As we head into the home stretch of this historical Presidential election, I encourage us all to stand in your own highest values. May we each be impeccable with our words and always offer our very best to each other. We are the heart and soul of this nation, each and every one of us. May we use our individual power to raise each other up, encourage creativity and health, and be our unique amazing authentic selves. As art therapists, this is our job. How great is that! I am so grateful for each and every one of you. You are an incredible clan to belong to. I am honored to hold this position and to offer my very best to each of you.
We will be heading into our own elections soon, so please be thinking of who you will nominate to serve on our Board of Directors and please consider serving yourself. It is very fulfilling to serve for a cause you are passionate about and our profession is certainly something to be passionate about. We are unique in the healing/medical field because of the value we offer. It is a privilege to sit and support our clients in knowing their unique value. It is also a privilege to guide NMATA and to represent the art therapists in our amazing State, especially with the opportunities next year to host AATA in ABQ.
Wendy Wasserman, your NMATA Board member who Chairs the Local Arts Committee, and myself met with AATA last Thursday while they were doing a site visit in ABQ. They were excited about next year's conference and all we have to offer. There are going to be some great opportunities to participate and I encourage you all to make it a point to get involved. Call Wendy directly at 516-527-2323.
I, also, encourage you all to consider presenting your work at the AATA conference. NMATA is offering a 3 CEU workshop next Saturday, Nov 5, from 1-4, at Mesa Vista Wellness, to help us all prepare our presentations and to successfully navigate the application process through the AATA site. The CEU is called Professional Presentation and will also guide participants through how to present CEU workshops. Please RSVP at 505-577-2469 or at the NMATAemail: firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible. Fee is $30 for NMATA members and $45 for non-members. The CEU is relevant for any one wishing to create and present professional workshops.
NMATA is doing a Holiday Fund Raiser! We will be getting a booth at the Farmer's Market during their special Holiday Market, scheduled for the Thursday, 22nd and Friday the 23rd, right before Christmas this year. Many of you have already volunteered to donate art work for the sale. I am asking that anyone with some art to donate, please call me 577-2469, and let's see if we can work out a drop off time for next weekend. We need it soon because we need to present some of the work for jury to secure the booth. I will keep the work safe and transport the day of the sale. I am really inspired and excited to see all the great art and crafts being offered and humbly ask you all to consider donating at least one piece.
Last note: Be sure and mark your calendars for the last 2016 NMATAMembership Meeting to be held in ABQ at Deborah Good's beautiful home; December 10, 10:30-12:30. We are asking everyone to bring something yummy to share to eat and to bring a special gift made with intention and creativity for our gift swap. The gift should somehow honor the art therapist and the work of therapy; some kind of self care or inspiration or beauty that reflects the care and depth of our profession. We will be announcing the winners of our elections during this meeting.
We will be sending out an email to members only in the coming week with the details of the nomination and election process. And that brings us full circle.
Until we connect again, validate yourselves, honor your work, strengthen your intentions, and revel in your own exquisite self-expression. You are precious.