AATA News

Well Wishes for Christina Easterly and Welcoming Eugenia Bravo

Well Wishes for Christina Easterly and Welcoming Eugenia Bravo

December 5, 2019

Christina Easterly, our Coordinator of Events and Operations is leaving our team at the end of this week. We thank her for all she has contributed to the AATA in her five years on our small team and wish her the very best in her next endeavors!

4 Art Therapy Journal Articles Open Access through the End of the Year

4 Art Therapy Journal Articles Open Access through the End of the Year

December 5, 2019 

These four articles are perfect for your holiday reading list! AATA members enjoy full access to Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association year round. And for a limited time through the end of the year, the following four articles are available open-access online. Renowned authors include pioneers in art therapy as well as art therapists contributing to the growing literature in the field of neuroscience!

Action on DC Licensure Bill

Action on DC Licensure Bill

December 4, 2019

On December 19th, art therapists in the District of Columbia will testify on behalf of B23-250, “Professional Art Therapist Licensure Amendment Act of 2019” during a combined public hearing between the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Health. Both committees may act on the bill following the hearing, and the next step would be passage by the full Council of the District of Columbia.

New Yorkers, Ask Governor Cuomo to Sign LCAT Insurance Bill Today!

New Yorkers, Ask Governor Cuomo to Sign LCAT Insurance Bill Today!

December 4, 2019

If you reside or work in New York State, please take a moment to urge your Governor to support access to creative arts therapies. A670A, which would require blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage to licensed mental health practitioners, including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT), was delivered to Governor Cuomo on November 26th, starting the 10-day clock (not including Sundays or holidays) for him to act.

Call to Action, New Yorkers!

Call to Action, New Yorkers!

November 14, 2019

On November 8, 2019 a bill to make mental health practitioners including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT) eligible for coverage under Medicaid in New York was finally delivered to the Governor! TAKE ACTION!! Call 1-518-474-8390 and ask Governor Cuomo to sign S3421A into law!

AATA Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Members at 50th Annual Conference

AATA Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Members at 50th Annual Conference

November 14, 2019

The American Art Therapy Association recognized recipients of annual awards and scholarships during the 50th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.  After a special 50th anniversary celebration with Rising Stars and Legacy Members, AATA Board President Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC, CEDCAT-S, led the recognition of AATA’s Award and Scholarship winners at the Plenary Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 31, 2019.

Interview with Peter Buotte on “Invisible Wounds” Exhibit

Interview with Peter Buotte on “Invisible Wounds” Exhibit

November 12, 2019

Yesterday on Veteran’s Day, we shared a blog post by Peter Buotte, veteran, art therapist, and sculptor, on his exhibit “Invisible Wounds,” now on display in the Texas State Capitol ground floor Rotunda in Austin from November 11 to November 18, 2019. We asked Peter to answer a few questions about this exhibit and his art process! 

“Invisible Wounds” Exhibit in Texas State Capitol by Veteran and Art Therapist

“Invisible Wounds” Exhibit in Texas State Capitol by Veteran and Art Therapist

November 11, 2019 | By Peter J. Buotte

As an art therapist, I get to encounter the invisible consequences of war each day.  As an artist, this series intends to make visible the experience of today’s Wounded Warrior who was physically or mentally wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan from 2001 to the present.  In another act of courage, each service member has selected a gesture and posed as a sculpture.