With Kiersten Gallagher

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.

Outside the Lines class sessions are held on the first & third Wednesday of each month.

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.


With Kiersten Gallagher

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.

Outside the Lines class sessions are held on the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 

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.


With Kiersten Gallagher

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.

Outside the Lines class sessions are held on the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 

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.


With Aminah Sané Ghaffar

This program will focus on the ideology of Indigenous medicine from a Native American perspective. You will have a chance to experience the healing power of the Jingle Dress Dance, which is a traditional healing dance that originated from the Ojibwa/Anishinabe tribe. Through storytelling, traditional dance, singing, and drumming, experience the realignment of mind, body, and spirit.

Traditional Native American remedies have been either diluted by mainstream culture or completely rejected or ignored in the conventional medical system. The vast majority of the medicines used today are a direct product of some Indigneous concept. This talk will explore the origins of traditional Indigenous medicines, and how to use them properly and respectfully in your daily lives.

The Jingle dress dance was developed by the medicine people of the Ojibwa tribe to heal the sick granddaughter of the Chief. The dresses are not costumes, they are traditional regalia that are one of a kind and have a unique connection and meaning to the wearers. The sound of the tin jingles that cascade down the dress make the sound of rain coming down on a tin roof. The jingle dress dance is one of the most common powwow dances and is revered in the Indigenous community.

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: $15

About Aminah Sané Ghaffar

Aminah Sané Ghaffar is a Lumbee and African American woman from Pembroke, NC. She is a B.S. in Biology from East Carolina University where she also ran track and field and holds the school record for the heptathlon. She earned a Masters from Georgetown University in Physiology and Biophysics with a concentration in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and a recipient of the Hoyas for Science Scholarship. She is an Indigenous rights activist and has spoken at the Women’s March in Annapolis, MD in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigneous Women. She is a two-time panelist at the Shifting the Paradigm Back to Humanity Conference, and has aspirations to attend medical school to serve underserved populations on Native American reservations.


with Kiersten Gallagher

For those who can’t make the daytime class or can’t get enough creativity time, join Kiersten for a night of creativity.  We will play with color and explore a fun way to express ourselves. Artistic experience is not necessary; all materials will be provided.

About Kiersten Gallagher

Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years. Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image.Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

With Kiersten Gallagher

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.

Outside the Lines class sessions are held on the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 

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.


With Saaraliisa Ylitalo

Saaraliisa Ylitalo Meditation: Deepest Things

 

Join us for a special session of Outside the Lines on Wednesday, April 17th, with guest artist Saaraliisa Ylitalo. Saaraliisa’s work will be on exhibit as part of our upcoming Alchemical Vessels exhibit.

Registration for this workshop is limited to 10 participants and RSVPs are required to attend. Please sign up by using the link above, emailing programs@smithcenter.org or calling us at 202.483.8600. 

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. This guided art class will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool.

Outside the Lines class sessions are held on the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 

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 Saaraliisa Ylitalo

Artist

 

Saaraliisa has been working in the textile arts for over 40 years. Her work has always been a reflection of events, real and physiological in her life or in the lives of those around her.  So in that way the work has been about the natural weather in our lives between turbulent and calm times.  Between hope and despair.  Really about our broken places and how we deal with them.

During her professional journey, she lived and taught abroad in Costa Rica, Japan, Peru and South Africa.

She currently teaches at the Art League School in Alexandria and Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville and has a studio at DC Studio Arts in Takoma DC. www.saaraliisa.com


With Kiersten Gallagher

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.

Outside the Lines class sessions are held on the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 

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.


With Kiersten Gallagher

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. 

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.


With Kiersten Gallagher

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: 

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.