CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project) brings the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges. CHAP began in 2006 when one visionary man saw the need for children in OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to experience the power of art during their hospital stays. With a suitcase full of art supplies, CHAP’s founder began visiting the hospital to ensure that children and families could joyfully and playfully express their creativity during some of the most stressful times imaginable.
Since then, CHAP has been bringing the healing power of art to thousands of children each year in 13 different area hospital locations, including OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Knight Cancer Institute, and Shriners Hospital for Children. When CHAP rolls its colorful cart full of paints, glitter, and markers into a hospital lobby, that room instantly transforms from a place of anxiety and concern into one of wonder and creativity. In every healing art interaction, CHAP teaching artists bring an array of projects designed to spark the imagination. Whether it’s puppet-making, beading, or drawing, CHAP makes sure each child finds his or her own voice through the artistic process.
“Thank you for bringing supplies to me when I couldn’t get to you. Your smile radiated through the mask you had to wear!”
– a patient who received hand-delivered art supplies from CHAP while in hospital isolation
In addition to hospital art programs, CHAP also runs monthly Art Clubs at our Portland Art Studio, delivers free art supplies to children’s homes, offers Summer Art Workshops for kids, and participates in community programs for children and families throughout the Portland-metro area. In 2019, CHAP anticipates creating over 10,000 free healing art experiences with children and families.
To find out how you can help support CHAP, please visit chappdx.org or call 503-243-5294.