Welcome to Cafe Cultura's April 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's open mic
w/ spoken word, music, art, door prizes, 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....April 8th & May 13th
--->Doors open w/ Vendors, Food for Sale, & Art @ 7pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE:  910 Galapago St

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

---->Tania Monarca (An Undocumented Film Experience):  Tania I. Soto Valenzuela is a humans right activist in the community and an AFSC's 2014 Jack Gore Award Recipient. Some of her most influential work includes diligently being part of the Driver's Licenses For All comite as well as fighting her mother Imelda's deportation case. A collective of artists and filmmakers from Colorado, teamed up to capture Tania and Imelda's story in a realistic documentary form.
Tania Monarca trailer
Tania Monarca trailer

----> Artwork by Evelyn Hernandez  is an artist born in Guadalajara, Mexico, raised in Fontana CA, living in Denver, CO. Her art is a reflection of her spirit: simple but complex. Her deliberate use of color and improvised lines work together to create a subject matter that is both spontaneous and instinctive. Evelyn has a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and minor in Art History. She is currently living in the Santa Fe Arts District where she is a member of CHAC Gallery.

Community Feature:
----> Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC)  was created to assist American Indian children and families in the metropolitan Denver area with child welfare issues. Our goal is to assist families to avoid involvement with the child welfare system. Where families have already encountered child abuse or neglect charges, we advocate for active efforts toward family reunification following the standards of the Indian Child Welfare Act. We provide culturally appropriate services and intensive case management using a strengths-based and empowerment-oriented approach.

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

#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura recently concluded our "Telling Our Stories" spoken word/poetry classes at  Grant Beacon Middle School  (enrichment),  Mi Casa @ Lake  (after-school),  and  Escuela Tlatelolco  (elective). Students at Grant Beacon performed poems during their showcase. Below are a few photos as well as excerpts from their book.

I am graduating
on my path to success
but still wondering what I will do next.
Many still do not believe in me
but I will still succeed
and be something greater,
something better,
and someone who will change lives.

This is to Donald trump:
we want to stay here in the U.S.
for a better life
and a better future for our families.
I want to live here,
so I am going to be president
and I will destroy the border
because it is a free country.
I want to let other Mexicans live here
so we could be with our family.
We could use our family.
We could use our voices
to fight for people's rights.

The people in my world
will be kind
and show leadership.
In my world,
there would be enough food
and money
for everyone.
There would also be happiness.
Mexicans or other people
can travel without problems.
We all hold the power to create this world.
Join me
and let us make this world happen.

You can  read more by  clicking the book cover below.

Look to our next newsletter for photos and excerpts from Mi Casa and Escuela Tlatelolco. We continue working with DSST: College View High School  (elective) and   College Track  (after-school) .  

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.
Join Our Movement!

Running for Creative Expression 2016 
w/ Cafe Cultura

$10----->Pays for workshop materials for 2 youth

$25----->Pays for 1 youth to participate in a class

$50----->Pays for 2 youth to participate in class

$75----->Pays for 3 youth to participate in class

$100----->Pays for food at participant showcase

$150----->Pays for publication of book from youth
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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

Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)

We have worked with schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves. Recent partners have included: Sanchez Elementary and World Denver.

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:  Last Saturday of the month (April 30th, May 28th, June 25th)
TIME:  11:00 to 12:30pm

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

Questions: 720-394-6589; info@cafecultura.org
Exciting Updates
- Thank you   to those who attended and volunteered at our 7th annual Rise Up. It was a wonderful night because of you! Special thanks to our features: JB the First Lady, Alexis Rain, and Keya Clairmont. We would also like to thank our partners/sponsors: Buried Seedz of Resistance, Children's Hospital Immunodeficiency Program, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, Office of Councilman Paul D. López, Denver American Indian Commission, Denver Indian Center, Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Lakota Way Healing Center, Mile High UNITY, Ready Foods, Servicios de La Raza, Sister Nations Color Guard, Sisters of Color United for Education, Tocabe, An American Indian Eatery, University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work, and Western States Arts Federation.

Rise Up Videos - 3/11/16
Rise Up Videos - 3/11/16

-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: Hispanics In Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation Colorado, Young Latino Philanthropists, 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 , 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

Purchase your
Cafe Cultura 2016 Season Pass
for $25 ($120 value)

-free admission (for you and a guest)
-free gifts (stickers, books, etc)
-front row seating
-recognition during the event (of you &/or another person)

Don't miss this opportunity! 

Available at April 8th Open Mic