April 11, 2019
Representative David Loebsack (D-IA-2) and six bipartisan cosponsors introduced H.Res.298 on April 9th to recognize April 8-12 as National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) Appreciation Week.
Call to Action: Ask Your Legislators to Cosponsor Resolutions to Designate April 8-12 as SISP Appreciation Week
April 4, 2019
Representatives Dave Loebsack (IA-02) & Bradley Byrne (AL-01) and Senators John Cornyn (TX) & Maggie Hassan (NH) recently introduced resolutions declaring the week of April 8th through April 12th, 2019 as National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week. We urge you to write to your legislators to ask them to cosponsor this important resolution.
March 27, 2019
A bipartisan sponsored bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on March 25th to create a Professional Art Therapist license under the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.
March 7, 2019
On March 1st the Joint Committee on Public Health voted unanimously, “Joint Favorable” on HB 5444, An Act Requiring Licensure of Art Therapists – meaning they recommend the bill to both chambers of the General Assembly.
Creative Forces Veteran Testifies on behalf of the AATA before U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
February 28, 2019 | Advocacy
On Tuesday February 26, 2019 Christopher Stowe Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (ret.) testified on behalf of the AATA alongside Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. They urged the subcommittee to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $167.5 for FY 2020, a $12.5 million increase from FY 2019.
February 14, 2019
On February 11, 2019 five art therapists testified in favor of Connecticut HB 5444 before the Joint Committee on Public Health. They eloquently described the benefits of the profession and the obstacles art therapists and potential clients face due to lack of licensure.
February 7, 2019
The momentum of the 2019 legislative sessions continues to increase as legislation is introduced, public hearings are scheduled, and sunrise reviews are completed. The latest:
Follow Art Therapy Licensure Bills Introduced in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Tennessee!
January 24, 2019
Now that most of the 2019 state legislative sessions have convened, the AATA is excited to announce that art therapy licensure bills have already been introduced in four states! These include: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Tennessee.
January 10, 2019
Mark your calendar — Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit will take place March 4-5, 2019 in Washington, DC! Hosted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with over 85 national arts organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations.
October 25, 2018 | Advocacy
The AATA is pleased to share that state agencies in Connecticut and Nebraska have approved applications to conduct studies on into the need to regulate art therapy. These comprehensive studies to determine the need and the appropriate level of regulation of a profession, commonly referred to as “sunrise reviews,” are prerequisites for the legislature to consider licensing a new profession and are now required at varying degrees in 14 states .