Art for Cancer Wellness

Thank you for your interest in participating in Kits to Heart's Art for Cancer Wellness program! Kits to Heart offers free, virtual workshops for patients, caregivers, survivors, and healthcare workers. Participants are guided to explore a theme designed to explore feelings, increase self-expression, foster hope and strengths, identify coping skills, and engage in mindfulness and grounding. Materials are included and no art experience necessary! Registration for the summer 2024 cycle is NOW OPEN!

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💌 Questions? Please email art@kitstoheart.org.

Summer 2024 Groups

Four weekly workshops in June, plus special Art HivesPlease click on the group names to view respective weekly schedules.

* = Closed to public registration—please email art@kitstoheart.org for more info

Patients Group

Ideal for adults currently undergoing cancer treatments and those who are within six months of treatments.

Mindful Meditations Young Adult Patients Group with Lacy*
Saturdays, 3 PM to 4:30 PM ET

  • June 1
  • June 8
  • June 15
  • June 22

        Arts-Based Journaling for Patients — FULL!
        Fridays, 7 PM to 8:30 PM ET

        • June 7
        • June 14
        • June 21
        • June 28

                Survivors Groups

                Ideal for adults who are more than six months out of treatments.

                Process Painting Survivors Group with Em
                Mondays, 7 PM to 8:30 PM ET

                • June 10
                • June 17
                • June 24
                • July 1

                Caregivers Group

                Open to adult caregivers and family members of patients with cancer.

                Self-Scape Explorations Caregivers Group with Connie
                Tuesdays, 7 PM to 8:15 PM ET

                • June 4
                • June 11
                • June 18
                • June 25

                  Oncology Healthcare Workers Group

                  Open to clinicians and providers—including oncologists, nurses, and social workers—who work with people with cancer.

                  Altered Book Workshop for Healthcare Workers*
                  Wednesdays, 7 PM to 8:30 PM ET

                  • June 5
                  • June 12
                  • June 19
                  • June 26

                  ✨ Register today! ✨

                  If you are interested in drop-in sessions, rather than committing to the 4-week groups, please sign up here.

                      Facilitators

                      Em Jones, MA, ATR-P, LGPAT, BFA

                      Em JonesEm Jones (she/her) is a registered and licensed graduate professional art therapist providing trauma informed art therapy in Baltimore, Maryland. A native of Baltimore, Em earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Notre Dame of Maryland University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

                      Em's multifaceted experiences working as an art therapist with adults, adolescents, and children of diverse backgrounds and needs allows her to support individuals in a unique and collaborative manner. With an extensive background in art-making and creative processes, Em guides individuals through a creative healing experience that honors their journey and helps them to discover new meaning about themselves and their experiences. Em believes in art as a way of knowing; she is invested in the healing and transformative power of creative action for self-understanding, wellness, and improved engagement with life.

                      Lacy Mucklow, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT-S, LCPAT, ATCS, CCTP, CIMHP

                      Lacy Mucklow

                      Lacy Mucklow (she/her) is an art therapist who has been practicing in the Washington, DC-area since 1999, working in various sites including home-based counseling, school, IOP/PHP, and inpatient hospitalization settings. Aside from facilitating groups with Kits to Heart, she currently works with active duty service members in an intensive outpatient program and in private practice with all ages. Lacy has a BA in Psychology with a Studio Art minor from Oklahoma State University and an MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University. She is currently working on her PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.

                      Lacy finds the power of art to be healing on many levels, and also enjoys incorporating mindfulness methods in her practice in conjunction with art-making to help people relax and reduce their stress levels. She has released two meditation albums, "Lavender Dreams" and "Lavender Destinations," to assist people with personal mindfulness and relaxation as well as in a larger group setting. She has also authored the New York Times Bestselling book Color Me Calm, five other therapeutically themed coloring book titles, and Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share, Create, and Connect Side by Side to help parents communicate more effectively with their children through making art. As a cancer survivor herself, Lacy is honored to bring art for wellness with Kits to Heart.

                      Connie Zabokrtsky (she/her) is a trauma-informed art therapist with both clinical and community-based experience providing talk therapy, arts-based therapies, self-care practices, and educational curricula to individuals and groups. Connie uses expressive art mediums, both in-person and virtually, to enrich mind/body connections, self-reflection, and stress-relief. She has an avid commitment to research that informs ongoing, multidisciplinary literature review supporting the work of military and first-responder providers, COVID-19 as a socio-cultural change agent, autobiographical art making as self-reflective narrative, and arts-based interventions to support children suffering traumatic injury in war/conflict zones.

                      Luisa Mariño, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT (MD), BFA

                      Luisa Marino

                      Luisa Mariño (she/her) is a registered and licensed art therapist and artist. In her work, she focuses on establishing a trusting and authentic relationship with individuals and communities. Before going deeper into the therapeutic process, she encourages each person to explore their creativity through a variety of art techniques. She also enjoys collaborating with partners and adapting therapeutic interventions to specific needs. As a researcher, she is interested in exploring the intersections among art therapy, education, and community work.