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.
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.
Visit the website at www.healingartsprojectinc.org and Facebook to learn more about the Healing Arts Project, Inc.
Email email@example.com 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.