Wednesday, May 2, 2018
is the day for donors to be involved with the Healing Arts Project Inc. – HAPI – for The Big Payback. During the 24 hours of online giving, HAPI supporters can contribute to HAPI services for the artists in mental health and addiction recovery.
By giving just $10 to HAPI you can make a big difference in the lives of the individuals in mental health and addiction recovery HAPI serves. $10 can cover many needs from art materials for a participant, to artwork framing for exhibitions, to educational publications featuring participants’ artworks. Additionally your contributions to HAPI through The Big Payback on May 2nd could be expanded by bonuses and prizes made possible by sponsors throughout the day.
Please put The Big Payback on your calendar and give to HAPI on May 2nd at www.TheBigPayback.org/hapi.
Art for Awareness
HAPI and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services sponsored the 13th annual Art for Awareness celebration on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at War Memorial Auditorium. This celebration of art in recovery brings together talented artists from across the state. Sharing their art and talking about what it means to the artist gives extra meaning to the time together. Each person bringing art received a bag with several types of art supplies for use at home for individual projects.
About 100 people came from Peer Support Centers across Tennessee. Following the celebration, the artwork was left to display. In past years the pictures have been hung in the hallway of Legislative Plaza for a special Art for Awareness exhibit. In 2018 the General Assembly has moved their offices to the Cordell Hull Building, so artworks are on display in the offices of the artists’ Representatives and Senators.
Visitors to the offices can read the artist’s statements:
“Art provides me an opportunity to express myself through colors and light.”
“Art relaxes me and brings me peace.”
“Art is a way to express my feelings when frustrated.”
Community outreach at Mitzvah Fair
HAPI joined other nonprofits in participating in the recent Congregation Micah Mitzvah Fair. HAPI representatives set up the HAPI booth and introduced the unique services that HAPI provides to other nonprofit organizations participating in the Fair. Outreach to promote the inclusion of art in recovery is an important part of the HAPI program.
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has an exhibit “Breaking Ground at the VKC II” of reproductions of artworks in this year’s Breaking Ground magazine. HAPI artists include “Post Office” by Nancy Olson, “Untitled” by Mitchell Wiseman and “Grimes” by Augie Collier.
F&M Bank in Lebanon has a new display of HAPI artwork in their lobby. The artists’ statements are placed with each artwork. This collection includes “Fruit in Black and White” by Edith Hunter-Potts, “Sunflower” by Ruby Collins, and “Raft of Four” by John L. Butts, Jr.
Edith Hunter-Potts: Art brings out creativity you don’t realize you have.
Ruby Collins: I love art. I love to do art.
Augie Collier: I like to capture the real person in my art.
Honors for Creative Expressions XXII
In collaboration with the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, HAPI artists who shared their artwork in the Creative Expressions XXII exhibit were invited to the 2018 Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday April 12 and were recognized as a group. Six HAPI representatives attended and represented a total of 25 artists who contributed artwork to the exhibit in December. One of the artists attending was David Duncan who shared his picture “Dark to Light.”
PHOENIX ART GALA
Abundant beautiful art, bluegrass music, good food, and great fellowship were featured at the Phoenix Art Gala and Silent Auction on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Art lovers gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt from 6 to 8 pm for this annual event. Many HAPI artists attended and talked with guests about their enjoyment in creating the artwork on display.
Seventeen sponsors of the Gala included:
UnitedHealthcare, Mental Health Cooperative, The Ayers Foundation, Centerstone, Baxter Family, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Pinnacle Financial Partners, NAMI Tennessee, Tennessee Disability Coalition, Park Center, F&M Bank, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Tennessee Voices for Children, Perfect Pebble Co., and TAADAS.
Seventy original artworks were available by silent auction. Proceeds of the sales were divided with 60% paid to the artist and 40% retained by HAPI for program services. Guests were drawn to a wide variety of artistic mediums including weaving, wire sculpture, ceramics and visual art. John L. Butts, Jr. sculpted an Egyptian Lady. Debra Hanson made a hand-loomed weaving. Clinton Toy created a hand-turned cedar pencil holder. Pictures on display reflected the artists’ love of nature, their favorite places and seasons.
2018 Phoenix Awards were awarded during the program:
Louetta Hix Memorial Artist of Distinction — Laura Hudson
The award is named in memory of our HAPI founder Louetta Hix who had the inspiration to reduce stigma and raise awareness by featuring original artwork by people in recovery.
Laura Hudson has delighted HAPI followers with lush, colorful artwork since the Healing Arts Project, Inc. began. She has been most generous with her talents and receives great pleasure in knowing that other people enjoy her work. Laura is a prolific artist who uses bright, colorful markers and detailed techniques to make her drawings come to life. Some of her favorite subjects are scenes from lush tropical setting with birds, butterflies, flower blooms and plant life.
Business Friend — Center for Nonprofit Management
The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) serves the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community through innovative workshops, consulting services and networking opportunities. HAPI representatives have attended CNM workshops to learn ways to deliver quality services. The annual Bridge to Excellence conference brings key local partners together to learn from each other and to hear outstanding speakers who provide timely information on solving current challenges. CNM helps nonprofits find fresh ways to move forward in promoting their nonprofit and the services it provides.
Community Friend — Nashville Public library
Staff of the Nashville Public Library Downtown and Branches have supported HAPI. The Nashville Public library system has high numbers of users by Nashville residents both coming for library resources and coming for early voting activities in the library buildings. The art exhibits in the Branches are seen by high numbers of library users.
Downtown Library staff have distributed the annual HAPI bookmarks to all the 15 branches of the Library in Metro Nashville to outreach about HAPI as well as publicize the statewide crisis support telephone number printed on the bookmarks. The Nashville Public Library Branches in Edgehill, Green Hills, Hermitage and Bordeaux have all been welcoming to HAPI for art exhibits in their community galleries. Promotional posters featuring artworks in the exhibit have been distributed to attract library patrons to the exhibit.
Volunteer Friend — Jill Woodworth-Collier
Jill Woodworth-Collier volunteers to teach art classes during summer break from the funded art classes. Her students at the McMinnville and Murfreesboro TMHCA peer centers greatly enjoy this ongoing artistic opportunity. They are able to practice their artistic skills and keep alive their view of seeing the artistic possibilities in their surroundings. She has periodically taught free art classes during breaks. In 2017 she taught at least 14 classes, in 2016 about 10 classes and occasionally in prior years. Jill uses a wide range of materials and promotes use of “found” and donated materials for regular and volunteer taught art classes.
Master of Ceremonies for the program was Lee Fowler, of Lightning 100 Radio.
The Bluegrass Trio provided live entertainment .
Metro Courthouse 4th Floor Gallery
Visit the Metro courthouse 4th Floor Gallery to see a new collection of HAPI Art. The Gallery is outside the courtrooms of Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman and Chancellor Bill Young. Pictures included in the exhibit include “Expression” by Augie Collier, “Spring Bouquet” by Michael Beadle, “Peaceful Joy” by Jennifer Grayson, and “Living Again” by Linette Pace.
