Art for Awareness is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Healing Arts Project Inc. The event provides a forum for Tennessee artists in recovery to showcase their art and thereby contribute to the awareness of recovery and the healing that art can bring.
This celebration coincides with the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization’s “Day on the Hill.” Art will be hung in the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, where it will be available for viewing by Tennessee State Legislators.
For her keynote address, Savvenas will present a dance workshop.
“I presented the same workshop at the Statewide Certified Peer Recovery Specialists Conference, and due to its success there, the Art for Awareness Celebration has asked me to present it again for this event,” Savvenas said.
Workshop participants are provided with materials to create a piece of art. Once they have finished they are asked to dance what they created and their movements are then mirrored by a peer wellness coach.
The finale of the workshop will feature a belly dance by Savvenas, where participants are invited to join in the dance. “
The workshop is designed to break through the stigma of recovery, to remove inhibitions, and to create an atmosphere of confidence and well-being,” Savvenas said.
“I am one of two Peer Wellness coaches at Frontier Health, and there are a total of six coaches in the state of Tennessee,” Savvenas said.
For more information, visit www.frontierhealth.org or call 423-467-3600.