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HAPI Art Show this month at St. Mary Magdalene

Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church invites the public to the Healing Arts Project Inc. (HAPI) Art Show which continues through June 28.

On Thursdays, June 12, June 19 and June 26, the viewing open to the public is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

On Saturdays, June 14, June 21 and June 28, the viewing is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on Tuesdays, June 17 and June 24, the exhibit is open from 2 until 6 p.m.

The Healing Arts Project, Inc. provides an avenue for persons in mental health and addictive recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors. In this way, since 2004, HAPI raises awareness in the community and helps combat stigma about these disorders, thus promoting understanding, acceptance and success.

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. Professional artists at mental health peer support centers teach art classes. 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.

For additional information about the local show, call Marcia Ruffing at (931) 433-3992.