A message from the Local Arrangements Committee:
November and the 48th annual American Art Therapy Conference; Art Therapy: Traversing Landscapes of the Heart and Mind, will be here before we know it. This is an exciting time to be a NMATA member! As the host chapter, we have an integral role in the conference planning and proceedings. From welcoming out of town conference guests to developing a community service project, along with the planning of special events, the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) needs your creativity, energy and time! We will be devoting a portion of our April membership meeting to outline event specifics and form sub-committees. If you are unable to make the member meeting this Saturday, April 8th, don’t worry, you’ll have additional opportunities to get involved!
Please consider joining the LAC team. This is a great opportunity to showcase art therapy in New Mexico and the unique contributions New Mexico Art Therapists make to the profession. The AATA conference comes on the heels of our recent legislative progress, providing us with a platform for art therapy advocacy. Let's continue the momentum through the conference and into the next legislative session in 2018!
Later this summer, NMATA will be hosting a workshop for those who wish to “Lend a Hand.” This will be your next opportunity to see committees at work, experience hands-on involvement and perhaps join a committee. In the meantime, if you are interested in hearing more about the LAC and you would like to join a sub-committee now, send an email to AATA2017LAC@gmail.com to get on the email list to receive the most up-to-date LAC information.
Wendy Wasserman, ATR, LMHC
LAC Chair, President-Elect, NMATA
SPRING IS HERE!
As the Earth begins to come alive again in this Spring Season, I invite us all to breath in renewed Life; stop and admire the flowers and the beauty; take time to fill ourselves with joy and a deep sense of being connected to nature cycles. Go outside and play!
Your NMATA Board continues to grow in our strengths and connections. The recent Legislative effort did not result in the passing of our bills, but it created the foundation for future successful passage. We learned a lot, achieved a lot, and feel really good about the whole process. And we are not giving up. At the membership meeting there will be a full review of the effort, our continued plans, an honoring of several key leaders in this effort, and information that is important for all of us to know. The support we received from all of you was AMAZING! It was a very gratifying effort and send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!!
We are preparing now for this first Membership Meeting of the year. And we urge you all to please make plans to attend! This meeting will be in Santa Fe with the next NMATA Membership Meeting to be held in ABQ September 9.
NMATA Membership Meeting
Date and Time: April 8, 2017, 10:30
Place: Board Member Nora Cassar's Home @
7017 Vuelta Vistoso, Santa Fe
We will be providing a salad bar for lunch for all attendees.
We will start with relevant information about the legislative effort and present thank you gifts to those who lead the effort. From there we will move into the plans for AATA conference in Nov. There will be lots of other information including NMATA art therapy CEU offerings throughout the year. We will end with a circle of peer support and sharing that will include some art-making. Our intention for the meeting is to provide attendees with a full and rich experience and we look forward to connecting with you all. This is your professional organization and our intention as your board is to serve you and the profession in as many ways as we can imagine. (and we have really good imaginations!)
Take time to occasionally check-out our Website and Facebook page for updates and offerings of all kinds.
Mark you calendar for the next NMATA CEU Workshop presented by Lazaro Iglesias called Mixed Media and Assemblage. This promises to be a very rich and wonderful experience and give you tools to work with your own clients.
April 22, 1-4pm @ Valerie Valentine Studios, 1925 Aspen Dr #701-A.
We have so much to offer each other and hope that you will participate with NMATA in supporting the well-being of the planet . . . beginning with the well-being of ourselves through community. We hope that you will make NMATA part of your community.
See you at the Meeting!
Your NMATA Board of Directors
By: Alanna Sindlinger, MA, LMHC
As an art therapist, it is important to continue to create your own art and have your own practice of self care through art making and creativity. I am continuously contemplating how to strengthen and honor this practice in my personal life. As many art therapists choose to do, I started my journey with art therapy by going to art school first with a minor in psychology. Being an artist has been a central part of my identity. I will often say, I am an artist first and an art therapist second even though it doesn't always feel that way.
Many of us struggle with our identities as artists and how we can continue to incorporate that very important part of ourselves into our very busy lives. Here is a list of ideas I have had in continuing this practice and the struggles that I have had with maintaining this practice.
Some of these IDEAS have never come into fruition but they are alive inside of me and the intention of following through is there. As artists, we have a different way of looking at the world, of perceiving the world, and of walking through the world.We tend to go against the grain and we often process our world a little uniquely as well. Instead of talking about it we may need to spend time in the studio with some paint and found objects to really describe and depict our inner thoughts and assessments about life, politics, culture, insights and our clients. As we ask our clients to explore themselves in a deep intimate process through the mediums of their choosing as should we be doing the same exploration of ourselves on a regular basis.
