February’s theme is Art: a Language of Love. Let’s celebrate all the ways in which we express love through artistic projects and our creative contributions to relationships, places of work and our community as a whole! January was an awesome kick off to the new year for NMATA. We grew by 20 members and updated our website so it is now your go-to place for art therapy resources. There you can find therapists, supervisors, internship sites, upcoming events, updates on progress and get involved.
If you haven’t officially joined the NM Art Therapy Association yet consider doing so this month as our annual fee will be increasing March 1st. Right now its only $30 for the year. Join here! We have several new committees starting up this year and we could use your help. Let us know which ones you’d like to serve on here by choosing from Legislative Action, Outreach, Fundraising, Interactive Art Shows and Social Media support.
We held an extremely successful workshop this past Sunday: “Intro to SoulCollage“. If you missed it, don’t worry because Stephanie Murphy and Alicia Justice are planning a series of SoulCollage workshops this summer through NMATA. Stay tuned!
February 8th, KaSandra Verrett is hosting a Book & Journal Making workshop, see flyer here:
March 15th Southwestern College will once again host our next workshop “Fashion Art Therapy” facilitated by SWC Art Therapists-in Training Mariana Marachlian and Andrea Caruso. You don’t want to miss this innovative experiential where participants will tap into their iconic essences and create clothes to match! Bring your own recycled textiles. Some materials plus snacks will be provided. By donation! Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 15th 12-3pm at SW College. RSVP here.
Your next member meeting and workshop will be Sunday, March 22nd from 12 – 4pm at Sandi Wright’s home studio in Santa Fe, 2504 Calle de los Ninos. Sandi is a long time New Mexico Art Therapist – see her bio here. This is your opportunity to hear about what NMATA is up to, volunteer your services and let us know what additional needs you have as members. Please rsvp here. The workshop will be a deep dive into Exploring Enneagrams with Georganna Tapley, SWC Art Therapy student. $30 for (3) CEC’s or $5 for students and friends, extra donations are always appreciated! Food will be provided ~ yum.
Workshops coming this Spring/Summer include topics such as Natural Materials/Flower Essence Art Therapy, Design your Own Sand Tray, Stop Motion Art Therapy and more from Imagine Art Art Barn. We will also be hosting an Open Studio where your finished pieces can be donated to raise money for NMATA and be sold through local galleries and or this summer’s AATA Conference. Want to propose your own workshop? Email us your ideas and we will send you a Proposal Form for submission. Show off your unique perspective to the whole community.
Also, Meow Wolf and NMATA are joining forces this year so be sure to stay involved and look forward to local arts collaborative and new internship possibilities. Our website will keep you updated on these exciting prospects.
And don’t forget to early register for the AATA Conference this summer – save money if you do it before Feb. 3rd. For more info click here. NMATA and Southwestern College will be strongly represented this year and I am especially looking forward to attending Abbe Miller’s El Duende: Painting Process workshop that we facilitate every year at SWC for our Art Therapy Interns.
Thank you for being a part of our artistic and loving community. Happy Creating! <3
Heather Wulfers, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC
President of NMATA
Archetypal Art Therapist and Art Therapy Advocate