Our mission is to bring the Healing Power of Art to children and families facing medical challenges.

At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity — not by their disease, diagnosis or disability.

Our innovative and inclusive healing arts programs are provided free of charge to children, teens, and families affected by pediatric illness, disability, special need, or mental health challenge. CHAP provides Oregon’s only in-and-out of hospital interactive healing arts program for children facing any medical issue.

In-Hospital Programs

CHAP Hospital Programs are returning!


CHAP is returning to interactive, in-person healing art experiences at area hospitals! CHAP teaching artists are currently visiting Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital every week on several floors and Providence St. Vincent Pediatric Specialty Care Unit every Wednesday. We expect to resume even more weekly hospital visits at Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Knight Cancer Institute, Shriners Hospital for Children, and more where dedicated teaching artists and volunteers will roll colorful carts full of art supplies into waiting rooms, playrooms, and to children’s bedsides so they can experience the healing power of art when they often need it most.

Whether it’s a beading project, painting, puppet-making, or simply drawing with a marker on a sketch pad, CHAP allows each child to find his or her own voice through the artistic process. And let’s kids and families get creative in any way they desire.

Art Studio Programs

The CHAP art studio is open to volunteers and for art activities!

CHAP continues to provide fun and engaging art experiences for children with medical challenges outside the hospital, giving them ongoing opportunities to create – without labels or limits.

Art Club, Open Studios (during PPS Spring Break and Winter Break), Inclusive Summer Art Workshops, and birthday parties for children and families are held at the studio, with virtual options also available. Masks are required inside the CHAP studio when children are present.

Art Club for children facing medical challenges and their siblings sessions are conducted both in-person and virtually. Art Clubs are provided free of charge to families and are open to all children and teens affected by pediatric illness, special needs, or mental health challenges. Art Club is held in-person every Thursday of each month from 4pm-5pm (please note the change in end time) except for the second Thursday when it is hosted on Zoom from 4pm-5pm to increase access for those who are not able to come to our Portland studio. RSVPs are required for the virtual sessions so you can receive the Zoom login information. RSVP to haley@chappdx.org or call 503-243-5294.

Adult volunteers who are fully vaccinated are welcome to volunteer at the CHAP studio. Masks are optional unless children are present – in which case they are required for the safety of the children we serve.

Because of the potential medical vulnerability of the children CHAP serves, please do not enter the studio if you have recently been exposed to COVID, are awaiting test results, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. For those volunteers who would prefer not to come to the studio, we can provide projects that can be completed in the safety of your own home. Contact Faye at faye@chappdx.org for details.

If you would like to learn more about Art Clubs, Open Studios, parties, and/or Inclusive Summer Art Workshops, please contact us at info@chappdx.org, or call CHAP at 503-243-5294.


Throughout the year CHAP outreach joins our community partners to spread joy and healing through art.

CHAP partners include Shriners Hospital for Children, Camp Erin, Candlelighters for Children with Cancer, and Northwest Kidney Kids, to name a few. We also partner with community partners like the Sellwood Community House, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, Reed Collage, Sunday Parkways, and more at their events. If you think CHAP might be a great partner for your organization, contact us at info@chappdx.org, or give us a call at 503-243-5294.



Thank you for supporting Children’s Healing Art Project

Contact information

Phone number:

920 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232