Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) launches #CHAPPYFEET Challenge
“The isolation we’re all feeling in quarantine is what children facing medical challenges experience in extended hospital stays. CHAP programs bring connection to others and color to their days, we hope the @chappdx #chappyfeet challenge does the same for everyone.” - Barb McDowell, Executive Director This week, Portland’s Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) launched the @chappdx #chappyfeet challenge to help people at home experience the healing power of art and help move the organization’s mission forward: to bring the healing power of art to children and their families facing health challenges. Like many small businesses and non-profits, CHAP is experiencing the strain of pandemic. When it shut down their 15 weekly sessions in Portland area hospitals*, CHAP quickly pivoted to deliver services in new ways to the children and families they serve: virtual programming and sending art supply packs. * OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, OHSU Center for Health and Healing, The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU Child Development Rehab Center, Shriners Hospital for Children and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center To fund their efforts, CHAP picked up where the ALS ice bucket challenge left off, in a way ONLY CHAP could: the @chappdx #chappyfeet challenge. 1. Make art with your feet or make your feet art: the only limit is your imagination. 2. Post a photo or video of your artwork @chappdx #chappyfeet on Instagram or the CHAP Facebook page and tag your friends to do the same within 48 hours. 3. Donate $10 to participate or $50 if you get tagged and choose to pass. But who would want to pass? Already, posted submissions reflect the all-ages art + healing joy CHAP aims to spread. Expect to see local artists and celebs in the mix.