Please join me in supporting the American Art Therapy Association. Money raised will support the AATA's efforts in trauma recovery, research, scholarships, advocacy, and more!
2019 marks the Association's 50th Anniversary, and I hope you'll consider joining me in making a donation in support of advancing art therapy throughout the United States, the work of art therapists and the clients we serve.
For five decades, the American Art Therapy Association has advocated for access to professional art therapists and the advancement of art therapy as a regulated mental health and human services profession. Today, our work is more important than ever, especially among the most vulnerable communities we serve.
Your donation will help support:
•Educating the public about the benefits of art therapy as a mental health profession.The AATA works daily to raise awareness that art therapy is for everyone, especially because we all need support as we face life challenges, assist our families and loved ones, or enhance our own well-being.
•Advocating for licensure for art therapists, which protects the public from harm and fraud and provides title and practice protection for art therapists.The AATA's chapters are ready to launch campaigns supporting state licensure legislation in 13 states. In states where art therapists are licensed, the AATA is working to secure state and private insurance reimbursement for art therapy services.
•Making diversity, equity and inclusion a core priority area for our organization— and to ensure cultural proficiency within our profession.This year, we began working with Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) experts with the goal of building a more diverse and inclusive organization, reflecting the diversity of the populations we serve.As the leading voice of art therapists, we are also responding to decisions by policymakers that harm the most vulnerable, including and .
•Funding trauma recovery grants to help art therapists serve communities impacted by natural disasters and traumatic events, including school shootings.When hurricanes ravaged communities in and , art therapists worked with recovering families, with the support of an AATA grant.In the aftermath of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, art therapists created a safe, welcoming space where people from could gather, seek comfort and make art.
•Funding research grants and promoting published, evidence-based research.The AATA supports the work of researchers and future researchers in the field. We also offer annual funding grants and opportunities to promote research findings within the mental health community and to inform policymakers.
•Providing scholarships to art therapy students and new professionals, and honoring members that have made outstanding contributions to art therapy.
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, my art therapist colleagues and I are more committed than ever to advancing the psychological, emotional, and physical well-being of the communities we serve as well as promoting a safe, inclusive, and equitable society where all people can flourish. I hope you will consider supporting our work with a tax-deductible contribution.
In gratitude, -gretchen