Celebrate Creative Arts Therapies Week

March 14-20, 2021


​During the third 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.

#CATWeek2020 Activities

Paint the Stars

Paint the Stars Art Therapy, LLC believes that every child, teen, and young adult that they see holds the power to create whatever type of future they want for themselves. They began discussions in February about how working on ourselves and specifically our mental health, is one of the most important ways to help create the future self we want to be. 

Their special project for Creative Arts Therapy Week is titled “I can create my own stars!” and approximately 60 clients ages 4-20 are participating. Paint the Stars will be sharing photos of the client artwork with quotes from the artists beginning March 15th. Their work will culminate in a video with music composed by Brianna Piatt, music therapist.

Follow Paint the Stars on Facebook



Institute for Therapy through the Arts is hosting its annual Creative Arts Therapy conference March 20-21 in Evanston, Illinois. In celebration of CAT week, they are offering a 25% discount to everyone who registers the week before, March 8-14.  Visit www.itachicago.org/conference  for more information. 


They have also designed fun graphics for you to share on social media and CATs for you to download and color. Find these furry friends here. You can also honor Creative Arts Therapy Day in the city of Evanston, Illinois on March 20th. Visit ITA's website to learn more about the mayor's proclamation.

Houston Creative Arts Therapy

This year, Houston Creative Arts Therapy (HCAT) and Texas Music Therapy Services (TXMT) are coordinating the efforts of Houston's various Creative Arts Therapy providers, programs and advocates to collaborate in celebrating the Drama, Music, Dance, Art, and Poetry Therapies in the great city of Houston. By creating, sharing, and/or attending a variety of special events, you can support elevating the recognition and appreciation of the Creative Arts Therapies in Houston and your own personal wellness! Don’t miss out on this FIRST annual weeklong event. More details can be found on Facebook.

You can also view Sydney's work

on Facebook

Art 4 Hearts

12-year-old Sydney Thomas from Phoenix, Arizona started Art 4 Hearts last summer in an effort “to find a way to help kids who are struggling and in difficult situations to make their lives a little better.” She volunteers her time leading art projects for children at group homes and homeless shelters.  Follow Sydney on Instagram @thesydneycollection to see the special painting she will be creating for Creative Arts Therapy Week.

Notre Dame of Maryland University

This year CAT Week falls during NDMU's Spring Break, so they planned to celebrate early!

Undergrad and grad students, staff, faculty, and community members/prospective students were invited to participate in "Chalk in the Round!" - a pop up chalk mural event, on Thursday, Mar. 12 in the NDMU Archway, Class of 1960 circle.


North American Drama Therapy Association

Nov. 5-8, 2020


American Music Therapy Association 

Atlantic City, NJ, Nov. 19-22, 2020


American Art Therapy Association  

Oct. 24, Nov.1, Nov. 7, 2020


​American Dance Therapy Association

Oct. 15-18, 2020




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.


​***Due to COVID-19, most events will be held virtually***