Giving Tuesday November 28, 2017
Thank you to all the supporters who made a donation to HAPI on Giving Tuesday. Your donations help HAPI
- Pay fees to community fairs and conferences where we can share the story of talented persons in mental health and addiction recovery
- Purchase materials for artists
“Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2017” goes online
The new edition of the annual writings book “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2017” is online. Access it directly from the website with this link. Download here: faithhoperecovery.2017
The theme of this collection of writings is “Triumphs of Life.” Forty writers across Tennessee have shared their experiences and thoughts on mental health and substance abuse recovery. They write about overcoming problems in life to reach the satisfaction they now enjoy. What they write reminds us that life does have difficult periods that require a struggle to get through. We can find hope in their messages.
Valant Award to Lynece Benton-Stewart
HAPI Chair Lynece Benton-Stewart has been named the national 2017 Valant Behavioral Health Professional of the Year. Valant Behavioral Health provides technology for mental health practice clinical and business management.
Note Cards by HAPI artist Laura Hudson
The Art and Invention Gallery at 1106 Woodland Street in East Nashville will be selling the HAPI note cards. Laura Hudson created two colorful maps of Metro Nashville which include places of interest and celebrate the community spirit. Note cards are available for $10 for a set of five cards. The note cards send your message of support for HAPI services for mental health and addiction recovery.
Service of Hope Sunday, October 15, 2017
The ecumenical Service of Hope on Sunday, October 15, 2017 featured speakers sharing their personal recovery story of addiction and homelessness and deciding that they wanted to live a better life. They told about finding strength and purpose in their recovery programs. Sharing their story gives hope for recovery to others.
Readings from Rabbi Shana Mackler by Elliot Pinsly explained “Healing does not equal curing. Healing is about wholeness, even in the face of illness.”
Special Music by Nona Hendon and Patricia Burks-Jelks was full of rhythm and life.
Jennifer Grayson read poetry by members of McMinnville TMHCA Peer Center.
Following the service a reception for all was enjoyed with fellowship and refreshments. A special “Fifty for 50” art exhibit seen at the reception honored the Tennessee Arts Commission 50th anniversary with 50 original pictures by HAPI artists.
Specialty license plates
Specialty license plates are a large part of the funding used to support Tennessee Arts Commission grants to nonprofit agencies. See the Gift-A-Tag emblem on the HAPI website for how to order your Tennessee Arts Commission specialty license plate. The Metro Mayor and City Council have responded to requests for increases in the arts funding for public art. The Healing Arts Project, Inc. is funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.”
“Faith, Hope, and Recovery in Letters 2017”
The annual book of poems and essays by persons in mental health and addiction recovery will be released as a text document on the HAPI website on October 1, 2017.
Amber Rogers of Clarksville submitted her essay “I Choose Hope”
“I choose to have the hope that things will get better. That there is a clear day around the corner. The hope that others will understand me. When days are clear, I feel I can help others. With the hope that they understand and my teachings, I choose today to be happy and smile. To love myself, and think happy thoughts. The hope I can tell others when something is wrong, or I need help. I choose to have hope, joy and love each and every day. To clear away all the negative thoughts. I choose to have the hope that things will get better!”
Emily Humerick of Spring Hill submitted “Rainbow After the Rain.”
One step forward, and one step back
Does anyone hear my pain? Does anyone know what I lack?
Lost in my own thoughts of regret and despair.
No matter where I look, peace seems to be found nowhere.
I can’t do this any longer, I can’t stop giving in.
When will it get better? When can my new life begin?
Just a moment in time I say to myself
I have to do this for me, not for him, or anyone else
They tell me “one day at a time” and “just for today.”
I know I am strong, or at least, that’s what they say.
I am not alone in this journey, now that I have reached out.
I am trying to see what this “serenity” is all about
Looking back on my past all I can say is PRAISE!
It’s a wonder that I made it through several of those days.
Now I am helping others get to where I am now.
I have to share this feeling of joy I have found somehow.
I had to give up something I considered a friend.
But now I know it would have been my demise, it would have been my end.
I thank God for this journey, I thank God for my pain.
Because now I understand there can’t be a rainbow without the rain.
- Metro Courthouse
- F&M Bank
- Tennessee State University
- Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
HAPI welcomes questions about the artists and how to be involved in the project.
HAPI artworks are on exhibit at the Tennessee State University Brown Daniel Library, Metro Courthouse Chancellor’s Gallery, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Tennessee Performing Arts Center as part of VKC “Creative Expressions.”
The TSU Library exhibit presents five unique styles of artwork representing five different artists or collaborators. Individual artists John L. Butts, Jr. , Laura Hudson and Darrell Pepper along with collages from Our Place artists and Zentangle artwork.
Art at the TSU Library includes “Cheeky Rainbow Parrot” by Laura Hudson. “Springtime Joy” by John L. Butts, Jr., “Gorgeous Warrior” by Darrell Pepper, and “Star” Zentangle by Melissa Biggs
HAPI Artworks in the Metro Courthouse Chancellor’s Gallery was recently changed. The Courthouse is open to the public on weekdays.
Creative Expressions includes “Looking through a Window” by Brittany Stark, “Dark to Light” by David Duncan, “Peaceful Joy” by Jennifer Grayson and “The Mermaid” by LeAnn Wilson.
HAPI receives grants for July 2017 – June 2018
The Tennessee Arts Commission awarded the Healing Arts Project, Inc funds through two FY 18 grants. Grant contracts will in part fund the project costs.
Art Project Support for art classes
Arts Access for administrative salary
The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission awarded HAPI funds through two FY 18 grants:
Core for administrative salary and exhibits
Arts Access for art classes
Grants will in part fund the project costs.
A Frist Foundation Technology grant for equipment to improve services to artists has been awarded to HAPI. New equipment will allow HAPI to manage the digital images and inventory of artworks more easily and develop portfolios for the artists.
The Tennessee Arts Commission is celebrating its 50th
The Tennessee Arts Commission is celebrating its 50thyear in 2017. We are developing an exhibit for fall 20178 including 50 pieces of artwork from the diverse HAPI artists, with signage explaining the TAC support of serving the HAPI artists. The exhibit will appear at the Service of Hope reception on October 15, 2017.
Tennessee writers submitted 84 items for consideration for “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2017.” The theme is “Triumphs of Life.” Watch for new poems from the collection on the website.
United Way Includes HAPI
United Way has approved HAPI as an organization which can now receive designations for payroll deduction gifts. Our designation code is 5097. United Way seeks to better the communities in which we live and gives company employees an opportunity to donate to a cause that matters to them. HAPI is letting our supporters know about our designation until the end of June. No promotional activities are allowed by any agency during the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville black-out period from July 1 through October 31. The regular pay cycle for payroll deduction gifts begins in April of each year.
Call for Writings
The Call for Writings is open for the HAPI annual booklet “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2017.” Our theme this year is “Triumphs of Life” about celebrating your success on your journey of recovery, what faith and hope mean to you, or other life experiences reflecting your own journey you wish to share. Contributions are welcome from persons in mental health and addiction recovery, as well as family members, counselors, advocates and professionals. CALL FOR Writings 2017.
