At Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP), the health and safety of the children we serve, their families, our volunteers, and our staff are always our highest priority. Given the current need for social distancing due to the coronavirus, all activity at CHAP’s art studio is temporarily cancelled, including Open Studios, both Art Clubs, and all volunteering. All in-hospital healing art services are suspended to protect the children and families as well as our volunteers and staff. We look forward to being able to resume our creative healing art programs as soon as it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile, we wish you and your family HEALTH + HEALING + CREATIVITY.

CHAP brings 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 or special need. CHAP provides Oregon’s only in-and-out of hospital interactive healing arts program.

In-Hospital Programs

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. More recently, CHAP expanded to bring healing art programs to both Shriners Hospital for Children and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as well. 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.

Art Club

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, 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, or give us a call at 503-243-5294.

Save the date for CHAPlandia: Friday, November 6th, 2020!

More art + more mess = more healing!

Since 2006, CHAP has delivered over 70,000 Healing Art Experiences to children and families.

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 compassion. We have an active volunteer corps and passionate Board of Directors who contributed thousands of volunteer hours each year.



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Portland, OR 97202

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