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


Call for Artists, Musicians, Poets/Writers, Dancers, and Storytellers: Artists in Residence Program

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and the Inova Life with Cancer program are recruiting new team members for our Artists in Residence (AIR) Program, part of the Arts and Integrative Healing Program at Inova Schar Cancer. The AIR program serves five Inova locations: Inova Schar Cancer Fairfax, Loudoun Hospital, Fair Oaks Hospital, Mark Center (Alexandria) and Alexandria Hospital.

The Artist’s Role and Responsibilities: For over two decades, Smith Center has worked with professional artists to integrate their creative process as a tool and strategy to help others strengthen and sustain their healing process. AIR artists receive ongoing training and supervision to motivate and guide the participation of patients and caregivers (including family members) in creative experiences at whatever the level of skill, interest or capability of each person. Patients and caregivers who participate often express great relief from pain and anxiety associated with their illness. Most especially, they are grateful for the opportunity to discover and explore what they can do, when otherwise feeling inhibited or confined by their current situation.

For more information about the role and to apply, please click here.


Please contact with any questions and to register.

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.



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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.

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