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May 31, 2011

CHAP Second Progress Report Spring 2011


CHAP is currently providing 37 hours of art programming each week to children hospitalized with cancer on DCH 10.This winter was a particularly difficult one for hospitalized children and their families, with serious and extended cold and flu seasons leading to long stretches of isolation. Few children were allowed out of their rooms during this time, so playroom activities were not options for most patients, making CHAP’s art activities even more vital during such long, dark days. This winter, our mission was to go room to room and offer supplies to each child, working with patients and family members individually whenever possible to provide them some much needed attention. The most popular projects included:

Clay for mobiles, superheroes, puppets, sculptures, etc.
Sketchbooks, drawing materials, pencils, markers
Paints, boards, papers, posters
Fabric paint for use on shirts, pillowcase, ties, and bags
Beads, beads and more beads for earrings, necklaces, key chains, bracelets
Spirit Houses, including new sizes using sticks, copper tubing, paint sticks, skewers
Casting Tape for helmets, vases, Easter baskets, bowls
Felt projects: puppets, holiday stockings, banners and hats

The big excitement this winter was the 10 South Art Exhibit, CHAP’s first official in-hospital art gallery featuring 31 paintings from the oncology patients and their families. The evening included an opening reception and was very well attended by past and current patients and families. The gallery was so successful that CHAP plans to hold them regularly, going forward.

As always, the kids on 10 are crazy about super heroes, especially about dreaming up their own alter egos. Their poignant and captivating images remind us of their bravery and their dream of ending cancer (for everyone) and returning to be ‘normal’ kids again.  We’ve included a couple of stories and pictures with this report of recent super heroes, including Electric Man and Rainbow Rosy.

 In summary, we’ve provided over 800 hours of arts support to 458 children with cancer and their family members so far this year.  Thank you for your continued support of our hospital programs and the healing power of art.

Teachers at DCH
Teachers at DCH

Feb 28, 2011

CHAP Progress Report February 2011

Mr Earthquake
Mr Earthquake

In 2010, CHAP provided healing arts experiences to 6,062 critically/chronically ill and disabled children and family members last year. CHAP also provided over arts programming to over 5,000 children from the community through field trips, camps, workshops and open art times.  Generous donations and funding has allowed CHAP to continue and expand art programming at in and out of the local hospitals.  The following are just a few examples of the excitement that 2010 brought.

  • CHAP hired a third teaching artist for Friday afternoons at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (DCH) oncology unit. This new position enabled CHAP to offer paint canvases to children for the first time. Their paintings were displayed in CHAP’s first in-hospital art gallery in February, 2011 and their work will be shown, and evolve monthly, in Portland’s First Thursday art walks Portland’s arts district. This Mobile Art Gallery demonstrates the courage, humor and ingenuity of our young artists and their family members by bringing their art to the public to engage, inspire and encourage our community to see the children for the art they create.
  • CHAP continues to expand the arts programming at the Schnitzer Diabetes Center and the Knight Cancer Institute with programs at our outreach facility the CHAP Art Factory, enabling CHAP to further reach out to populations of critically and chronically ill children, teens and young adults.
  • Children were given the opportunity to dream up super heroes for the CHAP Children’s Cancer Cartoon Network.  Some of their creations were Super Baby, Rockin Rosey,Mr Earthquake, Super Snow Guy, Mood Swing Lizzie, and many others have joined the ranks of Bacon Boy, Sinister Sauce and Heaven Warrior.  This particular form of self-expression inspires the children to get really creative dreaming up their alter-egos.
  •  Parent’s Night continues to be a time of creativity, healing and social support for parents of children with cancer at DCH.  As one mother said, “My life is torn into so many painful pieces, I would like to put the pieces together and make something beautiful.” Our parents group focuses on providing that opportunity to parents each week, so in turn they are able to go back and provide their families with the care and support they need.

Thank you so very much for your incredible support. Your generosity enabled us to bring comfort, laughter and creativity to children, teens and their families during dark, painful and frustrating days. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this work and humbled by your support of CHAP. 

Super Snow Guy
Super Snow Guy
Teacher + DCH Student
Teacher + DCH Student


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