Art Therapy Today

AATA joined a broad range of organizations and individuals calling on the Trump Administration and ICE to reverse a ruling that would have forced international students enrolled in U.S. academic institutions that have opted for online learning in the fall to either leave the country or transfer—causing an array of problems for students, institutions, and global public health amidst a pandemic.

"The American Art Therapy Association, and our members in the US and in 44 countries around the world, calls on the Trump Administration and ICE to reverse this ruling." (Read the full statement)

We are relieved that the the Administration rescinded its policy on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Our members, many of whom work or are enrolled in higher institutions, know the tremendous value international students bring to the academic community and the workforce thereafter. 
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair

To add more flexibility during this challenging time and based on feedback we have heard from members, we are continuing the early bird rate, and will offer the lowest registration rates all the way through to the conference dates in Washington, DC. We hope this provides more reassurance and flexibility for your planning. 
Member Corner

Hosted by AATA President Dr. Carlock-Russo, this meeting will review events that led to where AATA is today on what has been a multi-year journey of increasing our actions and advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion and all of the values we share as an organization and profession. We will discuss lessons learned in recent years, what still needs to be done, what is happening now, and AATA's commitment to increased transparency, dialogue and equity—now and moving forward. Read details and register (through your MyAATA account) for the Virtual Member Meeting TODAY, Thursday, July 16 at 7pm EST/4pm PST. This is a members-only event and registration is free.

The 2020 election season is here! Online voting for the Annual Election will commence on August 10. All voting members will receive a notice with voting instructions via email. Find more information about elections and this year’s ballot, including the 2020 Candidate Slate, on MyAATA. All American Art Therapy Association members with a professional membership (New Professional, Professional, Credentialed Professional, Retired Professional) are eligible to vote in the AATA’s annual elections. Please contact with any questions.
Zachary D. Van Den Berg

There is an inherent lack of competency in our nation in cultural humility, providing us an inadequate view of humanity's breadth. Unfortunately, it took countless innocent lives to bring this awareness to the broader population. I hold myself accountable to be a part of addressing this discrepancy in the hope that the lineage of brave architects of color, such as Cliff Joseph, Georgette Seabrooke Powell, and Lucille Venture will be more widely recognized, and that as an association we can empower and support the next great generation of BIPOC pioneers in the field.

We're excited to announce new membership options! Now, you can select from three different payment schedules and get full access to AATA's exclusive member resources and opportunities. Our work in support of our members is more important than ever. That’s why we’ve created new—and more effective ways—to provide our members with the resources they need, tailored for their art therapy interests and career level. And during this Coronavirus pandemic, we’re building up our online resources so our members can earn education credits, connect with each other, and find community in new ways…all with one simple sign-on process! Pricing options can be compared here.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Architecture, Interior
Adler University
Cedar Crest College Undergraduate
Art Therapy in the News
CBS19 News

Journeys Summer Camp is an annual camp with a goal to help young people grieving the loss of a loved one. This year, the camp will take place virtually. Hospice of the Piedmont says this format will allow youths to meet others going through similar journeys and share in some fun while processing loss. There will also be grief counselors and art therapists on hand to help.
The Pulitzer Center

Lindsay Vance, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Visual Arts Manager and licensed art therapist, presented to 46 educators in a Pulitzer Center education webinar, starting with a Susan Sontag quote: “to collect photos is to collect the world.” In April, the webinar, called “Photojournalism Techniques for Remote Learning and Social-Emotional Development” shared techniques to help students share their world from home. 

VIDEO: At UC Davis Children's Hospital, art therapy is brightening young patient's spirits and rooms as they deal with coronavirus-related visitation restrictions.
The Guardian

Jean Kennedy Smith, who died at 92, was the eighth of the nine Kennedy children. Jean kept a low public profile throughout her life. Despite maintaining her privacy, she became an admirable public servant who promoted the arts and care for disabled children. She also served as US ambassador to Ireland during the Northern Ireland peace process, playing a controversial role in part of its success. In the 1970s, Jean founded Very Special Arts (now known as VSA), a program that encouraged disabled children to participate in the arts and art therapy.
Atlanta Jewish Times

Ling Olaes, a board-certified art therapist, yoga instructor, and licensed professional counselor at Jewish Family & Career Services, tells the Atlanta Jewish Times that she believes art therapy “is a symbolic form of communication that can help with depression, anger, anxiety, grief and trauma, as well as personal exploration and growth in a time of stability or transition.”
The Fix

There are many therapy and counseling stereotypes. The image that may come to your mind when you think about drug and alcohol treatment may consist of you facing a therapist on an opposing couch, or sharing worries and concerns with a group of people going through similar struggles. While those may be common experiences, many treatment centers provide a wide range of therapy options so you can choose one that’s best for you.
The Frederick News-Post

The Soul Street Market Pop-Up featured Black-owned businesses and creators at the Sky Stage in Frederick, Maryland. Kayla Slusher, one of the vendors, was selling some of her art, including wall art, motivational paintings and coasters. Some of the proceeds went to her non-profit The Slusher Tribe, which she founded last year to benefit the mental health of youth through art therapy. 

A. Andrews, is a queer, paraplegic cartoonist based in Minneapolis, and wants to change conversations about sex and disability, something rarely represented in movies, on television, and in books. They have created a comic book called A Quick and Easy Guide to Sex and Disability that covers sex, gender identity, and communication while featuring bodies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities
News 5 Cleveland

VIDEO: A Beachwood, Ohio-based 3D printing company is working with the Cleveland Clinic's art therapy department to host a custom toy drive for children who might need it most.
LASALLE College of the Arts Ltd

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