Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
July 2014 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 presents 
4th Annual Art in the Park 
an open mic w/ spoken word, food, art, vendors, & 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 Night
WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month...Summer 2014 (July 11th, August 8th)

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

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

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

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

July Features:
---->CU Upward Bound Program students (Advanced Creative Writing class)the program serves approximately 103 students from 8 different states across the country. Targeting 20 high schools located on or near Native American reservations, our program works to provide students with insight into a college life hoping to set them on a path towards higher education.
---->Nataanii Means (Hip Hop): I am Oglala Lakota, Omaha, and Dine', and I am from Chinle, Arizona which is located in the heart of the Navajo Nation. I'm 23 years old and currently attending school at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently released my debut Album "2 Worlds" on October 3rd, 2013, and lately has been getting a lot of attention, including best of 2013 in Indian Country Today Media Network.
Nataanii Means - 2 Worlds Promo
Nataanii Means - 2 Worlds Promo
---->Live Graffiti Art from Hector Palacios & friends: I am 23 years old, student at Metropolitan State university. After graduating My plan is to travel the world and paint meet new people and get introduced to different cultures. Been writing graffiti for 7 years and do not plan on stopping anytime soon.

---->Community Partner: La Alma Neighborhood Association's Mission is to provide a forum for Westside residents committed to maintaining the Westside as a low density, family oriented neighborhood and to advocate for, promote and support the community's cultural, historical and environmental integrity.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Ready Foods, The Original Chubbys @ 1385 Santa Fe Dr, El Noa Noa, Santiago's, & Tamale Kitchen @ Sloans Lake  

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

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The ultimate showcase of our workshop participants went extremely well, as the photos to your left show. Look out for the following over the next month: 

1) a spoken word/poetry compilation of Denver's best and brightest young poets (from our workshops)
2) audio tracks of workshop participants from College Track, La Academia, & DCIS
3) video clips from student performances 

We are currently teaching an Advanced Creative Writing class for CU Upward Bound Program. In fact, we are preparing them to feature at our next installment of Art in the Park on July 11th. Here is a sample of the powerful words they will share:

Back home,

where my grandma's dark blue corn mush

brings my family together

where my mom shows me

that there's more to life

than all the money in the world

and all the pain.

There are people who love you,

who care for you.

Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates.


Words to Actions is an Indigenous (Native, Chicana/o, Latina/o) youth leadership program that starts with a three week paid camp. In addition to receiving Cafe Cultura gifts and a stipend of $150*, participants will gain confidence, cultural awareness, and leadership skills to strengthen their family, community, and/or tribe. Activities will include workshops, guest speakers, field trips, creative expression, community outreach, and the creation of a mural. Selection as a participant is competitive. Therefore, make sure you represent yourself well in the application. Also, confirm that you can be present for the three weeks. We are especially looking for participants who are interested in staying involved with Cafe Cultura after the program. You will receive notification via email and phone by 7/14/14.

Who: Native & Chicana/o Youth ages 13-18, in the Denver Metro Area.
When: Monday through Friday starting July 21, 2014 and ending Friday August 8, 2014

Time: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

1029 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204

Lunch will be provided.

*Participants who do not miss more than two sessions will receive the stipend.

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

In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura presents Art in the Park-
-Intensive Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop Series-
-Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program-
-Save the Dates: Art in the Park...Summer 2014-
-Calendar of Events-
-Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Basic Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop @ Cafe Cultura Office-
-Exciting Updates-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Make a one-time or monthly donation-
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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

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.
We're extremely excited to share a promotion video for these workshops (edited by Derek Brown...Chair, Cafe Cultura's Board of Directors).
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
As you step inside this workshop, you will learn how to express your thoughts and feelings through hip hop, poetry, and spoken word. 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 (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

Exciting Updates

Thank you to everyone who attended and performed at our June Art in the Park. It was a great event to kick off our 4th year organizing our summer open mic series at La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater. Special shout out to our features: youth from our spoken word workshopsHannabah Blue, and Bianquiz.
(visit our flickr set for more).

-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our recent funders: Seventh Generation Fund, Peyback Foundation, Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, 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 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

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