Grants Closeout FY 2017
HAPI has closed the FY 17 grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. HAPI is funded in part under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.
Sales of Specialty License Plates provide important funding for artistic services for HAPI and in Tennessee.
HAPI provided 306 art classes during the last year in 14 sites to about 500 students. Other funders of HAPI artistic services include the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers Association, William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The Memorial Foundation, and sponsors of the Phoenix Art Gala, and those who purchase HAPI art and note cards. .
Art Exhibit at TPAC
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center Polk Level Gallery now features a colorful exhibit of HAPI art. The exhibit includes the pictures “Jazz Players” by Laura Hudson, “Guy Garvey” by Augie Collier, and “Unicorn” by LeAnn Wilson. TPAC is located at 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, and is open from 8 am to 5 pm weekdays and during scheduled performances at the TPAC auditoriums.
Support the Arts with a Specialty License Plate
The Healing Arts Project, Inc. receives funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission for art classes and services to persons in mental health and addiction recovery. More than 70% of the money used to fund the 800+ grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission last year was from the sale of these specialty license plates.
Buy a specialty plate for yourself or one for a friend through the Gift-A-tag Program.
Art for Awareness
The 12th annual Art for Awareness celebration was held on March 8, 2017 with talented artists from across the state sharing their art. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services joins with HAPI to sponsor Art for Awareness. All Tennessee peer support centers and wellness programs in the state are urged to attend.
The keynote activity was “Dance Your Art Out!” led by Dina Savvenas, Peer Wellness Coach, Frontier Health. The activity led to a lively time with dancing demonstrating the importance of wellness.
Each person bringing art received a bag with several types of art supplies for use for individual project. Following the celebration, all the artwork is left and will be hung on April 5 in the hallway of Legislative Plaza for a special Art for Awareness exhibit. Tennessee state legislators, visitors and people in Legislative Plaza see the artwork and read the artist statements on the name cards.
“Breaking Ground” Annual Arts Issue
The 2016 / 2017 Annual Arts Issue of Breaking Ground published by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities features five HAPI artists’ work. Laura Hudson’s “Blossom” includes her statement:
Laura Hudson of Nashville loves to make people smile and enjoy her art. She says her art takes her anywhere in the world as she imagines beautiful tropical scenes and creature. She loves to picture nature’s gifts of life and beautiful color.
Kathy Tupper’s “Bubble Dance “ poem and picture was printed:
Kathy Tupper’s lifetime commitment is to honor the blessings she’s been given: intellectual curiosity imagination and the facility to use them.
Edith Hunter-Potts work Safari Animals
Edith is from Clarksville and is on the staff of Centerstone ReConnect Peer Center in Clarksville. She says, “Creating art brings out creativity you don’t realize you have.” Her picture of Safari Animals is based on a Zentangle design with markers on a canvas board painted yellow.
John L. Butts, Jr.
John L. Butts, Jr. lives in Clarksville and attends Centerstone ReConnect Peer Center. He started drawing in school and says his art helps him to relax and feel good about himself.
Mitchell Wiseman says that art calms him down and relieves stress. The art he creates makes him happy and the bright colors lift his mood. He finds that abstracts made by drawing lines and filling in the color helps him stay occupied and prevent him from feeling depressed.
Phoenix Art Gala held February 16, 2017
Creative expression was celebrated at the Phoenix Art Gala held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt. The Gala is sponsored by the Healing Arts Project, Inc. to raise awareness about the positive role of art for people in mental health and addiction recovery, as well as to raise funds for HAPI artistic services. Eighty original artworks by HAPI artists and four works donated by local professional artists were auctioned, along with an Epiphone guitar autographed by Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Twenty-one companies and groups were sponsors of the 2017 Gala.
HAPI provides art classes, art materials, exhibits, and outreach in Middle Tennessee to about 500 persons. HAPI classes are held in 14 mental health peer support and recovery centers that provide transportation so that participants have a way to get to the classes. Centers are in Clarksville, Columbia, Dickson, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Murfreesboro, McMinnville and Nashville.
The 2017 Phoenix Art Gala is the seventh year for the event. Tom Starling, Ed.D., CEO/President Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, was Master of Ceremonies. Singer-songwriter Damien Horne presented a special number along with live music from the bluegrass trio featuring Casey Campbell, Ivy Phillips and Tyler Andal. Jenifer Stow volunteered her professional skills as photographer. Four Phoenix Friends Awards were presented.
The 2017 Spirit of Artists Phoenix Award was given to Barbara Shirley. She is committed to developing creative artworks through experimentation and perseverance, and has tried continually to find new uses for materials to express her vision of nature in our lives. She is skillful in many artistic techniques and uses them to express an idea, a place or a moment in time. Barbara has written short essays with illustrations that have appeared in the “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters” booklet for several years.
The 2017 Volunteer Friend Phoenix Award was given to the Belmont University School of Occupational Therapy. The OT students volunteer to help with needs in the community as part of their curriculum. The School had an Agency Fair when HAPI met students and shared our mission and who participates. The Occupational Therapy students have helped HAPI with mailings, cataloging and framing artwork, and hanging art exhibits. They have been important in the preparation of the artwork for the Gala.
The 2017 Community Friend Phoenix Award was given to the Tennessee State University Brown-Daniel Library. The Art Corner at the Library has hosted Healing Arts Project, Inc. art exhibits for several years. The Curator of the Art Corner is Joyce B. Radcliff who succeeded Curator Loretta Divens in this role. Groups of artists and friends have come to view the HAPI art exhibits and have enjoyed the beautiful artworks reflecting the artistic skills and vision of the artists. This public exhibit of HAPI artworks has contributed significantly to reducing stigma and showing the value of the arts in recovery
The 2017 Business Friend Phoenix Award was given to Janet and Jim Ayers. They have been generous supporters of Tennessee art and artists which has elevated the value of art in the communities in Tennessee. They have been leaders in making excellent mental health services available. Through The Ayers Foundation, the Ayers have set an example of giving back through their philanthropic efforts to improve the quality of life for the people of Tennessee. Their support of HAPI has provided creative opportunities for the artists and artistic services. As business leaders they contribute to the HAPI mission to raise awareness in the community and contribute to understanding, acceptance and success.
Several artists whose work was in the Art Auction were introduced and spoke with guests about the importance of art in their lives. This included Augie Collier, Barbara Shirley, Kathy Tupper, Shree McGruder, Eric Brito, Tanya McAdoo from Nashville; Deborah Hanson, from Flintville; Nancy Olson from Murfreesboro; and John L. Butts, Jr, LeAnn Wilson, Edith Hunter-Potts, and Roy Cheshire from Clarksville.
HAPI will use the proceeds of the Gala for many projects that HAPI provides throughout the year which include art classes, art materials, outreach at community fairs and support for participants in mental health and addiction recovery. HAPI artwork is exhibited at public libraries in Middle Tennessee. To find out more about the Healing Arts Project, Inc. visit the website www.healingartsprojectinc.org.
