Artshow update

Wow… it’s already been a year since the inception of the idea for the art show for the homeless. I have a storage full of art supplies and an idea that is ready to be created. Sometimes, I think that things are postponed for a reason. To grow and become something even better.

Today I met with the Mayor’s office with Erik Soliván, the first Executive Director of the new Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE). I was connected to Erik through Patty Calhoun, co-founder of Westword with whom we had discussed collaborating on CANVAS, the art show for the homeless community. Last year seemed to fly by and the next thing we knew, the artshow didn’t happen but now there is something bigger on the horizon.

With the Mayor’s office, we talked about the art show, about brainstorming and strategizing up ways to bring our community together to inspire hope and sustainability for a better future amongst our neighbors who have / are experiencing homelessness. This is just the beginning!

We are STILL continuing to collect art supplies! If you would like to donate, please drop them off at Green Spaces (where my HQ is) Monday-Friday between 9-5pm. Or contact me and we can arrange something. This art show WILL happen this year and it will be something beautiful!

Thank you all for your support and giving!!


CANVAS: An artshow to showcase and benefit our homeless community

Art for HopeWHAT:
Canvas: An art show to showcase and benefit the homeless community and inspire hope and creativity!
We will be distributing art packs to the homeless community. Each art pack will come with a 5×5 canvas or other material that will be the backdrop of their art piece and either paints, markers, colored pencils, pastels, etc.

People could either make a monetary donation or a donate food / clothing to enter into the art show.
Money from art sold and collected at the door would benefit Denver Homeless Out Loud. (I’m still waiting to hear back from them and hope that they will be on board for this!)

We are shooting for October and will have a date confirmed soon!

Dateline Gallery
3004 Larimer
Denver, CO 80205

Dateline Gallery

Brandi Shigley
Johnny Morehouse
Jeromie Lawrence

art-supplies-3-1550964WHAT WE NEED:
Art Supplies! You can drop off art supplies to Green Spaces (2590 Walnut Street) anytime M-F 9-5pm OR to the Westword Office on 11th and Broadway!

This idea was birthed when I parked my car by Resurrection Village and began my morning walk to work. Jerry Burton, a homeless man gave me a gift of a beautiful flower that was created by an artist named Robin. At first I couldn’t accept this gift. Jerry said to me, “Brandi, as open as you are to give, you must be open to receive.” I smiled and took the flower and talked to Robin. Robin told me how he finds so many things in the trash that he can make things with. By the time I arrived at my office, the idea to put this art show into together was already in motion.

Jerry Burton

As soon as I got to my desk, I used social media as a way to get the word out that I’m collecting art supplies. Within just a few hours, people were writing back, coordinating times to drop off art supplies.

I truly believe that when we have hope, when we have a goal, and when we can shine our light and creativity, life has a purpose.

It’s so easy to walk by people living on the streets and ignore them, being too busy in our own lives to even care. When we open up, engage and converse with all of our community, do we see how truly beautiful people are. We can’t turn our heads and ignore these bright shining lights that make up our community.

I knew right away that I wanted to work with Johnny Morehouse (fellow Mastermind) who I have been working on many projects over the past decade with. He can make an art show happen in his sleep! And with the newest Mastermind Jeromie Lawrence and his amazing gallery, the pieces began to come together.

This is an art show to not only benefit the homeless community but to bring our community together so we can all get to know one another, no matter our social status. This is an art show to highlight the amazing talent that calls our streets “home”.

Want to get involved? Fill out this form!


What happens when you turn right instead of left

LifeFor the past year, I’ve had the sheer joy of walking down to the end of my street and seeing the beautiful countryside on the other side of the railroad tracks. I’ve found a rock to sit on and meditate and take in all that life is. I’ve walked down to the end of the path where the beautiful tree with the Eagle’s Nest sits perched high and I can watch the family of eagles do their eagle thing. It’s been absolutely beautiful to find this bit of heaven and watch and observe as the seasons change and as my heart and soul evolve into what they are becoming.

This past Sunday I decided to take a right on the path and go down a road that I’ve only seen from a distance. I walked a mile up that road taking in the new view and the beauty that surrounded me. I talked to myself and God out loud, laughing that we were the only people that could hear me. My heart smiled as I looked right to the gorgeous views of the mountains. I looked left and my heart beat even faster of the beauty of the meadows and the lake in the distance.

How come it has taken me this long to walk down this road? To see all of this beauty that has been right in front of me? My excitement for a new path and with a new view filled me with joy and new inspiration.

This morning I popped out of bed ready to walk down that same road for my “fifteen minutes to fulfillment” to inspire and motivate for the day ahead. On my walk back, I noticed a little half circle path of dirt, a place where people could turn around. I walked down the that path and saw a gate. I had seen that gate before but assumed it was to somebody’s property. As I approached the gate, I saw that there was a walk in side gate. There was no lock on it so I walked in. And holy moly! What to my wandering eyes should appear? Open Space! Land for others to explore full of wildlife. A reserve to keep the beauty untouched. I looked up at the sky, smiling.

All of this time, I’ve been appreciating the beauty from afar. I didn’t think that it could get any better than that. Then, I made the choice to take a different path, taking me down a new road that was full of beauty. And then, the gates opened up, the discovery that that beauty can not only be viewed from afar but explored and absorbed.

I walked down the path into a whole new world, taking in the sounds, smells, sights and absorbing what was right in front of me all along.



Zen Zone

When I first moved out of Denver and in with my brother on the outskirts of Broomfield, I was one foot out the door ready to get back into the city. Now, here I am 9 months later, and I couldn’t be happier to be out of the city and into the quietness. With the Dreamer / Doer Headquarters in the heart of the RiNo district in downtown Denver, I still get my fix of the city, but now I have much more balance than I ever realized that I needed.

