Seasonal Gifts

Support HAPI and make someone happy with HAPI Note Cards or Gift- a -Tag

HAPI is selling two designs of note cards at $10 per set of 5.  Cards can be ordered from HAPI, PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN  37202.

Unique color note cards with two Nashville themes






Send your check for number of sets of note cards and your address to 

PO Box 23584, Nashville, TN  37202


Annual Arts Issue of “Breaking Ground”

Two of the artworks by HAPI artists included in the 2016 Annual Arts Issue of “Breaking Ground” are Portrait by Augie Collier and Trill by Kathy Tupper.  This publication features a collection of exceptional art created by Tennesseans with disabilities and is published by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.  This issue partners with the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The arts are essential to vibrant communities.  Increasing accessibility and participation in the arts enriches our state as a whole.

Portrait by Augie Collier
Portrait by Augie Collier
Trill by Kathy Tupper
Trill by Kathy Tupper

Nashville Bar Journal features HAPI Gallery at Metro Courthouse

Chancellor Carol L. McCoy featured the HAPI Gallery at the Courthouse where artwork of HAPI artists/participants hang on the fourth floor outside the courtrooms of Chancellor McCoy and Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman.  The public is more aware of the artists’ recovery journey as they see the art and read their comments on the identifications cards.  “These works of art offer a reminder that those struggling with personal challenges can find an outlet that enriches not only their lives but the lives of many others.”


Artwork in the Metro Courthouse Gallery is changed periodically so courtroom visitors see a wide sample of the artistic talents of HAPI artists.  The presence of this Gallery in this public space is recognition of the place that art plays in the values of our community.


Metro Courthouse Exhibit ongoing

Chancellor Claudia C. Bonnyman and Chancellor Carol L. McCoy sponsor a HAPI Gallery on the Metro Courthouse Fourth Floor, 401 Metropolitan Courthouse, Nashville, TN 37201.




How Art Benefits Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Blog by Gloria Grace Woods

I have had the blessed opportunity to volunteer at these art classes for the past two months.  These men and women are not only talented individuals, but they have become friends to me.  We are on equal ground.  Being bipolar and a recovering alcoholic, we can relate to each other.  They are authentic and real.  They don’t care about what I do for a living or that I am in the middle of pursuing a career; they care that I am loving towards them and grateful that I can help them with their artwork when they need assistance.  I have formed bonds with a few of them.  They light up when I walk in the room.  It is so rewarding to me to share two hours with these beloved artists.  It is a delight to see how far they have come each week I return to the classes.


One special artist shared with me his feelings as he was painting a beautiful picture of Pocohantas:


“Our life is a puzzle; the pieces of the puzzle are finding the missing pieces but they’re not in a box.  When I paint I feel inspired.  My imagination and a pat on the back inspire me.  Learning what went wrong last time and redefining my weaknesses and strong points so it won’t happen again.  Also looking back at flash points in my life, then trying to outdo what I’ve done before.  I live in a fantasy.


About HAPI

The Healing Arts Project, Inc. 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.


We want to inspire you to get involved with the Artists.  They are more than their illnesses and addictions.  They are family members, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, all with special talents. There is a stigma about being treated for mental health and addictions and we want you to help us erase the stigma.  Studies have shown that many people with mental illnesses are gifted with talents for painting, writing, music, acting.  Our society has been enriched by many famous people with mental illnesses including:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Winston Churchill
  • Tipper Gore
  • Isaac Newton
  • Mozart
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Beethoven
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Jane Pauley
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Patty Duke
  • Kathy Cronkite
  • Mike Wallace
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Tennessee Williams
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Charles Dickens
  • Virginia Woolf


So Get Involved! You can take part and help HAPI in some way:


  • Adopt an Artist
  • Purchase HAPI note cards (new item in HAPI Shop) (click on HAPI Shop and section opens)
  • Purchase HAPI original artworks
  • Attend Exhibits
  • Read “Faith, Hope and Recovery in Letters”
  • Donate art materials, yarn, fabric
  • Assist with art classes, exhibits, outreach, events to promote artists
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to HAPI