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