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 learn more.

More About Smith Center for Healing and the Arts


September 28th: A Healing Circle – Support Group for Gay Men with Prostate Cancer Register Here

Oct 18th: Mind Over Matter Register here

October 20th: Expressive Photography and Mindfulness
 Register here


All programs will continue to run via Zoom until further notice. Please contact with any questions.

NEW! Sustainable Journaling
– We will concentrate more on the practice of journaling than on the content and intention behind it. As a result, we can approach journaling less as a means to an end and more as an end in itself. You will be supported in creating a sustainable and fulfilling practice. You can either maintain the practice on its own or incorporate other journaling strategies.

NEW! Free, Fun and Fabulous Opportunities for Persons Living with Cancer and Their Loved Ones

 – Nancy Novack PhD, Founder and CEO of Nancy’s List, will share opportunities to expand the quality of life for persons who are living with cancer and those who love and care for them.
These will include :
Retreats for women, men, women and men, and families
Camps for kids, teens and young adults, and families
Wish fulfillment adventures

NEW! Black Women with Breast Cancer Support Group
– The virtual group is for Black Women who have been diagnosed with any stage of Breast Cancer and is open to those newly diagnosed, in treatment, or in survivorship.
Come join other Black women dealing with the issues and impacts of a breast cancer diagnosis. All meetings are hosted using Zoom.
This group is offered by the MedStar Georgetown Ourisman Breast Center and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.


September 14: Flower Lab, Music, and Mocktails

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August 25th-September 18th:  Not Limited to the Human Condition- exhibition
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September 24th: FREE Bike Clinic
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As we move into our third decade, we do so with deep gratitude. We thank you for taking part in this celebration and we look to the future with great excitement for what is to come. Check our our celebration event.

The Shanti Norris Cancer Retreat Fund

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