National Recognition for Art Therapy through AATA's Partnership with Americans for the Arts

Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, AATA President
Mar 18, 2016 11:00 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ — On March 7 & 8, 2016, AATA Executive Director Cynthia Woodruff, and President Dr. Donna Betts, ATR-BC, represented the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) at the Arts Advocacy Day National Arts Action Summit. This annual event provides attendees with advocacy training and an opportunity to attend coordinated visits with Members of Congress. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with over 85 national arts-related organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad variety of the nation’s civic and cultural groups. Grassroots advocates from across the country came to Washington to garner support for issues related to funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), arts education policy, and more.

The AATA has been represented at this important event in previous years, and we are proud to continue this mutually beneficial partnership. Americans for the Arts has recognized AATA members in previous venues. This year, on Monday, March 7, Ms. Woodruff and I joined hundreds of colleagues from across the U.S. for interactive advocacy training, networking, and peer-to-peer learning. That evening, we attended the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the Kennedy Center, featuring keynote speaker Dr. John Maeda, an American designer and technologist who led the movement to transform STEM to STEAM during his tenure as President of the Rhode Island School of Design.

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