March 9, 2021

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is proud to collaborate with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective (AUC Art Collective) to raise awareness about art therapy! Working with Spelman College and the Morehouse School of Medicine, the AUC Art Collective’s goal is to introduce the Atlanta University Center community to the art therapy profession over the course of the Spring 2021 semester. There are approximately 8,850 students attending Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) member institutions.

Operating within the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the AUC Art Collective offers a BA in Art History and minors in Curatorial Studies and Art History to students at Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. It is the first and only undergraduate program in the US envisioned to train the next generation of African Americans in global art industry.

We are so excited for the next event in the series, Career Conversation: The Profession of Art Therapy with Dr. Cheryl Doby-Copeland and Deanna Barton coming up on Thursday, March 11th!

To keep up with the collaboration on social media, follow @auc_artcollective and @arttherapyorg!

If you missed last week’s posts, read on for a recap and to learn more about upcoming events.

Introducing Art Therapy

We launched the semester’s activities with a week-long Instagram series, Art Therapy: Creative Healing, The Power of Art and You, from March 1-5 to introduce art therapy.


We covered a range of topics, including:

We sure covered a lot! Click here to scroll through it all.

We also spotlighted an art therapist every day!

A Conversation About Access + Community

The highlight of the week was the Instagram Live chat between AATA board member Dr. Louvenia Jackson and Director of AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Dr. Cheryl Finley. They discussed the state of art therapy, with particular attention to Black and Brown communities, and its role –a year into the pandemic and with respect to racial and social justice. Don’t worry if you missed the conversation. Click here to watch!


Up Next: Career Week

We are thrilled to announce the next event in the series to take place Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST: Career Conversation: The Profession of Art Therapy with Cheryl Doby-Copeland, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT and Deanna Barton, MA, ATR-BC.

Click here to RSVP and please share the link with those in your network who might be interested in a career in art therapy! After the live event, the recording will be available on AUC Art History and Curatorial Studies Collective’s YouTube channel.

Event description

Through active artmaking that pairs the creative process and applied psychology within a psychotherapeutic practice, art therapy offers a means of communication for people who cannot find the words to express anxiety, pain, or emotions. Art Therapy is a rewarding, interdisciplinary profession that unites art and psychology to improve the lives of people of all ages and walks of life. Join art therapists, Dr. Cheryl Doby-Copeland and Deanna Barton (Spelman College, C’2008) for a multi-faceted conversation on the profession of art therapy.