Art for Cancer Wellness

Thank you for your interest in participating in Kits to Heart's Art for Cancer Wellness program! Kits to Heart is offering 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.

Fall 2022 Groups

Four workshops, beginning the weeks of October 3 and 10, plus special Art Hives.

Patients Groups

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

FULL: Patients Group 1 with Lacy
Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 PM ET

  • October 11, 2022
  • October 25, 2022
  • November 15, 2022
  • November 29, 2022

Patients Group 2 with Em
Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 PM ET

  • October 5, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • November 2, 2022
  • November 16, 2022

Patients Group 3 with Connie
Fridays, 6 to 7:15 PM ET

  • October 7, 2022
  • October 21, 2022
  • November 4, 2022
  • November 18, 2022

Patients Group 4 with Luisa
Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET

  • October 6, 2022
  • October 20, 2022
  • November 3, 2022
  • November 17, 2022

    Survivors Group

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

    Survivors Group with Bethany
    Thursdays, 7 to 8 PM ET

    • October 6, 2022
    • October 20, 2022
    • November 3, 2022
    • November 17, 2022

    Young Adults Group

    Open to patients ages 19 to 29.

    Young Adults Group with Em
    Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 PM ET

    • October 12, 2022
    • October 26, 2022
    • November 9, 2022
    • November 23, 2022

    Caregivers Group

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

    Caregivers Group with Connie
    Mondays, 6 to 7:15 PM ET

    • October 3, 2022
    • October 17, 2022
    • October 31, 2022 (Halloween)
    • November 14, 2022

    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
    Tuesdays, 7 to 8:15 PM ET

    • October 4, 2022
    • October 18, 2022
    • November 1, 2022
    • November 15, 2022

    Art Hives

    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.

    • Em: Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 5:30 to 7 PM ET
    • Luisa: Monday, December 2, 2022, 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET
    • Connie: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 5:30 to 7 PM ET
    • Lacy: Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 5 to 6:30 PM ET

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    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.

    Bethany Masimula, MAT

    Bethany Masimula

    Bethany Masimula (she/her) is an artist and graduate art therapy student who offers therapeutic art experiences for adults in a variety of settings. Bethany’s art has been exhibited in Bethesda, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia. She believes that everyone has an inborn desire to be creative and seeks to help others find joy in imaginative expression. In August, Bethany will complete a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from the George Washington University, where she learned to specialize in person-centered, transpersonal art therapy. Bethany is passionate about sharing the benefits of art to build community with others, cope with stress, and thrive in this lifetime. She believes that creative expression is a resource for well-being and can even be a form of spiritual practice. To learn more about Bethany, check out her Twitter (@BethanyMnqobi) and Instagram (@artsybe3).

    👉 Register today!