Support HAPI and make someone happy with HAPI Note Cards or Gift- a -Tag
HAPI is selling two designs of note cards at $10 per set of 5. Cards can be ordered from HAPI, PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN 37202.
Unique color note cards with two Nashville themes
Send your check for number of sets of note cards and your address to
PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN 37202
Gift –A-Tag State of Tennessee Gift Center
Purchase of a Gift-A-Tag voucher for $35 supports the Tennessee Arts Commission and programs like HAPI
Volunteers Help HAPI
HAPI has the good fortune to have very helpful volunteers who help with art classes, transporting and hanging art for exhibits, framing art, helping with art classes, and other jobs.
Thanks to the Hands on Nashville volunteers, and students from the Belmont University Occupational Therapy program and Vanderbilt University Pre-Med Group for playing a helpful role in the Healing Arts Project, Inc.
Tennessee State University
HAPI artwork was hung in the Art Corner of the Main Library on the TSU Campus on October 31, 2016 and will remain up until December 9. HAPI artists from across Middle Tennessee have artwork in this exhibit. Two pictures that can be seen at Tennessee State University Art Corner are Abstract Colors by Ed Clay Jr. and Mental Health by Amber Stone.
HAPI members led an art activity at the TAADAS Carnival on October 29, 2016 at Coleman Park, corner of Nolensville and Thompson Lane, Nashville. Children attending the Carnival were invited to make fingerprint creatures with their thumbprint or finger print adding legs, wings, heads and wings with colored markers.
The 2016 Original HAPI Bookmarks are here. Bookmarks have been sent out through the Nashville Public Library to the 20 Branch Libraries and the Downtown Library. One of the artworks is “Blink” by David Koci and the other is “Frog Pond “ by Laura Hudson. The back of the bookmarks has the statewide mental health crisis phone number 1-855-274-7471. HAPI is funded in part by Metro Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission. Their logos are on the back of the bookmark.
“Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2016”
The new book of poems and personal essays “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2016” was released at the reception of the Service of Hope on October 16. The collection of 31 poems and 36 artworks are contributed by artists from across Tennessee. They have shared written word and artworks on how they found their Road to Joy as a happier, satisfying life for all of us to appreciate.
“Recovery Road” by Araya Spears was read by the author at the Service of Hope.
To many of us
A path unknown
It may be dark
A lot of the time
But out of the shadows
We can see sunshine
Without the darkness
We can’t see the light
On this scary journey
The future is bright
Seeing the joy
Where there seems to be none
Will help us find happiness
In the hard work we have done
Order copies of the booklet for $10 from HAPI, PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN 37202
“Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2016”
“The Road to Joy” is the theme of the new HAPI booklet of poems and personal essays written by persons in mental health and addiction recovery in Tennessee. The Call for Writings for the booklet brought 84 responses and 31 were chosen for the publication along with 32 original artworks. The writers share their lessons learned in moving toward recovery. The expressive artwork by HAPI artists is presented in full color. The book will be available to order for $10 per book from HAPI, PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN 37202.
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan sponsors the printing of this booklet.
HAPI at RecoveryFest
RecoveryFest Nashville 2016 was held on Saturday, September 24 at the East Park Greenspace on Woodland Street in East Nashville. This event celebrates the positive impact of recovery in our community. The activity at the HAPI booth was visitors making handprints by dipping one hand in tempera paint and pressing it down on a square of white cotton. The project was a great success with people having fun seeing their hand print appear on the white cloth. A line to dry the squares was hung around the tent and we had a fluttering line of cheerful handprints.
The importance of creative arts in recovery from mental illness and addictions was seen through the many unique handprints and the conversations about recovery at the HAPI booth.
Two Vanderbilt University student members of the pre-med society joined HAPI to greet visitors at the booth.
October Art Exhibit at Green Hills Library
The Green Hills Branch Library is hosting the Healing Arts Project, Inc. artwork in the gallery during the month of October 2016. The library is located at 3701 Benham Avenue, 37215 and is open from 10 am to 8 pm Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm Saturday 2 pm to 5 pm Sunday. Pictures in the exhibit include Mushrooms by Laura Hudson and Moonlight by Patricia Stacey.
Springtime in the City by Darrell Pepper
held at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, TN
HAPI artwork was on exhibit in August 2016 at the St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. TN. This was the third annual HAPI art exhibit at the church.
On Sunday, August 7 a public reception was held. The program included songs by the B-Team Angels from the Skills Development Center in Fayetteville. At the end of the performance, they were individually introduced. The audience gave them a big round of applause.
One group of artwork at the art exhibit included pictures created by members of the art class taught by Deborah Hanson at the Skills Development Center. Several of the Singers were in the art class and had their work in the exhibit at St. Mary Magdalene Church.
Artists who take part in HAPI art classes at the ReConnect Tullahoma Peer Support Center and the ReConnect Shelbyville Peer Support Center also exhibited artworks in the exhibit. Members of both ReConnect Peer Support Centers traveled to Fayetteville during the exhibit to view the artworks including their own pictures. Two of the pictures on exhibit were “Paradise at Sunset” by Bridget Tubb of Shelbyville and “Gateway” by Shamanda Whitaker of Fayetteville.
Artists tell the story of their art
Under a grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, four HAPI art class sites had both art classes and writings classes ending in the summer 2016. The writings coach asked the students to tell their story based on a picture they had drawn for the art class. Examples include
Orange Kitty is a gift of God. She is a beautiful kitty who loves the pretty colors of nature. She stands proud in her garden of life. Good and evil on left and right sides of her, but she will always have love. Art with bright colors brightens my day.
Blue birds are my favorite because they are pretty. The birds sing every morning. When people like my art, it makes me feel better and accomplished.
A hummingbird is very pretty. It gets its pollen from flowers. Doing art makes me feel happy and I feel amazed at what I can create. I enjoy doing art and supporting my friends in their efforts to do art.
The light house is a safe haven for sailors. I liked drawing the buildings and they are white, but the building gives off warmth with the yellow glow. I enjoy doing art from my mind. Doing artwork takes me to another place.
New art installed at Metro Courthouse
Art on exhibit in the 4th floor Gallery at Metro Courthouse recently was changed. The new set of HAPI artworks includes:
Each artwork has the title of the artwork, name of the artist and artist statement.
The Gallery is located outside Chancery Courtrooms of the Twentieth Judicial District and is sponsored by Chancellor Claudia C. Bonnyman and Chancellor Carol L. McCoy. Comments written by Chancellor McCoy in the Nashville Bar Journal , June 2015, spoke to the balance that art brings to the lives of the artists and those who carry out the work of the court. Visitors to the 4th floor Gallery enjoy the colorful artworks and the artists statements about their work.
Metro Arts Commission has increased budgets
Metro Arts Commission has increased budgets in 2016-2017 grants made possible by increases in the Metro Council budget so that more arts programs are available to every resident of the city. Metro Arts expects to engage 2.7 million residents through performance, exhibition, new art development, arts demonstration and arts education experiences for adults and children through 61 grants to 48 different nonprofit organizations that were successful in Metro Art’ competitive grant review process.
