December 8, 2020
Dear art therapy colleagues and community:
We are very excited to make our first Annual Impact Report available to you, highlighting this year for the American Art Therapy Association as we continue our work as the leading voice for art therapists and promoting mental health for everyone.
Even during this challenging year, I am proud of the work we have been able to accomplish together. We have supported a gamut of member needs relative to the pandemic, undertaken critical steps towards a commitment to DEI, hosted a successful virtual annual conference, passed legislation for licensure for art therapists in Virginia and Washington, DC—with ongoing art therapy legislative activity in more than 20 states! We also joined federal efforts to address mental health during this pandemic and in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others.
It has become more evident than ever that people need to feel supported by their communities. Our members have bolstered each other, whether connecting on the MyAATA Forum or during our virtual events, and shared their own experiences and voice with us through surveys and blog articles. Thank you! I am so honored that you’re a part of our association and our art therapy community.
Margaret Carlock-Russo, EdD, LCAT(NY), ATR-BC, ATCS