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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  • An Interview with Bob, Cancer Support Group Resident Poet

    Bob Bloomfield joined Smith Center’s Cancer Support Group two years ago and has been a regular participant ever since. He sat down with Executive Director and group facilitator, Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C to talk about the impact Smith Center, the support group, a cancer retreat and integrative therapies have had on his life. Read More

  • 10th Annual Joan Hisaoka Make a Difference Gala

    This year’s 10th Annual Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala – Assisting those Living with Cancer was another tremendous success! We are grateful to gala founder and Smith Center Board Member Bob Hisaoka, our sponsors, and guests for their dedication to our mission. It was a great evening of community, remembrance, and support. 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