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Statement on the current Immigration Crisis

NMATA condemns the current crisis created by the separation of children from their families at our borders. Our professional members know and treat the effects that such trauma can cause.

With that said, let it be known that NMATA is intimately involved in supporting the Sanctuary Movement within our State, in response to recent ICE activity and the above Crisis. We have created and developed a strong Social Justice Committee in 2018, co-chaired by Board Members, Alanna Sindlinger and Christina Calderon.
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Statement on AATA with Second Lady Pence

It is with great care and consideration the NMATA offers this public statement about Second Lady Pence’s choice of art therapy as her signature cause and AATA’s choice not to reject her advocacy, choosing instead to guide her initiative with appropriate information about the field of Art Therapy.

With the AATA as our parent organization, NMATA is obliged to accept this decision.  We do so as a call to action.  We have heard some the voices of those that object to this decision.  We formally state here that the NMATA as an organization does not believe the decision, to guide the public information given by Pence, means that the AATA nor the NMATA nor the profession of Art Therapy are in any way aligned with Pence’s politics.  WE are not a political organization.  We are a service industry that serves the most marginalized sects of our communities.  We chose to use this situation as motivation for the NMATA and our membership to engage in social action and public advocacy for the populations we serve.  We invite you to become involved in representing and educating the public about the Identity of Art Therapy as defined by our vision, mission, and values statements below.

Mission / Vision

The New Mexico Art Therapy Association (NMATA) is a professional organization for art therapists in New Mexico, and an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association. Join here.

NMATA is founded on the belief that art making is healing and life enhancing; that creativity benefits the human condition; that cultural proficiency is essential when working with children, families, and communities; and that professional integrity and competency is of utmost importance when serving the public.

Our mission is to provide a safe place for meaningful connections between people who share an interest in the therapeutic use of art making and creative expression in New Mexico.

Our vision is to engage in the progressive development art therapy and use of expressive therapies in clinical practice. We provide continuing education, training, and workshops with the aim of advancing the field of art therapy and to facilitate networking and collaboration among art therapists, students, and professionals in New Mexico.