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

Caf´┐Ż 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...Nov. 8, Dec. 13

--->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 Showcase & Fundraiser

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

November Features: 
--->Shawn "Zuya Win" Litle Thunder I grew up in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation. I am pursuing my education at Black Hills State University and working at a group home to educate, protect, and care for the youth. In 2012 I started a non-profit organization Called "Rez Poetry Out Loud Wichoiye` Washaka-Strong Words". I host the spoken word events on local reservations around South Dakota. I am also a singer/songwriter of my future album called "Sincerely Zuya Win".   
Zuya Win- Coward
Zuya Win- Coward
--->Bobby LeFebre is a Denver-born performance poet, actor and social worker. He is a 2X Grand-slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam Finalist, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, a 2X TEDx speaker, and has been a member of three National Poetry Slam Teams. The dynamic, award-winning Latino performer has touched stages and hearts around the world, delivering provocative and entertaining poetry with a message.
Janitor by Bobby
Janitor by Bobby

Live Art from Jay Jaramillo
 - I have been immersed in art my entire life since my father Jerry Jaramillo is a fine artist & muralist of Colorado- Jerry is also a cofounder of CHAC gallery on the Santa De art district. Jay has been president of Journey Through Our Heritage from 2010-2012 & is now Vice President of Social Action Through Art. Jay painted his mural at Ruby Hill Park in 2013 along with help of his colleague Hector Palacios who is president of SATA. Jay is a Chicano studies major who has helped cultivate a community around art. Jay's mission in life is to promote & preserve cultural arts & studies for the future.
Community Feature:
---> The Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC) was founded in 1978 by a group of visual and performing artists. The organization was established as a place where Chicano/Latino artists were provided with a venue to explore visual and performance art and promote and preserve the Chicano/Latino culture through the expression of the arts. 
For more info: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589; www.cafecultura.org

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La Academia Speaks!
We had the honor of working with some amazing youth from La Academia at the Denver Inner City Parish. With our help, they successfully compiled powerful poems into a book (read it online by clicking on the book cover below). 
They had the opportunity to perform for their friends and family. Here are some photos and videos from their showcase.
Alanah performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word
Alanah performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word
Ashlie performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word
Ashlie performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word
Aniah performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word
Aniah performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word

Anya performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word
Anya performing at La Academia's showcase w/ Cafe Cultura || Spoken Word
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: Saturday, Novermber 16th 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

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

In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura's November Open Mic-
-La Academia Speaks!-
-Spoken Word Workshop-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Interested in being more involved?-
-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.


Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

Recent partners for Cafe Cultura's workshops: East High School, North High School, and Vista Peak Preparatory. 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.
Save the date: November 16th from 11am to 12:30pm at 1029 Santa Fe Dr...Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop.
We had some powerful moments with our intensive workshop at La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish. Their book of poetry impressed everyone who has read. In addition to obtaining a physical copy, you can read it online (click on book cover image below).
Their showcase went extremely well. Photos and videos are available later in this message.

Our other workshops at College Track, STRIVE Prep SMART, & Denver Center for International Studies (through DPS Indian Education) are progressing nicely.
If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us



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

Exciting Updates

In remembrance of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we want to express our appreciation to everyone who helped us celebrate our 9th Anniversary. Special thank you to: Wahwahtay Benais for moving the people with your powerful songs; Mat BarkhausenXencs L. WingDavid Ocelotl Garcia, & Karma Leigh for painting images of beauty during the event; 
Cafe Cultura Collective members 
  for sharing your words & energy. We look forward to hosting another amazing event with special guest performers for our 10th Anniversary show next OctoberBelow are some photos from the event. 
-We are honored to have been selected for the 2013 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture (Youth Arts). For more information, click here.
-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).


-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

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


Wednesday, November 20th @ 5:30pm at our office 
(1029 Santa Fe Dr)
We will host similar meetings on a monthly basis for those who can't be present for this one.
Feel free to contact us with questions and/or concerns.
Future Events


Monthly Open Mic (2nd Friday of every month)


WHEN: Friday, December 13th


--->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!

December Features:  
--->Enrique Argueta (Wyoming)