Service of Hope

The community is invited to the annual ecumenical Service of Hope on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville. This service is open to all people of all beliefs and is a celebration of finding hope for living and recovery.   A reception for all who attend follows the service.

 HAPI sponsors the Service of Hope to recognize the role of faith and hope in mental health and addiction recovery.  Personal stories of courage and success in overcoming difficult life circumstances are shared by four individuals.  The service includes original poetry, music in praise of our God, and art that expresses joy in living.  The Service theme ”I Raise My Voice” reflects the empowerment and joy that comes from finding hope, peace and love.

The Service of Hope calls attention to Mental Illness Awareness Week October  5-11, 2014 and is open to all people across the State of Tennessee.  Selections will be read from the booklet “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014” that will be distributed at the reception following the service.  Artworks from HAPI artists will be exhibited at the reception.

“Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014”

HAPI  is preparing “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters 2014” with distribution at the Service of Hope October 12, 2014.  This is the seventh edition of the booklet of poems and personal essays by Tennessee writers in recovery.  Response to the Call for Writings has been enthusiastic and 95 poems and essays were received by the deadline.  Printing of the Booklet is sponsored by United Healthcare Community Plan.


New Art Exhibits Open in September

Artwork from the Healing Arts Project, Inc. artists will be on display at the Hermitage Branch Library during the entire month of September.  A variety of artists will be featured in colorful pictures.  One of the artworks on display is Dusk in Swiss Alps by Barbara Shirley.

Dusk in Swiss Alps

Dusk in Swiss Alps

Hermitage Library is located at 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage, TN  37076 and is open on Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm.


The Tennessee State University Main Library Art Corner is hosting an exhibit of HAPI artwork from September – December 2014.  The collection includes Indian Princess by Augie Collier.


Indian Princess

Indian Princess

The Tennessee state University Library is at 3500 John L. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, 37209 and is open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am to 11:45 pm, Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 2 pm to 11:45 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.


The Centerstone Research Institute in Metro Center has also recently put a group of HAPI artwork on exhibit.  Visitors will see a variety of subjects, materials and styles in the art.



Call for Art

The Healing Arts Project is asking for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to submit up to two original artworks that will be used in HAPI exhibits during the fall and winter of 2014-2015. The artwork can be visual art such as painting, watercolor, or drawing, collage, dimensional work such as clay or sculptures or handcrafts.  The Receipt for submitting artwork is available.  Click Here.  The Receipt must be completely filled out including an artist’s statement  with Title and description of artwork:  how you did it and what it means.


View the HAPI Gallery to see artwork created by HAPI artists exhibited in previous seasons.


Deadline to receive receipt and artwork is August 15, 2014.

Email healingartsproject@gmail.com or mail to PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN  37202.  You will be contacted to arrange delivery time and place.

Click here to download the 2014 writings receipt.


Back to School Festival


HAPI is joining other agencies to sponsor the Back to School Festival at Rivergate Mall on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 3 to 7 pm for school children and their families.  This event kicks off a successful and healthy school year with entertainment, surprise guests, games and door prizes.  Connect to community mental health resources for parents and caregivers while kids play games, meet mascots, and enjoy youth performances.  Find out more:  facebook.com/wholekid


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

Art Exhibit in Fayetteville, TN starts Sunday, June 8


Brittany Hinke

Brittany Hinke

The Healing Arts Project, Inc. is partnering with St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, TN with a HAPI Art Show in the Parish Hall at the Church, 106 East Washington Street.  The opening reception is Sunday, June 8 from 2 to 4 pm.  This Art Show is intended to raise community awareness of HAPI which embraces the importance of art in recovery and in supporting creative expression.   Forty-five 45 artworks are included in the exhibit, many from artists who live in this part of the state.

HAPI provides art classes taught by professional artists and art materials at no cost to about 300 members of peer support centers in Middle Tennessee.  Art exhibits are held in libraries, galleries, churches and other community locations where visitors can see the beautiful artworks and appreciate the talents of the individuals.

Viewing days from June 8 to June 28 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church are each Tuesday from 2 to 6 pm, each Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.  Special arrangements can be made for groups by calling the church office at 931-433-2911.

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.


“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.