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Fall News from NYATA

NYATA Board Elections – Secretary

Please make sure to send your ballot back by November 12th 2016 to

NYATA Chalk it up for Children’s Mental Health

The first NYATA Chalk It Up for Children’s Mental Health Day was held on Sunday, August 28th in Long Beach, Long Island and was a great success! Many businesses donated raffle items and the community was generous in their support. A special thank you to all the NYATA Board family members and art therapy interns who volunteered to help! (The inside scoop is that the event will be covered in an upcoming edition of AATA’s Art Therapy Today newsletter!) Between the money raised at that event, the May fundraiser and the art canvas sale at the AATA conference, NYATA raised almost $3700.00 that will be used to support community art therapy programs for children in Long Beach and the surrounding area.

The Board is fine-tuning the process by which money will be allocated for programs and the way in which NYATA LCAT members will be able to participate.

STAY TUNED for details…

Update on NYS Bill A6376A

NYS Bill A6376A which requires blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage for outpatient treatment by mental health practitioners, including art therapists, which has passed the State Assembly is still in committee in the Senate. You can go to and let the Senate know you support the bill.

Time to Renew Your NYATA Membership!

A message from your Membership Committee:

Dear NYATA Community,

As you know, your membership with the New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA) is invaluable to us! Your continued support is what keeps us going. We work every day to advance the profession, but we can’t do it without YOU: the leaders, students, and supporters of our community. It is now time for you to consider renewing your membership. As always you can renew your New York membership online when you renew your American Art Therapy Association (AATA) membership ( Should you like to renew directly through NYATA you can visit the NYATA website ( and download the membership application to renew.

A NYATA membership allows you to:

  1. Increase your ability to reach and serve the local art therapy community

  2. Meet, connect, and network with New York and tri-state professionals

  3. Leadership opportunities to help us strengthen the profession

  4. Build and share your professional knowledge through the NYATA list serve (yahoo group) and events

  5. Learn about the latest trends and issues about art therapy in New York State

  6. Help us make an impact on related legislative issues

  7. Change the world for the better through art therapy

If you have any questions about renewing, please contact the membership committee at

What’s coming up in the future

Among other events in the works, NYATA is planning an event during CAT Week in March 2017 just for you – Self-Care Day for Art Therapists! Details to come.

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