Field of Art Therapy

The Honoring of Dr. Deborah Good at NMATA’s Member Meeting: June 11, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM

Beautiful Day at our membership meeting on Saturday, 6/11/16, the New Mexico Art Therapy Association held a luncheon in honor of Dr. Deborah Good. Current NMATA president, Valerie Valentine, presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Deborah for her many contributions to art therapy in New Mexico. The award was presented with assistance by special guest, Little Miss New Mexico 2016, Jana-Lisa Botello, an aspiring art therapist.

Field of Art Therapy, NMATA Membership, Uncategorized

NMATA Membership Meeting in ABQ: June 11th at 10:30 AM, 2489 Elfego Rd NW.

Everyone is Invited!!
We will be awarding Dr. Deborah Good the Life Time Achievement Award,
she so richly deserves!

Even if you have let your membership lapse, please attend.  Of course, we want you back, but more important we want to support and grow the art therapist community in New Mexico.  We, also, wish to fully honor Deborah.  Your attendance is encouraged, welcomed and appreciated.

We will start the meeting at 10:30 with some updates about what NMATA has been up to and what we are planning for the next year.  Because of the AATA Conference next year, we are trying hard to gather the experience and knowledge from all the art therapists in our state as high-light for the 900-1100 art therapists projected to descend on our state from all over the world.  We are trusting many of you in ABQ will want to be involved and this is a great way to begin the process.

We have been approached by Little Miss New Mexico, who wants to be an art therapist, and we have invited her to the meeting Saturday.  She will be presenting the award to Dr. Debbie, which promises to be delightful.

Dr. Good has agreed to create a display of some of her accomplishments for us to enjoy.  Her career is truly inspiring as is her lovely presence.  Please consider coming to help in the honoring of this pioneer.

We will end with lunch for everyone (salads and cake)  and time to socialize and connect within a beautiful, warm, and lush home garden.  We anticipate closing by 1:00.   It promises to be a wonderful event and Everyone is Invited!!!

PS:  If you have any small and light pieces of art you would not mind donating to NMATA please bring them to the meeting.  We will be taking them to the AATA conference in Baltimore this year as we invite everyone to come to ABQ next year.  Thank you for considering and donating.

Directions to the Meeting:

1.    From I-40 going West towards Gallup.
2.     Stay on I-40 West and exit on Rio Grande Blvd.
3.     Turn right and go north on Rio Grande Blvd.
4.     Stay on Rio Grande Blvd. past the stop light at Candelaria.
5.     Elfego is 2 blocks before the second stop light at Griegos
6.     Look for a white sign on the right side of Rio Grande Blvd. that reads “Lohman Harley Davidson.”  Elfego Road is across the street from this sign.
7.    Turn left on Elfego from Rio Grande Blvd
8.    Go 1 block and then turn left at the “T” intersection
9.    Follow Elfego around the corner as it turns to the west.  The house is 2nd on the right hand side, 2489, before the ditch; it has a circular driveway and 3 tall windows facing the street.

  1.  From I 25 going South from Santa Fe exit Comanche/Griegos.
  2. Turn right (West) at the end of the ramp.   Take Griegos to Rio Grande – past all the # streets
  3. Turn left (South) at the Rio Grande light.
  4. Get in the far right lane.Elfego is the 2nd right.  It comes up quickly and is directly across the street from the Loman Motors sign.
  5. Turn right (west) and then left at the T after 1 block.  After the curve, count to the 2nd house on the right – 1.2 circle driveway and a copper mailbox, 2489 Elfego.

Any problems finding it, call me at 505-577-2469; or call anytime with any questions!

Community Outreach, NMATA Membership, Uncategorized

NMATA Collaborates with Meow Wolf – May 2016

NMATA is opening doors and inviting you in!!A great big thank you to all of you who have signed up to lead summer camps and workshops at Meow Wolf this summer.  The response was so strong and encouraging we are buzzing here!  Big kudos to Stephanie Kitts, our student Board member for leading and coordinating all this with Meow Wolf.  If you are not familiar with this opportunity, please ask for more details as there is a great potential for our members to create satisfying community offerings and make some money for themselves.  For a listing of the offerings, please visit our website under the Events and Workshop Tab.  The summer camps are listed there, with the summer workshops to follow soon.

I encourage you all to come out on one of the next three Monday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm to support intern, Christina Villarreal’s offering. $10.  It is a nice way to connect with each other and see what is happening.  Also consider Qigong; Wednesday evenings 6pm-7pm for the month of May; $10; offered by Autumn Kern.  Drop ins are warmly welcomed at each of these offerings.
And there are many more offerings to consider and opportunities to lead if you are inspired to do so!!!       Check it all out on NMATA website.

Saturday, May 14, we will be completing the Flower to Seed to Flower Project started last year at the AHA Festival.  From 6pm-7:30pm we will have a short workshop to create garden stakes and then we will move outside to have our planting ceremony for all the wishes.  This amazing community project gathered origami flowers with wishes written, made these into seed-paper last month and we are planting these wishes at Meow Wolf on a warm spring evening!  Beth Lykins has been filming this incredible evolution and is making a short film for the AATA film fest next year.  Come out a be a part of this celebration.  There is no cost for this last part of the project and your participation supports the success of the project and the film. Let’s have a big presence at Meow Wolf that invites even more community awareness of NMATA!!!

Next, I encourage all NMATA members to send us your profile and picture so that we can post you on the site under the Resources Tab.  We want to have a complete listing for client’s searching, professionals checking NM out (happening more and more with AATA coming next year) and those searching for supervisors.  If you have let your membership lapse we want you back!  We are working hard to have a lot to offer you and also to prepare for integration into AATA conference next year.  Let  us highlight all the talent in the State.  Let us list you on the NMATA site!  Email me directly and we will get your information available for all.  Our Paypal button on the site is working correctly again and ready for renewal or new members.

NMATA will be represented at this year’s NMCA (New Mexico Counseling Association) Conference on June 3 & 4 in ABQ.  I urge you all to consider attending in some way.  Find details at  If anyone is inclined to help us man the booth, please contact me directly.

Our next membership meeting will be held in ABQ, June 11, 10:30 – 1:00pm at Deborah Good’s home, 2489 Elfego Rd NW, ABQ 87107.  We will be honoring the work of this pioneer and art therapy treasure, so please mark this on your calendar and plan to attend.  Our desire is to reengage all of you located in ABQ and to start the collaboration for next year’s conference.  We will have a reception with food, presentation to Deborah, and information for everyone about all NMATA is doing on your behalf.   One of NMATA’s initiatives is to work through the legislature to get parity for art therapists for third party (insurance) reimbursement, more details given at the membership meeting.

Your Board President (me, lol) and your LAC Committee Chair, Wendy Wasserman, will be attending this year’s AATA conference in Baltimore to represent NMATA and invite everyone there, to next year’s conference here.  We will have a table full of brochures and we would also like to have some art for sale.  We are asking for donations of small-sized, light-weight art that we can easily take to the conference.  If any of you would care to donate please consider bringing your art to the June membership meeting.  We would really love to have some art that speaks some of the color and flavor of NM and would greatly appreciate your tax-deductible donations!  We will provide the non-profit donation forms.

I will finish this month’s letter with an appeal to all the art therapists in the state to please consider membership and involvement in your professional association, NMATA.  I know many of you have served and participated in the past and we are enthusiastically appealing to you to rejoin and bring your experience and talent back to service.  Our membership now runs for a complete year from the date of dues payment.  We need all of us to be as strong and empowered as we can be.  You are valued.  And, of course, a great big thank you to all our current members!!!

I extend an invitation to all of you to contact me directly with any questions or concerns!

Sincerely Yours,
Valerie Valentine (Val)
Your Board President

Community Outreach, NMATA Membership

February Newsletter: Exciting Updates!!!!

Before we get to the exciting opportunities with Meow Wolf,

I want to invite you all to the Membership Meeting we are having in March!
All supporters of NMATA are welcome.

Place:  Santa Fe Indian School located at 1501 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe, 87505
Date:   Meeting and Pot Luck:  Saturday, March 12
Time:  10:30 – 2:00

  • 10:30 – Committee Reports including the LAC (Local Area Committee for next years AATA Conference in ABQ) and a invitation for people to join a committee of interest
  • 12:00 – Lunch – bring anything you want to eat and share
  • 1:00 – Group Self-Care Process and Sharing

We hope to have a great turn-out of people and encourage you all to attend.  We will be discussing having the next meeting in June in ABQ to further facilitate this.  It is our year long goal to increase connection between all of us.  Your participation and support is greatly valued.

Wow, hope to see your there!
Now on to Other Great Things Happening!!

NMATA is partnering with Meow Wolf in a collaboration that will allow our members to present workshops and hold on-going groups within this extraordinary facility.

I would like to offer a great big shout-out to our Student Board Member, Stephanie Kitts, who has made a wonderful connection and created this amazing opportunity for NMATA with Meow Wolf!

There are three opportunities for us here:

1)  We have been offered the opportunity to have a table and presence during the Grand Opening. March 17-20.  This will include an opportunity to inform the public about anything that we are able to schedule for the community space, called the Maker’s Space.  We can do all or part of the four day celebration, which will depend on how many people we can get to sign up to man our booth.  This is BIG exposure for NMATA in the community as this is likely to be the happening of the year!!
Let’s get creative!!!
2)  MW has offered us the use of their Maker’s Space for workshops and groups for 10% of proceeds.  The Maker’s Space can accommodates up to 30.   MW has asked that NMATA create the administrative structure for this to be managed.  This will be managed through our Community Arts Outreach Committee and NMATA would also receive 10% of the proceeds for the management fee.  A panel will screen presenters through the proposal form on the website and add an interview process to further insure appropriateness.  Anyone of us who wants to lead any kind of offering can apply immediately.  These can include one time or on-going workshops or groups for teaching, healing, arts, crafts, art therapy etc. You can create your own income with a 20% fee.  Please consider applying as soon as possible as we want to have a robust schedule by March 15.
*Presenters may be subject to having an on-site supervisor depending on the subject matter and experience level of the presenter.

3)  The last exciting part of this collaboration will be to complete the project started last year at the AHA festival and further expanding through the CCA collaboration and Workshop Autumn and Ericka are presenting in April.  The Flower to Seed project will come to rest within a garden at Meow Wolf.  The origami wishes created by the community at AHA are to be made into seed paper at CCA and finally planted and nurtured at Meow Wolf.
With lots of dedication and work by Beth Lykins, we hope to capture this community process on camera and make a short film that tracks the project from beginning to end…very exciting and I am holding a vision that we will be able to share the film at the AATA conference in 2017.

Again, Thank you, Stephanie for all your vision and work!!
And to Everyone who has worked hard to make all of this happen!!!

Next great thing happening is the collaboration with CCA that includes the Flower to Seed Project facilitated on April 2 from 1-4pm.  More information on this in the March Newsletter.

As you can see there is lots of room for your participation. 
We are ambitious and optimistic about everything we can create this year and next.
And we need all of YOU to accomplish these things with grace and vitality!!

Please join us at the next meeting
and be a vital part of your New Mexico Art Therapy Association!!!


January 2016: Blank Canvas – Fresh Start!

Join New Mexico Art Therapy Association for a fresh start, during this exciting time of creativity and inspiration!! We warmly welcome our new President, Valerie Valentine, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC, who is leading NMATA into a promising year of 2016! This year brings many opportunities, including amazing CEU workshops, an upcoming exhibit at the CCA, art therapy connections with Meow Wolf, and more!!  Also, meet our new board members, and don’t forget to become a member yourself!!

