This program helps critically ill, disabled, and hospitalized children and family members cope and heal through hands-on art-making that enhance the quality of their hospital experience and whole family well-being throughout treatment and recovery. Creativity continues at the CHAP studio. Children who cannot come to the studio are sent free quarterly boxes of inspiring art supplies to enjoy the healing power of art at home.
Children with critical and/or chronic illnesses and those with life-altering disabilities often experience pain, fear, depression, anxiety and isolation. They suffer from feelings of lack of control over their lives and the physical changes that often accompany illness, injury or disability can be devastating. The severe illness or disability of a child also takes an enormous toll on the entire family. This program provides an average of 10,000 healing art experiences annually.
CHAP's Mobile Art programs features an unlimited, ever-changing array of art supplies and projects, and teaching artists trained to spark imaginations to life. All activities are based on the wishes, needs, and choices of children and their families.
This program helps patients and family members cope; encourages compliance with treatment plans; increases self-confidence; encourages self-expression during difficult times; reduces stress, pain, isolation, and anxiety; and contributes to overall well-being.