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Celebrating great news
for California art therapists!

After a four-year advocacy effort, California Senate Concurrent Resolution 60 has passed the California state legislature. This resolution recognizes the positive impact art therapy has had on the state. Art Therapy Week of Civic Engagement commemorates the contributions of professional Art Therapists within California’s communities.

Why civic engagement?

Civic involvement is important and creates a positive impact within one’s town or home community and administrations. Civic engagement promotes the quality of life in a community through both political and non-political processes.

What is art therapy?

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, the creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a supportive, safe and therapeutic relationship.

Celebrate This October

OCT 16, 2022 through OCT 22, 2022

Participate in the week of civic engagement with us!

All Week

Download and share #WeAreArtTherapists graphics and Art Therapy Week of Civic Engagement logos to promote art therapy in your community. Uses can include features in newsletters, posts to social media, share in staff and community meetings, or anywhere else you see fit!

October 25th

We are seeking messages, video clips and images from California’s art therapists. We invite art therapists to share what they are doing in their communities, work and/or agencies by October 25th.  If you are an employer please share how your art therapists have impacted your agency and/or community in a positive way. Use the link below or share to @arttherapyca #WeAreArtTherapists

October 22nd

Art Therapy and Civic Engagement at Greenly Art Space

Greenly Art Space invites you to join us for a FREE, in-person, creative expression and art making drop-in event at Greenly Art Space on October 22, 2022 from 11 AM-3 PM. 

This is a special event commemorating the first ever, "California Week of Art Therapy and Civic Engagement" which takes place the third week of October, 2022. During this event we encourage you to bring work you have in progress or use materials available at Greenly to create artworks that explore themes surrounding personal and community strengths.

Some questions to ponder may be: What makes us strong? Where does our strength come from? What brings us comfort? What gives us courage to pursue our passions? What supports us on our pathway(s) of peace? We know that we are stronger together, so let's get together and create some art! This event is open to ALL ages!

Greenly Art Space: 2698 Junipero Ave, Suite 113, Signal Hill Ca, 90755

October 22nd

The Women of Power and Strength Chalk Festival at Plaza de La Raza


Join art therapist, Jessica Edelstein, LMFT, ATR-BC, CDP on Saturday, 10/22, where she will be making a chalk mural incorporating themes relevant to Art Therapy Week of Civic Engagement at:

3540 N. Mission Rd
Los Angeles CA 90031
Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am-6:00 pm

October 21st

Art Journaling for Joy: Finding Resilience through Creative Expression

UCLArts & Healing's HOPE Series scheduled their October session with, art therapist, Nadia Fernanda Paredes MA, LMFT, ATR to coincide with the Art Therapy Week of Civic Engagement on Friday 10/21, 12pm-1pm, Zoom

September 27th

Volunteer art therapists from CATAI are hosting a 90-minute workshop event on September 27th at 6pm PST. 

This event is about taking time to reflect, create, and recharge. You, as art therapists, do so much for others so we hope you’ll join in and encourage those around you to do the same.


This workshop will also provide a platform that can be adapted to your community needs should you  feel inspired to facilitate something similar at your agency, company, clinic, or local neighborhood.

Any Time

Increase the public’s understanding of art therapy!  Here are communication/fact sheets from the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) to share with anyone.

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