CHAP Stands In Support

Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) stands in support of the Black Community and believes that Black Lives Matter. We oppose racism, discrimination, police brutality, and violence of all kinds. The senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others are heartbreaking examples of systemic racism that must end.
In recent weeks, we have been listening and learning with open hearts and minds. This has been a time of clarity and reflection. We believe everyone in our community is impacted – including the children and families CHAP serves. We know there is more to learn and more to do as we continue our mission – to bring the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges.
CHAP is committed. Period. We will take action and share our progress.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 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 for children facing any medical issue.

In-Hospital Programs

CHAP Hospital Programs currently take place in 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. Each week, dedicated teaching artists and volunteers roll colorful carts full of art supplies into waiting rooms, playrooms, and even to the bedsides of the children who cannot leave their room.

Whether it’s a beading project, painting, puppet-making, collage, or simply drawing with a black marker on a sketch pad, CHAP allows each child to find his or her own voice through the artistic process.

Art Studio Programs

CHAP Studio Programs 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. Art Clubs are provided free of charge to families and are open to all children and teens affected by pediatric illness or special need.

CHAP’s unique Summer Art Workshops provide multi-day or one-day opportunities for all children to explore art-making together. Art Workshops 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 Club and/or Summer Art Workshops, please contact Scarlett 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: Thursday, October 29th, 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.



Thank you for supporting Children’s Healing Art Project

CHAP’s Studio and administrative offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but staff continue to check mail, email, and phone messages regularly. We look forward to reopening as soon as we are able.

Contact information

8065 SE Grand Ave, Ste 160
Portland, OR 97202

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