About Molina Speaks
Molina Speaks is an artist, poet, musician, lecturer, educator, and human bridge. As Artist, he has been named a Westword “Mastermind.” Molina has released over a dozen lyrical albums and has performed at a long list of Denver’s iconic cultural and performance venues. Molina is an honoree of the Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival and has served as a Live Poetic Scribe for dozens of events across the Denver Metro Area. He has visited many rural Colorado towns as a touring poet, including poetry and cultural festivals in Trinidad, San Luis, Crestone, and the Four Corners region. Along with his solo creative work, he plays with Denver bands Pink Hawks and Roots, Rice, and Beans.
As a cultural worker, Molina has put a lifetime of work into advocating for human rights, civic health, public wealth, and creative spaces for youth. Molina has played a foundational role in the establishment of Youth on Record between the years of 2010 and 2020. He has served as Lead Partner Artist, Creative Director, and now Coordinator of Youth on Record’s Fellowship program. Youth on Record operates a youth media studio on Denver’s westside, serving thousands of youth each year through music education programs. Through Youth on Record, Molina taught Emcee School, Social Solutions, and Hip-Hop and Chess courses for five years in Denver Public Schools. Youth on Record’s Fellowship program for 18-23-year-old artists earned an Arts in Society award in 2018 for addressing racial and social inequities in the creative sector.
Molina Speaks is a TedX fellow and has been an Artist-In-Residence with the National Hispanic Heritage Center, Lighthouse Writers, Think 360 Arts, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, and La Napoule Arts Foundation. He has collaborated with Cafe Cultura, Cafe Nuba, Slam Nuba, Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver, Museo de las Americas, Denver Public Library, Denver Spirituals Project, and other cultural centers that focus on youth community development. He has been invited to speak and read poetry at dozens of leading research universities and community colleges, including Columbia University, University of California at Davis, University of California at San Diego, University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming, and Colorado University at Boulder.
Molina has created and recorded albums in Albuquerque NM, Oakland and Los Angeles CA, Brooklyn NY, Denver CO, and Laramie WY. His work has been critically acclaimed by Colorado Public Radio, 9 News, the Denver Post, and Westword. Molina is the Music Director of the documentary film Papers (2009)—a film about undocumented youth and their struggle for education. He has produced various films and multi-media projects including the April 2020 DIGITAL GIFT BASKET in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, Molina is a featured artist in the upcoming Hecho en Colorado exhibition, in collaboration with Latino Cultural Arts Center & History Colorado.