Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)
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 or special need. CHAP provides Oregon’s only in-and-out of hospital interactive healing arts program.
CHAP Hospital Programs are currently located at Oregon Health & Science University. For over ten years, our teaching artists have led over 50 hours of healing art experiences per week at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Knight Cancer Institute and the Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic. CHAP’s mobile art services feature unique art supplies and projects that spark the imagination.
Whether it’s a beading project, painting, puppet-making, collage, or simply drawing with a black marker on a sketch pad, CHAP allows children to find their own voices through the artistic process.
CHAP Art Clubs provide engaging art experiences for children with medical challenges outside the hospital, giving children ongoing opportunities to create – without labels or limits. CHAP offers two popular monthly Art Clubs, one in partnership with Down Syndrome Network Oregon.
CHAP’s inclusive programs are provided free of charge to families and are open to all children and teens affected by pediatric illness or special need. If you would like to learn more about Art Club, please contact our Studio-Based Teaching Artist, Grace, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call CHAP at 503-243-5294.
Throughout the year CHAP outreach joins forces with others to spread joy and healing through art. CHAP partners include Shriners Hospital for Children, Camp Erin, Harper’s Playground, Athletes4Cancer and Cascade AIDS Project, to name a few. If you think CHAP might be a great partner for your organization, contact our Program Manager, Faye at email@example.com, or give us a call at 503-243-5294.
More art + more mess = more healing!
In 2015, CHAP delivered over 11,000 Healing Art Experiences to children and families.
We plan to surpass that number in 2016!
Our healing art experiences strengthen the people we work with, ensuring they have the opportunity to express themselves, empowering them to improve the quality of their lives.
CHAP delivers all of this with the deepest caring, expertise and efficiency. We have an active volunteer corps and passionate Board of Directors who contributed over 7000 volunteer hours in 2015.