Gallery Openings and Events

Hemphill Fine Arts Presents Artwork by Tracy's Kids

HAPPY, ”H” by kids in the program at PSV of Northern Virginia, “A” by a kid at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio,TX, both “P’s” by kids at Children’s National Medical Center, and the “Y” by a kid from the Lombardi Center program, digital collage, 2014.

HAPPY, ”H” by kids in the program at PSV of Northern Virginia, “A” by a kid at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio,TX, both “P’s” by kids at Children’s National Medical Center, and the “Y” by a kid from the Lombardi Center program, digital collage, 2014.

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Opening Reception: Friday, December 12 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

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Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. Their mission is to ensure that the children and families we serve are emotionally equipped to fight cancer as actively as possible—and prepared for the time when they are cancer free.

Tracy’s Kids uses art therapy to engage with young patients, their siblings and parents so that they can express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences. The program—which began at the Lombardi Cancer Center in 1991 and is based on the model developed there—employs Master’s trained, Board Certified art therapists to address the multi-faceted needs of children with cancer through art and play therapy. The Art Therapists work directly with physicians, nurses and other medical personnel and are integrated as members of each child’s treatment team.

Today, well over 70% of children diagnosed with cancer will beat the disease and live the overwhelming majority of their lives cancer free. Tracy’s Kids is dedicated to helping to ensure that the children they serve are ready to live full, happy and healthy lives.

The program—which is offered at no charge to the patient and his or her siblings—works in hospitals, freestanding clinics and other appropriate settings. Our goal is to provide a child-centered, open studio approach for inpatients and outpatients and to interact with the children while they are receiving infusions and other treatments. They welcome the chance to work with siblings and parents because we know that the entire family is affected when a child has cancer.

Their program locations are: Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center, Children’s National Medical Center, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia, Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, TX and Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Life with Cancer Center. To learn more about them, visit www.tracyskids.org or email [email protected]

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

The exhibition will be on display at Carroll Square Gallery located at 975 F Street, NW.

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