STATA Maker Faire

The annual Maker Faire is happening here in Austin on May 4th, 2019 at the Palmer Events Center.  We will be setting up an art making station - where participants can either create cool monsters to destroy scenic calendar page images of landscapes... or create sea monsters to destroy some clip art bpats  It should be tons of fun!  And because it is maker faire, if you want to dress up as a fun monster... feel free! 

We are only allowed two additional helpers this year, so you will need to be able to attend at least for half of the day.  Early helper will help with final set up... and the late helper must help with break down.  I wil be attending the entire day to help. 

Help will be needed for set up on Friday May 3rd.  We do not have a time set yet, but will try to be flexible with those who are able to help.  We are allowed in the space between 12-7. 

The faire runs from 10-6

Sign up - Art Show at Bass Concert Hall

STATA has an opportunity to hang an art show at the Bass Concert Hall and all STATA members are invited to participate.

Installation of the show would be the first or second week in January and the show will stay up until March.

There is no specific theme or size, so you are encouraged to submit any art pieces that you are excited about. We have not been given a size limit, but be mindful that art pieces need to have a way to be hung (make sure your art is ready to hang, either framed or with hanging wire in the canvas). Feel free to use art that was already in the Connections show.  

Initial signup is for 1 piece each, but this may be expanded, depending on the number of therapists that want to participate. Bass Concert Hall will take the info from this spreadsheet to create display tags.

You must sign up on the Google spreadsheet if you want to participate:

Harvey Arts Recovery Project

Harvey Arts Recovery Project is looking for creative arts therapist to volunteer at workshops.

Note: This is not a STATA coordinated project and we are one of many sponsors. To support this effort STATA is offering offering 6- $25 Amazon gift cards to any STATA member who volunteers! Simply email your volunteer confirmation/registration to Lindsey Taucher, STATA treasurer! Lindsey's email is:

See announcement from HARP below:

HARP (Harvey Arts Recovery Project) is the partnering of local creative arts therapists, community artists/ musicians, and figures within several non-for- profits, government, and arts organizations throughout the City of Houston to collaborate and aid one another in the recovery and relief of fellow Houstonians in the wake of Harvey.

HARP’s most recent endeavor has been the planning and future implementation of Harvey Healing Days, a series of days that host 90 minute sessions led by Art and Music Therapists and yoga instructors to facilitate positive ways for first responders, evacuees, and others affected to cope and express via music, art making, and movement. The inaugural day is set to take place Saturday, November 4th and will be serving both the adults and children's still displaced from their homes and typical walk of life during this event. 


Volunteers must attend at least two sessions: the first session (November 4th) and one of the next 3 sessions

The TMC CAT team will organize four sessions; November 4th, one in the beginning of February, one in April, and one in August for the "anniversary". 

    - Art Therapy and other Creative Arts Therapist volunteers will learn how to help facilitate the workshop in the November 4th workshop.  We will then need 3-4 Art Therapists (and 3-4 music therapists, etc) at each of the subsequent workshops to facilitate with help from the TMC CATs.

    - If Art Therapists want to bring this workshop to their own communities, they are more than welcome to, but TMC CAT will only be helping facilitate the 4 I have already mentioned.

This is the link for people wanting to sign up to be facilitators:

For questions related to the event, please contact:
Amy Huffaker, MA, ATR
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
6411 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030

Stress Reduction and Ethics Workshops

Art Therapist and STATA member, Dr. Moe Peck offers regular CEU trainings on stress reduction and ethics. There are still two dates for 2017.

Stress Reduction/Mental Training (10 CEUs): Saturday, 9:00am-7:00pm
Nov 4, Dec 2

Ethics Review (3 CEUs): Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm
Nov 5, Dec 3

Saturday $150, Sunday $75, or both for $200

To register or for questions, contact Dr. Peck at
For more information about Dr. Peck, visit

Election results - new board of directors for 2018-2020

Announcing the new STATA Board of Directors for 2018! Special thanks to the following people who have volunteered their time and passion to serve as your STATA BOD.

