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 for children facing any medical issue.

In-Hospital Programs

CHAP Hospital Programs are returning!


CHAP is currently working toward being able to provide in-person healing art experiences with children and families in some of our partner hospitals. As the year progresses, CHAP looks forward to resuming even more weekly in-hospital visits to up to 15 different locations across Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Knight Cancer Institute, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center where dedicated teaching artists and volunteers roll colorful carts full of art supplies into waiting rooms, playrooms, and to children’s bedsides do they can experience the healing power of art.

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.

Art Studio Programs

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

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

Open Studios (during PPS Spring Break and Winter Break), Inclusive Summer Art Workshops, and birthday parties for children and families are now being 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 or special needs. Art Club is held in-person the 1st Thursday of each month from 4pm-5:30pm, virtually via Zoom the 2nd Thursday of each month from 4pm-5pm, and in-person the 3rd Thursday of each month from 4pm-5:30pm. RSVPs are required for the virtual sessions so you can receive the Zoom login information. RSVP to 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 the virus, 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 for details.

If you would like to learn more about Art Clubs, Open Studios, parties, and/or Summer Art Workshops, please contact us at, 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. If you think CHAP might be a great partner for your organization, contact us at, or give us a call at 503-243-5294.



Thank you for supporting Children’s Healing Art Project

Contact information

Phone number:

8065 SE Grand Ave, Ste 160
Portland, OR 97202