Headshot Photo of Malcolm Asher
2019 Award Recipient


Project Artpass International

Location Portland, OR

Issue Area Health | Mental Health & Emotional Support

After learning that 5.4 million children die every year from preventable diseases, Malcolm realized he could help through art. Around the world, many children hide their symptoms until they are critically ill, and medical treatment is not as successful. For many, hospitals are deeply feared and stigmatized. This led him to start ArtPass International, a nonprofit working to increase the willingness to utilize the medical system and lift the spirits of children facing hospital stays through the power of interactive art.

Malcolm and ArtPass International have created positive patient experiences for almost 20,000 children by creating and implementing a curriculum focused on art projects. ArtPass International doesn’t teach art. It teaches kids to do art, and it is this participation that makes all the difference.

Today, I strive to create an environment where other team members feel comfortable brainstorming new ideas, playing with unconventional methods, and questioning current ways of processing. Seeking groups of people vastly different from me, I’m continuously learning how to effectively lead a team.

Malcolm Asher
Malcolm sits with a young girl at a hospital table, while the girl looks through a box of art supplies.

Artpass International

Artpass International improves patient experience, reduces fear and stigma, and brings the healing power of art to children in hospitals.

The logo features a caduceus with a paint brush at the bottom that a swirl of paint coming off it between the words Art Pass.
Malcolm sits in a hospital room with a young patient showing him a box of art supplies.