Welcome to Cafe Cultura's October 2015 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's 
11th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser
w/ spoken word, hip hop, art, door prizes, food, silent auction, & 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 showcase (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month....October 9th (11th Anniversary Showcase & Fundraiser), November 13th, December 11th

---> Doors open w/ Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Food, & Unveiling of Mural @ 7pm
---> Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE: Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia (9th Ave & Galapago St)

$5-$30 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

Featured Performers:
---->Tall Paul  is an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota. Born and raised in Minneapolis, his music strongly reflects his inner-city upbringing. From personal expressions of self to thought provoking commentary on issues affecting Indigenous and diverse communities as a whole, Tall Paul's music evokes a wide variety of substance and soul. Check out his website:  soundcloud.com/tallpaul612  
and follow him on Twitter@tallpaul612
Prayers in a Song by Tall Paul
Prayers in a Song by Tall Paul

----> Tanaya Winder  is a poet, writer, educator, and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. She is a winner of the 2010 A Room Of Her Own Foundation's Orlando prize in poetry and her debut poetry collection Words Like Love was recently published by West End Press. Check out her website: www.tanayawinder.com and follow her on Twitter @a_girl_on_fire
Igniting Healing: Tanaya Winder at TEDxABQ
Igniting Healing: Tanaya Winder at TEDxABQ

---->Unveiling of Mural created by participants in Cafe Cultura's Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program (Summer 2015)

This project received support from Colorado Creative Industries, WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation), and National Endowment for the Arts.

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura continues our "Telling Our Stories" spoken word poetry workshop series at  Grant Beacon Middle School Community Page  (enrichment),  La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish  (elective), DSST: College View High School  (elective), and Mi Casa @ Lake (after-school). Plans are already being made for Fairview Elementary and  Escuela Tlatelolco  during the 2nd quarter. Below is a some writing from a La Academia student:

I begin to write frantically,
writing down the story of hopes and dreams
that yet have to be unraveled.
I then hear the stranger's voice,
asking to read what I have written.
I hand over the book of encrypted secrets,
scared that the stranger will decode them
and deny my hard work.
But when he reopens the book,
and begins to read,
the beauty of the story
brings tears to his eyes.
He asks the name of such a beautiful piece:
My Life.
The struggles and tears fascinate him,
seeing the true beauty in my scars.
He wonders why I ended my thoughts with a semicolon.
It is only because
I intend to write more.

If you are interested in having Cafe Cultura bring our "Telling Our Stories" workshop series to your school as an elective, after-school enrichment, or a part of an existing class , contact as soon as possible.  

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.
Become a Café Cultura Sustainer!
Our Goal: 100 Monthly Donors by 12/31/15

Join our movement as a monthly donor to:

1) Invest in our long-term growth and sustainability  as a nonprofit organization led by those who reflect the communities we serve
2) Support our programs that empower youth to find their voice and  become leaders

3) Assist us in remodeling our space @ 910 Galapago St

4) Build our grassroots base of support so we depend less on government and foundation funding 

Give what you can per month


Work Study Jobs with Cafe Cultura

If you're a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver or University of Colorado Denver and been awarded work study, you can earn $10/hour while contributing to the work Cafe Cultura does in the community.

Apply today:  www.cafecultura.org/jobs

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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
P.O. Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211

Office: 910 Galapago St
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 8am to 2:00pm
Fri from 8am to 5pm



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Xpress Yourself

Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)

We have worked with numerous schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves. Recent partners: Arapahoe Ridge High School.

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 eight 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.

Cafe Cultura's Xpress Yourself: Hip Hop, Poetry, & Spoken Word workshops
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 (October 31st, November 28th, December 26th)
TIME:  11:00 to 12:30pm

WHERE:  Cafe Cultura @ Denver Inner City Parish (9th Ave & Galapago St)


October Guest Facilitator:  Alexis Vigil
Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
November 13th Open Mic

WHAT: All ages open mic (alcohol/drug free event)

WHEN:  2nd Fri. of every month....November 13th, December 11th, January 8th

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

WHERE:  Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia (9th Ave & Galapago St) 

$3 (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

November Features:

----> Paramida (Native Alternative-Rock band from Denver)

----> Vaniesha Egypt (Biomedical Science major @ CSU)

----> Live Art by Matt Barkhausen

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories
Exciting Updates
-Thank you to everyone who shared their evening with us at our last open mic. It was a great event with over  150 people in attendance. We all enjoyed the talent who blessed the space including The Soul Pros, Norbert Jones, and Karma Leigh. We also appreciate Project VOYCE's for letting us know about their work in the community. Shout out to the volunteers who helped make the event possible.

Videos from Cafe Cultura's 9/11/15 Open Mic
Videos from Cafe Cultura's 9/11/15 Open Mic

-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 ASAP. Funds will go to sustaining our organization and the work we do in the community (especially our workshops for youth).

- We moved!  We are enjoying our new office  @ 910 Galapago St (site of our monthly open mic event). After almost 10 years of working with La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish, we look forward to building on this relationship to strengthen both organizations' work in the community. Below are some photos (a few before/after).

-We continue to receive support from important members of the foundation community. Thank you to our recent funders: Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund (The Denver Foundation), Biennial of the Americas, National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples , 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