Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) Launches #CHAPPYFEET Challenge

PORTLAND, Ore.--()--“The isolation we’re all feeling in quarantine is what children facing medical challenges experience in extended hospital stays. CHAP programs bring connection, art and healing to their days - we hope the @chappdx #chappyfeet challenge FUNdraiser does the same for everyone who participates.” - Barb McDowell, Executive Director

This week, Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) launched the @chappdx #chappyfeet challenge FUNdraiser to help people at home experience the healing power of art and raise money to keep the organization’s mission in action: to bring the healing power of art to children and their families facing health challenges.

Like many small businesses and non-profits, CHAP is experiencing the strain of pandemic. Forced to shut down 15 weekly sessions in Portland area hospitals*, the non-profit pivoted quickly to deliver services in new ways to the children and families they serve: virtual programming and at-home art+healing supply packs.

To fund their efforts, CHAP picked up where the ALS ice bucket challenge left off: the @chappdx #chappyfeet challenge FUNdraiser:

1. Make art with your feet or make your feet art: the only limit is your imagination.
2. Post a photo or video of your artwork @chappdx #chappyfeet on Instagram or the CHAP Facebook page and tag your friends to do the same within 48 hours.
3. Donate $10 to participate or $50 if you get tagged and choose to pass.

Already, posted submissions reflect the all-ages art + healing joy CHAP is known for. Expect to see local artists and celebs in the mix.


Founded in 2006, The Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) is a Portland based 501c3 that brings the healing power of art to children, teens and families facing medical challenges. At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity — not their disease, diagnosis or disability. Our innovative and inclusive healing arts programs are provided free of charge for anyone affected by pediatric illness, disability or special need and is Oregon’s only in-and-out of hospital interactive healing arts program for children facing any medical issue.

* OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, OHSU Center for Health and Healing, The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU Child Development Rehab Center, Shriners Hospital for Children and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center


Faye Pendergrass, Program Manager: 503-243-5294

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Make Art With Your Feet. The CHAPpy Feet Challenge FUNdraiser Brings Art To Kids and Families In Medical Crisis. Help The Non-Profit Bring Art to Kids

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Faye Pendergrass, Program Manager: 503-243-5294