Art for Cancer Wellness

Thank you for your interest in participating in Kits to Heart's Art for Cancer Wellness program! This summer, Kits to Heart is offering free, virtual biweekly 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 now closed. To express interest in groups starting this fall, please email art@kitstoheart.org.

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💌 Questions? Please email art@kitstoheart.org.

Summer 2022 Groups

Six biweekly sessions, beginning the weeks of June 20 and 27

Patients Groups

Group 1 (FULL): Thursdays, 4:30 PM to 6 PM EST | View schedule

Group 2 (FULL): Wednesdays, 5:30 PM to 7 PM EST | View schedule

Group 3 (FULL): Wednesdays, 5:30PM to 7 PM EST | View schedule

Group 4: Fridays, 10 AM to 11 AM EST | View schedule

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

Survivors Group (FULL)

Thursdays, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST | View schedule
Ideal for those who are more than six months out of treatments.

Young Adults Group

Wednesdays, 5:30 PM to 7 PM EST | View schedule
Open to patients ages 19 to 29.

Caregivers Group (FULL)

Thursdays, 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM EST | View Schedule
Open to caregivers and family members of patients with cancer.

Healthcare Workers Group

Thursdays, 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM EST | View Schedule
Open to providers and social work teams who work with people with cancer.

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 and in private practice with all ages. She 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 looking forward to starting her PhD in Mind-Body Medicine in the Fall of 2022 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 NYT best-selling book Color Me Calm, along with 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.

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).

Connie Zabokrtsky, MA, ATR-P

Connie Zabokrtsky

Connie Zabokrtsky (she/her) is a trauma-informed art therapist with clinical and community-based experience. She has more than 3,000 clinical and artist-in-residency hours of delivering arts-based therapies, self-care practices, and educational curricula. Connie uses expressive art mediums and has an avid commitment to research that informs ongoing, multidisciplinary literature review supporting the work of Creative Forces art therapists, 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.

Em Jones, BFA

Em JonesEm Jones (she/her) is a visual artist and graduate art therapy student that has been active in Baltimore’s creative community since childhood. In August, Em will be graduating with her Masters of Art in Art Therapy from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Em received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017 where she studied painting, illustration, film and video, and other mediums. Using her extensive background with art-making and creative processes, Em incorporates a blend of evidence-based art therapy and counseling techniques into her practice to create a custom healing experience that honors the individuals she is serving. Em has worked with several organizations and populations throughout her career, including children and adolescents at The Children’s Guild in Annapolis, Maryland and adult active duty service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Em is passionate about people, art making, and artistic collaboration. She is invested in the healing power of creative action for insight, wellness, and improved engagement with life.