Welcome to Cafe Cultura's July 2016 newsletter! 

We are excited to update you as we work to fulfill our mission.


#CafeCultura #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories #ArtInThePark #WordsToActions #RiseUp

CafĂ© 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 presents
6th Annual Art in the Park
an open mic 
w/ spoken word, live art, vendors, 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: July 8th...2nd Fri. of every month...Summer 2016 (August 12th)

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

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

$3-$5 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

----> CU Upward Bound Program students (Cafe Cultura's Advanced Creative Writing class):  the program serves approximately 100 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.

---->Slam Nuba Based in Denver, CO, the Slam Nuba collective of artists performs poetry throughout the nation, as well as teaches workshops locally in and around Colorado and the region. Since its inception, Slam Nuba and its members have consistently ranked among the highest in the nation in competitions. The mission of Slam Nuba is to promote the creation and performance of poetry and cultivate literary activities and engage community, focused on the power of the written and spoken word.

----> Art with Graficomovilive The Graficomovil is a converted 1948 Ford truck (similar to a food truck) that is decorated, visually appealing from the outside by itself with "printmaking style" (Black and white) murals that display social and environmental justice messages, designed by Mexican print maker Artemio Rodriguez. The van opens up and features more samples of Artemio's work. The Graficomovil can be activated with a printmaking art workshop that engages young and old to use stamps designed by the artist to create their own art that will advocate for environmental stewardship.

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

#CafeCultura #ArtInThePark #XpressYourself #TellingOurStories

Cafe Cultura is currently in our 3rd year teaching an Advanced Creative Writing class for the CU Upward Bound Program . The students are producing some amazing poetry that will grace the stage at our July 8th Art in the Park as well as their book. Below are 2 excerpts:

"I am proud to be Dine.
I am the traditional corn,
I come from the harvesting fields of our ancestors.
As a kernel,
I am in the womb.
As a stem,
I am a child.
As the corn grows,
I age.
The roots and leaves are my knowledge of my culture.
The tassel and pollen is old age.
I am a representation of life.
Tadidiin k'ee atiin bikaa'go
Nizhonigo yishaah do."


"I hear words coming from little ones, 
knowing I am making a difference in their lives,
knowing I am their idol.

When I get the courage 
to finally taking the blindfold off,
I see something different
and maybe it is because my eyes
are trying to adjust to the light.

I see what I've accomplished,
and see what needs to be done.

Now that the blindfold is off,
it is my turn
to take charge of where I go.

and courage
are the ingredients 
that make me who I am."


If you are interest ed in having Cafe Cultura bring our "Telling Our Stories" workshop series to your school as an electi ve, after-school enrichment, or a part of an existing class , contact us.  

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.
Support Words to Actions
Youth Leadership Program 

To invest in these young people's development as leaders in our communities,  

Cafe Cultura's Words to Actions Youth Leadership Program brings together Indigenous (Native, Chicana/o, Latina/o) youth ages 13-18 starting with a five week paid summer camp (in 2015: July 13 - August 14). Participants gain confidence, cultural awareness, and leadership skills to strengthen their family, community, and/or tribe. Activities include workshops, guest speakers, field trips, creative expression, community outreach, and the creation of a mural.

Gift #1: Cafe Cultura Stickers

Gift #2: Cafe Cultura Stickers & Print of 2016 Mural (to be created by youth)

Gift #3: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2016 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt

Gift #4: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2016 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt; Print of 2015 mural

Gift #5: Cafe Cultura Stickers, Print of 2016 Mural, & Art in the Park T-shirt; Print of 2015, 2014, and 2013 murals; print of CC's banner

To donate,   click here

Checks can also be sent to:

Cafe Cultura
910 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204
Art in the Park 2016

We are looking for community members who feel passionate about Cafe Cultura's work in the community and can help us grow. Please visit the following link to submit a basic application. 

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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

Spoken Word/Poetry 

Workshops for Youth (#XpressYourself)

We have worked with schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselves.

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 (July 30th, August 27th, September 24th)
TIME:  11:00am 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 everyone who joined us on Friday for a night of community and creativity....during Cafe Cultura's 1st in 3 Art in the Park events at La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater (2nd Friday...Summer 2016). Special thank you to 1) Sheree LoveMestiza Brown for sharing words of power and healing 2) Felipe Dominguez for painting several masterpieces. Shout out to participants in our spoken word classes for sharing their words and potential. We could not have coordinated the event without the help of the numerous volunteers. Thank you!

Videos from 6/10/16 Art in the Park
Videos from 6/10/16 Art in the Park

-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), Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), 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

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