Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
February 2014 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf� 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...Feb. 14...March 14th (@ Denver Indian Center)

--->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 Open Mic

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

February Features: 
--->Lyla June Johnston (Dine'/Cheyenne) is a veteran slam champion and indigenous activist from Taos, NM. Focusing more on non-competitive forms of poetic expression, she prays to bring unity and healing to all people through her words. Her lyricism is informed by Din� and Lakota ceremonial philosophies and a sincere prayer for all of our relations. 
Lyla June Johnston - Regeneration
Lyla June Johnston - Regeneration
--->Rowie Shaundiin Shebala is a Native American Poet from the Navajo Nation. She is a 2 Time Phoenix Grand Slam Champ, Women of Phoenix Champ, 2013 IWPS Contender, and is named after Sunshine.

Live Art from Arika KOKO Santos: 
Born in the city of angels, this Angelino began her artistic journey rooted in graffiti and urban art. In her life, she has overcome many struggles and challenges and continues to triumph through like the phoenix that rises from the ashes. After a decade of living in Hawaii connecting with her Native Hawaiian ancestry she returns to the mainland with the essence of Pele, The Fire Goddess, and resides in Denver, Colorado, where she is pursuing her master's degree in Art Therapy. Koko is an artist of many mediums including murals, painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry design, live installation, dance, poetry, fashion/costume design, and is currently working on a new D.I.Y. clothing line dropping in 2014. As an artist she is passionate and works as an arts educator and community activist, with an emphasis on empowering the youth through the arts.
Community Feature:
--->Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores (El Centro) is Denver's only day laborer center promoting work, dignity and community. The mission is to promote the rights and well-being of day laborers in Colorado through education, job skills, leadership development, united action and advocacy.

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

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We have started 2014 by staying busy with our workshop series at the following sites:Denver Center for International StudiesSTRIVE Prep SMART HS, KIPP Denver Collegiate HS, STRIVE Prep Excel HS, and Heart & Hand
Our new more advanced series begins at College Track/Summit 54 and La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish.

Mark your calendars for the ultimate showcase of our workshop participants from all sites taking place on June 13 @ 6:30pm at La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater.

Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.

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: Saturdays in 2014 (January 18, February 22, March 22, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20) 
TIME: 11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE: Cafe Cultura Office (1029 Santa Fe Dr)

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

In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura's February Open Mic-
-Intensive Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop Series-
-Save the Date: Rise Up 3/14/14-
-Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop @ Cafe Cultura Office-
-Calendar of Events-
-Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Interested in being more involved?-
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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.


Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

 (photo of workshop participants @ North HS) 
Recent partners for Cafe Cultura's basic workshops: North High School, Grant Beacon Middle School, and La Raza Youth Leadership Program. 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.

Exciting Updates

Thank you to everyone who came out to Cafe Cultura's 1st open mic of 2014. Special shout out to our features... Kinetic Movement Dance Academy,Colorado HealthOP, & Alba Valerdi...for sharing your words, energy, and talents to uplift our spirits. If you didn't come out, you missed a truly amazing experience (ask anybody who did go). Here are a few pictures (you can visit our flickr page  for more)
-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 for us: 
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
-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).
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

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



Monday, February 17th @ 6pm at our office 
(1029 Santa Fe Dr)


Feel free to contact us with questions and/or concerns: info@cafecultura.org; 720-394-6589