With Project Knitwell and Friends

Join us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Stone Soup Films and Project Knitwell created a beautiful 3-minute video highlighting the health benefits of knitting. Watch the video here!

Our Knitting Circle meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm. Sessions in September:

  • December 6
  • December 13
  • December 20

We invite you to attend free of charge, and beginners, If you need a starter kit they are available for a $15 contribution to Project Knitwell. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects. We also have a small selection of yarn and knitting supplies available for a small donation to Project Knitwell.

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.

With Kiersten Gallagher

Outside the Lines Art Studio Collage

Creative expression is often 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 will be held the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions will be held:

  • December 20

Suggested donation: $15 per class

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.

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.


Weekly on Tuesdays, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

In these weekly knitting sessions, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants.  Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

 

With Kelly King

We are all better, happier, more creative and productive people when we dance – so let’s get moving together! Class will include group warm-up, stretching, improvisation and choreographed sequences from a variety of dance influences. Kelly is known for her warm and inviting approach to class; she encourages all who are curious to attend with an open heart and open mind!

Weekly class on Fridays from 11:00am-12:15pm

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15

Suggested donation: $15 for one class or $25 for one month of classes

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.

About Kelly: Kelly King, Founder/Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance, makes dances for theatre, film, stage, and street… and all the places people go in-between. Playing in several artistic sandboxes at once, while teasing the line between art & entertainment, Kelly brings a collage of interests to each endeavor.

For over 10 year she has worked with teachers and students on adaptive movement bringing dance to all types of students. She has founded three danced schools, including the CityDance Center at Strathmore (2004) and Contradiction Dance (2007), led countless professional development workshops for educators nationwide, consulted for the DC Collaborative for the Arts and Humanities (2006-2008), and served St. Mary’s College of Maryland teaching all levels of improvisation, composition, jazz and modern dance (2006-2009).

Currently, Kelly teaches beginners through professional levels of dance to students ranging from pre-school to senior citizens, including adults with disabilities. She also leads Moving Dialogues workshops to engage and empower non-dancers in the artistic process through their own writing and movement.  As a trainer in arts integration, she leads workshops designed to create the next generation of master educators for the Learning Alliance (Florida) and Story Tapestries (Nationwide). Kelly has performed nationally and internationally for several companies, most notably: Contradiction Dance (Artistic Director), CityDance Ensemble (Associate Director), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Echo Park Contemporary Ballet, and JazzDanzDC. She has performed with production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Cast of Thousands.

Choreography Credits include: Kennedy Center: Objects of Hope; The Phillips Collection: In the Flesh, Shapes in Space; Round House Theatre: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Lord of the Flies; Over The Line Festival: Objects of Hope, Homemade; Source Festival: Hallmark Dreams, Other Life (Film); St. Mary’s College: Polaroid Stories, Dancing on the Earth, Objects of Hope; Adventure Theatre: The Little Engine That Could; Forum Theatre: Bobrauschenbergamerica; Constellation Theatre: The Love of the Nightingale, Scapin, The Fire and the Rain; GEICO: Annual Benefits (Film); Anacostia Arts Center: Walk a Mile; Site Specific: #DanceAboutDC series, BOUNDARIES.

Kelly serves the creative community as an educator, choreographer, consultant, advocate and audience member.www.contradictiondance.com

With Project Knitwell and Friends

Join us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Stone Soup Films and Project Knitwell created a beautiful 3-minute video highlighting the health benefits of knitting. Watch the video here!

Our Knitting Circle meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm. Sessions in September:

  • December 6
  • December 13
  • December 20

We invite you to attend free of charge, and beginners, If you need a starter kit they are available for a $15 contribution to Project Knitwell. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects. We also have a small selection of yarn and knitting supplies available for a small donation to Project Knitwell.

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.

Weekly on Tuesdays, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

In these weekly knitting sessions, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants.  Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

 

with Erika Cleveland

Felted Power Animals Erika Cleveland Smith Center Healing Arts

Discover your power animal and then create your animal in the form of a needle-felted pin. In the Shamanic tradition, the specific strengths and unique abilities of each animal come to assist us, clarify our vision and give us courage on our life path. We will meditate, journal and go on a guided visualization together as a way to discover your animal guide(s). You may want to meditate on your animal prior to this workshop and bring an image of it to work from. Or you can wait and see what comes up.

