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Creative Forces Veteran Testifies on behalf of the AATA before U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Creative Forces Veteran Testifies on behalf of the AATA before U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

February 28, 2019 | Advocacy

On Tuesday February 26, 2019 Christopher Stowe Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (ret.) testified on behalf of the AATA alongside Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.  They urged the subcommittee to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $167.5 for FY 2020, a $12.5 million increase from FY 2019.

The History of the Annual Pearlie Roberson Multicultural Quilt Project

The History of the Annual Pearlie Roberson Multicultural Quilt Project

February 28, 2019 | By Delora Putnam-Bryant

Quilts and quilt making in the African American culture can be traced back to the times when black Americans were enslaved. There are several accounts of how slaves incorporated the techniques of quilting from their native land’s fabric making process, and enslaved Americans passed down quilting to other slaves.  Materials gathered from scraps of fabric that could no longer be used, were repurposed to create quilts.

Laura Greenstone’s Vision for the African-American and Afro-Caribbean Art Therapy Student Scholarship

Laura Greenstone’s Vision for the African-American and Afro-Caribbean Art Therapy Student Scholarship

February 21, 2019 | By Jack Harris | #WeAreArtTherapists

Laura Greenstone died on July 18, 2018 suddenly, but not necessarily unexpectedly. In the year before she died, she had begun increasingly to talk about where she had been and where she was going, as well as where her profession had been and where it was going. Together we began to take steps to secure Laura’s work and legacy as we began some intensive estate and disability planning. As part of these efforts, Laura made a bequest of $25,000 to the American Art Therapy Association for the establishment of a scholarship to support masters-level African-American and Afro-Caribbean art therapy students.

Honoring African-American Art Therapy Pioneers

Honoring African-American Art Therapy Pioneers

February 14, 2019  | #WeAreArtTherapists

This Black History Month and year round, we honor the contributions of African-Americans to the field of art therapy and to the Association.  This year, as we celebrate the 365 days of our 50th Anniversary, we reflect on our history and look to the future of the American Art Therapy Association. 

AATA Conference Attendees Send Stars of HOPE Following the Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting

AATA Conference Attendees Send Stars of HOPE Following the Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting

January 3, 2019  | By Stephanie Wray

Every year at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, attendees are invited to create artwork in the open studio — a wonderful way to step back and process during the intensive days of learning.  At the 2018 conference held in Miami, attendees were invited to join Stars of HOPE, USA in painting 12-inch wooden stars with a message of hope.

U.S. Embassy in Japan Awards Grant to Pilot Art Therapy Program

U.S. Embassy in Japan Awards Grant to Pilot Art Therapy Program

November 15, 2018 | International

In Tokyo on Tuesday, November 13, Second Lady Karen Pence announced a $55,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to support a pilot art therapy program at the University of Tsukuba.  Congratulations to International AATA Member Cheryl Okubo, ATR-BC, recipient of this prestigious grant!

Student Art Gallery in Miami International Airport Spreads Awareness for the Role of Art Therapy in Public Schools

Student Art Gallery in Miami International Airport Spreads Awareness for the Role of Art Therapy in Public Schools

November 8, 2018 | Children | Education

Art therapists who traveled from around the world to Miami for the American Art Therapy Association’s 49th Annual Conference received a warm welcome, beginning with their arrival at the Miami International Airport (MIA).  In addition to the billboard and signs in the airport welcoming attendees, MIA hosted a gallery of student artwork from the Miami-Dade County Public School’s Clinical Art Therapy Department.