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For Justice, In Solidarity: A Response from Two Emerging Art Therapists to the Rise of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Violence

For Justice, In Solidarity: A Response from Two Emerging Art Therapists to the Rise of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Violence

March 22, 2021 | Elisha-Rio P. Apilado and Zachary D. Van Den Berg

Two related but equally concerning trends have emerged during the Coronavirus pandemic in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community: the rise in violence and the rise in mental health care needs. This response blog post is a plea for art therapists to intervene and recognize that our services can have life-or-death consequences, especially for the AANHPI community.

A Sloth Goes to the Hospital: A Children’s Book Helps Young Patients Learn about the Creative Arts Therapies

A Sloth Goes to the Hospital: A Children’s Book Helps Young Patients Learn about the Creative Arts Therapies

March 19, 2021 | Olivia Dobson

Sloth Goes to the Hospital: Introducing the Creative Arts Therapies, introduces the Creative Arts Therapy services at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and promotes normalization of the hospital experience. The storyline of the book is accompanied by my illustrations of Sloth and his interactions with art therapy, music therapy and dance/movement therapy while in the hospital.

New 2021 Member Demographics Report Available Now

New 2021 Member Demographics Report Available Now

March 19, 2021

AATA’s new 2021 Member Demographics Report is now available online! This report is intended to be a current, shareable snapshot of the AATA membership community and contains information collected through February 9, 2021.

2021 Art Therapy Licensing Bill Updates in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania

2021 Art Therapy Licensing Bill Updates in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania

March 11, 2021

As state legislatures continue to focus on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, several art therapy licensing bills are advancing as a way to address the mental health crisis that has accompanied the virus. Read on for updates on legislation in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania in the 2021 legislative sessions!

Announcing AATA’s Collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective

Announcing AATA’s Collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective

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.

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.