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Mar 11, 2019

You Helped Make 9K Healing Art Experiences Happen

Art is for All Ages
Art is for All Ages

You helped CHAP provide 9,892 healing art experiences to children and families last year! Healing art experiences are creative interactions that happen in hospitals, at outreach events, with community partners, and in CHAP's colorful Art Studio in Portland, Oregon. We were also able to ship hundreds of free CHAP In a Box art kits to families who enjoyed art-making while in the hospital, but live too far from our studio to continue through Art Club. Thank you for helping us provide so many healing art experiences.

In January, CHAP went global! Over 350 donations streamed in from 46 countries around the world from fans of the international superstar group known as BTS. The fan collective, called One In An ARMY, has a mission of using their collective power "for global good" and seeks out nonprofits worldwide to support for a month. Of all charities, they chose CHAP to celebrate the January birthday of BTS band-member Taehyung. Fans from across the globe donated over $7,000 -- enough for CHAP to extend our service at one hospital location for 6 more months! CHAP is grateful to every donor who participated.

Each week, CHAP's mobile teams of teaching artists continue to bring their colorful carts full of art supplies, joy, and healing to 11 hospital locations. In late January, CHAP launched new service with our partners at Providence St. Vincents Medical Center in their Pediatric Care Unit. It's been wildly popular, with a packed room of children and families enjoying art together each week. 

Thank you again for your continued support of CHAP. You make the healing art experiences possible!

Art Carts Full of Creative Potential
Art Carts Full of Creative Potential
Messes are Encouraged
Messes are Encouraged
Art Club at the Studio
Art Club at the Studio

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Dec 10, 2018

Bring the Healing Power of Art to Children

Mimms the artist, in her 'jeweled' halo traction
Mimms the artist, in her 'jeweled' halo traction

When Mimms was born, her parents knew that life would never be the same. Mimms was quickly diagnosed with heart and skeletal abnormalities caused by Marfan Syndrome. She was on heart medication by the time she was just 1. She needed rods implanted in her back for her severe scoliosis. The list goes on.

Despite these medical difficulties, Mimms’ mother soon realized her daughter needed an outlet for all of her energy. They found Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) and immediately visited the art studio. That very first day, when asked what she would like to paint, Mimms said, “I want to paint something as beautiful as my heart.” And she did.

Mimms was recently re-admitted to Shriner’s Children's Hospital in Portland, OR for treatments. Her eyes lit up when CHAP arrived at the hospital with paint, clay, and everything her creative heart could desire!

Her mom says that when Mimms meets someone new, she now says: “I’m Mimms and I’m an artist.

Since 2006, CHAP has been bringing the healing power of art to children and their families facing medical challenges. We encourage children to be children for even a few minutes through creative art projects. When CHAP is there, the focus is clay, paint, and glitter...instead of tubes, medicines, and tests.

Throughout the year, CHAP provides thousands of healing art experiences as we visit facilities like OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Knight Cancer Institute, and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Art supplies, creative ideas, and smiles are always free for children and their families. Your support is what makes healing art possible for Mimms, her family, and all of the grateful children!

Sep 11, 2018

Bring the Healing Power of Art to Children

One  Saturday in July, 2018, CHAP offered art at the Smile Oregon event at Gabriel Park in SW Portland. This was Smile Oregon's 8th Annual Walk and Family Picnic and it was the 3rd year in a row that they have asked CHAP to be a part of the festivities. This relationship was made years ago when Dr. Judah Garfinkle started noticing CHAP working with his patients in the waiting area outside of pediatric surgery at Doernbecher. Dr. Garfinkle is one of the founders of Smile Oregon, a non-profit that serves families affected by cleft or craniofacial conditions.  This has been a perfect extension of CHAP. The patients have many stages of repair and are in the hospital with great frequency over a relatively short period of time. The Walk and Family Picnic gives CHAP the opportunity to re-connect with people we met years ago. As always, we love seeing familiar faces and the chance to spread more joy.

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