AATA News

AATA Statement in Support of Authentic Self Expression among Transgender Youth

AATA Statement in Support of Authentic Self Expression among Transgender Youth

April 22, 2021

The American Art Therapy Association stands in support of transgender youth. We are outraged by the onslaught of recent state legislation proposed across the country prohibiting gender-affirming care for transgender youth and banning transgender youth from participating on sports teams according to their gender identity. Simply put, these bills are dangerous because they systematically endanger the health and well-being of transgender youth.

Introducing LaToya Pegram, Conference Special Sessions Chair

Introducing LaToya Pegram, Conference Special Sessions Chair

April 21, 2021

I find that now more than before people are welcoming the idea of mental wellness. Whether people are being forced to connect within home or through extensive hours on screen, the pandemic has motivated many to self-reflect on values, goals, and loved ones. People have tapped into innovative and creative ideas that sparked new business ventures and ways to acquire one’s goals. The creation and exploration of genograms has been a preferred directive especially during this time as it not only teaches patterns of behavior but also provides insight to provoke awareness. 

2021 Pearlie Roberson Annual Award

2021 Pearlie Roberson Annual Award

April 15, 2021 | Craig Siegel

Members of the AATA are encouraged to apply for the Pearlie Roberson Annual Scholarship Award, honoring Pearlie Roberson, an African American artist and art therapy client. The award provides financial support for work undertaken by a student or professional member of AATA, which targets multicultural aspects and capacities of art therapy in the community. The application deadline is May 1, 2021.

Tennessee Art Therapy Licensure Bill Passes! Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

Tennessee Art Therapy Licensure Bill Passes! Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

April 8, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that the art therapy licensure bill (HB 183) passed the Tennessee House of Representatives on April 5, 2021! The bill, having passed the Senate in March, was delivered to Governor Bill Lee on April 7th. According to Tennessee procedures, the Governor has 10 days (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation, or it becomes law without a signature. We expect action by April 19, 2021. We are looking forward to sharing more updates soon!

AATA Journal: Call for Papers and Free Access Articles

AATA Journal: Call for Papers and Free Access Articles

April 8, 2021

Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association is seeking papers for the upcoming issue on the topic “Resilience and Transformation: Learning from 2020” and is offering two limited-time free access to articles in the current issue. All the details can be found in the call for papers and anuscripts are requested by July 31, 2021. We encourage you to consider submitting to the upcoming issue and to review the above articles while they are available free access. Don’t forget that AATA membership includes access to the full offerings of the Journal (login to MyAATA and find the link under the “Research” heading in the Professional Development tab).

Creative Forces Research Opportunity for Art Therapy

Creative Forces Research Opportunity for Art Therapy

April 8, 2021

Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Military Healing Arts Network has recently issued two Request for Applications (RFA) for feasibility/pilot studies in art therapy and music therapy. The application period is June 2-16, 2021.

Consider Applying for a 2021 Research Grant or Award

Consider Applying for a 2021 Research Grant or Award

April 7, 2021 | Jill McNutt

Opportunities to participate in research and learn more about the status of evidence-based practice in art therapy include, annual research grants and awards, paper and panel presentations at the annual conference and a student poster presentation that includes both graduate and undergraduate contributions. Research awards and grants are offered annually to members of the AATA. Current and upcoming applications can be found at 2021 Award Schedule on MyAATA. 

2021 Scholarship Application Call: Imagine Yourself as an Awardee!

2021 Scholarship Application Call: Imagine Yourself as an Awardee!

April 8, 2021

The call for applications for AATA scholarships closes on May 1, 2021, so you still have time! The benefits of receiving a scholarship extend beyond dollars and cents. When you receive a national scholarship from the AATA, you experience increased networking opportunities from peers and colleagues. When you receive a national scholarship from the AATA, you experience increased networking opportunities from peers and colleagues. Read on to learn about how some of the recipients of 2020 scholarships benefitted from their award and imagine yourself as an awardee in 2021.

SURVEY: Reexamining the Impact of Coronavirus on the Art Therapy Profession

SURVEY: Reexamining the Impact of Coronavirus on the Art Therapy Profession

April 6, 2021

In May 2020, art therapists shared their experiences during the pandemic in the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) Coronavirus Impact Survey. Our report told the story of art therapists standing on the frontlines of the pandemic while coping with tremendous challenges. Now, a year into the pandemic, we are launching a follow-up survey to assess how art therapists are doing. While our last survey focused on the entire art therapy community (including students and educators), this survey is focused on clinicians’ work with clients.

Register for the 2021 National Arts Action Summit, April 5-9

Register for the 2021 National Arts Action Summit, April 5-9

March 25, 2021

AATA is proud to join Americans for the Arts as a National Partner once again for the National Arts Action Summit! This year the National Arts Action Summit (April 5-9) will be a multi-day digital event bringing together arts advocates from across the country. The following week (April 12-16) will be Arts Advocacy Week, when advocates will meet with their congressional leaders bringing their passion, knowledge, and stories to advance policy. The deadline to submit a request for full registration support is April 2, 2021.