Welcome to Cafe Cultura's September 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 & Padres/Jovenes Unidos
Back 2 School & Know Your Rights 
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: 2nd Fri. of every month...September 9th, October 14th (12th Anniversary Showcase), November 11th

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

WHERE: 910 Galapago St 

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

Feature performers:
----> alejandro  is spoken word poet, educator, avid distance runner and soccer fanatic from Colima, Mexico. Arriving in the United States as an undocumented immigrant, in 1995, and working as a farm worker for over 10 years in Oregon, he now resides in Denver, CO. Upon becoming the first member in his family to graduate from college he moved to the 'mile high city' to organize for immigrant rights. Now, he works with youth in Northside Denver. Alejandro understands the power of words and the liberation of speaking for oneself instead of being spoken for.

alejandro -
alejandro - "Mrs Parrot"

---->Ill Se7en Far more than your average MC, Se7en is an Artivist, Community Leader, and Youth mentor leading with vibrant music that speaks to the social ills that plague the urban spectrum. He works alongside Youth On Record as a partner artist and builds with the Office of the independent monitor and MBK as a facilitator, mentor, & educator to collaborate and bring about the social change he wishes to see. ILL Se7en is an award winning Hip Hop Artist and activist that's traveled internationally utilizing his life story and art to transform the Minds of the future.

---->Live Art by Olivia Lucero, a Xicana artist that draws on her experiences, identity and ancestry as forms of strength and creativity. Born and raised on the Westside of Denver, she draws inspiration from the community she grew up in. When she is not painting, she is working with youth in the community as a Social Worker. She enjoys sharing her artwork with the community and youth in an effort to promote the importance of art and culture. Olivia believes art is a tool for education, empowerment and transformation.

Community Feature:
---->Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational equity, racial justice, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all. Jóvenes Unidos, the youth initiative of Padres Unidos, emerged as young people became active in reforming their schools, ending the school to jail track and organizing for immigrant student rights. Both Padres and Jóvenes Unidos build power to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies to realize meaningful change. Our Freedom to Learn framework is based on the belief that education is a right, not a privilege. We believe that all students, regardless of race, income, or immigration status, deserve equal access to high-quality public schools that prepare them for college.

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura opened the 2016-2017 school year with Poetry/Spoken Word classes at DSST College View, Kepner Beacon Middle School, and La Academia with over 50 students in total. Youth in our classes are starting to write and share some powerful poems. We look forward to sharing excerpts of their writing with you in next month's newsletter.
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

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Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204

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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 .

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 (new dates):  3rd Friday of the month (September 16th, October 21st, November 18th)
TIME (new time): 6 to 7:30pm

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

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
-Thank you to everyone who came out to create an amazing night of spoken word, dance, live art, and community...during Cafe Cultura's 3rd and final Art in the Park of 2016. Special thank you to 1) Josie Valadez Fraire for offering words of encouragement and space for youth to be a part of your journey 2) Emily Lopez and accompanying dancers for sharing culture, dance, and energy with the crowd 3) Olivia Lucero and the participating graffiti artists for blessing us with your talents 4) Colorado Indian Education Foundation for being our community feature. Shout out to all the volunteers who made it all possible. Thank you!

Videos from 8/12/16 Art in the Park
Videos from 8/12/16 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: 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 .

-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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