March 11, 2021

The American Art Therapy Association celebrates individual members who are making an impact in our profession and community.  Every year we recognize members who are elevating the field, and we support the next generation of art therapists who will transform the profession. This is your opportunity to honor colleagues and recognize the unsung heroes and visionaries of the field or take the next step in your career by applying for a scholarship. Read below and find more information on MyAATA for opportunities in the following categories (listed by application deadline): Multicultural (May 1), Scholarships (May 1), Nominations (May 6), Honors (June 15), Research (June 15) and Governmental Affairs (June 15).

New for 2021: We are now accepting applications for Honors, Research and Governmental Affairs Awards online through our member portal! Please reach out to with any questions.

Pearlie Roberson Annual Award

Supporting multiculturalism in research.

Student and professional members of the AATA are encouraged to apply for the Pearlie Roberson Annual Scholarship Award. This award honors Pearlie Roberson, an African American artist and art therapy client, and supports efforts to “explore, express, connect” in order to enhance the multicultural aspects of the therapeutic experience. Applications are due May 1, 2021. See MyAATA for more information and the application.


Helping students and art therapy’s newest professionals gain access to resources and networking opportunities as they enter their career in the field and create the future of the profession.

AATA student members enrolled in or accepted to undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs are eligible to apply.  Applications are due May 1, 2021. Find more information and applications on MyAATA for these competitive awards:

  • American Art Therapy Association Anniversary Scholarship Fund
  • Myra Levick Scholarship Fund
  • Rawley Silver Award for Excellence
  • Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund
  • Student Scholarship to the Annual Conference
  • Prasad Family Foundation – International Student Scholarship
  • Irene Rosner David Medical Art Therapy Scholarship
  • New Professional Scholarship to the Annual Conference
  • Laura Greenstone Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Ellen G. Horovitz Spiritual Art Therapy Scholarship

Volunteer Officers and Directors of the Board

From responding to the global pandemic and addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization to moving forward with professional education and licensure, our art therapy association requires an active and engaged leadership.

Please think of those individuals, including yourself, whom you envision bringing beneficial energy and skills to our organization. Once you identify those individuals, please help create the best possible leadership team by submitting a nomination for the 2021 Candidate Slate for the AATA’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.  Please submit Candidate Applications and Nomination Forms by May 6th, 2021. Find all forms, position descriptions, and more information on MyAATA (under the “Nominations & Elections” header). The AATA is currently accepting nominations for AATA members to serve two-year terms (2021-2023) in the following positions: 

  • President-elect (1)
  • Secretary (1)
  • Board of Directors (3)
  • Nominating Sub-Committee (1)


Take this opportunity to applaud your colleagues’ outstanding achievements in education, with clients, and contributions towards the art therapy profession as a whole!

The Honors Working Group has opened the 2021 Call for Honors nominations. Professional members may submit nominations for art therapists through June 15, 2021. Find more information and apply directly for the following awards on MyAATA:

  • Honorary Life Member (HLM)  
  • Distinguished Clinician Award
  • Distinguished Educator Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Jim Consoli Video/Film Award
  • Rudolph Arnheim Award 
  • Other Award


Growing the profession by rewarding excellence and supporting emerging and accomplished art therapy researchers as they elevate the profession.

The Research Committee is now accepting applications for the 2021 Research Awards, which are due June 15, 2021. Find more information and apply directly for the following awards on MyAATA:

  • Gladys Agell Award for Excellence in Research
  • Rawley Silver Research Award
  • 2021 Seed Grants

Join the art therapy community in celebrating the achievements of colleagues and supporting growth and research in the profession.  Read more about those who were awarded last year during the 2020 Annual Conference Awards Ceremony, and find information about the 2021 season for scholarships and awards on MyAATA.

Nancy Schoebel Distinguished Legislative Service Award

Elevating the profession through legislation.

Nancy Schoebel was an inspiring art therapist and a vigorous supporter of art therapy at the local, state, and national levels.  This award is designed to recognize AATA members’ ongoing efforts to elevate the art therapy profession.  We know that any legislative success is thanks to the hard work and perseverance of volunteers on the ground.  Now is your chance to recognize those colleagues who are making a difference in your community by nominating them for this prestigious award!  The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2021.  Please read more about Nancy, and nominate your colleague directly on MyAATA.