NMATA’s Future Planning for 2019

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I am so excited to be leading New Mexico Art Therapy Association this year! It is an honor to be able to follow such strong and careful leadership of three years by our outgoing, president, Valerie Valentine. She has offered beautiful modeling and created quite a strong foundation, along with her powerful board members to pivot NMATA forward into the future. Our current board, many of whom have chosen to stay on from previous service, is a dream team made up of passionate, talented art therapists with great integrity.

My intention as the President, is to further share the immense healing qualities of art therapy with the greater community. During these times of chaos and confusion in the general collective, I feel it is imperative to spread the word about art therapy. Unfortunately, many people do not realize they have access to these services, that could lead to deep healing. I also hope to create an inclusive community for art therapists to seek support, guidance, and to focus our energies on continuing to consciously uplift and expand our field. Also, thanks to the integral efforts of Deborah Good, a past NMATA and AATA president, we hope art therapists will be able to receive third party reimbursement in the near future.


With great care and excitement,

Katie Hall, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC

Our board has been busy building exciting plans for the year! We will be updating you soon on ways to be involved. Please know that your voice matters and we want to hear from you on what you want and need here in New Mexico. We need as many people involved as we can to share art therapy experiences in our community and to support one another.


Please email nmarttherapy@hotmail.com if you have ideas or interest in becoming more involved.


Here are current events planning for the year: (they will be changing as we move along)

NMATA Activities 2019

January – Board Meeting: January 26, 9am-12pm at Linnea’s Home – New Board Training and Planning for 2019

February – Board Meeting: February 16th, 9am-12:15pm at Tierra Nueva Counseling Center -Ethics Discussion and Folllow-up/Brainstorming

March – Membership/Support Group Meeting: March 9th, 12:00pm – 2:15pm at Meow Wolf -Who Are WE as Art Therapists – space for Voices to be heard and connect as a community

April – Board Meeting: April 13th, 9am-12pm at Tierra Nueva Counseling Center – Brainstorming for Future Community-based Projects

May – Mental Health Awareness Month; NAMI Walk team participation and booth with art interaction; CEC Workshop: Dream Symbols An Art Therapy Workshop led by Valerie Valentine and Christina Calderon – May 11th, 2pm-5pm at Valerie Valentine’s Studio.

June – Membership Meeting/Support Group – June 15th, 2pm – 5pm – Location TBA – Santa Fe, NM; Social Justice Committee/NMATA participation in Pridefest Booth ABQ – Date TBA; CURRENTS NEW MEDIA?; CEC?

July – Board Meeting – July 13, 9-12pm – at Tierra Nueva Counseling Center; New Moon Lodge Social Justice Committee Event – Date TBA

August – Possible event at Form and Concept; Zozobra

September – Membership Meeting/Support Group – September 14th, 2pm-5pm – Deborah Good’s Home: 2489 Elfego Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM; Love Armor – Date TBA; AHA FESTIVAL?

October – Board Meeting – October 12, 9am-12pm – at Tierra Nueva Counseling CenterInside/out Art Show Partnership – Date TBA; HISTORIC CANYON ROAD PAINT OUT AND SCULPT OUT

November – CEC?

December – Holiday Party/Meeting/Support Group – December 14th 2pm-5pm – Location TBA – Santa Fe, NM – Celebration of the year – brainstorm for new year?


Updated NMATA 2019 Board Statement. We need your voices!! Everyone is welcome!!

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Public Statement from NMATA Board March 2019

NMATA would like to respond currently to the ongoing concerns, involving Second Lady Pence’s choice to make art therapy her signature cause and AATA’s choice not to reject her advocacy. With the AATA as our parent organization, NMATA is obliged to accept this decision. We understand that these are two separate entities and we value our credentials. The New Mexico Art Therapy Association has many hopes and goals to serve our community here in New Mexico. We are choosing to focus on guiding Pence’s initiative with appropriate information about the field of Art Therapy. While doing so, we intend to create an inclusive environment, promoting social activism and public advocacy for the populations we serve.

We realize the recent turmoil of decisions made within AATA, has affected art therapists across the country. We are here to support you. Amidst the controversy with AATA and Karen Pence, we would like to offer honesty and transparency in how we operate in this community. We are choosing to ride above this wave of polarization and divisiveness in our field. It is our intention to stand for what we are for, rather than what we are against, and to follow the feminine principle of embracing instead of dividing. Spiritual teacher, Byron Katie writes, “Defense is an act of war”.

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 to honor underserved populations. We will continue to use this as a call to action. We invite you to become involved in representing and educating the public about the Identity of Art Therapy as defined by our vision and mission below.

As an organization, we do not agree with the discriminatory actions Mrs. Pence has been displaying. Nor do we agree with her inaction in correcting those around her when she was perceived as an art therapist. She is not an art therapist. We believe it is our duty to stand together and advocate for our field, correcting public mistaken perceptions of our field and sharing the truth about what art therapy actually is and can be. We believe everyone is equal and has a right to free speech and expression. We support and honor everyone’s voice and will maintain the integrity of our field through our united voices. Now, more than ever we need to come together.

We want to be clear that contributions NMATA raises through membership fees, CEC courses, and donations is used to promote and grow the profession, to further the education of art therapists, to support communities and populations that are marginalized and discriminated against, and to continue to speak out about injustice. The money stays in state to support the communities and the art therapists of New Mexico.


Recap from New Mexico Counseling Association (NMCA) Annual Conference

The New Mexico Art Therapy Association team was at the New Mexico Counseling (NMCA) Annual Conference this past weekend. Here is reflection from NMATA President Val Valentine – I attended the informational panel about mental health and legislation during the NMCA conference. It was very informative and I got some great contacts for NMATA to utilize in our up-coming legislative push for insurance parity. We made some great connections at the conference with like-minded individuals and organizations that were very stimulating and informative. I look forward to giving you all an in-person impression at the Membership Meeting April 21. Make plans to attend! It is going to be an inspiring and very creative gathering. See you there, Val.

Here is the experience from board member and Communications Chair – Breanna Cox.

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 http://nmca-nm.org/pages/conferences.php.  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, 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!

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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…

American Art Therapy Association, Field of Art Therapy, Legislation, NMATA Board, NMATA Membership, Uncategorized

January 2015: Soul Art


Welcome to #NMATA : your resource center for all things Art Therapy in New Mexico. Our January theme is Soul Art. Follow this theme with us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter and #NMATA, like and share. We intend to have a stronger presence than ever this year and you are what will fuel our evolution so tell us what you want out of your NM Art Therapy Association!

Here you can find out what offerings we have, where events are happening and who’s who in the Mexico of New! Please visit NMATA’s website to see a listing of events and to find local therapists, supervisors and continuing education offerings. This is the place where creativity and community come together! Join us for monthly workshops and members meetings, which are held seasonally, get CEC’s, network with like-minded individuals, propose an event, volunteer your services, have fun and make art with us! We hope to see you at one of our low-cost monthly workshops. Volunteer to assist and get in free. Join NMATA now for upcoming offerings and a wealth of opportunities to catalyze your professional presence!

The next workshop will be an introduction to SoulCollage, an archetypal approach to accessing the subconscious and getting to know your other-worldly allies and guides. Facilitated by Stephanie Murphy, LMHC and certified SoulCollage facilitator since 2007, and Alicia Justin, PhD will lead you into a creative exploration on Sunday, February 1st, 12-4pm . It will be held at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Email an RSVP to nmarttherapy@hotmail.com and hold your spot today! 3 CEC’s $10/Lunch will be provided. Want to get in free? Ask to assist, must be NMATA member.

The next member meeting & workshop will be held on Sunday, March 22nd at Santa Fe local Art Therapist, Sandi Wright’s home studio where we will explore her specialty using Art Therapy with Traumatic Brain Injury, especially those with loss of sight. 3 CEC’s $10/RSVP or ask to assist if you are a NMATA member: nmarttherapy@hotmail.com. Food and art materials provided!

Meet our new 2015 Board of Directors:

President: Heather Wulfers, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC

Secretary: Wendy Wasserman, MA, LMHC

Treasurer: Amy Griffin, MA, LMHC, ATR

Student Board Member: Christina Villareal

2015 is an exciting time for Art Therapy in New Mexico. We are closer than ever to securing third party reimbursement for our practitioners with an LPAT (Professional Art Therapist License) thanks primarily to Deborah Good, among others throughout the years. It’s been a long road but we are optimistic and could use your support. Let us know if you want to be on the phone tree to help out come legislation lobbying time. We need bodies to be present downtown to ensure our success!

Did you know Southwestern College Counseling Center has a list of groups being offered right now for clients to experience group Art Therapy at low cost? See our listing here or call (505) 471-8575 to hear more and get registered.

Also don’t miss our Red Cross training coming this spring for Art Therapists interested in being part of an on-call mobile team providing trauma response AT services to our community.

I am excited to be involved with a program designer interested in developing Art Therapy Apps for iPad and the iPhone. On that note, check out Jeanne Park’s new Art Therapy Assessment: MSSP (Multi-Sensory Stimulus Pictures) on the iPad – exciting research being done there. I saw her present at last year’s AATA Conference and it is very well designed and she could use our help expanding her research.

I am also looking forward to partnering with Meow Wolf and getting NMATA established in the new studio spaces being designed in the renovated bowling alley. What a cool community event space that will be! Imagine the art shows, fashion therapy, and creative installation possibilities for artists, clients and therapists alike.

Of course, don’t forget to register early for AATA’s Conference being held in Minneapolis this summer – should be an amazing location and it is always an invigorating experience to immerse yourself in the field of creative therapists.