Bring healing art to children in medical crisis

by Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP)
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Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Bring healing art to children in medical crisis
Oct 11, 2021

She Found the Healing Power of Art in the Pandemic

Making Art
Making Art
Ten-year-old Leonora first connected with Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that, she - like so many others - was struggling to find something that was meaningful to her during such a difficult time. The isolation plus medical issues she was facing made it tough to remain positive. As soon as she learned that CHAP had quickly shifted its art programs to virtual and online platforms in response to the pandemic shut-downs, Leonora jumped at the chance to create. She logged on to nearly every CHAP Art Club on Zoom where she could make art in the safety of her own home yet connect with other children and CHAP artists at the same time. When week-long Summer Art Workshops opened up for registration, she was one of the first to sign up. Online formats have been ideal for Leonora and her mother, Barbara, and Leonora became quite a prolific artist. Her favorite subjects to draw and paint are bunnies -- especially her signature bunny-cat-icorn. Talented across multiple mediums, Leonora says she loves CHAP because of how relaxed she feels when she is making art. 
Leonora is not the only one who benefited from CHAP's immediate switch to online healing art programming and delivery of free art supplies during this crisis. Hundreds of children and families have logged on to enjoy the power of creativity since this horrible pandemic began. Thousands of children have also received free packs of art supplies provided through CHAP's hospital partners (like OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Shriner's Hospital for Children) and community outreach efforts. During these tough times of loss, isolation, and uncertainty, it's more important than ever for children and families facing medical challenges to have a creative outlet. Honestly, we can all use the incredible healing power of art right now.
With her Bunny-cat-icorn
With her Bunny-cat-icorn
She loves to paint
She loves to paint
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