Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

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.

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.

AATA Statement on the Georgia Shootings and Rise in Anti-Asian Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic

AATA Statement on the Georgia Shootings and Rise in Anti-Asian Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 18, 2021

Our nation was devastated by the March 16th shootings in the Atlanta area that left eight people dead. While we are still learning the details, we know that most of the victims were women of Asian descent. These horrific attacks are the latest examples of the rise in incidents of hateful rhetoric and violent crimes perpetrated against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Announcing AATA’s Collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the Largest Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Announcing AATA’s Collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the Largest Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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.

Join AATA and the AUC Art Collective March 11 for an Art Therapy Career Conversation

Join AATA and the AUC Art Collective March 11 for an Art Therapy Career Conversation

March 9, 2021

Curious about becoming an art therapist? Know someone interested in a career in art therapy? Join us (it’s free!) Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST for Career Conversation: The Profession of Art Therapy with Cheryl Doby-Copeland, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT and Deanna Barton, MA, ATR-BC. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is proud to collaborate with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and the Morehouse School of Medicine to introduce the Atlanta University Center community to the art therapy profession over the course of this Spring 2021 semester!

February DEI Committee Update

February DEI Committee Update

February 25, 2021 | Gretchen M. Miller

With the closing of the AATA’s DEI Organizational Questionnaire earlier this month, the DEI Committee wanted to extend a thank you to everyone who contributed to this survey. Almost 100 responses were received about the culture and climate of the AATA.

January Update on the AATA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Listening Sessions

January Update on the AATA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Listening Sessions

January 28, 2021 | Gretchen M. Miller

Thank you to everyone who participated in and helped promote the DEI Committee’s Listening Session series over the last couple of months!  Twelve groups were facilitated by The Ivy Planning Group.  Throughout this series over 100 art therapists, art therapy students, AATA members, and non-members participated, contributing feedback about their experiences and views related to DEI in the art therapy field and within the AATA.

My Perspectives as a BIPOC Art Therapist

My Perspectives as a BIPOC Art Therapist

December 3, 2020 | Miki Goerdt

As a first-time facilitator of a networking event, I experienced some difficulties, which I took personally at first, telling myself that I was not experienced enough to lead it. Several days later, after processing my experience with colleagues, I realized that my difficulties were systemic rather than something attached to myself or any participants of the event. They were related to the racial dynamics of the American society and within our profession.

AATA DEI Organizational Questionnaire

AATA DEI Organizational Questionnaire

December 1, 2020 | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The AATA DEI Committee is gathering information about the culture and climate of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) related to DEI. We invite everyone in the art therapy community to complete this questionnaire to help us in this process. Your responses are anonymous.