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A Look Back @ The Art Therapy Alliance’s 2010


During this last week of 2010, I thought it would be nice to reflect on the various happenings, resources, and events enjoyed by The Art Therapy Alliance community throughout this year. The Art Therapy Alliance experienced increased much growth and attention in 2010 and I’m still in awe and humbled on a regular basis about how much this network of art therapists, art therapy students, and advocates of art therapy has grown since its founding in 2008.  

Many, many thanks to all Art Therapy Alliance friends, followers, fans, and members for the on-going support, encouragement, and passion about art therapy, as well as embracing the power of social media and networking to help promote the therapeutic uses of art and connect with others.

Here are some Art Therapy Alliance highlights from 2010:

Art Therapy Without Borders–  Huge and exciting news for the art therapy community this year included the launching of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc. a non-profit organization focusing on international art therapy initiatives. The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization (IATO) formed this umbrella organization to consolidate our programs, but still provide the art therapy community with a vital social network dedicated to education, research, information exchange, and service to others. Look for even more growth and developments from ATWB in 2011!

LinkedIn– The Art Therapy Alliance community and its 11 subgroups on LinkedIn continue to be the largest art therapy group available on this professional social media site, with 2400+ members and growing.  In 2010,  Art Therapy & Autism, The Art Therapy Student Networking Forum, and Mindfulness & Art Therapy subgroups joined our LinkedIn network.  Thank you to all of our subgroup moderators and Alliance LinkedIn members for helping to make this forum an engaging and thought provoking community about contemporary issues important to the field of art therapy.  A very hot topic trending in hundreds of Alliance discussion posts throughout this year included dialogue and issues connected to art therapy and professional identity.  Looking forward to future discussions and postings in 2011!

Facebook– The Art Therapy Alliance’s Facebook page also experienced much growth this year. We now have over 4000 FB community fans and many daily comments and interfacing related to our regular status updates about art therapy and related news.  This year The Art Therapy Alliance also launched The Art Therapy Network for Continuing Education in partnership with the IATO to help promote art therapy events, conferences, and workshops.

Twitter– In 2010 The Art Therapy Alliance joined the Twitter community!  This has been a great social media tool for us to learn more about resources, organizations, special projects or causes that we believe in and want to spread the word to others connected to the Art Therapy Alliance network. A special thanks to our followers and tweeps!

Combat Paper Project Meet Up– A workshop in March with one of our partners and friends The Combat Paper Project was a special treat for this year and included a community lecture and class co-taught by myself, Drew Cameron, Drew Matott, and Cathy Malchiodi for Ursuline College’s Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling Program.

Therapist Resource Telesummit– The Art Therapy Alliance participated in the 1st Annual Therapist Resource Telesummit this past March about the benefits of social media for therapists to develop their professional networking skills.  Thanks to Laura Dessauer for the invitation and opportunity!  You can download an audio recording of the hour presentation here.

Artist Trading Card (ATC) Exchanges– In July, The Art Therapy Alliance organized our first ATC exchange with members from the Media & Materials in Art Therapy subgroup on LinkedIn.  A second Art Therapy Alliance ATC exchange followed in September hosted by Melanie Glassey.  Thanks again Melanie!   You can check out ATCs from both exchanges via the Art Therapy Alliance website here

FUSION– The Art Therapy Alliance continues to co-publish FUSION, an e-zine for Planet Art Therapy with the International Art Therapy Organization and Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc.  The first issue of 2010 welcomed FUSION’s Features Editor Liz Beck, who has been amazing at managing and editing article content that focuses on different issues and topics related to art therapy. Thanks Liz! This year’s Features Section focused on topics such as art therapy & technology, digital culture, children & art therapy, as well as international art therapy.  You can download 2010 issues from Volume 2 here.

International Postcard Art Exchange– In October, Art Therapy Without Borders launched an International Postcard Art Exchange to allow community members from the Art Therapy Alliance, International Art Therapy Organization, and Art Therapy Without Borders to receive postcard art from art therapists and art therapy students living all over the world. This exchange has been a great opportunity for connection, networking, creativity, and art-making/exchanging with peers and colleagues all over Planet Art Therapy. The exchange continues until April 2011 and postcard art can be followed here.

Wow!  It is exciting t
o look back on everything that’s happened over the last year and even more exciting to envision what will transform and develop in 2011.  My biggest thanks of gratitude goes to IATO Founder, ATWB President, Art Therapy Alliance supporter and advocate Cathy Malchiodi for her partnership, friendship, and fun related to these adventures and so many more to come as the communities, resources, and services of ATWB, IATO, and Alliance continue to strengthen and grow!

Here’s to more community, connection, and collaboration!   Happy New Year!

December 2010,  Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC

About Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP: Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, TLC Certified Trauma Practitioner, Art Therapy Community Organizer, Artist...


One thought on “A Look Back @ The Art Therapy Alliance’s 2010

  1. Gretchen, Cathy, and Liz (and countless others) … Just proves what can be done when the red tape is cut and the ideas are allowed and encouraged to flow. Again, I am impressed with all of your energy and know that you (ready) hold the keys to the future of art therapy (compliment – no pressure). Always ready to help … Michael recovering in Dallas.

    Posted by Michael Maloney | December 29, 2010, 3:37 pm

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