The Healing Arts Project, Inc. received an Arts Access Project Support and a Basic Operating Support grant from Metro Arts Commission that will fund local art classes at four peer support and rehabilitation centers during the fiscal year July 2016 – June 2017. Art classes are taught by professional artist who bring a variety of artistic experiences to the classes. The peer center members look forward to art class day and regularly attend their class.
An Arts Project Support grant for FY 2016-2017 has been awarded to HAPI from the Tennessee Arts Commission that will fund the fall session of art classes in six centers in Middle Tennessee. Art classes are at no cost to the students and materials are provided by HAPI. To enroll in an art class the students must be a member of a local peer support center..
Kathy Tupper receives Arts Award at National Alternatives Conference
Kathy Tupper of Nashville received the Howie the Harp Artist Award at the Alternatives Conference 2015 in Memphis, TN on October 16, 2015. The award is presented each year at the National Alternatives Conference to honor a peer who has done outstanding work in the world of art. Kathy Tupper was named the outstanding Tennessee artist in recognition of her talents and her participation in the Healing Arts Project, Inc. Kathy brings lots of color into her playful abstracts that are filled with minute detail. She uses vivid colors in expressive designs to take the viewer to a beautiful place.
The plaque presented to Kathy Tupper includes an image of Howie the Harp with his full blown hair and beard. Kathy represents the commitment of HAPI artists for self-expression to let the community know that artistic talent reflects the individual.
Kathy fills her life with art each day, and has explored different art mediums to reach varied unique effects. She says that “Creating art makes me feel curious and happy by exploring different techniques, and focus and exhilarated.”
HAPI Art on Loan
HAPI loans a few pieces of colorful interesting artworks for display at local businesses and non-profits to further promote the artists and their talents.
The businesses sign a Letter of Agreement to display the artwork for a year. HAPI makes the art available for loan to share the talents of the HAPI artists. Artworks are available for sale.
Recently the HAPI Art on Loan at the NAMI Tennessee office was changed to give visitors a new look at the work of HAPI artists.
Two of the pictures taken for display are Kandinsky by Mark Carver and Flower Quilt by Laura Hudson.
or call 615-594-4642.
Michell Rivenbank brought her mixed media collage “Past and Dreams of the Future.” She said “This piece of art means/represents different things. It represents both hard times of the past and dreams/hopes of the future. “
In 2005, Louetta Hix proposed celebrating and showcasing the artistic talents of people in recovery to catch the attention of the public about mental health recovery. The first Art for Awareness was held in May 2006 in the Tennessee State Capitol in the old Supreme Court Chamber. The Art for Awareness project has continued each year to further encourage talented Tennesseans to explore the road to recovery through self-expression. The artworks have been displayed in the State Capitol, the General Assembly offices and the Legislative Plaza.
Legislative Plaza is open on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm. The entrance is at 301 6th Avenue North, 37243.
Annual Arts Issue of “Breaking Ground”
Two of the artworks by HAPI artists included in the 2016 Annual Arts Issue of “Breaking Ground” are Portrait by Augie Collier and Trill by Kathy Tupper. This publication features a collection of exceptional art created by Tennesseans with disabilities and is published by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. This issue partners with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The arts are essential to vibrant communities. Increasing accessibility and participation in the arts enriches our state as a whole.
Phoenix Art Gala 2016
The 2016 Phoenix Art Gala on Thursday, February 11, 2016 was a special time to enjoy beautiful original artwork, live music, recognition of four Friends, and fund raising for the Healing Arts Project, Inc.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported the event!
The following Four Phoenix Friends were presented to recognize persons who had made generous contribution to making HAPI services possible:
Clinton Toy was named the Spirit of Artists as he works in various mediums for visual arts as well as woodworking. His favorite subjects are from the world of nature.
Connie Nelson was named Volunteer Friend. She has been active with HAPI for 12 years and has worked many weekends at the HAPI booth at mental health airs and community events. She helps raise awareness of mental health recovery among visitors who often need help understanding a family members’ illness.
Chancellor Carol L. McCoy received the Community Friend Award as she co-sponsors the 4th floor Gallery in the Metro Courthouse where HAPI art is exhibited. She has promoted the presence of artwork as a balance to the difficult proceedings in the courtrooms.
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center was named the Business Friend as they promote individual artists with disabilities and provide opportunities for prominent public exhibits of their work. Vanderbilt Kennedy center and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities host Creative Expressions each year to exhibit artwork by Tennesseans with disabilities. Laurie Fleming, Program Coordinator of Community Engagement, received the award for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.
Thank you Guitarist Jonathan Brown for providing background music for the Gala!
The 2016 Phoenix Art Gala
Phoenix Art Gala 2016
The 2016 Phoenix Art Gala on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm was a special time to enjoy beautiful original artwork, live music, recognition of four Friends, and fund raising for the Healing Arts Project, Inc. The setting of the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt ballroom provided space to mix and mingle with others who appreciate original artwork by persons in mental health and addiction recovery. Guitarist Jonathan Brown provided background music for the Gala. Tom Starling, Ed.D., CEO Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee was Master of Ceremonies.
The goal of the Phoenix Art Gala is to promote the artists who participate in the Healing Arts Project, Inc. -HAPI – individually or through their peer recovery centers in Middle Tennessee. About 500 people take art classes or participate in artistic event sponsored by HAPI. Classes are held at peer recovery centers and other community sites in Nashville, Columbia, Dickson, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, McMinnville, Tullahoma and Shelbyville. Funds raised at the Gala are turned back into the many projects that HAPI provides throughout the year which include art classes and support for participants in mental health and addictions recovery.
The silent art auction contained artworks in a variety of mediums such as watercolor, pencil drawings, oils, acrylic, colored markers. A signed guitar was featured. A photo printed on metal and a drawing on metal were included. Hand crafts included a weaving, a crocheted infant set and a mobile. Guests had a wide array of artistic creations to buy and enjoy. Each artist received 60% of the sales price of the artwork they created. The auction promoted the individual artists who have found their talent through the HAPI art classes.
Four Phoenix Friends were presented to recognize persons who had made generous contribution to making HAPI services possible.
Clinton Toy of Nashville was named the Spirit of Artists as he works in various mediums for visual art as well as woodworking. His favorite subjects are from the world of nature.
Connie Nelson was named Volunteer Friend. She has been active with HAPI for 12 years and has worked many weekends at the HAPI booth at mental health airs and community events. She helps raise awareness of mental health recovery among visitors who often need help understanding a family members’ illness.
Chancellor Carol L. McCoy received the Community Friend Award as she co-sponsors the 4th floor Gallery in the Metro Courthouse where HAPI art is exhibited. She has promoted the presence of artwork as a balance to the difficult proceedings in the courtrooms.
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center was named the Business Friend as they promote individual artists with disabilities and provide opportunities for prominent public exhibits of their work. Vanderbilt Kennedy center and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities host Creative Expressions each year to exhibit artwork by Tennesseans with disabilities.
