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Celebrate Creative Arts Therapies Week
March 17-23, 2024


​During the third full week in March each year, creative arts therapists sponsor special workshops, exhibitions, career days and other events to share their work with the public and other professionals. Here are ways you can participate:

  • Learn: Follow NCCATA on Facebook

  • Educate: Share information about the creative arts therapies with your own network: research, news stories, case examples (with client permission) or your own experience working as a creative arts therapist

  • Advocate: Write to your legislators or schedule a meeting to discuss your profession, and make them aware of the creative arts therapies

  • Connect: Contact NCCATA’s Communications Coordinator and describe how you plan to celebrate. Email a link to your website, blog posts, and social media posts with photos, and NCCATA will share on its Facebook page and on this webpage.

#CATWeek2021 Activities

Paint the Stars

Paint the Stars Art Therapy, LLC is working with most of their clients remotely, but they still found a way to engage their community in celebration of Creative Arts Therapy Week. 

Their family of over 75 clients were invited to participate in a special project titled, “What art therapy means to me." 


Children ages 3-22 created art using any medium of their choice and added a short write up about their piece. Then on March 14th, they held a closed gallery viewing.

        Follow Paint the Stars on Facebook                                


Institute for Therapy through the Arts is hosting its annual Creative Arts Therapy conference virtually  March 18-20. In celebration of CAT week, they offered a 25% discount on registration. Visit  for more information. 


They are also holding a contest all week, asking people to share their creative use of the arts on social media. Follow ITA on Facebook to participate.

Art 4 Hearts

13-year old Sydney Thomas from Phoenix, Arizona started Art 4 Hearts two years ago as a way to make life better for kids in difficult situations. Pre-Covid, Sydney hosted Art 4 Hearts projects in children’s homes and at churches. During the pandemic she’s served as a Hope Kids volunteer, hosting art projects over Zoom for children facing health challenges.


Sydney created a special painting called “Ombré Sky” to commemorate CAT Week 2021. You can follow Sydney’s work on Instagram @thesydneycollection.



Creating Healing with Cory

Cory MacDonald  was inspired by Creative Arts Therapy Week to offer a free online creative workshop event born out of a foundational chapter in her recently published book, Life in Full Colors. 


The self-care workshop  called "Relax & Feel the Power of Play" kicked off the start the week on Sunday, March 14th

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North American Drama Therapy Association

October 31 - November 3, 2024 Toronto, Canada

American Music Therapy Association 

September 22-25, 2024 On-line Symposium

American Art Therapy Association  

October 6-9, 2024, Pittsburg, PA

​American Dance Therapy Association

October  24-27, 2024  Chicago, Illinois



Member Association Annual Conferences

Each member association hosts an annual conference which showcases cutting edge research in their field and provides avenues for professional development.



National Association for Poetry Therapy

April 10 - 14, 2024  Bethesda Washington DC

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