Bring healing art to children in medical crisis

Mar 7, 2012

An Art Club Event for Continued Healing

An Art Club Event for Continued Healing


CHAP’s popular Art Clubs provide fun and engaging art experiences to children with medical challenges outside of the hospital. Our monthly Art Clubs, held at the CHAP headquarters and in venues throughout the community, give children with medical challenges the chance to channel nervous energy into creative energy and express themselves through art.  It is a place where they can focus on something completely removed from their everyday lives of healthcare needs.  Art club is not only for the kids, parents and other family members find it to be a great place to find support and share experiences with other families dealing with similar issues and build friendships.  Several times per year, our Art Clubs venture out into Portland’s arts community—to see a play or a dance recital, learn about glass blowing, or host a gallery of CHAP’s own young artists’ original work. An enthusiastic turnout never fails!!


In February the theme was printmaking and partnerships.  Around 20 Art Clubbers and their families came to a printmaking workshop hosted by Megabolt.  Like CHAP, Megabolt believes in the healing power of art and provides sketchbooks for children in hospitals around the nation.  Their program is funded by the sales limited edition collaborative prints between kids in the hospital and professional artists.  CHAP’s Art Club helped in painting backgrounds for Megabolt’s latest poster designed by the famous poster designer Bungaloo.  The Megabolt staff laid out the posters all neat and orderly on the tables…and in no time, and in true CHAP fashion, our Art Clubbers showed them how we do it!! Paint was flying everywhere in brightly colored splatters, hand prints, and huge paintbrush swooshes!!  Each artist got to take home a few posters and as many Megabolt sketchbooks they could carry, and the rest of the posters are being sold on Megabolt’s website so they can continue to provide sketchbooks for kids in hospitals. 


It meant a lot to the kids and families of CHAP to be able to pay it forward, and know that their art will continue to help bring the healing power of art to other kids and families in crisis.  Check out the video attached to catch an exclusive glimpse of what CHAP’s Art Club looks like.



At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity—not by their disease, diagnosis or disability.



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Roxie McGovern

Portland, OR United States

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