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Upcoming IATA meetings
All IATA members are welcome to attend, extend feedback, and vote at regular Chapter meetings. Non-members can also come to Chapter meetings with prior approval from the executive board. Members in attendance at the Executive Board meetings are the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board of Directors (3). Any IATA member or Committee Chair who would like to attend the Executive Board meetings should e-mail the president at for confirmation of time and place.

September 20,2015
Chapter Meeting
The Awakenings Foundation, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

October 4, 2015
Executive Board Meeting
November 7, 2015
Chapter Meeting
The Awakenings Foundation, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

A full schedule of 2015 meeting times and places and other events can also be found under Calendar of Events on the Illinois Art Therapy website as well!

*Dates are subject to change

Call for Proposals!!!
The Contemporary Landscape o…

Therapeutic Arts Program Trip to Kenya and Tanzania

JANUARY 12-25, 2016 (Optional safari, return date 1/27) SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! 
This cross-cultural exchange is open to anyone interested in contributing to and learning about socially engaged and healing art practices in Kenya and Tanzania. It is part of the ongoing work of a non-profit, Global Alliance for Africa, to address the psychosocial needs of vulnerable children through paraprofessional therapeutic arts trainings in East Africa.

There are two scholarships available to partially defray the costs of travel, one for an arts therapist from any of the creative arts therapies professions, and one specifically for a dance/movement therapist. The deadline for the scholarship application is August 31.

Professionals also can receive Continuing Education Credits for involvement in this exchange, and students can receive course or supervised fieldwork credit pending approval by their educational institutions.

Please share this notice with professional and student arts therapists, counselo…

2nd International Art Therapy Conference to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London in April 2016

Do not miss this opportunity….
Finding Spaces, Making Places: Exploring social and cultural space in contemporary Art Therapy practice.

Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th April 2016

Goldsmiths College, University of London

New Cross, London SE 14 6NW, UK

This conference continues the exploration of contemporary art therapy practice initiated in our first conference here at Goldsmiths in 2013. Art therapists are of necessity engaged in making spaces, creating both physical and imagined spaces. Finding places relates to both the physical setting and the place of the art therapist in organisations where they work. We are wanting delegates to bring their own questions and insights in relation to space in art therapy to the conference, finding a place there for discussion and exploration, in workshops and in paper and panel presentations.

We will be making further announcements soon in relation to Keynote Speakers and morning Panel presenters. We shall also send out announcements in relatio…

IATA Call for Conference Proposals!

The Illinois Art Therapy Association conference "The Contemporary Landscape of Art Therapy" will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.

Details for submitting presentation proposals are now available. The deadline is July 31st.

IATA Call for Nominations

The Illinois Art Therapy Association is looking for motivated candidates to fill our open Executive Board and Committee Chair positions. Take advantage of this opportunity to get more involved in IATA! Or vote for a colleague!

The following positions are accepting nominations:Executive BoardPresident-ElectSecretaryDirector: Committee and Community LiaisonCommittee ChairsConference-ElectEthics ChairNominations ChairArchives ChairMulticultural and Diversity Chair
Position Descriptions are available on the IATA website by visiting

Nominations will be accepted until August 1. At that time, Nominations Chair, Adrienne Lewis, will be in contact with nominees to provide more information on the nominations process. A current CV, a statement of intent and a photo will be requested for all interested nominees.

Just click here to nominate yourself or a colleague.

*All IATA members will be able to participate in the election process by voti…

IATA Chapter Meeting - July 19

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Awakenings Foundation
4001 N. Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

AATA Conference News

Although the 2015 conference just ended, it is not too early to start thinking about next year! Information about submitting proposals for the July 2016 conference is now available at
Deadline for Proposal Submissions isTuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Please note that this will be that last summer conference for AATA. In 2017 the meeting will move back to the autumn.

Correction, 2015 AATA Conference
Alumna Mariah Hutchinson was inadvertently left off the list of SAIC-related presenters at the 2015 AATA conference. She gave the paper: "Recognition, Space, Experience: An Exploration of Environment as Material".

You can read Mariah's abstract or any of the others from this year's conference at the Conference Proceedings website.

Alumni Gathering at AATA Conference

Alumni Gathering at AATA Conference
All Mount Mary University & School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni, students, & faculty are invited to our annual Alumni Gathering. (Snacks on us…drinks on you!)

Join your classmates & colleagues Thursday June 9th, at Market Bar-Be-Que (1414 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403) just a 4-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency on Nicollet Mall!). Mingling and appetizers 6:00-8:00 followed by musical entertainment from 8:00-10:00 by Bruce Moon and Chris Belkofer!

1) Turn south onto Nicollet Mall
2) Continue to follow the street as it curves (when it crosses Grant Street, the name changes to Nicollet Avenue South)
3) The restaurant will be on your right at 1414.
Hope to See you there--even if you are not attending the conference.

Other SAIC Highlights at the Minneapolis Conference

As is often the case, SAIC alumni and faculty will be well represented at the American Art Therapy Association's conference. Here is a list of the events with SAIC connections:

* 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. -- Barbara Fish leads the workshop: Art-based Supervision: Cultivating Therapeutic

* 12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m. -- The presentation Power to the Puppeteers: Persons with Parkinson’s
Disease Raise Their Voices Through Puppet Theater will be given by Theresa Dewey, Katharine Houpt, & Andrea Koch.

* 2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. -- The paper Therapeutic Applications of the QEEG in Studio-based Art Therapy Practice will be presented by Christopher Belkofer.

* 3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. -- Cassie Dobbs, & Danielle Eichner are among the presenters of the workshop: Medical Art Making: Exploring the World of the Pediatric Medical Art Therapist.

* 12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m. -- Christopher Belkofer co-presents: Art as Alchemy: An Inside View of the Transformational Process.

* 1:…

Illinois Art Therapy Association Conference

Can't get to Minneapolis? Then save the date of Saturday, November 7th for the IATA a conference to be held this year at the National Museum of Mexican Art. MAAT alumna Julie Ludwick is this year's conference chair.

Full time Faculty Position in Art Therapy

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2016. Rank and salary are commensurate with professional experience, teaching, and current professional status. 

PROGRAM PROFILE  SAIC’s 60-credit Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program is focused on providing a comprehensive education that emphasizes development of the artist/art therapist, prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, and fosters critical engagement within social and cultural contexts. The program was established in 1981 and has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association since 1989. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has operated for over 150 years as a professional school of art and design connected to a world-class art museum. One of 23 academic, studio, and design departments at the School, the Master of Arts in Art Therapy is in transition from a 2-ye…

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is seeking manuscript submissions

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is seeking manuscript submissions in the areas of theory, practice and research. The journal connects national and international art therapists to:

Advance the understanding and use of innovative art therapy theories, interventions, and practices;
Promote diverse ethical research methodologies and perspectives in art therapy including: arts-based research, qualitative and quantitative research;
Educate mental health and other healing professionals about art therapy.

Consider this opportunity to share your skills, knowledge, research results and ideas with your fellow art therapists!
The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal receives all manuscript submissions electronically via the journal's Editorial Manager site located at To view the full instructions for Authors, visit the journal's website at and click on the Submit tab.