Thomas Merton and Alice Walker

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton

“If art doesn’t make us better then what on earth is it for?”
Alice Walker






Think Like a Genius METAPHORMING Workshop: March 24, 2018

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Kindly share this event that with friends and family who are teachers, mental and social health workers, and also students.

“We’ve been planning this Think Like a Genius METAPHORMING Workshop since December 28, 2017 with Shanna Shelby, Program Administrator of Denver Arts & Venues and the Exhibits and Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Building. Who knew that on February 14, 2018 another unforeseen (but preventable) human catastrophe would unfold at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida!”

“This workshop is intended to complement the “March For Our Lives” that is scheduled on Saturday. Hopefully, many young people will participate in this workshop and express their ideas on Stopping Gun Violence, while also exploring new ways we can foster Mental Health & Wellness that benefits everyone.”
– Todd Siler

WHY: Fostering Mental Health is as important as cultivating a passion for Lifelong Learning. And yet, who really knows what “Mental Health” looks and feels like today? Art enables us to envision what we want to create, and create what we envision.

WHAT: This exciting hands-on Metaphorming Workshop will enable you to visualize and give form to your ideas in response to this question: IDEALLY, HOW CAN THE ARTS & SCIENCES HELP PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR THE COMMON GOOD? SHOW AND DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAS.

HOW: Using arts-based methods and tools for stimulating innovative thinking, this facilitated workshop provides a “global common language” for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures to freely express their ideas and solutions. Participants are guided to collaboratively create and share symbolic models that reveal their thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas, knowledge, dreams, and perspectives.

WHO: The workshop is limited to only 50 participants, who will be working together in small groups, creating metaphorical models and exploring their meanings and possibilities. These two links to related workshops ( will give you a sense of the special purpose, process and productive fun of this creative activity, including its useful “Takeaways”.

WHERE: Participants will have a rare opportunity to draw inspiration from the beautiful artworks by Dorothy & the late Mel Tanner, and video by Dorothy Tanner and Marc Billard; currently displayed in the Lumonics Mind Spa at the McNichols Civic Center Building, a site-specific art installation, where the workshop will take place.

Tickets $10:

*About the workshop facilitator:
Todd Siler is an internationally-recognized visual artist who received a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; in 1986, he became the first visual artist to be awarded a doctorate from M.I.T. He was a Research Affiliate at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (1981-83); a Visiting Artist/Scientist at the Computer-Aided Design Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1986-88 & 1991-92); an International Advisory Board Member for the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea, as well as a Forum Fellow of the 1999 and 2001 Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Siler’s published works include BREAKING THE MIND BARRIER (Simon & Schuster, 1990) and THINK LIKE A GENIUS (Bantam Books, 1996; Penguin Random House, 2017;

In 1994, Siler founded The ArtScience® Program for Realizing Human Potential (aka, Think Like a Genius® Program) to cultivate creativity, inspire innovative thinking and collaborative learning in diverse people and organizations, addressing real-world challenges. He has facilitated workshops worldwide on accelerating innovation in Fortune 500 Companies, including IBM, Texas Instruments, NTT Communications/Verio, US West/Quest, Chevron, Chase Manhattan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Johnson & Johnson, ING North America, Procter & Gamble, and many more, including: venture capital-funded technology startups. Todd Siler is a recipient of an I.B.M. Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to Paris, France (1975-76), a Fulbright Fellowship to India (1985-86), and a Meitec Fellowship (1989-91). He received the 1995 “Artist-of- the-Year” Award from the New York City Teachers Association and United Federation of Teachers. In addition, he holds a number of patents on a wide range of inventions, including a computer-graphics input device and textile printing machinery. In 2011, Todd Siler was awarded the “Leonardo Da Vinci World Award of Arts” by the World Cultural Council. For the past four decades, Siler has exhibited his artworks internationally in major museums and galleries and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City (

Tao of Dance: March 3, 2018


For the third event in our four-evening series in the Lumonics Mind Spa at the McNichols Civic Center Building as a Cultural Partner, we are excited to present TAO of DANCE – Qigong Workshop & Ecstatic Dance, led by Brian Seraiah Wood. This is an event that we have presented at our Studio & Gallery and has always been a great favorite. 

