Carroll Square Gallery Presents Tracy’s Kids The Face of Our Illness

By Editorial Team on December 4, 2017

Fri, 08 December 2017 - Fri, 23 February 2018

Image: Clockwise from top left, “Monsters” by Elise, Age 7, “Renaldo” by Mohammed, Age 7, Photograph by Adelaide, Age 9.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 8 from 4pm to 6pm

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. Their 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. Tracy’s Kids welcome the chance to work with siblings and parents because we know that the entire family is affected when a child has cancer.

The Tracy’s Kids program locations are Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center, Children’s National Medical Center, the PSV Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, Inova Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, VA, and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. To learn more about them, visit or email

Tracy’s Kids Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #21655.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8am to 6pm

Closed December 23 – 25 and December 31 – January 1 for the Winter Holidays.

Carroll Square Gallery is located at 975 F St. NW.