Deann Acton is the President from 2018-2020. At the end of 2018, a new President Elect is selected by this BOD. 

Yadi Puente Web Master (San Antonio)
Salina Shelton Newsletter (San Antonio)
Lindsey Taucher Treasurer (Austin)
Frances Fazzio Secretary (Austin) 
Carolyn Mehlomakulu Chapter delegate (Austin)

Special thanks to Peter Buotte (from Killeen) for volunteering to serve as the Governmental Affairs representative. 

OPENINGS: Den leaders for Austin and Houston! 

Please let STATA know if you are interested in being the den leader for your region. Den leaders help coordinate events at the local level. The den leaders work in collaboration with STATA to help promote the event, support CEU's and funding. All members are welcome at den events. Since STATA is so geographically spread out, the dens truly help keep members connected and create additional opportunities for members. If you have questions please let myself or Salina Shelton know. Salina Shelton is the den leader for San Antonio. 

Deep in the Art of Texas & 2017 STATA Art Show

Deep in the Art of Texas

Even if you were not able to make it to the reception, you can still enjoy the beautiful art and support Hurricane Harvey by purchasing one of the donated fundraiser paintings. Our image gallery below includes several pieces from the show, some have been donated for fundraising and some are for sale by the artist.

Theme: Connections
"All is one things can change by itself." - Paul Hawken

This year's theme "Connections" was chosen in early 2017. However, the recent impacts of hurricane Harvey brought a deeper meaning to the art show. Our national organization and art therapists from surrounding states reached out, offering ways to help Texas. To support communities impacted, STATA developed a fundraising campaign called "Deep in the Art of Texas."

Proceeds from this campaign, including the sale of donated art pieces in our annual show, will directly benefit Harvey relief efforts. Potential projects include murals in towns rebuilding, community wellness workshops, and art supplies for schools/shelters. Thank you to the STATA members and our art therapist friends in Louisiana who have donated their art pieces.

To purchase a painting for the fundraiser, email to express your interest. Be sure to include the title and artist name. Donate art work is indicated in the image description.

Art Therapy Lunch & Learn

Art Therapy Lunch & Learn
Zombie Apocalypse – Understanding the “UnDead” Archetype and Its Importance to Our Culture

The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio, TX 78229
Event Date: October 10, 2017
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Cost: $25.00

What is it with all these Zombies? It’s not just Hollywood movies – they have their own TV shows, local parades, and handbooks! Every Halloween, at least a few kids put on green make-up, fit a plastic cleaver into their heads, and stumble out their doors to collect candy. What’s going on? In this workshop, we will delve into this persistent and somewhat bizarre message from the collective unconscious. We might as well try to understand them, because they aren’t going away!

Speaker: Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC

Note: This is a bring-your-own brown bag lunch. The Center will provide drinks.

Event Registration:

CEU's Available: This workshop is approved for 2 continuing education units for LPC, LMFT, Social Workers, Educators, Clergy

Open Studio at the Ecumenical Center - Sept 23rd

 Art Studio at the Ecumenical Center - Saturday, September 23!
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
FREE Registration at

Open Art Studio is a wonderful opportunity for people of ALL AGES  (6 to 106 years) to use art materials in a playful manner in  a relaxed setting. This creative experience is FREE! All  materials are provided.

Open Art Studio happens every fourth Saturday 10 am to 1 pm (except this December) and is led by Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC-AT. This month its on September 23! You are welcome to bring your own art materials as well as the materials provided. Prompts to help you start on your own artistic project are provided and there are plenty of folks available to help you.  

2017 STATA Art Show - "Connections"

2017 STATA Annual Art Show

"All is connected... no one thing can change by itself."  -Paul Hawken

Join us for the reception for the 2017 art show. Friends and family are invited to join with the STATA community to celebrate our annual art show. Light appetizers will be provided by STATA. Drinks and additional food available for purchase.

