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Art Therapy Alliance 2012 Year in Review: Milestones, Happenings & Projects

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2012 has been another active year for the Art Therapy Alliance with community focused projects to help promote art therapy, new resources, and some celebrating of milestones!

Here are some of the highlights:

Spaces & Places: Where We Create : Launched in February 2012, this three month online photo documentary project co-created by Magdalena Karlick, ATR, LPAT, LPCC (Southwestern College) and Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC (Art Therapy Alliance) invited art therapists, art therapy students, expressive arts therapists, and art organizations to submit a photo of their creative work space and favorite tools of the trade.

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Using social media and digital photo sharing on Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram, this project provided education, awareness, inspiration, and understanding about the spaces & places, settings, populations, and materials that the art therapy community works in and uses within their practice. Over 200 photos were contributed from the US, Canada, Italy, Singapore, Mexico, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Australia, and India. View the project’s slideshow on Flickr here:
 

Art Therapy Alliance on Pinterest : Also in February of this year, the Art Therapy Alliance joined the virtual pinboard & social networking site Pinterest. The Art Therapy Alliance on Pinterest includes over 20 boards featuring different art therapy topics, news, resources, and the work of art therapists. 

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6 Degrees of Creativity 2 : In July, a second round of workshops for the online art making community, 6 Degrees of Creativity started and will be closing at the end of this year.  6 Degrees of Creativity’s activity also expanded to a service project with Operation Sock Monkey in November, where over 50 art therapists, students, and sock monkey friends made and donated over 100 sock monkeys for at-risk youth affected by Hurricane Sandy at the Boys & Girls Club of Hoboken. Woo hoo!

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The Return of Art Therapy Alliance Favicard on the Go Project : This year also saw the re-launch of this collabortive project, including the introduction of a dedicated Pinterest board featuring Favicard photos, links to their stories, and the work of art therapists who submitted them. This project uses the power of social networking and community members’ creativity to showcase individuals and groups who want to share their Art Therapy Alliance Favicard and highlight their work, passion, or cause.

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Milestones: In 2012, the Art Therapy Alliance celebrated milestones on Facebook and on LinkedIn, when both of these communities became over 10,000 strong!  Woo hoo!

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Thank you to community members, contributors, and supporters who have participated in Art Therapy Alliance happenings throughout this year, as well as access the variety of social media sites in the network for daily news, updates, and connection.  Here comes 2013- Happy New Year! -gretchen

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