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On behalf of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc., (a US 501(c )(3) organization), we would like to thank you for your continuous support and hope that you consider ATWB as you make your year-end charitable contributions! During the past year, approximately 10,000 professionals and students from around the world have participated in our social media platforms on LinkedIn and Facebook or followed our Twitter via ATWB partners, Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization. We are proud to facilitate forums for art therapists to connect with each other, share information, exchange art work, discuss issues important to professional practice, and promote their services, workshops and publications— all for free, something no other art therapy organization provides. We also have been humbled by the appreciation and gratitude so many of you have expressed. It is truly an honor and privilege for Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc. to be recognized as an international voice for the field of art therapy.

As you plan your year-end giving during this time, we hope you will make a charitable, tax-deductible donation to Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc. In 2012, we plan to expand our mission to include a comprehensive international disaster relief database of professional art therapists around the world, new international art exchanges, hiring of support staff to help with basic operations and other initiatives to strengthen our networking capabilities. But in order to do so, we need your help. So we ask you to consider a donation of $10, $25, or more in order to help us build a stronger collective, global voice to promote the work of art therapists and encourage the public to recognize the power of art to transform lives.

Remember, even a donation of only $10 [US dollars; our donation system accepts international currency too!] will help us to make do much more in 2012.

Thank you in advance for your support. From all of us at Art Therapy Without Borders Inc., we wish you a wonderful season of celebration and a happy, healthy new year!

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, President

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, Secretary

Don Cutcher, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, Treasurer


Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc., is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit incorporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and networking purposes to promote, develop, and support international art therapy initiatives and the work of art therapists worldwide.  ATWB was founded to meet the need for an organization dedicated to a global art therapy community and the use of art in service to others in need through art therapy, art in healthcare, and art for social transformation. ATWB is qualified to accept tax deductible donations, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the US IRS code.

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We’ve been busy receiving, reading, scanning, and posting postcards that have been arriving in our mailboxes since last week’s deadline for our International Postcard Art Exchange.  Participants signed up last fall and since then there’s been a postcard art frenzy from art therapists and art therapy students around the world!

Over 250 postcards were received by ATWB from 23 countries throughout the last six months.  It was great to see this collaborative project helping to provide connection and community about art therapy worldwide.

Visit the ATWB website to check out our slideshow featuring the postcards we received.  Postcards, blog postings, and comments about the project are also available to view on our Facebook page as well.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

If you are interested in future art collaborations happening within our communities, remember to stay connected to receive new announcements and updates!

FUSION Volume 3, Number 1, an e-zine for Planet Art Therapy  and inspired by members and initiatives of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc., The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization [IATO] is now out!  FUSION is dedicated to a new energy, excitement, and blend of ideas, cultures, and people for a sustainable future in art therapy.

This issue features some of the exciting news, activities, and global work from art therapists worldwide to bring change and transformation to people’s lives and communities everyday. Learn about how art therapists are assisting with disaster recovery efforts in Japan, an update on ATWB’s International Postcard Art Exchange, Advisory Council interviews, our features section about art therapy & autism, and more!

Check out the video below to see a preview of this issue and download your free PDF copy here: http://www.atwb.org/FUSIONVol3No1.pdf

Feel free to share FUSION with your colleagues, students, classmates, and others who are interested in the world of art therapy and can benefit from receiving this free resource!

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s 22nd Annual International Conference, Advancing Patient-Centered Arts, hosted by Stanford Hospital and Clinics, will be held April 13-16, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California. Hosted by Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, this conference will give attendees the opportunity to explore model arts in healthcare programs and built environments, gain strategies to successfully position arts programs in healthcare institutions, and develop leadership and professional skills to excel in the field. Arts in healthcare professionals, students, supporters, and all who want to learn more about the field are encouraged to attend.