Below is an opportunity for artists residing in New Mexico to help keep the artist itch alive.
TIME - Temporary Installations Made for the Environment - Edgewood
The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts, Route 66 Arts Alliance, and City of Edgewood seek to commission five temporary environmentally based artworks to be exhibited in various locations in Edgewood, New Mexico. The proposed artworks should relate to this year's theme: "Persistence"
The strongest proposals will be for works which engage the temporary nature of this series of installations and relate strongly to the cultural and environmental histories of the area. Site-specific and ephemeral works are encouraged. Artwork should appeal to both local residents and visitors to the area. No artwork requiring concrete pads or other environmentally damaging approaches will be considered. At the agreed upon time of removal, the artist will return the installation site to its original condition, subject to the approval of the site representative. Media must be low maintenance, safe for both children and adults, ADA compliant, and not leave a permanent mark on the environment when removed.
Accepting Applications through April 13th 2017
For more information visit
Promoting Postive Self-Identity and Resilience through Art Making
OFFCenter invites everyone, free of charge, to experience creativity in the community in a welcoming, safe space with an abundance of materials of all kinds. OFFCenter strengthens the fabric of our community and improves quality of life for all participants, especially for those who would otherwise remain isolated and excluded. In addition to 25 free open studio hours every week, OFFCenter provides after school art, serves as a free community resource for numerous agencies assisting mentally and physically disabled people and also brings free art making experiences to community events as diverse as the International District Health Fair, Civic Plaza Kids Fest, CiQlovia, and the Downtown Grower's Market.
Visit OFFCenter Gallery Shop. OFFCenter offers local artists more selling opportunities throughout the year in their low- commission Gallery Shop and "open to all" exhibitions. Come shop for beautifully handcrafted art, gifts and cards in the Gallery store this Holiday season and support local artists.
FREE WEEKLY WORKGROUPS – JUST WALK IN!
Writing Group – with Mandy Gardner –
Painting and Drawing – with Lynnette Haozous – Thursdays: 1-3pm
Card Making – with Karen Turner –
iCreate Guitar* – with Leslie Bailey –
iCreate Ukulele* – with Leslie Bailey –
Knitting & Crochet Circle – with Sybil Wertheim –
Saturdays: 11:30 – 1:30pm
OFFCenter is located in downtown Albuquerque at:
808 Park Avenue, SW
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Check out their website for hours and other upcoming events!
Dr. Debbie Good and Lisa Graff have been working extraordinarily hard to support the success of Art Therapists in the State. They have a bill written that will eliminate discriminatory practices that do not allow professional Art Therapists to be reimbursed by Group Health Care Insurance Plans.
Senator Cisco McSorley has agreed to sponsor our bill.
THIS IS A BIG DEAL.
We have arranged this meeting to inform all stakeholders of the needs and next steps to support the successful passing of this important law. The legislative session runs January 17 – March 20 this year and we need to get organized and active now.
• Meeting Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
• Time: 5:30pm for refreshments; 6:00 – 7:00 for information, discussion, and volunteer sign-up
• Location: Large Art Classroom at Southwestern College
We have done the footwork and now WE NEED YOU! We need every one of the stakeholders in the art therapy profession to attend. This includes current art therapists, students, faculty, alumni, school officials, NMATA members, friends of NMATA, and consumers of art therapy; those who can testify to the power of this form of treatment. Please consider asking clients that you feel would be willing to testify, to attend this informational meeting.
Take the action to come, get informed, and involved!
Announcing our New Board!!!
CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME to our
New NMATA BOARD of DIRECTORS!!!!
And THANK YOU to those returning for another Term of Service.
Our 2017 Board includes:
President - Valerie Valentine
President Elect - Wendy Wasserman
Secretary - Autumn Kern
Treasurer - Amy Griffin
New Board Member - Linnea Knoespel
New Board Member - Nora Cassar
New Board Member with New Baby! born 12/22 - Alanna Sindlinger
New Student Member - Rebecca Lapera
New Student Member - Cinna Boyle
New Student Member - Dana Simmons
The amendment passed so that terms are now two years. We will figure out how to rotate these this coming year. Our Board meetings are on the Second Saturday of each month.
Thank you to all that supported the Holiday Craft Fair. We had a good presence and do have art left to sell at the AATA conference.
Here is to the New Year and all the Possibilities that are before us!!! All the Very Best to Everyone!!!
As we move into the Mystery of Winter,
Let's gather to Create Warmth and Connection!
December is upon us and as the year comes to an end, NMATA is preparing for our last Membership Meeting of 2016.
