Hands Up


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.

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!

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.

October 10th

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 10th.  

Share Your Art Therapist Story or share to @arttherapyca #WeAreArtTherapists

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!

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.