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Nancy Culver

Organization / February 24, 2014

Nancy Culver moved to Denver with her husband and two daughters in 1995. She holds an A.A.S. Degree in Graphic Design Communications from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, N.Y. and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, Denver. She has always had a passion for art and creativity and has become increasingly interested in how it can be used in the healing process. She believes the creative process can take us to a peaceful place where all the stress of life disappears.

Nancy started volunteering with the Healing Arts program in December 2013. Her favorite famous artist quote is “One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.” – Vincent van Gogh

Tandy Rackerby

Organization / February 21, 2014


Tandy has enjoyed living and working in the Denver community for over 25 years, and joins Soul’s Palette Arts supporting the oncology and pediatric patients through her year long internship as a graduate expressive art therapy student.  Now on her second career in expressive art therapy, Tandy has interned at Porter Hospital and addiction treatment facilities before joining our team.  She holds a bachelors of science in Mass Communications from ASU, and is working on her Masters of Science in Counseling/Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from Prescott College in Arizona.

She values her role as a wife, mother of a grown daughter, photographer (former videographer at the Las Vegas ABC News affiliate), gardener, digital artist, skier, and golfer. Tandy provides the bone marrow transplant patient with creative therapeutic activities in effort to lower their stress, improve coping skills, and aid in their healing process.  Her motto is “Boredom is not an option.”  More and more she spends a part of her time with patients showing them digital art apps on their personal tablets, as a majority of them are coming in with these portable image-making devices.  The benefit of digital art making is patients can create anywhere, during chemo treatments, at home or in the hospital and the patients can easily share their artwork to family and friends with a click of a button.  She engages with the pediatric patients either by their bedside or in small group activities held in the pediatric playrooms.  She exudes passion in her role here and carries that love to the patients.

Update: Project Little Hearts

Organization / October 3, 2013

Project Little Hearts is in full swing and as you may know, our volunteer Nathaniel handmade get-well bags with a special get-well wish for each of the 60+ children getting life saving open-heart surgeries in Honduras. To read more about Nathaniel’s contribution to Project Little Hearts click here.

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So far the kids are loving the bags that Nathaniel made. They are given the bags before their heart surgery so they can keep all their goodies in them until after they’re done.

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The mother of this boy was especially touched by the special get-well wish from Nathaniel.

Stay tuned for more updates and also visit the Barnabas Foundation Facebook page for more photos and updates on the surgeries.


Project Little Hearts

Organization / September 1, 2013

Between September 19th and October 1st a team of 50+ highly skilled medical professionals from across the U.S. will be traveling to Honduras to repair the hearts of 60+ children via heart catheterizations and open-heart surgeries for Project Little Hearts (PLH) (To learn more click here). The children scheduled for open-heart surgeries begin their journey with several weeks of pre-op care, then they will be transported to Ruth Paz Hospital in San Pedro Sula for their catheterizations and/or surgeries. They will then receive post-op care and when healing is complete, return to their homes.  They will continue to receive follow-up care through an extended care program.  This comprehensive care program is what sets it apart from all others.  Throughout Honduras, it is regarded as the best program for pediatric heart surgeries in the entire country!

Souls’a Palette Arts volunteer Nathaniel was asked to make 60 drawstring bags to be used as get-well packets for the kids in Honduras. He spent his last weekend before school hand-making all 60 bags each including a special get-well wish. Through Project Little Hearts (PLH) big hearts are healing little hearts.

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Blog, Organization / July 16, 2013

Travis Barlock volunteers his time at Souls Palette Art’s as a magician. He is also a student at University of Denver pursuing a career in medicine. This past spring, his fraternity partnered with a sorority to host a philanthropy event. Five hundred dollars in proceeds from that event were graciously donated to Souls Palette Arts.

We thank them immensely for their donation.



The Cabin Project

Organization / May 18, 2013

The Cabin Project

Partnering with the community to extend the expe­ri­ence of arts and well­ness to those families that have had cancer touch their lives. The mountain wellness center project is underway.

Jaime Krogen

Organization / April 2, 2013

Jaime Krogen

Jaime Krogen originally from Florida moved to Denver about six months ago. She spent the last four years following her prosthetic makeup and body painting career. Jaime is currently attending the community college of Denver seeking a degree in sociology. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, going camping and hiking. Jaime has enjoyed the arts for many years as both her mother and father are artists.

Tiffany Thao

Organization / February 27, 2013


Tiffany Thao was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is currently attending the Community College of Denver, where she will complete general education credits before attending a bachelors degree program. Tiffany has always had an interest in art and enjoys many creative activities. In addition to her interest in art she is considering studies in a medical profession. Tiffany started volunteering with Healing Arts as a way to explore her passion for art. She enjoys meeting new patients and introducing them to new art projects.

Meet Rose Opp

Organization / February 25, 2013


Rosie Opp is currently studying Communication Design at Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO. Since a child, Rosie has had a great passion for art and design. In fourth grade she won first place in a logo design contest at her elementary school and was featured in the local newspaper. In high school Rosie worked at a print and copy store where she met Cynthia Lockhart. Recently they have worked together on small design projects for the growing healing arts program. Rosie designed the logo for Soul’s Palette Arts and became a board member in 2012.
 Rosie takes pleasure in photography, painting and crafts. She is a Coloradan by birth and by heart and loves spending her time outdoors camping, biking, running and snowboarding with her high school sweetheart.

Meet Millah Nikkel

Organization / February 25, 2013

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Millah Nikkel has lived, worked, and volunteered in Denver since 1978. She became involved in healing arts when a friend received a very successful stem cell transplant. Her passion for fiber arts meshed perfectly with the healing arts philosophy. She enjoys introducing patients to new art forms.
Millah has lived in many places around the world while working as an environmental geologist. She received a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MS in Geology from the University of Bergen, Norway. She is married and has two daughters currently in college.