all womyn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade and has been the driving force behind landmark events such as LA's first ever Clitoral Mass attended by close to 300 womyn as well as other rides that address the health disparities specific to womyn of color and at risk communities. As a mother driven to reach young women with a message of hope, rebellion, and defiance against relics of tradition and patriarchy, Cihuatl Ce is committed to bringing consciousness beyond just the music, unapologetically creating change and leaving fans and casualties in her wake.
Cihuatl Ce @ KPFK &
Cihuatl Ce @ KPFK & "Dreamer" @ Watsonville

In association with:

-Branching Seedz of Resistance
-Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
-Council Paul Lopez
-Denver HIV Resources Planning Council
-Denver Indian Health and Family Services
-National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC)
-Servicios de La Raza
-Sisters of Color United for Education
-University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work
-Youth HIV Advocacy Coalition (YHAC) 


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

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Scheduled Programs and Updates
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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.


Workshops for Youth

We enjoyed our time presenting our spoken word workshop for youth at Grant Beacon Middle School. We look forward to doing the same very soon at Contemporary Learning Academy and elsewhere.
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 workshop structure for over six years to encourage Chicana/o and Native youth to use spoken word to give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration.

We have started discussing monthly spoken word workshops in our space at 1029 Santa Fe Dr. Let us know if you would be interested and what days/times would work best.

The youth participating in our advanced/intensive version of "Xpress Yourself" continue to inspire us. Our sites include College Track, STRIVE Prep SMART, and KIPP Denver Collegiate HS.

If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.




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

Exciting Updates

-We appreciate everyone who attended our February Open Mic. Special thank you to Kasi Garcia, Che Christ, and everyone on the open mic for sharing their energy, words, & art. We recognize the work of our community features: SafeHouse Denver and Save Wiyabi Project. Below are some photos from the event.

-Proclamation at City Council: We had the honor of representing the Rise Up collaboration at Denver's City Council meeting on Monday as they recognized both the need for our event and the work our partner organizations do in the community.
Click on the image for a copy.

-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).
-Fundraising  @ Colfax Marathon: So far, we have 6 six people running the half-marathon on behalf of Cafe Cultura (Tanaya Winder, Alejandro JimenezKās� GarciaMariela Sagastume, Desirea LaMotte, & Ara Cruz) and another doing the 10 miler (Eden Nicole). Another 4-5 runners will join us within the next few weeks. If you would like to join us in promoting healthy living while fundraising for our organization, let us know.
-Internship and volunteer opportunities: If you are interested in helping build our organization while gaining valuable experience and making connections, please let us know. We will post a detailed description shortly.
-We continuously update our website so make sure to check back (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