Amity K. Miller founded Speak Up! Arts, in order to give a voice to her dream: to help people, by supporting them in their unique, creative expression. She earned her Master’s degree from Florida State University’s Art Therapy Program, and is a nationally registered art therapist (ATR). She conducted research for her Master’s thesis in Lima, Peru, where she worked at an institute for children with developmental disabilities. Her thesis focused on how to practice culturally sensitive, and responsible art therapy.
Amity was selected, as part of a grant from FSU’s law school, to practice art therapy, at a shelter in Bangkok, Thailand. There, she worked with children, and adolescents, who were neglected, abused, and/or rescued from the sex slave trade. Before moving to Idaho, she worked at a psychiatric hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, for two years. She practiced group, and individual art therapy with patients who had moderate to severe mental, and/or physical illnesses.
At present, Amity works at a shelter for adolescents who suffer from addiction, and/or abuse. She hopes to pursue a grant to fund an arts program for the residents at this shelter.
Amity uses the Art Therapy Alliance to keep current with issues in Art Therapy. She receives daily email updates about on-going conversations, and she clicks on the topics that interest her frequently. She enjoys reading different perspectives, and feeling part of a larger community, especially because she is the only Art Therapist in Pocatello, Idaho. In preparation for one of her workshops, she found an article about how an inadequately trained professional using the art process caused harm to a client. It was validating to see other art therapists dispersing this same information through the Art Therapy Alliance (on LinkedIn). She looks forward to watching our field continue to develop and change lives!
May your creative voice be heard, LOUD and CLEAR!
Amity’s photo also reminds her of something the Indian poet and philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote: “Scatter freely along the road, the treasure you gather as you go.” Pass the Art Therapy Nectar, Please!