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From Heartache to Hope exhibit opens January 18

Exhibit to showcase photographs and stories from Middle Tennessee families living with autism
Exhibit to showcase photographs and stories from Middle Tennessee families living with autism
Cover of From Heartache to Hope

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will host From Heartache to Hope: middle tennessee families living with autism from January 18 to March 29 in its Exhibit Area in the second floor lobby. The exhibit showcases photographs and stories from a book by the same name that features 18 racially and socio-economically diverse Tennessee families with an autistic family member.

Photographs by Nashville's Rebekah Pope accompany stories by Leisa A. Hammett, whose only child is artist Grace Walker Goad, a teenager living with autism. Ms. Hammett is a speaker and an arts and systemic disability advocate. Her blogs is called  "The Journey with Grace: Autism, Art and All the Rest of Life."

Ms. Pope specializes in baby, child and family portraiture. She is accredited by Special Kids Photography of America.

A reception for the creators of the book will be held Thursday, January 28, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center lobby, preceding the monthly Autism Society of Middle Tennessee (ASMT) educational workshop. To register, click here.

Regular exhibit hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


  • Leisa A. Hammett 4 years ago

    Thank you for the coverage! We had a great reception at the Brentwood Photography Group last night and next week also sign and discuss our book at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Tues., Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. Leisa A. Hammett;



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