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.

More About Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Farewell from Shanti

Dear Friends,

It has been over 20 years since I came to Washington to work with Barbara Smith Coleman and Michael Lerner to found our wonderful organization, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. I am writing to let you know that I will be stepping down as Executive Director of the center this spring. It has been a privilege and a gift to work with so many of you to provide hope and healing to thousands of people living with cancer and serious illness in our community through our integrative cancer retreats, programs, patient navigation, and gallery exhibitions and always with your help to develop supportive programs for our mission.

I leave at a good time in Smith Center’s development. We have strong program directors, a dedicated board and gifted staff. I know that Smith Center will move into a new and vibrant chapter. Read more »

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  • *Job Announcement: Executive Director Search*

    Our beloved Shanti Norris is retiring after 20 years of brilliant service. We are looking for a gifted person to lead Smith Center’s work forward. Our new leader should have creative vision, the ability to guide our staff, the capacity to grow our programs, and an ineffable quality of the human spirit that has permeated our work for 20 years. Read More

  • 10th Annual Joan Hisaoka Make a Difference Gala

    We are pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Joan Hisaoka Gala – Assisting those Living with Cancer will be held on September 16, 2017 at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC. To learn more about this fabulous annual event, please visit: or contact Michelle,, 202.483.8600 to learn how to become a sponsor or to purchase tickets through Smith Center. Read More

  • Article Published in Coping Magazine

    Two of Smith Center’s Integrative Patient Navigators were published in the March/April 2017 edition of Coping with Cancer Magazine. The article discusses the various types of patient navigation that exist and how patients can access these resources in order to receive additional support while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Read More


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