All materials are provided and no prior felting experience is necessary.

Suggested donation: $25

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.


About Erika Cleveland

Erika Cleveland, healing doll artist and workshop leader is currently finishing up a grant project called “Revisioning Flip Dolls” bringing flip dolls to the N. Street Village for homeless women. This project will culminate in an exhibit at Artists and Makers Studio, February 2018. Erika is inspired by the Shamanic path in her doll making and has used the wisdom of her power animals in her personal life as well. She creates her dolls at the Jackson Art Center in Washington, DC and exhibits them at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and a variety of other venues. To find out more, visit her website: www.transformativehealingdolls.com or her FB page: Facebook.com/transformativehealingdolls. 

With Kelly King

We are all better, happier, more creative and productive people when we dance – so let’s get moving together! Class will include group warm-up, stretching, improvisation and choreographed sequences from a variety of dance influences. Kelly is known for her warm and inviting approach to class; she encourages all who are curious to attend with an open heart and open mind!

Weekly class on Fridays from 11:00am-12:15pm

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15

Suggested donation: $15 for one class or $25 for one month of classes

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.

About Kelly: Kelly King, Founder/Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance, makes dances for theatre, film, stage, and street… and all the places people go in-between. Playing in several artistic sandboxes at once, while teasing the line between art & entertainment, Kelly brings a collage of interests to each endeavor.

For over 10 year she has worked with teachers and students on adaptive movement bringing dance to all types of students. She has founded three danced schools, including the CityDance Center at Strathmore (2004) and Contradiction Dance (2007), led countless professional development workshops for educators nationwide, consulted for the DC Collaborative for the Arts and Humanities (2006-2008), and served St. Mary’s College of Maryland teaching all levels of improvisation, composition, jazz and modern dance (2006-2009).

Currently, Kelly teaches beginners through professional levels of dance to students ranging from pre-school to senior citizens, including adults with disabilities. She also leads Moving Dialogues workshops to engage and empower non-dancers in the artistic process through their own writing and movement.  As a trainer in arts integration, she leads workshops designed to create the next generation of master educators for the Learning Alliance (Florida) and Story Tapestries (Nationwide). Kelly has performed nationally and internationally for several companies, most notably: Contradiction Dance (Artistic Director), CityDance Ensemble (Associate Director), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Echo Park Contemporary Ballet, and JazzDanzDC. She has performed with production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Cast of Thousands.

Choreography Credits include: Kennedy Center: Objects of Hope; The Phillips Collection: In the Flesh, Shapes in Space; Round House Theatre: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Lord of the Flies; Over The Line Festival: Objects of Hope, Homemade; Source Festival: Hallmark Dreams, Other Life (Film); St. Mary’s College: Polaroid Stories, Dancing on the Earth, Objects of Hope; Adventure Theatre: The Little Engine That Could; Forum Theatre: Bobrauschenbergamerica; Constellation Theatre: The Love of the Nightingale, Scapin, The Fire and the Rain; GEICO: Annual Benefits (Film); Anacostia Arts Center: Walk a Mile; Site Specific: #DanceAboutDC series, BOUNDARIES.

Kelly serves the creative community as an educator, choreographer, consultant, advocate and audience member.www.contradictiondance.com

With Project Knitwell and Friends

Join us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Stone Soup Films and Project Knitwell created a beautiful 3-minute video highlighting the health benefits of knitting. Watch the video here!

Our Knitting Circle meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm. Sessions in September:

  • December 6
  • December 13
  • December 20

We invite you to attend free of charge, and beginners, If you need a starter kit they are available for a $15 contribution to Project Knitwell. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects. We also have a small selection of yarn and knitting supplies available for a small donation to Project Knitwell.

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.

With Kiersten Gallagher

Outside the Lines Art Studio Collage

Creative expression is often 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 will be held the first & third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming sessions will be held:

  • December 6
  • December 20

Suggested donation: $15 per class

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.

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.