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 is closed for fall 2023 workshop groups, but please sign up for individual Art Hive sessions below!
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Fall 2023 Groups
Six biweekly workshops, beginning the week of October 2, plus special Art Hives. Please click on the group names to view respective weekly schedules.
Ideal for adults currently undergoing cancer treatments and those who are within six months of treatments.
Altered Book Workshop with Em
Wednesdays, 6 PM to 7:30 PM ET
- October 4, 2023
- October 18, 2023
- November 1, 2023
- November 15, 2023
- November 29, 2023
- December 13, 2023
Watercolor Collage 1 Workshop with Connie
Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:45 PM ET
- October 5, 2023
- October 19, 2023
- November 2, 2023
- November 16, 2023
- November 30, 2023
- December 14, 2023
Process Painting Workshop with Em
Tuesdays, 6 PM to 7:30 PM ET
- October 10, 2023
- October 24, 2023
- November 7, 2023
- November 21, 2023
- December 5, 2023
- December 19, 2023
Ideal for adults who are more than six months out of treatments.
Creative Self-Exploration Workshop with Em
Wednesdays, 6 PM to 7:30 PM ET
- October 11, 2023
- October 25, 2023
- November 8, 2023
- November 22, 2023
- December 6, 2023
- December 20, 2023
Em 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.
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.
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 (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.