We’re excited about our involvement at this dynamic conference in April. Art Therapy Without Borders is an exhibitor at the event, so if you are attending the conference, please be sure to stop by our table! We’ll have information on ATWB and how to get involved in our social networks and community—and even some of our famous “domino” pins on hand for purchase as a donation towards ATWB’s efforts. During the conference, Board Members Gretchen Miller and Cathy Malchiodi will be leading a panel on “Combat Paper Project: Helping Soldiers Use Papermaking to Reclaim and Reconstruct Their Lives,” from 2:00 pm to 3:30 on Friday, April 15th. On Thursday, Cathy will be facilitating the lunch hour gathering for Medical Art Therapy from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Finally, on Saturday, April 16th, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Cathy will be leading a Bring it Forward Session, “Exploring Best Practices & Collaborations That Use the Arts for Social Transformation to Resolve Conflict, Curb Violence & Create Community.” Art and social action is one of our core values at ATWB, so it is exciting to have a platform to interact with others who are passionate about this topic.

PS: Don’t forget that Cathy and Gretchen are presenting a day long course on Trauma Informed Art Therapy on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, at the Hyatt Hotel where the Society’s conference is being held. For more information and registration, visit our Events webpage here. You can also take a three-day workshop on PhotoTherapy with Judy Weiser on April 9th thru the 11th at the Hyatt Hotel; for more information, click here.

Don’t miss your opportunity to network and learn at the most comprehensive arts in healthcare event! Find a full schedule, registration information, and more here: http://www.thesah.org/template/page.cfm?page_id=184. ” Early bird registration ends on March 11th, 2011, so make your plans soon—see you there!

Like many of the 350 people involved in the Art Therapy Without Borders International Postcard Art Exchange, I am busy making art to send out to fellow artists around the world. My focus has been on creating images about some of the history of art therapy in the US and around the world that I have personally experienced. During this process I started to think, “how does Art Therapy Without Borders fit into this collective history?” But more importantly, another question rose to the surface– why does Art Therapy Without Borders exist?

Several years ago Matt Dunne, former director of AmeriCorps Vista and currently Manager of Community Affairs at Google, taught me one important thing about non-profit, service-oriented organizations– they must know why they exist. Organizations that exist only to pay staff salaries or the rent on office spaces soon lose their souls and cease to be alive, even though financially stable. So while creating a series of postcards like the one you see above, I thought about why ATWB is here and its reason for “being.” Here is what I wrote on the back of this postcard:

Art’s power to change lives, repair and restore is present all around the planet. Art has the potential to transform lives and often in profound ways. When words are not enough, we turn to images and symbols to tell our stories. And in telling our stories through art, we can find a path to healing, recovery and transformation.

Art therapy is larger than any one group or any one country’s history; you are part of the story of art therapy in how you use art to help others, each and every day. That is why Art Therapy Without Borders exists, to help those stories become part of the larger narrative of what we call “art therapy.”

While some see ATWB as a footnote, we would rather think of this community as a series of footprints that are marking out the journeys of so many like-minded individuals around the world. Those footprints play out every day on ATWB, Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization’s social media platforms; we have learned never to underestimate the power of the people to come together via a common belief that art is transformative and that art therapy is powerful force that changes lives.

So some of you who are part of this collective journey will be receiving one of these postcards in the coming weeks. And let me say in advance, thanks for being part of the story— and let’s use art to wake up the world!

Be well,

Cathy Malchiodi, President, ATWB

Postcard art continues to be made, sent, and received all around the world with Art Therapy Without Borders’ International Postcard Art Exchange!

Postcard Art by Yen Chua Art Therapist in Singapore

Since our last update, ATWB  has received our first postcards from Singapore, the Slovac Republic, and Greece in addition to more postcards from Australia and throughout the US.  Over 75 of the 350 participants have already started to mail out postcards during our exchange’s first month, which has included receiving postcard art from 7 of the 30+ countries participating. We’re excited to see such a great start!  We look forward to more postcard love, creativity, and connection arriving soon! Don’t forget you can follow and comment on postcard art coming in and current exchange updates via ATWB’s page on Facebook or our web album on Google.

