Calling all Tennessee artists in recovery!
Thanks for making the 2021 edition of Art for Awareness a virtual success! We appreciate our friends at Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) for partnering with us and to Selina Hyzer (HAPI) for creating artwork (above) for this year's event!
Our theme this year was "Connecting with Art and Heart," and you can see in the art gallery below how our artists did an amazing job of just that!
Thanks to Karen Renée Robb/Frame Drum Wisdom (Nashville) for providing the soundtrack for this video.
Thanks to our artists below who shared what art means to them for our 2021 event.
Enjoy this compilation of art from years past.
Art for Awareness 2021: Featured Speakers
Kelly Dorsey is this year’s Keynote Speaker
Don't miss her presentation entitled "Pieces to Peace"
Karen Renée Robb is leading this year’s art activity:
"The Art Of Intention | Embodying Our Words" - Through the art of mindfulness, breath, sound, spoken word, and child-like creative expression we will take a contemplative journey into the power and energy of our words. Moving energy, emotions, and inspiring ourselves individually and collectively. Enjoy feeling the power of the Healing Arts expressing in us and through us.
Karen Renée Robb is a vocal and visual artist with over 30 years of vocal performance experience and the founder of Frame Drum Wisdom and ReSounding Wholeness. Her passion for live sound, creativity, and compassion has led her to assist others in reclaiming their voice, innate rhythm, and creative expression through the use of the frame drum. A midwife for the soul's expression, Karen Renée brings her whole self into the experiences she facilitates. Helping to awaken and support others in meaningful, memorable ways, she makes the Healing Arts accessible and a vital part of personal growth and development. Karen Renée is also a Sound & Reiki Clinician, Reiki Master Teacher, Circle Facilitator, Inspirational Speaker and Universal Life Minister.
Statewide Peer Wellness Coach/Trainer Dina Savvenas is leading our wellness activity: “Dance to Your Own Drum”
Dina Savvenas, a Johnson City, TN native, earned a BS in Psychology and an MA in Storytelling from ETSU. She has worked as a case manager for victims of domestic violence and began working at Frontier Health as a Peer Wellness Coach for the TDMHSAS Wellness Initiative My Health My Choice My Life in 2015.
She received several honors in this position, including keynote status for the 2017 Art for Awareness event in Nashville and the “Advocate of the Year” award at the 2018 Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Conference in Manchester, TN.
Dina began serving as the Statewide Peer Wellness Coach & Trainer in November, 2018, and she is committed to serving peers receiving services in the state of Tennessee and also to her team of Peer Wellness Coaches. Dina is personally committed to wellness, enjoys acting and theatre arts, Bellydance, and being active in the great outdoors.
*Photography by Theresa Montgomery, State of TN Photographic Services
**Slideshow by Jules Wilson, TDMHSAS Young & Young Adult Coordinator
Special thanks to our partners who help make Art for Awareness possible: