Virtual Member Meeting with AATA's President: AATA's Focus on Equity, Where We've Been, and Where We're Going

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Welcome to our Virtual Member Meeting series, where we'd like to share with members all about AATA!

Join us for an evening of ideas, sharing, and conversation. Each meeting will focus on a special topic related to the organization and the community - it's an opportunity to both learn about current events and updates related to AATA, and to discuss these goings-on with staff, leaders, and fellow members. And, after the live webinar is complete, we'll be opening up a thread for one hour on the online forum to continue the discussion.

The special topic for July 2020 is "Virtual Member Meeting with AATA's President: AATA's Focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Where We've Been, and Where We're Going." The last four years have been tumultuous for our nation, and today we find ourselves confronting two simultaneous pandemics – racism and COVID-19. Debate in the art therapy community regarding Karen Pence's support of art therapy fueled a journey of listening and learning for the AATA that motivated and informed a needed plan of integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of our work as an association.

Hosted by AATA President Dr. Carlock-Russo, this meeting will review events that led to where AATA is today on what has been a multi-year journey of increasing our actions and advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion and all of the values we share as an organization and profession. We will discuss divisions in the field, lessons learned, areas of growth, what still needs to be done, what is happening, and AATA's commitment to increased transparency and equity – now and moving forward. Submit your questions in advance to!

This is a members-only event, so be sure to login with your MyAATA credentials before registering.

Dr. Margaret Carlock-Russo

Past President, American Art Therapy Association

Prescott College

Margaret Carlock-Russo, EdD, LCAT(NY), ATR-BC, ATCS, is a board certified art therapist and licensed creative arts therapist, currently serving as the President of the American Art Therapy Association. Margaret has over 25 years of experience as an art therapist working with individuals and groups. Much of her career has been spent working with people with health conditions or impairments, learning disabilities and dementia. Most recently, she has developed Chroma Soul Arts, an organization focused on providing community groups and retreats, addressing issues of aging, social connection, self-care, and wellness. Margaret is also an associate faculty at Prescott College, coordinating their Expressive Arts Therapy Post Master’s Certificate Program.

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