The Big Payback!

HAPI needs your help on May 6th for The Big Payback! 

The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide online giving day that’s a special occasion to celebrate Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits.

The goal is simple – inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations. This event will shine a spotlight on LOCAL giving and will help create a new sense of energy around philanthropy. It will touch the lives of virtually every person in Middle Tennessee, be they recipients of services/programs or those who work in providing them through work/leadership in the nonprofit sector.

For 24 hours, beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, donors can make gifts to participating nonprofits that are located in or provide services in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee. HAPI will be eligible for incentives, bonuses, and additional prizes throughout the day, so your gift would be greatly appreciated.

In the weeks leading up to the Big Payback, HAPI will be sharing  on Facebook and Twitter the artwork created by the artists participating in the classes we provide along with their thoughts on what creating art means to them and their recovery. So be sure to “Like” us Facebook and follow us on Twitter! 

For more information, contact us or visit www.TheBigPayback.org.


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Phoenix Art Gala, February 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 6 to 8 pm at Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt

Four Phoenix Awards were presented at the Phoenix Art Gala on Thursday, February 13, 2014The 2014 Spirit of Artists Phoenix Award was given to Belinda Harris who participates in art classes at Centerstone’s ReConnect Nashville peer support program.  Belinda has natural talent and an eye for detail and accuracy in depicting animals and tranquil scenes.  Belinda also writes poetry which is in the HAPI booklet “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2013.”


The 2014 Community Friend Phoenix Award was given to Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman of Chancery Court Part I.  Chancellor Bonnyman invited HAPI to exhibit artworks at the Metropolitan Nashville Historic Courthouse to raise awareness of the humanity of people struggling with mental health issues.  She shares in sponsoring this art exhibit area on the 4th floor of the Historic Courthouse with Chancellor Carol McCoy.

The 2014 Business Friend Phoenix Award was given to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and accepted by Gregory FisherUnitedHealthcare believes in the importance of art in recovery and in supporting creative expression, and has been a longtime supporter of the Healing Arts Project, Inc.  UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, one of the Managed Care Organizations, is a TennCare health plan that helps members receive physical or mental health care statewide in Tennessee.

The 2014 Volunteer Friend Award was given to Ann Krafft who has been volunteering with art classes at Park Center since 2011.  She came to the center expressing her desire to contribute her time on a weekly basis.  Ann assists the teacher of the weekly art classes at Park Center South, encouraging members to express their creativity and have fun.  She has seen recovery in action and knows that art has a big part in that recovery.

auction items and artAn abundance of original artwork in various mediums was included in the Silent Auction.  Guests at the Gala browsed the artworks, ate flavorful choices from food stations, listened to the Derek Pell Trio play favorite melodies, and enjoyed a time of celebration for artists and the Healing Arts Project, Inc. The Epiphone guitar donated by Amy Grant and Vince Gill was sold to an appreciative musician. Proceeds from the gala benefit the art services provided by HAPI.

Support the arts in Tennessee with a Tennessee Arts Commission specialty license plate.  Proceeds benefit the TAC which provides funding for art programs statewide.


Email healingartsproject@gmail.com for more information about Phoenix and other events and opportunities.


HAPI Gifts

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.


“Faith, Hope, and Recovery in Letters 2013”

The sixth annual booklet of original poems and essays by Tennessee writers in mental health and addiction recovery is available.  Find out more on the Opportunities page.



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.