Make a Nomination for Phoenix Awards 

Each year the Healing Arts Project, Inc. presents Phoenix Awards to four Friends who make possible the opportunity for artistic creativity among persons in recovery from mental illness and addiction disorders.


Nominations are now open through Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

The Awards are:

Community Friend

Spirit of Artists

Volunteer Friend

Business Friend

Click here for the award form.  Phoneix Award Nomination 2015


You are invited to nominate someone who deserves this honor.

The Awards will be presented at the Phoenix Art Gala to be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015

at the Hilton Garden Inn in Nashville.


Frist Art Center Community Partner

The Healing Arts Project, Inc. has become a Community Partner with the Frist Art Center for the Visual Arts.

The Park Center South art class is using the Frist Art Center art trunk co-ordinated with the exhibit “Kandinsky:  A Retrospective.: ( Read more about the Art Trunk program under News and Events).  Park Center South art students will tour the Kandinsky exhibit at the Frist Art Center during December 2014.



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.


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




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.