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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.

Rachel Sikorski, ATR-BC, LCAT

Rachel Sikorski, ATR-BC, LCAT

December 13, 2018

She has valued her AATA membership throughout her career and shares, “AATA conferences, local chapter events and workshops, as well as the recent additions of the Art Therapy Today newsletter and the AATA online community have helped me feel much more connected and in the loop with what’s happening in our field nationally.

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.

Sunrise Reviews Commence in Connecticut and Nebraska

Sunrise Reviews Commence in Connecticut and Nebraska

October 25, 2018 | Advocacy

The AATA is pleased to share that state agencies in Connecticut and Nebraska have approved applications to conduct studies on into the need to regulate art therapy. These comprehensive studies to determine the need and the appropriate level of regulation of a profession, commonly referred to as “sunrise reviews,” are prerequisites for the legislature to consider licensing a new profession and are now required at varying degrees in 14 states .  

Vote with Art Therapy in Mind: The AATA Guide for Election Day 2018

Vote with Art Therapy in Mind: The AATA Guide for Election Day 2018

October 25, 2018 | Advocacy

As mental health professionals, art therapists are connected with the needs of the communities they serve.  You may already be a champion for your clients in your community to ensure they get the care they need.  Similarly, Election Day is an opportunity to be a champion for your clients and for the values that are core to our profession.