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Dept. of Education Art Therapy Project Grants FAQ

Dept. of Education Art Therapy Project Grants FAQ

February 11, 2021

We want to share with you a recent notice by the Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education inviting applications for new awards for FY 2021 for the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) Program. The agency identifies Art Therapy as a program priority—so we encourage you and your colleagues to consider applying. This is an excellent opportunity to support the work of art therapists making an impact every day in our schools! 

Am I Well Rested? My Reflections on the 7 Types of Rest

Am I Well Rested? My Reflections on the 7 Types of Rest

January 28, 2021 | Bani Malhotra

When my Doctoral Advisor Dr. Girija Kaimal, posed the simple question, “Are you well rested?” during a meeting after the holidays to discuss an online research project started during the pandemic, I hesitantly responded, “I guess?” and asked myself in my head, “Am I really?” I realized that I was prepared to discuss a recent virtual interview that I had conducted and the tasks that I was supposed to complete, but I felt totally thrown off when she was also interested in my personal care. 

Feeling Stressed about the Capitol Attacks? Here are some Tools to Help Cope from a Trauma Art Therapist

Feeling Stressed about the Capitol Attacks? Here are some Tools to Help Cope from a Trauma Art Therapist

January 13, 2020 | Raquel Farrell-Kirk

I kept the television off and focused on my day at home with my ten year old son. At first, I easily ignored the texts updates I was receiving from friends about the rally in Washington DC, but as the situation escalated into an attack on the Capitol building, I could ignore the news no more. After a few frustrating minutes pressing buttons, I enlisted my son’s help to turn on the television and watched the violence unfold on my television screen.

5 Tips from an Art Therapist to Get You through Holiday Gloom

5 Tips from an Art Therapist to Get You through Holiday Gloom

December 16, 2020 | Nadia Paredes

I was born and raised in Mexico, in a very loving (I would even dare say enmeshed) typical Catholic Latino family. My grandfather had died close to Christmas, so my father always tried his best to erase that feeling of loss and live the ideals of what he called “the American Christmas.”

My Perspectives as a BIPOC Art Therapist

My Perspectives as a BIPOC Art Therapist

December 3, 2020 | Miki Goerdt

As a first-time facilitator of a networking event, I experienced some difficulties, which I took personally at first, telling myself that I was not experienced enough to lead it. Several days later, after processing my experience with colleagues, I realized that my difficulties were systemic rather than something attached to myself or any participants of the event. They were related to the racial dynamics of the American society and within our profession.

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November 19, 2020

National Native American Heritage Month is a reminder each year to celebrate Native American people, arts, culture, and heritage. There are 3 million indigenous people in the United States, belonging to 574 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) in the United States. (See map). This year, we want to join our mental health allies in a call to address the health disparities that Native American/Indigenous people are experiencing, particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

7 Facts to Know on Veterans Day

7 Facts to Know on Veterans Day

November 11, 2020

For art therapists, Veterans Day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the mental health of veterans and service members. Among veterans who have served since the September 11, 2001, attacks, approximately one in five experiences mental health issues, including PTSD, major depression, and anxiety, according to the RAND Corporation.

#AATA2020 Highlights from Days 1 and 2 — See you on Day 3!

#AATA2020 Highlights from Days 1 and 2 — See you on Day 3!

November 5, 2020 |Susan Boxer Kappel

A huge thank you to all who are attending, participating in the chat features during sessions, and showing up (on camera) for the networking sessions! Check out some of our favorite #AATA2020 moments on social media so far, and there is still time to register for Day 3!