Service of Hope


Service of Hope

Everyone was invited to the reception in the Activity Center of the Second Presbyterian Church following the service.

The annual ecumenical Service of Hope was held on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville attended by about 150 persons.  The Healing Arts Project, Inc. sponsors the service during Mental Illness Awareness Week to recognize the role of faith and hope in mental health and addiction recovery.  “I Raise My Voice” was the theme of the service and also the title of original poems shared by Jennifer Jones and Melanie Brander.  Rev. Matthew Kelley, Pastor of Arlington United Methodist Church, Nashville was the Service Leader.  Artwork for the service program was provided by Armetta White of the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association peer support center in Nashville.

Max Désir and Cristina Fentress

The Service started with an a cappella duet sung by Max Désir and Christina Fentress “Lord, I’m Out Here on Your Word” based on Fisk Jubilee Singers lyrics.  The reading from Zephaniah 3:17 reminded us of God’s Faithfulness.  The Congregational Hymn “God with Joy We Look Around Us” was led by Melissa Emerson, Music Leader, Calvary United Methodist Church with Pam Rhett as Accompanist.  The words were printed in the bulletin and considered the great diversity of the people in our world, yet all are made in the Lord’s image, and all are loved by God.


A personal story of recovery was shared by Trish Petty of Nashville reflecting on challenges in her life, and another story by Holly Kindred of Clinton, TN crediting her faith with her success with treatment for substance abuse.


The Offering will be used to support the band at Grandpa’s House residence for men in recovery.  Music brings personal joy and pleasure in accomplishment.  To close the service, a processional to the reception was led by Ben Salter playing traditional Jewish celebration Klezmer music.


Sponsors of the reception were Blue Care Tennessee, United Healthcare Community Plan, Amerigroup, TAADAS, and the Mental Health Cooperative.  Reception sandwiches, fruit, vegetable relishes, fruit drink, cookies and coffee were enjoyed by the group.  Vases of fresh dahlias grown by Richard Baxter were placed on each table.  During the reception, Robert Schow of Nashville played familiar piano selections.  Artworks and clay sculptures created by members of the Middle Tennessee peer support centers was exhibited.

Jennifer Jones

Service of Hope. Jennifer Jones of Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association shares her poem “I Raise My Voice”

At the reception the first copies of “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014” were distributed.  This edition is the seventh volume of poetry and personal essays selected by HAPI from writers across Tennessee and illustrated with original artwork by HAPI artists.  The booklets on the theme “I Raise My Voice” are a community outreach to raise awareness about recovery, to share experiences of personal recovery, and to help reduce stigma among people in the community.  We will be sharing these booklets at public events, conference, and with hospitals and jails.  Printing is supported by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.


Service of Hope.  John L. Butts, Jr.

Service of Hope. John L. Butts, Jr. of Clarksville was recognized at the reception for his artwork and poem “Springtime Joy” in the new booklet “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014”

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.


Indian Princess by Augie CollierC Alexander Roses Under Glass 

Tennessee State University Main Library Art Corner is hosting an exhibit of 50 HAPI artworks through mid December.  The artists come from home towns across Middle Tennessee, and subjects of the artwork includes scenes of nature, individuals important in their lives, places the artists have visited or would like to visit,  and some abstract art. The TSU Main Library Art Corner is at 3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard and is open daily.  “Indian Princess” by Augie Collier and “Roses Under Glass” by Candy Alexander are in the exhibit.

Everglades by Laura Hudson

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.

Orange Sunshine by Alea Griffin

Visitors to the Polk Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center see a collection of HAPI art placed in the Polk Level Gallery outside the Polk Theater.  This set of pictures includes “Night Fishing” by Laura Hudson.  TPAC is located at 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and during performances.

Laura Hudson Night Fishing

Exhibits coming in November

Flower Burst by Laura Hudson

Green Hills Branch Library will host the Healing Arts Project, Inc. in the Library Gallery during November 2014Laura Hudson’s “Flower Burst” and “Rainbow” by Patricia Siniard will be on exhibit.  The collection will include recent artworks from Middle Tennessee artists in acrylics, watercolor and watercolor pencils, and prints.  The Library is located at 3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville, TN  37215 and  is open Monday – Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm. .

White Noise by Eric Brito

The Tennessee Art League will host HAPI in the Poston community Art Gallery during November 2014.   The public will be introduced to the artists’ work at the Downtown Art Crawl on Saturday evening, November 1 when downtown art galleries are open for public visits.  Included in this exhibit are “White Noise” by Eric Brito and “Peacock” by Laura Hudson.   The TAL is located at 219 5th Avenue and is open from 11:30 am to 3 pm daily.  

Patches by Wilburt Lucket

Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro will host a collection of HAPI art created by artists who live in Murfreesboro.  “Patches” by Wilburt Luckett is included in the exhibit. This home town exhibit can be viewed in the front lobby of the main Linebaugh Library located at 105 West Vine, Murfreesboro, TN  37130.

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.

Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014


The new collection of original poems and essays by Tennessee individuals in mental health and addiction recovery illustrated with original HAPI artworks is available for distribution.  The theme of the collection “I Raise My Voice” reflects reaching a place in the journey of recovery where you find your voice, and then raise your voice with hope and faith.  The booklet contains an updated list of “Where to Find Help” listing available resources for individuals and families needing help with mental health and addiction.  Printing this booklet is made possible by a grant from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. To receive a copy of “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014” send your name, address and a donation for postage to HAPI at PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN  37202.


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.

Happy outreach card front

Visit the website at www.healingartsprojectinc.org  and Facebook to learn more about the Healing Arts Project, Inc.


Email healingartsproject@gmail.com for more information about 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.


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.