October 7, 2021 | Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair


Now is the time to get registered so you can attend AATA’s 52nd Annual Conference, Reconnecting and Visualizing Future Pathways for Art Therapy in a Diverse Society. Our first conference days are Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th.

Important registration deadlines to ensure you don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend:

  • Register by October 22 by 11:59 pm ET to be included as a participant on the October 23rd Conference date
  • Register by October 23 at 11:59 pm ET to be included in the October 24th event
  • The December 18 and 19th conference registration will remain open

The program offers nearly 100 hours of educational sessions that you can access on the actual conference day/s, and/or on-demand. There are four convenient ways to register: online, by fax or mail using the registration form, or by phone (during business hours) 888-290-0878 or 703-548-5860. Click here to view the full program.

October 23rd and 24th: Dynamic Plenary Sessions You Will Not Want to Miss!

Join us on October 23 to hear our featured keynote presenter, Yassmin Abdel-Magied present her session, Overcoming Unconscious Bias. In this session Yassmin Abdel-Magied will use personal experience backed up by research to illustrate the impacts of bias. She will also share her ideas and suggestions about what each of us can do to create a safer, and fairer, and more just world for all. 

On October 24, our keynote session, Multicultural Committee Exchange: It’s Poetic: Community and Healing in a Virtual World features “multi-hyphenate quintessential artist” David Bianchi. Bianchi is an artist, poet, actor, and visionary. Through his spoken word he has tackled issues of race and injustice, shedding light on impactful events of our times in creative and unconventional ways. In this session art therapist Lindsey Vance, ATR-BC, LPC, will dialogue with David Bianchi to understand his healing journey as an opportunity to imagine a therapeutic sacred space that can reside in a digital world. 

DE&I Art Exhibition

This is the second year AATA’s DEI Committee is hosting an exhibit for the annual conference with curated content from some of the year’s Featured Members Series. The exhibit format will be digital and available for conference attendees and the public. If you didn’t see last year’s gallery, here is the link for reference: https://arttherapy.org/dei-gallery/

This exhibition provides a catalyst to connect and bond through the sharing of art expressions, and to begin envisioning a new past, present and future for our field. This show accentuates a group of 2021 AATA Featured Members to give space to underlying narratives that exist within art therapy and to highlight unique and expansive perspectives in the field. Whether it is in their own personal experiences, or responses impacted through client and community work, they each present stories and ideas that are woven into the fabric of art therapy. More information will be shared in the conference program.