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.