Community Voices: Children’s Healing Arts Project

Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) is a non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that provides free art programing to children, teens and families affected by illness, disability and special needs. Oregon’s only in-and-out of hospital interactive healing arts program, CHAP empowers affected children to be creative and inventive.

Over the past ten years, CHAP’s in-hospital programming has facilitated 50 hours of healing art experiences every week at Oregon Health & Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Knight Cancer Institute and the Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic. The organization also offers Art Club for children experiencing medical difficulties outside of the hospital. All of their programming is available to children and teens affected by pediatric illness or special needs free of charge. To learn more about Art Club, contact CHAP’s Studio-Based Teaching Artist, Grace, at grace@chappdx.org, or call the organization at 503-243-5294. Visit CHAP’s website to view their full calendar of Winter workshops.

If your organization is interested in partnering up with CHAP to spread healing through art, contact Program Manager, Faye, at faye@chappdx.org, or call 503-243-5294. CHAP also accepts donations and art supplies.

This week we are sitting down with with CHAP to learn  more about their efforts to provide art experiences to children facing medical challenges as a part of our award-winning Community Voices series. These interview segments will be posted below throughout the week.

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