February 2024


Each February, AATA celebrates Black History Month and recognizes Black art therapists who served as pioneers for the profession and our association. To learn more about the work of the art therapists profiled below, please visit Black History in Art Therapy: A Living Reference & Resource Guide, compiled by Deanna Barton, MA, ATR-BC & Zachary D. Van Den Berg, MA, LPC, ATR-P.

If you would like to recognize a Black art therapist for their contributions to the art therapy profession and AATA, please consider nominating them as an AATA Featured Member

About Art Therapists

Art therapists are credentialed mental health professionals. They are trained in a broad range of psychological theory and ways to use art media and creative processes to help people cope with mental health challenges. Art therapists hold Masters–level or higher degrees. Look for a therapist with the credentials ATR (art therapist registered) or ATR–BC (board–certified art therapist registered).

To find an art therapist near you, search AATA’s Art Therapist Locator.


Photo Credits

Cliff Joseph, photo by Terry Evans
Sarah McGhee, photo from Cheryl Doby-Copeland, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 18 Sep 2019
Charles Anderson, photo courtesy of Charles Anderson
Lucille Venture, photo courtesy of AATA archives
Georgette Powell, photo by Chris Capilongo