Responder – Shanti Norris

Shanti Norris is a co-founder and Executive Director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC.  She has taught meditation, yoga philosophy and stress reduction for over 35 years and underwent a formal ten-year mentorship with a renowned yoga master. She initiated the Smith Center hospital Artist-in-Residence program and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.  She runs the Smith Center weeklong retreats for people with cancer, and oversees new initiatives, including the Faith-based Community Navigation project at Smith Farm Center and arts for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

She is a former board member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and Chaired their Annual Conference in 2004.  She is a founding board member of The Art Connection in the Capital Region and a founding member of the National Arts in Healthcare Advocates. She is a member of ArtTable, the mother of three adult children, and is a painter and sculptor.