Twenty one community agencies, businesses and individuals were sponsors of the 2016 Phoenix Art Gala. Each of the sponsors was listed with their logo on signage at the door and on the Gala program. These groups supported the event.
The Hilton Garden Inn culinary staff prepared excellent food choices arranged on four food stations for casual dining.. The first course was fresh salsa and hummus, next was marinated and broiled chicken and beef on skewers, a pasta station with marinara sauce, and a luscious chocolate fountain with fresh fruit skewers. Guests could make their way among the food stations as they shopped the silent auction.
The Healing Arts Project, Inc. is funded in part under an agreement with the state of Tennessee and Metro Arts.
Artists featured at Phoenix Art Gala
HAPI artists submitted artwork that would chosen for purchase at the Phoenix Art Gala. Augie Collier shared a picture painted with oils “Grandmother” that will be on Silent Auction. Clinton Toy crafted a pencil holder from a tree limb and added a drawing of the head of a wolf. John L. Butts, Jr. formed an original clay bowl and added the colorful design. An Epiphone guitar autographed by Amy Grant and Vince Gill will be in the Silent Auction.
Global Education Center
HAPI will exhibit art during November at the Global Education Center at 4822 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville during the Conference “The Resilient Spirit: Exploring Arts, Culture and Community Health – November 12-14, 2015.” The Resilient Spirit is an exploration of the healing aspects of the arts-music, dance, poetry, theater, songs, stories – and their importance in both personal and community wellness and well-being. Registration is available at the website http://www.globaleducationcenter.org
The Global Education Center is a nonprofit multicultural, anti-bias education center that uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight the commonalities of all people; to promote global awareness and concern; to develop empathy, understanding and respect for the individual and for all of humanity; to support the Center’s belief that fairness and justice are basic human rights for all.
Artwork on exhibit will include “ Still Life with Avocado” by Nancy Olson and “Field of Flower” by Bernice Pinkley.
TSU Exhibit ongoing
Located in the Tennessee State University Brown-Daniel Library Art Corner, this HAPI exhibit can be seen through December 2015. The Art Corner is open 7 days a week during library hours. Included in this exhibit is the HAPI Mural “Recovery through Art: Life—A Celebration” created as a group project at ReConnect Nashville.
Linebaugh Library, Murfreesboro
Artwork by Murfreesboro artists is on exhibit at the downtown Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro. The artwork can be seen in the display case in the main entry hall during November 2015.
The South Jackson Civic Association is sponsoring a HAPI art exhibit in Tullahoma, TN during November 2015. The art exhibit will complement a stage production featuring Robin Spielberg, pianist/composer.
The new edition of “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2015” is available.
This is the eighth edition of this booklet containing original poems and essays from persons in mental health and addiction recovery across Tennessee, along with original art from HAPI artists that illustrate the writings. The poems are positive reflections from the authors of their personal recovery journey. The booklet is printed in color and reflects the beauty of the HAPI artists’ artwork.
“Faces 2” by John L. Butts, Jr. is the cover artwork. The diversity of people represented in this painting is like our community. On page 4 “Where to Find Help” lists telephone numbers and websites of needed resources.
Unitedhealthcare Community Plan sponsors the printing of this booklet. You can request a copy with your name, address and postage donation sent to HAPI, PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN 37202.
The 2015 HAPI bookmarks are available for distribution. There are two art bookmarks. One is an excerpt of “My Mind” by O’mya Mosby. The other is an excerpt from ‘”Colorburst” by Laura Hudson. The bookmarks are distributed in public libraries, at fairs and conferences, and through agencies and clinics. The back of the bookmark features the statewide crisis call number 855-274-7471.
HAPI Art Exhibits
Hermitage Library will host September HAPI art exhibit
“Transforming Lives through Art” is the theme of the September 2015 art exhibit at the Hermitage Branch library, 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage. Included in the exhibit is “Room with an Impression” by Sabrina Bryan and “Cherry Tornado” by Carol Shaw.
The exhibit is open daily except Friday when the branch library is closed.
Artist write about their art
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee provided HAPI a grant this year for both art classes and writing classes at the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers Association peer center and the Reconnect Columbia peer center in Columbia, TN. as well as the ReConnect Dickson center in Dickson, TN. The sessions are complete and the students report they enjoyed both types of creative experiences.
Artist from Columbia: My favorite kind of art is drawing. I am inspired by the work of Picasso. I like to draw, too, because it make me feel good. When I make my art, I feel good and happy. I hope when you see what I’ve made, you will like it and feel good too.
Artist from Columbia: My favorite kind of art is coloring many different things. I am inspired by the work of Bob Ross because he was always inspiring everyone. I like to color too, because it relaxes me. When I make my art, I feel it sets my soul free. I hope when you see what I’ve made, you will feel free as I do, like a beautiful butterfly.
Artist from Dickson: My favorite kind of artwork is watercolor. I am inspired by the work of family and friends and by the Lord. I like to write, too, because it helps me release emotions on paper and go back to a more positive view. When I make my art, I feel self-confidence and I have self-esteem and it lets me think I have self-worth. I hope when you see what I’ve made, you will admire it and it will give you a positive perspective. Doing art helps relieve my stress and anxiety and focus on positive things.
Arts Commissions Award HAPI grants
Grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission have been received as partial funding for HAPI art classes in Middle Tennessee. HAPI holds art classes at 14 sites reaching close to 400 persons in mental health and addiction recovery during the year through the generosity of several funding partners. More —
Specialty License Plates
More than 80% of money used to fund 800 plus grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission last year was from sale of specialty license plates. Now you can choose a specialty plate that lets the world know what you care about at your local county clerk’s office. Choices are illustrated on www.tn4arts.org.
Also you can buy a Gift –A-Tag voucher for the purchase of any of Tennessee Specialty license plates. This is a great birthday or anniversary gift that benefits HAPI and other arts organizations. The Gift-A-Tag vouchers are available on the Tennessee gift center at www.tngiftcenter.com
Nashville Bar Journal features
HAPI Gallery at Metro Courthouse
Chancellor Carol L. McCoy featured the HAPI Gallery at the Courthouse where artwork of HAPI artists/participants hang on the fourth floor outside the courtrooms of Chancellor McCoy and Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman. The public is more aware of the artists’ recovery journey as they see the art and read their comments on the identifications cards. “These works of art offer a reminder that those struggling with personal challenges can find an outlet that enriches not only their lives but the lives of many others.”
Artwork in the Metro Courthouse Gallery is changed periodically so courtroom visitors see a wide sample of the artistic talents of HAPI artists. The presence of this Gallery in this public space is recognition of the place that art plays in the values of our community.
HAPI’s facebook page is linked through the Opportunities page. Take a moment to check out the news on facebook.
Link with Facebook through Opportunities page
What is Hope
Hope is that sparkling of light on a dark night. Hope is what gives you the desire to try again after a hard fall.
Hope is what helps you dust yourself off and get up and try again.
