November 1, 2018

Cam Busch, MEd, RN, ATR-BC, LPAT, has had a diverse career in nursing, art, art therapy, and arts in healthcare as the owner of Art Therapy Consults and Studio in Chattanooga, TN.  A pioneer in the field, Busch has served on the AATA Board of Directors and was board liaison to the Journal, Public Relations Chair when the first National Creative Arts Therapies Week was launched in 1988.  A founding member of the Tennessee Art Therapy Association (TATA), she served two terms as President and Delegate and received the Distinguished Service Award and Honorary Life Member.  This year she is thrilled to be celebrating TATA’s 25th anniversary with colleagues.  Of her AATA membership, Busch says, “Networking with like-minded professionals and spreading the passion for this work is a wonderful benefit!”

Busch works to build bridges for the arts in health among interdisciplinary organizations, including the creative arts therapies, the visual and performing arts, and holistic nursing.  The Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series is in its 19th year of providing innovative and inspiring lectures and performances for the awareness of the benefits of the creative arts therapies and arts in healthcare to communities.  The series is a partnership in Chattanooga with Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Busch is passionate in her work with a broad range of clients, helping them express feelings and emotions and assisting them with skill-building development.  She is also a long-term mentor and supervisor for rising art therapists as they pursue their goals to become registered, certified, and licensed.  For the future of art therapy, Busch hopes to see the “continuation of research to add to the growing body of support for our work, collaborations with like-minded professionals, the continuation of stimulating conferences in rotating regions of our nation, and providing more forums and opportunities for diversity.”

“Building Series III, Provence” by Cam Busch. Color photograph. 2016.