Welcome to Cafe Cultura's August 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 presents
6th Annual Art in the Park
an open mic 
w/ spoken word, live art, vendors, 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: August 12th....2nd Fri. of every month...(September 9th return to 910 Galapago St)

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors, Food for Sale, & Live Art @ 6:30pm
--->Show starts @ 7pm

WHERE: La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater (12th Ave & Osage St...next to the swimming pool)

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

with support from 
-El Noa Noa
-Ready Foods

----> Emily Vulaca-Lopez  is a polynesian dancer from Sydney, Australia. She started to dance from the age of 10 and has studied the art of Polynesian dance at various halaus in Sydney, Australia and in Colorado, by professional Polynesians dancers and teachers. She has performed in both group and solo performances across Sydney, Australia and throughout Colorado in events such as: Lansvale Community Festival, Haldon street Parade, Waikiki Dance Comp (2004), Christmas shows, Luaus, weddings, birthdays, school assemblies, Boulder Aloha Festival, Dragon boat festival, Cleo Robinson dance, and volunteer shows at various nursing homes and detention centres across Sydney Australia. In April 2016, she became a Hot Hula instructor, being trained and certified by the Founder and Master Trainer herself, Anna-Rita Sloss. Emily is also the founder of TAPArt (since 2012), specialising in Indigenous tribal art.

---->Josie Valadez Fraire  Based in Denver, CO, the Slam Nuba collective of artists performs poetry throughout the nation, as well as teaches workshops locally in and around Colorado and the region. Since its inception, Slam Nuba and its members have consistently ranked among the highest in the nation in competitions. The mission of Slam Nuba is to promote the creation and performance of poetry and cultivate literary activities and engage community, focused on the power of the written and spoken word.is a 22 year old Xicana/Indígena womxn, born in Boulder, Colorado and raised in Zacatecas, México/Boulder. She recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Ethnic Studies with a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. She is an activist, writer/researcher, educator, and community worker that is passionate about serving marginalized communities, particularly working with youth and womxn in the Black, Brown, and/or Indigenous community. Josie is currently an educator in Southwest Denver, teaching 6th Grade Bilingual World Studies (History) at STRIVE Prep Kepner, working to create decolonial, culturally-affirming, and liberating educational spaces for youth in Denver and beyond.

----> Graffiti Battle!  Watch 7 graffiti artists battle it out. Vote for the best!

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

#CafeCultura #ArtInThePark #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura finished our 3rd year teaching an Advanced Creative Writing class for the CU Upward Bound Program  with our highest number of students participating. The group produced some powerful spoken word that they shared at our July Art in the Park. Below are 2 more excerpts of their book (click on the book cover to read it):

We hold our family in our hearts,
trying to guide them to the right path,
trying to teach them ways
that they will pass down to their children.
Our job is to keep them safe.
We hold our culture in our hands,
trying to keep our culture alive,
trying not to let it die.
Our job is to keep it safe. "


I will always remember
my loving mother.
She put me in a spiritual dance,
a dance I call love.
I am a pow wow dancer
of a new generation of people
representing our culture.
We make it strong for the people,
keeping our traditions alive.
They make up a ladder to a better world
full of happiness
and joy. "


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 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.
Support Words to Actions
Youth Leadership Program 

To invest in these young people's development as leaders in our communities,  

Cafe Cultura's Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program brings together Indigenous (Native, Chicana/o, Latina/o) youth ages 13-18 starting with a five week paid summer camp (in 2016: July 11 - August 12). Participants gain confidence, cultural awareness, and leadership skills to strengthen their family, community, and/or tribe. Activities include workshops, guest speakers, field trips, creative expression, community outreach, and the creation of a mural.

Gift #1: Cafe Cultura Stickers

Gift #2: Cafe Cultura Stickers & Print of 2016 Mural (to be created by youth)

Gift #3: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2016 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt

Gift #4: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2016 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt; Print of 2015 mural

Gift #5: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2016 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt; Print of 2015, 2014, and 2013 murals; print of CC's banner

To donate,   click here

Checks can also be sent to:

Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204
Eat for Good!

Café Cultura is spoken word and creative expression organization that has provided positive and engaging community spaces for the Denver Community since 2004.  As Café Cultura continues to grow, it is important that our leadership propels us into a healthy and sustainable future. The Board of Directors acts as an advisory council to the Executive Director, providing accountability through ethical, legal and financial management policy governance, as well as fundraising and leveraging resources to advance our mission.
Café Cultura is seeking  professionals, educators, artists, community members, and cultural leaders who are passionate about Cafe Cultura's work and can help us grow.  We are looking for dedicated members that will serve as stewards of the organization and will bring  fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and commitment to represent our mission and vision.
If you have any questions please contact Board Chair, Bobby LeFebre, at  bobby.lefebre@gmail.com
Please visit the following link to submit an application.

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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

Hours: Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm



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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 include:  Summer Migrant Youth Leadership Institute

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 (August 27th, September 24th, October 29th)
TIME:  11:00am 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 everyone who joined us for a night of community and creativity....during Cafe Cultura's 2nd in 3 Art in the Park events at La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater. Special thank you to 1) CU Upward Bound Program (Cafe Cultura's Advanced Creative Writing class) for sharing words of power and healing 2) Slam Nuba for speaking with truth and conviction 3)Re:Vision for stressing the importance of getting connected and growing food 4) Graficomovil for inspiring us through incredible art.  We could not have coordinated the e vent without the help of the numerous volunteers. Thank you!

Videos from 7/8/16 Art in the Park
Videos from 7/8/16 Art in the Park

-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), 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 .

-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

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