Take a look at some of the news and events from April:
APRIL 14 ARTS ADVOCACY DAY 2010 – Amazing day on the Hill! AATA was there with hundreds of advocates on Tuesday supporting arts funding and the important role of the arts in health care. After a kick-off event in the House of Representatives, AATA staff and members attended a House hearing, “Arts Build Communities,” and met with members of Congress. (Go to appropriations.house.gov/ to see a webcast of the hearing – great witnesses, including actor Jeff Daniels). After the hearing, AATA spoke with Retired General Nolen Bivens about the testimony he gave on the importance of creative arts therapies in VA and military hospitals and talked about the possibility of working together in the future. For full coverage of the events, see the Press page at www.artsusa.org.
APRIL 16 APRIL IS NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH – Hitting bookstores in April is Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism, which includes the chapter Art Therapy Approaches to Treating Autism written by noted art therapists and American Art Therapy Association members Nicole Martin and Donna Betts! If you’re an art therapist serving children or adults with autism or conditions within the autism spectrum, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re working on policy issues related to autism and want to hear from you.
APRIL 17 – Check out the Sacramento Bee’s recent article on Peggy Gulshen (ATR-BC, MFT), an American Art Therapy Association member and facilitator of the Sutter Health children’s bereavement art program. Peggy uses art therapy to help kids who have lost loved ones, serving more than 9,000 children over the last 25 years. Read the article at www.sacbee.com/2010/03/23/2626138/sutter-art-program-helps-kids.html and learn more about the program and Peggy at checksutterfirst.org/children/services/pedprgms_childbereave.cfm.
APRIL 18-24 IS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK – CELEBRATING PEOPLE IN ACTION – For almost 40 years this week has honored “ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation.” A great source for finding volunteer opportunities all over the world is www.idealist.org, a project of Action Without Borders. In their current listings: “Washington, DC organization seeking a professional ART THERAPIST to volunteer one art therapy session per week in a group setting to individuals struggling within food addiction/eating disorders (call 571-255-9906 if interested).” What kind of volunteer opportunities are out there for art therapists in your community?
APRIL 20 – SUMMER IS COMING – ARE THERE ART THERAPY CAMPS IN YOUR STATE? The Child and Family Art Therapy Center in Paoli, Pennsylvania – run by art therapist and AATA member Michael Fogel, and staffed by an amazing team of art therapists – runs the Art of Friendship Summer Social Skills Camp, one-week sessions all summer with separate groups for elementary school students, and middle and high school students. Check out the camp brochure at www.childandfamilyarttherapycenter.com/Camp-brochure.pdf. Do you have summer camps in your state that feature art therapy and other expressive arts?