Join us at AATA2023 in San Diego!

The work you do every day with your clients and in the community takes creativity, curiosity, and compassion. Let’s celebrate that at AATA’s 54th annual conference, which will be the largest gathering of art therapists in one place! This year’s conference is going to be better than ever, featuring five days of curated experiences at San Diego’s Town and Country Resort.


Participate in Premier CE Opportunities

AATA’s Conference Committee is creating customizable paths of world-class educational programming. Expect more CEU opportunities than ever! This year, we’ll have sessions in 7 program tracks, from activism and addiction, to technology and trauma.

  • All-day Advance Practice Courses, Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Core Program Days, Thursday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Half-Day Advance Practice Courses, Sunday, Oct. 29
  • Find sessions by program area.

Grow your Network

Join art therapists from around the country during the countless networking opportunities and foster relationships… or simply make some friends!

Plus, AATA now has more Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) than ever before. 

Get Inspired by Keynote Speaker
Roberto Lugo on Oct. 27

Roberto Lugo is a Philadelphia-based artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator. He utilizes classical pottery forms in conjunction with portraiture and surface design reminiscent of his North Philadelphia upbringing and Hip Hop culture to highlight themes of poverty, inequality, and racial injustice.

Stay at a Stunning Hotel Venue!

The Town and Country Resort, built in mid-century style, has been totally renovated in 2020. It features a pool deck, family pool, children’s pool, and a four-story “Twister” waterslide. The resort also offers a three-acre Riverfront Park and state-of-the art fitness center. Check out resort activities in October. 

Get the best rate through AATA’s Hotel Block!

Enjoy Sunny San Diego

San Diego is known for the best weather in the country! Bring your family and explore some nearby attractions, including Balboa Park, the new Comic-Con museum, and the San Diego Zoo (just 10 minutes away by car). SeaWorld San Diego is also nearby.

No car? The Town and Country Resort is steps from the Fashion Valley trolley station, which can take you to Seaport Village or The New Children’s Museum. 

Don’t Miss the Evening Events!

Oct. 25, 6 – 8pm: Join Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC, at the President’s Opening Reception, and connect with friends and colleagues.

Oct, 27, 7 – 9pm: Night on the Town

Oct. 28, 8 – 11pm: Let’s celebrate together at the Closing Reception!

What’s Included in Your Registration

Our goal is to bring the art therapy community together for world-class continuing education, programming, art experientials, and more! Whether you’re a long-time practitioner, educator, or student, join us!

  • Continuing Education Sessions in 19 program tracks
  • Shared Interest Group meetings
  • Planning for licensure campaigns and coalition-building strategies
  • Presentation of AATA’s annual awards recognizing outstanding members and rising stars
  • Open Art Studio, a special place for attendees to learn new skills connect with each other

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor

The conference offers organizations visibility through event marketing, digital platforms, and promotional materials. Gain distinction among the art therapy community, including art therapy practitioners, clinicians, researchers, educators, and students!

Download the 2023 Conference Prospectus or email us at to set up an exploratory call.


The program is still being developed and updates will continue to be published in the program. The published schedule is subject to change. Presenters listed in the program have been invited, but changes may occur. If you have any questions, or need help registering for conference, please contact