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 on hold, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of in-person visits, CHAP currently sends free Healing Art Care Packages full of inspiring art supplies to area hospitals for children and families to enjoy.

Once it is safe to do so, CHAP looks forward to resuming weekly in-hospital visits 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

Although the CHAP Art Studio is currently closed because of the pandemic, CHAP continues to provide engaging art experiences for children with medical challenges outside the hospital, giving children ongoing opportunities to create – without labels or limits.

CHAP now offers two weekly Art Clubs via Zoom, plus a third in partnership with Down Syndrome Network Oregon. Art Clubs are provided free of charge to families and are open to all children and teens affected by pediatric illness or special needs.CHAP’s unique Summer Art Workshops provide multi-day or one-day opportunities for all children to explore art-making together. Art Workshops and Dailies are hosted virtually, are free for children facing medical challenges, and are open to the public for a reasonable fee.

If you would like to learn more about Art Clubs 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, Harper’s Playground, 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

CHAP’s Studio and administrative offices are currently open to staff and fully vaccinated and masked volunteers. We welcome up to 4 volunteers at one time. We look forward to inviting the children and families CHAP serves back to the studio as soon as we are able.

Contact information

Phone number:

8065 SE Grand Ave, Ste 160
Portland, OR 97202