Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP, for short) brings the healing power of art to life in 3 ways: In-hospital programs, Art Club and Outreach

In-Hospital Healing Art Program

Each week, CHAP’s teaching artists lead over fifty hours of art adventures for children and their families at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Knight Cancer Institute, the OHSU Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic and Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center.

Children’s Healing Arts Project’s in-hospital programs feature a variety of art supplies and projects designed to spark each child’s imagination.

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

Art Club

CHAP’s Art Club Program provides fun and engaging art experiences outside of the hospital to children and teens with medical challenges .

Our monthly Art Clubs, held at the CHAP studio, give children with medical challenges the chance to express themselves through creativity.

We have three Art Club groups that meet once per month, our Original Art Club, The Down Syndrome Network Oregon Art Club, and a Teen Art Club. CHAP’s inclusive programs are provided free of charge to participants and are open to all children and teens affected by pediatric illness or special need. If you would like to join Art Club or learn more about it, please contact our Studio-Based Teacher, Grace, at, or give us a call at 503-243-5294.


Throughout the year CHAP joins forces with other organizations to spread joy and healing through art. We’ve partnered with organizations like Shriners Hospital for Children, Camp Erin 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.