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Art for Awareness 2013  


Art for Awareness Conference
Theme: One Pathway to Wellness
Coincides with Mental Health Day on Capitol Hill
March 5, 2013

Artist Pre-Registration Deadline is Noon (Central Time), Monday March 4, 2013

FAX Form to: (615) 253-1846 or Mail to: Lorene Lambert, TDMHSAS Office of Communications, 601 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, will be an exciting day for mental health agencies and consumers as they attend the annual “Mental Health Day on Capitol Hill” at War Memorial Auditorium and environs. In the afternoon, the annual statewide Art for Awareness Conference, co-sponsored by TDMHSAS and the Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI), gets under way as consumer artists from across Tennessee come together to share their works and their experiences. This year’s theme is “Art—One Path to Wellness.”

Art for Awareness begins at 1 p.m., with registration opening at 11 a.m. in The Nashville Room of the Tennessee/Snodgrass Tower, across 7th Avenue from the War Memorial Building. Handicapped access is through the 8th Avenue, Rosa Parks entrance. This location will allow consumers, family and friends to quickly move from the Mental Health Day on Capitol Hill events to this annual celebration of consumer art.

New this year will be exhibitor booths by industry and government agencies with a focus on wellness through multi-dimensional experiences in recovery. Registered consumer artists should bring one piece of artwork, framed for display in the Legislative Hall. Registration materials provide information on correct, inexpensive methods for framing. The artwork submitted will showcase a variety of themes and media, and some consumers have sold their works to admirers in the past.

Art for Awareness has grown every year for the past seven years, moving from a regional to a statewide conference in 2010. Since that time, more than 1,000 consumers in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse issues have participated in the art-based stigma reduction program through HAPI-sponsored art classes at peer support centers. A few have entered individual instruction programs and are continuing to study art on their own.

Click Here for Participation Instructions about Art for Awareness. This year, consumer artists must be pre-registered in order to receive a delegate bag containing sample art materials. Walk-ins are welcome to register onsite, and all consumer artists can sign up for donated door prizes of art materials and instruction books donated through HAPI, Inc.

Click Here for the Conference Agenda.
Click Here for Framing Instructions for the art consumers will bring.
Click Here for sheets of Art for Awareness Delegate I.D. badges. Security at the Tennessee Tower requires these for entrance into the building and the conference.

For more information on Art for Awareness, contact Lorene Lambert at or call (615) 253-4812. For more information on HAPI, contact Jane Baxter at or visit