March 3, 2018 Dragon Tao and Lumonics Mind Spa Present:
TAO OF DANCE – Qigong Workshop & Ecstatic Dance

ECSTATIC DANCE 9:15-10:30PM (Soundscape by DJ Seraiah)
$15 Donation
Join us for a truly unique experience at Lumonics Mind Spa!

TAO OF DANCE – Qigong Workshop & Ecstatic Dance
With Brian Seraiah Wood (Dragon Tao Founder, International Instructor, Master Trainer and DJ)
Embrace elements of Qigong, Tai Chi, Thai Fon Jeung and Kung Fu in a fun and open community vibe. Free your soul and express your heart through flowing, graceful and empowering movements. Learn how to add these ancient healing series to your dance, and move energy through rhythmic meditation. A special DJ set of Sacred Music accompanies the session and keeps you in the state of ebb and flow.
It all takes place within the magical, light-filled art at Dorothy Tanner’s Lumonics Mind Spa installation on the first floor. The intention of the art is to expand the mind and increase spiritual
Video by Dorothy Tanner and Marc Billard.
Delicious plant-based food and cold-pressed beverages by The Shooting Star Eatery.
Thanks to the 7 Healing Stars Oneness Center and Potent Productions
This event is supported by the Cultural Partners Program.
Special thanks to the McNichols Civic Center Building and Denver Arts & Venues

* About Brian Seraiah Wood:
Brian is leading the way as a visionary pioneer of Natural Fitness and Holistic Health. Qualified to Train Pro and Olympic Athletes, his Accredited Certifications and Credentials rank among the finest in the world. He is an elite athlete, musician and dancer with a caring approach to teaching and life. He is a leading expert in his field by uniting proven techniques and methods from Eastern & Western worlds. Brian has studied Yoga, Lanna Fon Jeung, Meditation and found his path to Qigong in 2003. Good luck has led him to China (2008 & 2010) and Thailand (2012) and Japan 2015, where he learned from Masters of unique methods. Healing, Music and Love are his passion in life and he can be found teaching and performing at Transformational Festivals, Ecstatic Dance Communities and Yoga Studios. As a Healer he had been trained in Thai, Oil and Tendon Massage as well as a very rare Chinese Organ Massage. As a retired Pro MMA Fighter, he has 32 years martial arts experience in many styles and disciplines.

* About Dorothy Tanner and the Lumonics Mind Spa:

Deep Peace Concert: Feb 17, 2018

Dorothy Tanner and the lumo team are excited to bring you the next event in the Lumonics Mind Spa Series at the McNichols Civic Center Building on Saturday, Feb. 17: Deep Peace Concert with Paul Temple‘s RadianceMatrix. Happy that The Shooting Star Eatery, led by Jon Spencer, will again be presenting some delicious plant-based foods and drinks. And thankful for all the assistance from Jomar Suarez and the 7 Healing Stars Oneness Center and Potent Productions, and the Cultural Partner Program in affliation with the McNichols Building and Denver Arts & Venues.


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The McNichols Project: Best of Denver

Hope to see everyone this Friday eve from 6-9 pm for the official opening of the three exhibitions at the McNichols Building: The William Havu Gallery’s “New Regionalisms” curated by Michael Paglia, on the 2nd floor; Month of Printmaking on the 3rd floor, curated by Mark Lunning; and Dorothy Tanner’s site-specific installation, the Lumonics Mind Spa, in the Community Space on the 1st floor. Free admission if you reserve online by Feb. 22.

Celebration of Electronic Music & Dance Party with Buddha Bomb


Celebration of Electronic Music & Dance Party with Buddha Bomb in the Lumonics Mind Spa, Dorothy Tanner’s site-specific art installation at the McNichols Civic Center Building.

Friday, Feb 2nd from 7:30-11pm.

Buddha Bomb is the host of Electronic Air on KGNU Radio & (it is the longest running online electronic music radio show in Colorado) and if you have interest in the history of electronic music, all of us at Lumonics couldn’t think of a better messenger than Buddha Bomb.

Big thank you to Shanna Shelby, Program Administrator of Denver Arts & Venues, and the Cultural Partnership Program of the McNichols Building.

More about the two-part evening