Community. Creativity. Cancer Support.

Smith Center is a nonprofit health, education, and arts organization in Washington DC. Our mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer. 

Our programs focus on cultivating each person’s innate ability to heal, helping participants explore meaning and maintain hope—even in the face of life’s challenges.

We welcome you to join us for programs, visit us at our U Street Center and Art Gallery, or contact us to lean more.

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    Smith Center will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 30. Monday's Yoga, Awareness through Movement, and Cancer Support Group sessions are cancelled. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, 5/31. Read More

  • 2016 Joan Hisaoka Make a Difference Gala

    The 9th Annual Joan Hisaoka "Make a Difference" Gala will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Smith Center is honored to once again be a partial beneficiary. Read More

  • Smith Center Yoga is now listed with the National MS Society

    Our yoga classes are now listed with the National MS Society and we welcome those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. Read More

  • The Washington Post's Review of Alchemical Vessels Benefit

    In its three previous years, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery’s “Alchemical Vessels” asked artists to repurpose a bowl, an object whose shape and purpose evoke the ceremonial. For 2016, the gallery switched to a cigar box, a clunkier foundation. But then the goal is transformation, and most of the 123 contributors hid, disguised or significantly altered the container. Read More


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