My #ZenZone where I start each day with gratitude.

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I’ve spent a lot of time in the quiet of my mind, away from the distractions of every day life. And in that time, I get closer and closer to my true self, dreaming about what my soul wants to be doing and where I want to be. In those thoughts, I realize that I am right where I want to be, doing what I want to do. And I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

Even through the anxieties of life, I wouldn’t want to change anything. In this time of the unknown, I find grace, patience, strength, courage. I wouldn’t have this reflection if I wasn’t out here living where I live.

My lesson learned through this is to find happiness right where you are. Be grateful with what you have. When we can see the gifts in everything around us, the world opens up to a brighter space with endless possibilities.  It’s when we are so stuck in our own ways with our nose to the ground and in our daily routine that we don’t look up and see what’s in front of us and around us and within us.

We have to take the time to see this in the quiet and to be still.

Art Show for the homeless

tumblr_o3j111H2721qexul2o1_1280Inspired by a few conversations this week with a couple of friends in the homeless community, the idea to create an art show featuring their work smacked my in my heart! I’ve met so many kind souls and talented individuals in the homeless community. I truly believe that when we can shine our light bright and share our gifts that we were given, we are able to live a full life! And if sharing their art can not only inspire creating and generate some income, what a wonderful combo!

SO! With that said, I am currently collecting art supplies and will be making art kits to distribute to the homeless community. If you have any extra art supplies in good working condition and would like to donate to these art kits, you can drop them off at Green Spaces (2590 Walnut Street) between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

Once I have enough art supplies that I can create art kits, I’ll be hitting the streets distributing to the community.

Also! I want to distribute books and journals too… Reading and writing is so therapeutic!

There are a few ways to get involved:

  • Donation of art supplies
    • Paper
    • Markers
    • Pens / Pencils
    • Wire
    • Tape
    • Paint
    • Canvas
    • You know….. arty stuff!
    • Journals / notebooks /sketch books
    • Books! For reading entertainment
  • Donate time and come and hit the streets with me distributing art kits!
  • If you have an art space that you would like to donate for the actual art show, AWESOME! Let’s chat about it! Otherwise, I’ll be doing some research and start solidifying a venue. I want to do this late spring / early summer!

Get involved by filling out this form….

Brandi Sue Shigley

Monday play time

One of the things that I love to do when I get into my office here at Green Spaces is to talk to people and see how their day is starting. If I can, I like to spread positive cheer and motivation along the way. When we engage with others, that positive energy can motivate us and thus change the course of our day, all the while we can spread that energy. I realized this morning that this is in my Zone of Genius! Instead of feeling like this is a distraction, I want to incorporate it positively into the day, knowing that this communication time is valuable.

When I first get to work, I can be distracted by a million different ideas. That’s okay! I’m learning to let these ideas come and go, write them down, and let them exist, while simultaneously narrowing in on what my focus of the day is.

Brandi Shigley at Green Spaces

Today’s random and fun ideas included the following:

  • Creating a little track that the people who pace around while on phone conversations can walk around like a miniature train station. My fellow co-Green Spacer and I talked about how fun it would be to have mountains and neighborhoods and shopping centers and country scenes on our walkable train set. All the while, people who are pacing are also generating energy for Green Spaces. Now this idea is just a silly fun idea, but the conversation energized us both. We talked about it, drew it out, and then both said, “Okay! Time to get to work!”
  • Make a little surfer that can be clips into wings and feather hairdoos. Again, another idea that Margaret and I had over coffee that inspired creativity and silliness. Again, we both said “Okay! Time to REALLY get to work!”

Don’t forget to play! That play time in the morning is such a great way to start the day. After we played, then I began to make my to-do list and find my focus. Go with what moves you. Allow your creativity and business prowess to be inspired by your actions.


In my mind. In my heart.


Photo by Lynn Nguyen

A year and a half ago, Sahar Paz and I were on our #WordLoveTour in Denver and LA. Our friendship starting instantly on the dance floor at Dazzle and 8 years later, a tour, inspiring others to Find Their Voice and Do What They Love.

In the past year and a half, Sahar has written a book, gone on a book tour, and continues to inspire the masses by sharing her story and her light.

In the past year and a half, I fulfilled a lifelong dream to go back to my birth country, turned 40, realized that I needed to move out of my studio that I have grown to love, got in a car accident and lost an amazing friend.

But in that time, I have also gained a new roomate (my brother!!! AWESOME!!!!) as I joined him in his beautiful apartment where we can see the stars, I can swim, and Olive and I can play up on the rooftop of the parking garage, grown to find peace in my commute to Denver, and am happy to be right here at this moment in time. I don’t have one foot out the door. I am here.

J’suis ici.

I have nourished old friendships and have begun building amazing new friendships, both of these opening up my heart and soul and learning so much about me in this safe place. I am so grateful!

I’ve been creatively inspired in new ways with music, writing, film, and even thinking.

I am getting out of my comfort zone. Interestingly enough, getting out of my comfort zone means getting into my ME. Learning about places within myself that I haven’t explored much of. The sides of me that I want to work on, let go of, and become better from. It’s scary. It’s surprising.

I am a work in progress.

My relationship with God has been the strongest that it’s ever been. It’s giving me strength and courage to explore the darkness and know that everything will be alright. It’s helping me to understand my light and be able to shine my light brightly, even if it means being vulnerable.

I feel grounded. I feel myself growing. I feel myself preparing for something amazing.

Even through the darkness, I know there will be light. Even through the light, I know there will be darkness.

We just have to keep pushing on, surrounding ourselves with positive people, being the positive person when things feel negative, keep being the light.


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