We’ve also seen a few new blog postings about the exchange that we wanted to share:
More Postcard Art Fun– Caterina Martinico, Northern CA, USA
ATWB International Postcard Exchange– Jacqueline Steudler, Fall River, Nova Scotia, Canada
International Art Therapy Postcard Art Exchange– Kelly Brown, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
International Postcard Exchange Update– Rachel Howard, Belmont, CA, USA
Postcard Assemblage!– Hannah Hunter, Davis, CA, USA

Please note participating in this exchange is now closed, but you can stay connected to future ATWB art project announcements and events through subscribing to this blog, joining our Facebook page, or watching the ATWB website.


The interest for Art Therapy Without Borders’ International Postcard Art Exchange has been amazing! Our deadline for participating closed Friday, but we were pleased to see that word spread quickly across social networking sites and blogs to reach many in the international art therapy community.

Our exchange will include over 350 art therapists and art therapy students participating from Singapore, India, France, Scotland, Slovac Republic, Canada, Ireland, Australia, the UK, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Belgium, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hungary, Honduras, Chile, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Peru, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Portugal, and Hong Kong. How exciting is that?

During this six month global event, members from the ATWB, International Art Therapy Organization, and Art Therapy Alliance communities will be swapping postcard art with 20-25 art therapists and art therapy students living all over the world. On the back of everyone’s postcard art, participants will also be writing about their work as an art therapist/studies as an art therapy student where they live. This exchange will be a creative way to learn more about art therapy & the work of art therapists worldwide, as well as an opportunity to facilitate even more connection within our community!

You can follow postcards received by Art Therapy Without Borders via our Facebook page as they arrive in our mailbox from destinations around the world!

We look forward to crossing borders together through this exciting mail art collaboration!

FUSION- Volume 2, Number 3

Planet Art Therapy: Are you ready for another issue of FUSION?   Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc. joins this e-zine publication in partnership with The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization to help promote a new energy, excitement, blend of ideas, cultures, and people for a sustainable future in art therapy worldwide.

Volume 2, Number 3 is FUSION’s latest issue to premier next week and will feature 24 pages of art therapy news, announcements, resources, and articles.  Articles include American Indian Art Therapy written by 17-year-old contributor Ian Scott Wolfbane Barbour and a series of articles highlighting international art therapy in FUSION’s Features Section from art therapists around the world such as Paul Thiam Seng, Lee, MA, Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT, Judy Weiser, R.Psych, A.T.R., Caroline Maby, and Tricia Ong M.C.A.T.

Watch a video preview below and get your free copy here!

Join ATWB's Postcard Art Exchange!

Art Therapy Without Borders in partnership with The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization, launched a new, global art event for the art therapy community this week.  Join us for our first International Postcard Art Exchange!!! The goal of our collaborative art project is for art therapists and art therapy students living all over the world to create, share, and receive postcard art, as well as create community through learning more about the art therapy work and studies taking place in different regions and parts of the globe.

In just a couple of hours, ATWB has already received over 30 requests to participate from art therapists and art therapy students from New Zealand, Italy, Chile, Greece, the UK, Honduras, Hungary, and the United States.

To learn more about the details of this exchange and how to sign up, visit the ATWB website.  Deadline to sign up is October 15, 2010!

The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization are proud to announce the launching of
Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit incorporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and networking purposes to promote, develop, and support international art therapy initiatives and the work of art therapists worldwide. Art Therapy Alliance and IATO have formed this umbrella organization to consolidate our programs, but still provide the art therapy community with a vital social network dedicated to education, research, information exchange, and service to others.

Look for more information, website developments, and announcements on Art Therapy Without Borders (ATWB) to roll out soon! We think you will be as excited as we are when you learn more about our initiatives, projects, and vision for art therapy. We encourage you to “cross borders” with us and re-envision what art therapy, art for wellness, and art for social transformation mean to you.