Welcome to Cafe Cultura's 

November 2014 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you as we work to fulfill 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. You can find more updates and pictures on our Facebook (facebook.com/cafecultura), 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, dance, art, & 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....November 14th, December 12th, January 9th

--->Doors open w/ Vendors, Food, & 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!

Featured performers:
---->The Concept, an Urban Legend: I'm a Latino kid form west  Denver. I stand up for those who don't have a voice. People say one man can't change the world but I plan to spark the mind that does.

---->Barrio E' (Puerto Rican music, dance, and poetry)  is a community organization founded in September 2012 in the state of Colorado to foster cultural diversity in the arts. Barrio E'nsemble (a component of their educational programming) exposes Caribbean traditional music and dance. We will perform Puerto Rican music, dance and poetry while presenting information about our history, music and dances.

Barrio E' Sample
Barrio E' Sample

Community Feature
 ---->16th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk: The 2014 Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk will start on November 29 at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads, Colorado, and will end on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol on December 3. The Run is a commemoration for victims and survivors of the massacre, and for healing of ancestral homelands.

Live Art by Tony Diego

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

We were recently honored to work with Grant Beacon Middle School during their first quarter enrichment classes. Below are a few

excerpts from the book we published for the youth participants. You can read it online @ http://tinyurl.com/q2bacys or simply click on the book cover.


"I am the sage burning

in my blood.

I ascend with smoke

that shows my ancestors

dancing around.

I give strength and happiness

to my Native people."



"I see the big players

and the opposing teams

made up of drugs,


and stereotypes.

They are all in my way to the hoop,

blocking my path to greatness.

I see an opening.

I go through all of them

without them even breathing on me.

I succeed

where everyone has failed.

I am ready to take the shot

but this time I will not miss."



"The smell takes me to another world.

The spices and love that my mom puts in it

make it the most amazing, delicious thing 

you will ever taste.

My mom's food is the best.

It will always run in the family.

I will always love my culture

and will never be ashamed."


We continue working with our other partners to allow youth participants opportunities to express themselves and tell their stories. They currently include Mi Casa Neighborhood Center @ Lake, La Academia, Heart & Hand, and STRIVE Prep SMART. We look forward to adding more sites in the near future.

As we noted in our October newsletter, we are excited to make our recent youth-written books 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.
Triple 10 Xpress Yourself Challenge 
for Cafe Cultura
10 (or more) lines of your favorite poem, song, or quote focused on expressing yourself, telling our stories, and/or uplifting our communities

make a
$10 donation (one-time or monthly) 
to Cafe Cultura

to celebrate
10 years of service in the community

Join the movement! 
Challenge your friends!
Community Survey
Your participation needed!
click on the image below 
or the following link: surveymonkey.com/s/cafecultura2014
Cafe Cultura's
2013 Annual Report
click on image below to view online

In this newsletter....
-Cafe Cultura's Open Mic 11/14/14-
-Telling Our Stories Spoken Word Workshop Series-
-Triple 10 Xpress Yourself Challenge-
-Community Survey-
-2013 Annual Report-
-Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshops for Youth-
-Spoken Word Workshop @ Cafe Cultura Office-
-Exciting Updates-
-Internships w/ Cafe Cultura!-
-Make a one-time or monthly donation-
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Join Our Mailing List!

Contact Information

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

Office: 1029 Santa Fe Dr Unit #6
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 9am to 2:00pm
Fri from 9am to 5pm


Xpress Yourself Basic Spoken Word Workshops for Youth

We have worked with numerous schools and organizations throughout Colorado to give underserved youth an opportunity to express themselvesOur most recent partner have included: Denver East H.S., Denver West H.S., and Vista Peak Preparatory.

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 curriculumWorkshop 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 the following promotional 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
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: Saturdays in 2014 (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 came out to our 10th Anniversary Showcase and Fundraiser to celebrate with us. It was a packed house with more than 250 people (of all ages) in attendance! We especially appreciate the opportunity to work with Frank Waln & the 
Sampson Brothers...who inspired our communities. Thank you for your words and energy! Shout out to Cafe Cultura poets Tanaya Winder, Alejandro Jimenez
Alexis VigilFranklin Cruz, & Ara Cruz for representing with some spoken word...as well as to guest visual artists Kristina Bad HandKarma LeighXencs L. WingSun Rose Iron Shell, & Xitlallin Payan for sharing your talents. Special thank you to Cafe Cultura Board members Eden Nicole & Derek Brown for handling food. We also appreciate all volunteers who made the event possible.

-Cafe Cultura will be collaborating on an HIV/AIDS prevention research project with Assistant Professor, Ramona Beltran and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Funded by the Public Good Fund through University of Denver's Center for Community Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning, the project will work with several other Denver-based organizations to develop a culture-centered HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for Indigenous youth and to support increasing education and participation in our annual Rise Up! community event to be held in March, 2015.  Recruitment efforts are slated to begin in January, so stay tuned if you want to be involved.

-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), National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, 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 poets: 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

Make a one-time or monthly donation to Cafe Cultura!


You have the opportunity to invest in Cafe Cultura's work in the community. Click on the following image to make a tax-deductible donation.