Shanti Norris to Retire After 20 Years at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

By Editorial Team on March 14, 2017

It has been over 20 years since Shanti Norris came to Washington to work with Barbara Smith Coleman and Michael Lerner to found their organization, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Shanti Norris will be stepping down as Executive Director of the center this spring. “It has been a privilege and a gift to work with so many of you to provide hope and healing to thousands of people living with cancer and serious illness in our community through our integrative cancer retreats, programs, patient navigation, and gallery exhibitions and always with your help to develop supportive programs for our mission,” said Shanti Norris

Norris said, “Most important for now is to transition Smith Center and prepare for the next chapter. I have given ample notice to my board and staff and they are implementing a thoughtful search for a dynamic new leader. Our Deputy Director, Michelle Clermont has been with us for over ten years and is extremely competent to help with this transition. When the time comes, I hope you will join me in supporting the new Executive Director in every way possible to grow Smith Center into all that it can be to sustain its commitment for hope and healing in these challenging times. In the meantime, I will be fully engaged in my work here and in helping our remarkable staff prepare for this transition.

My very special thank you to Michael Lerner for the privilege of your good company over these many years and the blessings of your wisdom and loving heart. My memories of Barbara Smith Coleman and Web, Lenore Lefer, Dick Grossman and the amazing family who created our retreats all these years will go with me everywhere.  As will the memories of all the extraordinary people who joined us in so many ways.”

Shanti Norris’s last day will be at the end of March and then she will be on sabbatical.

(via Shanti Norris from Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Photo courtesy of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.)