Please plan and attend:
This Saturday, December 10, from 10:30am-12:30pm
At Debbie Good's home in ABQ: 2489 Elfego Rd NW
We will review the year, make plans for next, open voting for our new Board of Directors, share food, and gift each other.
Bring anything you want to share to eat and a small gift to give to another art therapist; but if you have neither please come anyway. We will have an art station for creating cards for each other and there is always enough food to share.
Come share your Light and your Presence.
We look forward to being with you all.
We will also be accepting donations for our fund raiser, Dec 22 and 23 at the Santa Fe Holiday Craft Fair at the Rail yard.
Thank you in advance for any art you feel you could bring.
Truly Hoping to Connect!
Sending Us All Deep Love and AppreciationAnd Reasons to be Thankful!!!
I am so thankful to be a part of such a powerful profession that is all about honoring the individual, supporting diversity, creating health, and seeing beauty everywhere. I offer that each one of us can take peace in knowing that we are aligned and active in our values and our passions. This is such a priceless part of my reality and I hope yours. I invite us all to breath this and live this with confidence. Thank you all for being Art Therapists! You are Beautiful and the Light of the World. I am grateful to call you my colleagues and friends.
I am writing to remind you of the opportunity to be active and to serve this world in a positive way, by nominating yourself or someone else for position on NMATA's Board of Directors. Nominations will close at midnight on next Monday, Nov 28.
Go to: https://newearth.wufoo.com/forms/q17r9cni0bq8ec2/
Use the access code: Artfully1234
You will need the name, email, and phone number of the person you are nominating. You can nominate yourself and are encouraged to do so.
Another reminder: Please attend our last Membership Meeting of 2016!!
December 10, 10:30-12:30, @ Deborah Good's home
2489 Elfego Road NW in ABQ. Her home phone is 505-314-2815.
We will be exchanging gifts, and if you are not able to make something before hand, we will has an art station set up for art making. This will be a pot luck; so if you can bring something to share, but if not please come anyway. We will review the year, project into next, and spend time appreciating and gifting each other.
Also, we will be accepting donations for our fund raising efforts at that meeting. We will be having a holiday booth at the Railyard in Santa Fe, Dec 22 and 23. Any art you would care to donate will be greatly appreciated. What does not sell there will be sold at the AATA conference next year. Your donations are tax deductible.
I encourage you to take this time to confirm and rededicate your values and what you are grateful for. Remember, the vibration of gratitude is a powerful creative force. Affirm the very best of yourselves, your loved ones and your lives and celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving!
With Great Gratitude,
Call for Nominations for
NMATA Board of Directors 2017
I know everyone has had all the election mayhem one can stand, but this is not politics...this is service. Please carefully consider who you want to nominate to serve on the Board of Directors for NMATA. Next year will be a busy year. We have some great things started including legislative change so art therapists can receive third party payment directly, new ideas for CEU offerings, membership and fund raising events, and of course the AATA conference. We have accomplished a lot this year and the momentum is still building. Next year's Board will have a great foundation to stand on.
Here is the link to the nomination process:
Use the access code: Artfully1234
Nominations will open tomorrow November 7 and run through midnightNovember 28. There will be a vetting process and Nominees will be announced. Voting will begin December 10 and run through midnighton December 17. The winners will be announced on December 21!
We had hoped the process would be completed by our December 10membership meeting, but it will take longer. This year's Board will facilitate a training process and be present to integrate new members at the first Board Meeting of 2017. Board meetings are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month, with the first of 2017 on Saturday, January 14, 2017, 9-12pm.
We have been approved to have a booth at the Farmers/Crafter's Market at the Rail yard for their Holiday Fair on December 22 and 23. We have had some great...fantastic donations and are open for more. What does not sell at this market, we will sell at the AATA conference at our NMATA booth, with all proceeds going to NMATA. We will create a schedule for the days of the Holiday Fair so think about donating a couple of hours to be at the booth and represent NMATA. It promises to be warm and cheery and fun.
Lastly, don't forget to make a little gift for a fellow art therapist and attend the NMATA Holiday Membership Meeting, December 10 in ABQ!! That is definitely going to be a very special gathering.
Thank you all so much for your support and interest in NMATA.
Please consider serving on our Board of Directors. It is an honor and a pleasure to be around other art therapists and to witness different talents evolving and creating within a group. I know it has been extremely beneficial and valuable for me and I trust for each board member this year.
Again please go to the link: https://newearth.wufoo.com/forms/q17r9cni0bq8ec2/ and participate.
New Mexico Art Therapy Blog
The NMATA blog regularly posts contributions from our board of directors, members, and friends. We frequently post images we have created individually or in workshops, but do not publish client artwork.