Hope sneaks up on you when you least expect it, but it is always there when needed.
You will never be alone as long as Hope is around and today I can try again because Hope found me.
I can fight this hard fight because Hope prevails.
Do You Want Recovery
You might have to go visit a place that you do not want to go.
The place is inside of you, the dark place where you shut the door,
You might have to open the door and go in.
Do you want recovery?
You might have to take the blame and not blame others.
Do you want recovery?
You will have to do the work for yourself because nobody can
Do it for you.
Do you want recovery?
I did. It is a work that is still going on day by day.
Artworks shown at Artisan depot.
The Artisan Depot in Cowan, Tennessee will open a HAPI art exhibit with a Reception on June 17 featuring artworks from Tullahoma and Shelbyville ReConnect members. The Franklin County Arts Guild operates this gallery featuring hand crafted items from their artist members. The Artisan Depot is located at 201 Cumberland St East in Cowan, TN. Gallery hours are 12 pm to 5 pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.
May 2015 Laura Hudson featured in Solo Exhibit at Tennessee Art League
HAPI artist Laura Hudson has a solo exhibit at the Tennessee Art League in May 2015. Laura likes to feature lots of colorful birds, flowers and friends of nature in her artwork. She has created several new pictures that will be shown in the Tennessee Art League exhibit. Her work will be seen during the Downtown Art Crawl on Saturday, May 2, 2015 when art galleries are open in the evening for visits and appreciation of the artworks.
Laura likes to make her drawings come to life. She says she likes to make people happy with her art with lots of beautiful scenes. She gets her ideas from places she has seen in pictures, places she would like to go, beautiful jungle scenes, and seasonal celebrations.
Legislative Plaza exhibit of Art for Awareness
The Legislative Plaza Gallery is filled with colorful artwork brought by artists from across Tennessee to Art for Awareness. Over 80 artworks are exhibited. Visitors are saying the pictures make them stop and take notice of the talented artists. The Legislative Plaza Gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday during the day . The mural “Recovery through Art” is included in the exhibit.
“Recovery through Art”
The mural has moved to Tennessee State University Main Library Art Corner
Mural introduced at Art for Awareness
During 2014 the ReConnect Nashville art class sponsored by the Healing Arts Project, Inc. created one cohesive artwork under an Arts Builds Communities grant funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission. Members of the class worked together to tell their story of recovery through the arts and Haiku poetry.
The group started by thinking of positive ways we realize recovery. All positive symbols in the painting of hope, health, promise, community, unity, prayer and love celebrate recovery. The people holding hands represent community and friends working together in peace and unity.
The skyline represents any city and the city and community based activities that are part of recovery. The rainbow represents promise and hope. The butterflies and flowers are the beauty in nature and the healing power of spending time amidst creation and life. The girl praying represents that faith is a vital component of recovery.
The mural is made up of 16 canvas squares each 12” x 12” painted by individual members of the class. Viewers will have more understanding about the value of working together as a team, the feeling of trust among the artists, and their positive faith in the future.
Haiku poetry was written by the class members to reflect on their experience. These are hand printed on Suminagashi monoprint water color paper the individual artists made for their Haiku.
Means speaking up
To tell the whole world
As a city of helpers
Loving one and all
I am a rainbow
Rainbows are filled with colors
And embraced with love
The project drew inspiration from the poem “Life” written by Belinda Harris, one of the class members.
Nothing in LIFE comes easy
As you will soon find
There is much more to LIFE
Than its complex design
Life is full of disappointments,
Things that get you down.
LIFE is full of happiness;
It makes the world go ‘round,
LIFE is a constant journey
There are no breaks in between
LIFE is a firm reality,
Not just a simple dream.
LIFE (our mere existence) is to be celebrated every step of the way!
Art for Awareness “Healing and the Artistic Spirit”
More than 100 persons in mental health and addiction recovery from across the state of Tennessee attended Art for Awareness on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at War Memorial Auditorium. “Healing and the Artistic Spirit” was the theme of the 10th year of the event sponsored by the Healing Arts Project, Inc. and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
The highlight of the afternoon was hearing from the artists as they shared their own story, how creating art has helped them enjoy life, or other comments. Each speaker was recognized with a round of applause.
Creative artwork was brought by close to 100 of those who attended the afternoon program. This art was all put into view on easels and tables so the individual works of art could be appreciated. Comments were heard that this year’s art is outstanding among all the years of Art for Awareness.
All artworks will be hung in Legislative Plaza during April and May so persons walking through the hallway can absorb the talent and artistry of the artists. Each artist brought their picture ready to hang for the Legislative Plaza exhibit. A name card will be placed by each artwork with the name of the artist, title of the picture, artist’s statement and hometown. This information will help the viewers understand and appreciate each artist and the message in their art.
March 18 Events at War Memorial Auditorium
Behavioral health advocates from across the State of Tennessee meet at 9:30 am on March 18, 2015 in War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North, Nashville, for Behavioral Health Day on Capitol Hill. The morning program will have important information on the issues involving behavioral health in this legislative session, and attendees will learn how to deliver an effective message to legislators through advocacy training. Artwork on exhibit will include the mural “Recovery through Art” created under an Arts Builds Communities grant funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The members of ReConnect Nashville worked together as a creative group to tell their story of recovery through the art and Haiku poetry. Art for Awareness pictures created by artists from across the state will also be on exhibit.
Art for Awareness starts at 1 pm in the Auditorium with persons sharing one artwork with the group and leaving it for exhibit in Legislative Plaza during April and May 2015. A group picture will be taken and every artist bringing a picture will take home a supply of art materials. Each picture on exhibit in Legislative Plaza will have the name of the artist, the title of the picture, where they are from, and their statement about how they feel about making art. Visitors to Legislative Plaza, state legislators, and government officials will be acquainted with the artists through these name cards. HAPI partners with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to sponsor Art for Awareness to celebrate how art contributes to recovery and the healing it brings.
The Breaking Ground Annual Arts Issue
is published by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. This issue included pictures by these HAPI artists: Kathy Tupper with “Annie C. Ankum”; Laura Hudson with “Color Burst”; Eric Brito with “White Noise”; Darrell Pepper with “Colorful Jug”; Shree McGruder with “The Wharf”; and LeAnn Wilson with “Alaskan Mountains.” Shown below under sold at art auction.
Phoenix Art Gala Celebration
Fifty six original HAPI artworks were sold along with five celebrity items in the Silent Auction. Guests went home with beautiful artworks created by 23 talented individuals. HAPI will use the proceeds to fund the many projects provided throughout the year which include art classes, materials and exhibits. Proceeds from the auctioned artwork are split between HAPI and the artists.
Four Phoenix Friends Awards that to honor services to show the value of the arts in recovery were presented at the Gala . Tom Starling, Ed. D., CEO/President Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, was Master of Ceremonies. The award recipients were Kathy Tupper, Spirit of Artists; Jennifer Stow, Volunteer Friend; Lori Ward, Community Friend; and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Business Friend.