CEU Offerings, NMATA Board

October: Co-Creating and Re-Visioning

Voting for 2016 board member positions happens in November 2015, want to nominate someone?
Send your nominees here (anonymous third party).
Who will lead the flock in 2016?
Nominate Board Members in November 2015. Email submissions to 
Are you a licensed Art Therapist in New Mexico? Do you want to take a leadership role or know someone who would be perfect to take a more active role in the Art Therapy community? This is an exciting opportunity to get more involved and guide the advocacy movement in our state. As a local chapter of AATA we have a mission of spreading the power of art as a healing modality. As artists, we know the potential of creating; do your part to share this message! Take a stand. Take the lead. Gathering your troops and respond to the call of action!

In November join us for a special treat where we explore the sacred and poetic art of qi gong movement followed by an art making experiential. Facilitated by NMATA’s President Elect, Autumn Kern, LPAT, LPCC
(3) CEC’s available for $30 or free for students and members. Donations are always appreciated.

Community Outreach, Legislation, NMATA Membership, Uncategorized

August 2015: Flying Colors!

Membership is growing as we continue to provide opportunities for creativity, education and networking through our monthly workshop series. We formed two new committees in 2015, focusing on interactive arts and social media, both in an effort to promote NMATA and Art Therapy awareness in New Mexico. Our social media presence has grown with over 3500 Facebook followers and we’re enjoying steadily increasing numbers on our Instagram and Pinterest pages.

Our Interactive arts committee has been busy as we gear up for Fiesta season in Santa Fe! NMATA will have a booth at the After Hours Alliance (AHA) festival this fall where we will be inviting the community to join us in the creation of an art installation. Our guerilla style marketing initiatives (leaving small pieces of artwork in prominent areas) has increased our visibility in an effort to support our legislative committee’s hard work to have the state recognize Art Therapy as an independently licensable profession, eligible for third party payments. We’re getting close!

In other exciting news, we are developing a relationship with Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment production company who has partnered with Santa Fe’s George RR Martin (creator of Game of Thrones) in the opening of a multi-use art complex on the site of an old bowling alley. The complex will be a large shared workspace for artists and makers, designed to encourage skill exchange and dynamic collaboration. We are working with the organization to include Art Therapy services to their plans. It’s an exciting time to be part of the New Mexico Art Therapy Association!

American Art Therapy Association, Uncategorized

July 2015: Birds of a Feather

This month NMATA migrates to Minneapolis to attend the annual gathering of art therapists at the AATA Conference. There is always so much to do and see. I am looking forward to Abbe Miller’s Painting Process and Temple Grandin’s speech especially. Art Therapists are the friendliest flock of folks you will ever meet and oh so inspiring! We will be selling some community art and many of our members are involved in workshops, presentations and participation oh my! It becomes really clear really fast just how many birds of a feather we all are when we land in one spot. May you as well be inspired this month – lots of pictures to come! Please join us for art making and networking and brainstorming in the coming months. Enjoy summer and bring the power of creativity into your community. Flying off for now…

NMATA Membership, Values

June 2015: Creating Community

Together we create a network of brilliant minds. It is together that we can accomplish great things. It takes all of us to build a community and that is exactly what we as a collective are interested in doing. Through art and creative expression we join together to build lasting bonds, help one another succeed and witness the beauty in diversity.

Together we illuminate spirit’s ever-evolving expression through our work, our art and our presence. We are a living masterpiece designed to inspire, heal and transform consciousness. As artists it is our destiny to make the world a more harmonious place, to refine the aesthetics of humanity, and to re-envision our future.
Thank you for all you do to color our community!

Art Making, Self-Love / Self-Care

May 2015: Art in Bloom

This month we invite you to unfold those petals covering up your creativity and open up to new forms of beauty. How do we stay fresh and inspired with so many demands on our daily lives? How can we remove those obstacles in the way of our true expressions? How do you make space for yourself and give room to renew? This is where the process of art-making becomes essential to our self-care. Creating beauty is not a luxury, rather a vital part of who we are. We are creators. We create our futures, our dreams, our relationships and our careers. How are you making the world a more beautiful place? Let’s color in our lives together and create community everyday. Thank you for participating in the mosaic that is New Mexico!