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March 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

with Kiersten Gallagher and Special Guest Shanell Kitt, LMSW


This Self-Expression Through Art workshop aims to encourage Outside the Lines participants to express themselves by creating colorful fabric sculptures! Participants will be provided with all the materials needed to complete at least two fabric sculptures during our time together. Group members will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of healthy coping mechanisms, and the ability to process impactful experiences through art creation. Upon completion, participants will have the opportunity to share their artwork with the group, as well as highlight details about their thought process while creating.

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so. Our extensive collection of supplies is available for all to use.

This series is held twice each month on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15 (Altered Book Healing Art Workshop)
  • May 6 (The Barquitos de Papel Collective Archive)
  • May 20
  • June 10 (Creative Journaling: Surviving and Thriving)
  • June 24

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.

Suggested donation: $10 per class

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Shanell Kitt, LMSW

Shanell Kitt is a mixed-media artist and licensed social worker from The Bronx, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York – Buffalo State College in 2012, and her master’s degree from Howard University School of Social Work in 2016. Shanell is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art – Painting at Howard University, and her expected graduation date is May 2020. Shanell has interests in promoting mental health, wellness, and awareness through creativity and has hosted several Self-Expression Through Art workshops in the New York City and Washington, DC areas.


March 4
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
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