Art for Cancer Wellness

Kits to Heart Art for Cancer Wellness ArtworkThank 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!

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💌 Questions? Please email art@kitstoheart.org.

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Spring 2023 Groups

Six biweekly workshops, beginning the week of January 30, plus special Art Hives. Please click on the group names to view respective weekly schedules.

Patients Groups

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

Patients Group 1 with Em — FULL
Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 PM ET

  • February 1, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 1, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • March 29, 2023
  • April 12, 2023

Patients Group 2 with Luisa — FULL
Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:45 PM ET

  • February 2, 2023
  • February 16, 2023
  • March 2, 2023
  • March 16, 2023
  • March 30, 2023
  • April 13, 2023

Patients Group 3 with Lacy — Mandalas
Saturdays, 3 to 4:30 PM ET

  • February 4, 2023
  • February 18, 2023
  • March 4, 2023
  • March 18, 2023
  • April 1, 2023
  • April 15, 2023

Patients Group 4 with Lacy — SoulCollage® ALMOST FULL
Saturdays, 3 to 4:30 PM ET

  • February 11, 2023
  • February 25, 2023
  • March 11, 2023
  • March 25, 2023
  • April 8, 2023
  • April 22, 2023

    Survivors Group

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

    Survivors Group
    Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 PM ET

    • February 2, 2023
    • February 16, 2023
    • March 2, 2023
    • March 16, 2023
    • March 30, 2023
    • April 13, 2023

    Young Adults Group

    Open to patients ages 19 to 29.

    Young Adults Group with Em — CANCELED

    Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 PM ET

    • February 8, 2023
    • February 22, 2023
    • March 8, 2023
    • March 22, 2023
    • April 5, 2023
    • April 19, 2023

    Caregivers Group

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

    Caregivers Group with Connie
    Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:45 PM ET

    • February 2, 2023
    • February 16, 2023
    • March 2, 2023
    • March 16, 2023
    • March 30, 2023
    • April 13, 2023

    Oncology Healthcare Workers Group

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

    Oncology Healthcare Workers Group with Connie — CANCELED
    Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:45 PM ET

    • February 9, 2023
    • February 23, 2023
    • March 9, 2023
    • March 23, 2023
    • April 6, 2023
    • April 20, 2023

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    Art Hives

    Free and open to anyone in the Kits to Heart community, guided by an art therapist with the focus of the session on community art making in a shared virtual space. Participants can pop in for however long they can and spend time making anything they wish with any materials they have on hand. Art Hives follow an "art for wellness" community model and are more about connection and collective creative action, rather than following a structure or specific prompt. Calendar invitations with the virtual meeting links will be shared with all participants who register for any of the groups above. If you will not be participating in any groups but would like to join only the Art Hive(s), please use the form below to register separately.

    Facilitators

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

    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.

    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.

    Em Jones, MA, BFA, LGPAT

    Em JonesEm Jones (she/her) is a visual artist and licensed graduate professional art therapist providing trauma informed art therapy and counseling in Baltimore, Maryland. 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 people 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 insight, wellness, and improved engagement with life.

    Connie Zabokrtsky, MA, ATR-P

    Connie Zabokrtsky

    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.