Moving Forward: Where Do We Go From Here? - CANCELLED


With Shanti Norris

- Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm

Apologies for the inconvenience, but this event has been CANCELLED. Please visit The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery to see US + Them = U.S., on display until March 4th, 2017.

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery are proud to offer a special program in conjunction with the exhibition US + Them = U.S.

Smith Center Co-Founder Shanti Norris will lead  a facilitated discussion to help ease anxieties in the current political climate. The evening will end with a brief group ritual designed to help us move forward in our own lives with a greater sense of peace and purpose.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Shanti Norris
Shanti serves as Executive Director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. She initiated the Smith Center hospital Artist-in-Residence program and Healing Arts Gallery. She runs the weeklong retreats for people with cancer, and oversees new initiatives, including the Faith-based Community Navigation project at Smith Center. Former Vice President of Kent Homeopathic Associates, she has an extensive background in complementary medicine and mind-body approaches to healing. She has taught meditation, yoga philosophy and stress reduction for over 35 years and underwent a formal ten-year mentorship with a renowned yoga master. She is a three-term member of CARRA, the patient advocacy program at the National Cancer Institute and a graduate of Project LEAD from the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Non-profit Leadership certificate course and the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute in Minneapolis/St Paul. She is a former board member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and Chaired their Annual Conference in 2004. She is a founding board member of The Art Connection in the Capital Region and a founding member of Arts in Healthcare Advocates (AHA.) She is a frequent speaker on the healing power of the arts. Her formal art training began at New York University and The Cooper Union in New York City and includes running the fine art studio of artist Peter Max. She is a member of ArtTable, the mother of three adult children, and is a painter and sculptor.