Smith Center for Healing and the Arts works with the human experience of cancer that conventional medicine often doesn't address. Caregiver and patient support groups, workshops on stress reduction, and classes in poetry, art, and journal writing offer the opportunity for self-expression; restful Cancer Retreats let patients and caregivers explore a range of resources for healing and relaxation. On site and by phone, trained Patient Navigators work with cancer patients one-on-one, empowering them to take a more active role in their care and well-being through education, resources, and emotional support. Deeply committed to serving all DC residents, Smith Center also offers programs for low-income, at-risk, minority, and young adult cancer survivor populations, all at no or low cost. In all, it provides cancer support services to 1,500 people each year. Another 3,000 community members visit the centerís Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, which is dedicated to exhibiting fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity. A two-time Susan G. Komen Foundation award winner, Smith Center deserves your generous support.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; U Street Corridor

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of people served by our Cancer Support Programs anually:   1,500
  • Number of people who have attended our gallery annually:   3,200
  • Performances/exhibits/art classes, etc. offered annually:   5

Awards & Recognition

-Komen for the Cure awards for work with survivorship 1998, 1999
-Washington Cancer Institute Innovations Awards for Survivorship
-2010 Rosemary Williams Community Award from Howard University Cancer Center (HUCC)
-Two-time recipient of the Susan G. Komen Virginia Kelly Award for Excellence in Survivorship
-Recipient of a three-year Susan G. Komen Academic Partnership Grant for a 2009-2011 partnership with Howard University's Center for Urban Progress (CUP)
-Smith Center presented at the Association of Oncology Social Workers' National Conference (AOSW) in 2011
-The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Conference and the Oncology Nursing Society Congress in 2012
-The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) in 2012 and 2013
-In 2011, Executive Director Shanti Norris received a Distinguished Fellow Award from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health.


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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