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

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  • 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

  • The Shanti Norris Cancer Retreat Fund

    The Shanti Norris Cancer Retreat Fund was launched in May 2017 as a lasting tribute to Founding Executive Director Shanti Norris’ 21 years of service to Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. This fund supports Smith Center’s most intimate, transformative and pioneering work, our​ Cancer Retreats. All contributions to the fund will offset the cost of the retreats for cancer survivors and ​their ​caregivers and will also enable us to continue offering partial scholarship assistance. 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