AATA News

Consider Becoming an ACATE Council Member! 

Consider Becoming an ACATE Council Member! 

The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) is currently seeking applications and nominations for two Educator and one Practitioner positions that will become open on July 1, 2024.

Creative Arts Therapies Week 2024

Creative Arts Therapies Week 2024

Creative Arts Therapies Week, the third week of March, is an opportunity to spread awareness about art therapy and other life-enhancing mental health professions!

Barbie Just Embarked on a New Career as an Art Therapist!

Barbie Just Embarked on a New Career as an Art Therapist!

Mattel’s Barbie brand just launched its first mental health career—and they chose to show Barbie as an art therapist! At a time when children are facing a multitude of mental health crises, AATA hopes Art Therapy Barbie will give parents and caregivers an opportunity to talk about mental health with kids and explore the power of art-making in wellness.

2023 Chapter Advocacy Updates

2023 Chapter Advocacy Updates

Advocating for licensure isn’t just about advocating for practicing art therapists: it’s about calling for increased access to mental health professionals and keeping the profession sustainable for future art therapists. Here’s a look at AATA chapter advocacy and how you can help.

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Each February, AATA celebrates Black History Month and recognizes Black art therapists who served as pioneers for the art therapy profession and our association.

Featured Member: Michelle “Starr” Starling

Featured Member: Michelle “Starr” Starling

Currently, I am working with African American women. I dedicated my thesis work towards learning more about their relationship with the mental health community and how to remove their help-seeking barriers in order to introduce them to art therapy.” — Michelle “Starr” Starling

Representing Art Therapy in a First-Ever National Convening on Arts and Health

Representing Art Therapy in a First-Ever National Convening on Arts and Health

By AATA President Nadia Paredes, MA, LMFT, ATR

I had the privilege to attend both the White House and NEA Summit on Arts and Culture and the Arts and Health Pre-Summit Caucus. These first-of-its-kind convenings brought together policymakers, arts advocates, and artists to collaborate on how art can contribute to the health and well-being of individual and communities.

Featured Member: Bani Malhotra

Featured Member: Bani Malhotra

“My adventurous and fulfilling journey in art therapy wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic mentors I had along the way. I urge the art therapy community to connect and collaborate, and create opportunities to train and learn with the next generation of art therapists.” — Bani Malhotra, PhD, ATR-BC

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