March 11, 2023
During Creative Arts Therapies Week, the third week of March, we aim to spread awareness about art therapy and other life-enhancing mental health professions.
Learn more about these fields and how you can support creative arts therapists in your community!
If you’re an art therapist, please take a moment to talk about the work you do or help educate your lawmakers and your community about the importance of mental health. Have a conversation with a colleague or engage on social media using #CATsWeek2023. And, if you work with other creative arts therapists, invite them to join you!
7 Ways to Celebrate Creative Arts Therapies Week
- Host an event with your art therapist colleagues at your work about what you do, or collaborate with other mental health professionals, including creative arts therapists from other fields. In past years, events have included in-person and virtual art-making, art exhibits, panel discusions, or simply a table with fact sheets and art to start a conversation.
- Explain your own experience as an art therapist! Fill out the Voices of Art Therapy story form with your own story about the power of art therapy.
- Share this fact sheet with lawmakers, people you work with who may not be aware of your work, and other people in your community.
- Share this blog post about a young mom’s journey of healing with art therapy after her infant daughter’s cancer.
- Write a Letter to the Editor to your hometown newspaper about the work art therapists do to support the community in recognition of Creative Arts Therapies Week. (Use this Template)
- Get involved in an art therapy licensure campaign in your state!
- Learn more about the six creative arts therapy professions. Check out Sloth Goes To The Hospital, a kid-friendly book that introduces the creative arts therapies, by Olivia Dobson, MPS, ATR-BC, LPC.
“For those of you who have never tried art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist, art-making is an important technique that offers a place to put all the trauma, to make sense of it all. At first, I could not speak about my trauma, or what I was continuing to experience. There were only tears, so obviously, traditional talk therapy wouldn’t be helpful….
And through the art making, I found space to listen — to learn about why I was feeling these things — and eventually, I was able to talk about it.”
— Anya Navidi-Kasmai, who is working
with an art therapist to cope with
her daughter Miley’s childhood cancer
“I can attest to the mixed emotions that can be felt during a mask-making exercise: guilt, fear, and self-loathing/self-doubt at first, then, while moving through the making of the mask, feelings of exhilaration, freedom, resolution, and accomplishment can start to emerge…. I can also state unequivocally that art therapy has helped save my life.”
— Christopher Stowe, Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (ret.), who received art therapy services through the Creative Forces program at Walter Reed
“Visual art helps give choices back to the patients who have lost the ability to make many of the choices in their care and empowering the patient to make decisions in art, to do things in art, to observe things in art, is important to their ability to cope with their circumstances.”