Twenty sponsors, the largest number ever, supported the fifth annual Phoenix Art Gala and the importance of the arts in recovery. They were recognized in signage and on the program.
Jonathan Brown, Nashville guitarist who has played guitar on the Grand Ole Opry, entertained during the evening. The Hilton Garden inn Vanderbilt set up four food stations serving tasty food throughout the evening.
Art Auction Sales
Guests at the Gala bought pictures to enjoy.
Phoenix Friends Awards
Kathy Tupper, 2015 Spirit of Artists, is a gifted artist who works independently with great skills to express her vision and pleasure in creating. She generously shares her pictures in HAPI exhibitions. She explores different techniques and vivid colors in her work, and especially enjoys watercolors.
Jennifer Stow, 2015 Volunteer Friend, came to HAPI as a volunteer photographer through Hands on Nashville and each year records HAPI events. Her photographs of the Gala have been used in the Tennessean, on the HAPI website, Facebook and in other media resources, to publicize the Healing Arts Project, Inc. and the Phoenix Art Gala in the community.
Lori Ward, Senior Manager of Public Relations at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 2015 Community Friend, has coordinated with HAPI on art exhibits in the TPAC Polk Level Gallery. Through this opportunity HAPI has been able to raise awareness of many thousands of Tennessee citizens about the importance of art in recovery and the healing that art brings. The TPAC mission—to provide a lifetime of meaningful and relevant experiences in the performing arts—is made real through these HAPI art exhibits.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, 2015 Business Friend, enriches the quality of life in Middle Tennessee for those who truly benefit from their support through grants to nonprofits for charitable purposes including the arts. The Community Foundation is hosting the second annual “Big Payback” on May 5, 2015 when Middle Tennessee nonprofits receive unrestricted dollars to address pressing community needs. HAPI receives a grant for artistic services from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and participates in The Community Foundation Giving Matters program.
Thanks to our sponsors!!
Platinum: Amerigroup, Centerstone, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Baxter Family
Gold: Mental Health Cooperative, Rolling Hills Hospital, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Silver: Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee, Psychiatry at Ashwood, MacDonald Family, Tennessee Disability Coalition, Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association, Volunteer Behavioral Health
Bronze: Benton Counseling and Consulting Services, Generations Gaither, NAMI Tennessee, Park Center, Pieces to Peace, Inc., Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, TAADAS
Jonathan Brown, Nashville Guitarist, will be providing background music during the Phoenix Art Gala on February 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt. Jonathan has played several times at the world famous Grand Ole Opry. He has established himself in the community of guitar players for his fingerstyle guitar. Brown plays both his own original compositions and classics in a distinctive, relaxing style.
Celebrity Items Sold in the Auction
Five special Celebrity items were sold in the Auction. HAPI thanks the donors.
Epiphone Guitar signed by Vince Gill and Amy Grant
“A Bird in the Hand” mixed media by Jan Batts
“Garden Kimono” and “Sailor’s Kimono” by Libby Byler
“Baby Falls in Cherokee National Forest” photograph by Jeff Fladen”
“Demarcation” oil painting by Kirk Seufert
Frist Art Center Community Partner
The 2015 Spring Art Trunk provided to community partners by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is “Telling tales: Stories and Legends in 19th Century American Art.” The Nashville Reconnect Peer Center art class will be using the Art Trunk in March 2015 and will make a visit to the Frist to see the exhibit in April. The Frist Center’s outreach program sponsors the Community Partners to effectively engage individuals, communities and organizations to ensure that the arts touch people’s lives.
Bookmarks Distributed in Public Library Branches
HAPI prints bookmarks each year featuring original artwork and distributes them at public library branches, conferences and health fairs. This year two bookmarks were printed. One features “Flower Vase” by Laura Hudson and the other bookmark features “Colorful Jug” by Darrell Pepper. The bookmarks list the statewide Mental Health and Addiction Crisis number to call 1-855-274-7471. The bookmark also lists some well known persons who contributed to society and lived with a mental illness.
The Healing Arts Project, Inc. – HAPI – is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides an avenue for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors. In this way we raise awareness in the community and help combat stigma about these disorders, thus promoting understanding, acceptance and success. Look at our opportunities and news pages here on our website to find out more about the artists and the activities of HAPI, and opportunities for you to become involved.
Artwork hanging in the Fourth Floor Gallery at the Historic Metro Courthouse in Nashville has changed recently in the ongoing Gallery space outside the courtrooms of Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman and Chancellor Carol McCoy. These colorful pictures include “Orange Sunshine” by Alea Griffin and “Everglades” by Laura Hudson. The Courthouse is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.
HAPI partners with TAADAS for art sales
TAADAS (Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services) and the Healing Arts Project, Inc. are partnering to promote HAPI art for sale in the TAADAS Recovery Bookstore located at the TAADAS office at 1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 155. The collection of pictures available make meaningful gifts as the sales benefit the artists. The office contact telephone is 615-780-5901. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Artwork in Centerstone Ongoing Exhibits
HAPI partners with Behavioral Health Organizations to sponsor the Healing Arts Project, Inc. Centerstone, Inc. created the Jane Baxter Gallery at the Ella Hayes Building, 1101 6th Avenue North, to showcase the artwork of the their client artists from preschool through adults served by Centerstone programs. HAPI provides art classes at the Centerstone ReConnect Peer Support Centers in Nashville, Clarksville, Dickson, Columbia, Tullahoma and Shelbyville. The art created by the ReConnect artists has recently been changed in the Jane Baxter Gallery. You can see the new art by visiting the Ella Hayes Center entrance on Madison Street and proceeding to the second floor.
HAPI Outreach Card
HAPI will be distributing a colorful new outreach card at the Back to School Festival that carries the HAPI logo. Our logo is our brand with vibrant, alive colors and includes the website where visitors can find out more about HAPI services that bring opportunities in creative expression to persons in mental health and addiction recovery.
Visit the website at www.healingartsprojectinc.org and Facebook to learn more about the Healing Arts Project, Inc.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about events and opportunities.
HAPI Notecards and Artwork make great gifts for the coming holidays. Proceeds of sales go back to the Artists. Order on our Opportunities page. These make wonderful gifts for Valentine’s Day, birthdays and other special events.
The Healing Arts Project, Inc – HAPI – provides an avenue for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors. In this way we raise awareness in the community and help combat stigma about these disorders, thus promoting understanding, acceptance, and success.
HAPI has been supporting the creative arts for persons in mental health and addiction recovery since 2004.
Art classes and art materials are supported by grants and provide a creative outlet for over 300 individuals in mental health and addiction recovery in Middle Tennessee. Art classes are taught by professional artists at mental health peer support centers. Funding partners include the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Memorial Foundation, United Healthcare Community Plan, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Volunteers from Hands on Nashville and other individuals donate services and art materials.
HAPI exhibits artworks in community sites including public libraries, galleries and churches. The opportunity to show their artwork in public increases the self-esteem and self-confidence of the artists. They are seen as persons with abilities and talent, not with disabilities. Check our calendar of events for schedules.