October 1st 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Z’Tejas
1110 W. 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703
downstairs meeting room in the annex building, the Victorian

The show will be on display until November 5th.

2017 show postcard.jpg

Red Cross Volunteer Info

If you are interested in being a mental health volunteer for victims of Hurricane Harvey, here is some info to know from Pat Grajkowski:

Volunteering for the Red Cross can be done online - go to and follow the prompts.  A background check is required and that can be completed online as well.

The current licensure requirements for Disaster Mental Health are as follows: LPC, LPC-I, LMFT, LMFT-A, LCSW, LMSW, Psychologist. 

All who complete the online requirements should also bring along a copy of their license.  Austin area EBVs should go to the Convention Center and follow the Red Cross signs.

Event Based Volunteers (EBV) are needed in the Austin, San Antonio, and Houston areas - asmany as are willing to help.  Recovery from this disaster is going to take a very long time. If you can give a few days or however long, it will certainly be appreciated. Also, if you know of anyone else who might be willing to volunteer - not necessarily for Disaster Mental Health,  please encourage them to go to to sign up. There are many areas where volunteers are needed.

Right now at the Austin Convention Center, preparations are being made to shelter over 7,000 people!  There are additionalshelters opened all over the the impacted and surrounding areas.


Sign up for the 2017 STATA art show!

2017 STATA Annual Art Show
Theme: "Connections"

"All is connected... no one thing can change by itself."  -Paul Hawken

Participants asked to submit artwork in response to the quote and theme of "connections". Imagery represents the artist's experience of connections in various capacities such as connections with: ourselves, our work, our community, nationally and/or globally.

Sign up by Sept 15th, directions below.

Location: Z’Tejas
1110 W. 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703
downstairs meeting room in the annex building, the Victorian

Mark your calendar, dates for the event:
September 15th deadline to sign up with complete info
September 24th hanging at 3-5pm
October 1st reception 3-5pm
November 5th take down your art

Sign up! 
Open the link below to enter: name & credentials, title of piece, medium, contact information, reflection statement (how does your piece represent the theme) and price if selling. Tip: Scroll over on the google doc to find all entry fields

12 x 12 canvas, each participant can submit up to 3 pieces, framed or unframed pieces

Mounting work:

  • must use commando strips only, no nails or hammering

  • can take down all existing artwork and use their nails and rails

  • can use chair rails and windowsills, too

  • STATA will provide hanging materials

Want to have your artwork featured on the publicity postcard?

Send a jpg image of your art submission to Bess Green by Sept. 9th ( for a chance to be selected. The postcard can feature up to 8 images..

Pathways to Practice - STATA meeting and CEU

"Pathways to Practice" CEU presentation and STATA meeting

Date: Sunday, August 6th 2017
Time: 2:00-4:30pm
Location: St. Edwards University, Doyle Hall (Directions below)
2 CEU's offered

Join us for a presentation from two therapists about their career pathways and how they use art in the healing of their clients. The training will include an art experiential with all materials provided. 

Our meetings are potluck style for refreshments. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.

You must RSVP online here:

- Understand the journeys of two art therapy careers
- Learn about two sites, commonalities and differences in therapeutic care provided for military populations
- Identify three Art Therapy interventions and therapeutic goals from each site
- Participate in an art experiential which highlights our professional pathways to practice and overall connection to the greater Art Therapy community!

Peter Buotte, MFA, MPS
Mandy Rutherford, LCSW

We will meet in Doyle Hall, building number 12 on the map linked here:

Enter from Congress Ave and proceed onto campus from the main entrance. Turn left at first stop sign. You will pass a large parking lot on the left and the Arts building on right. Park in the lot on the left, across from Doyle Hall. You can enter the building through the courtyard or the front.