BATA Silent Art Auction to Benefit SB 205 | Legislation to License Ohio Art Therapists

I just finished a mini painting to be donated for the Buckeye Art Therapy Association’s Silent Art Auction during the organization’s 30th Annual Symposium,  Resiliency & Empathy: The Art of Healing Trauma being held this week on September 30th and October 1, 2011.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit BATA’s Legislative Fund and efforts associated with Senate Bill 205, legislation to license art therapists and the practice of art therapy in the State of Ohio.   Check out this article to learn more about the bill and how to help here.

I can’t wait to see what other art is donated this year for this important event!  If you are attending, don’t forget to bring something to help out the cause!

When the world says, “Give up,”  Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”  ~Author Unknown

Become an Ambassador of Peace: Priority Boxes Project on Kickstarter

Back in March I posted about receiving my box of hope (above) from Franck de las Mercedes’ Priority Box Project.  This global community arts project dedicated to spreading hope, peace, and change through painted mail art boxes celebrates its 5th anniversary this week, having mailed 9500+ boxes all around the world during this time.

The Priority Boxes is currently being featured on the creative funding platform Kickstarter to help support this self-funded initiative. Funding will go toward getting boxes currently on the project’s wait list out and help financially support the project for another year with shipping and supply costs.

This week Franck posted a short film that I remember watching when I first discovered the project last year and requested my box.  It reminds me again why I love this project and why I find it important:

As of this writing, over $3,300 has been pledged via Kickstarter, but for the project to receive any funding, the $5,000 pledge goal must be met.  There’s still time!  You can be an Ambassador of Peace through becoming a Kickstarter backer today and also help spread the word to others during this final week of pledging.  Pledging ends June 2, 2011 at 8:58 P.M. EST.

Healing Arts for Haiti- BATA Art Benefit Launches

Ohio’s Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) is launching an art sale fundraiser to benefit Haiti earthquake relief efforts.  To respond to Haiti’s needs in the aftermath of January’s earthquake, BATA’s Board of Directors decided that the Association’s service project this year would be to assist with this crisis by raising money through members’ art-making.  This service project is being coordinated with the leadership of Dayton art therapist Sara Jankowski, ATR-BC , who came to the BATA Board with this fundraising idea.

BATA members across Ohio have donated original art work for this sale in response to this important need. BATA’s Healing Arts for Haiti Online Art Sale starts today, April 15 until August 15 through the blog

Donated art is on-line to purchase through PayPal and the sale is open to the public.  Art work ranges in price from $10.00-$50.00 and the donating artist pays for all shipping costs. Proceeds from BATA’s art sale will be donated to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

Below are some of my collages that I have donated for the sale:

Expression of Hope

New Beginnings


Creative Spirit


For more information on these images or if you’re interested in purchasing, go here or click on the image.

About BATA: BATA is a non-profit professional association for art therapists, students, and individuals who support the therapeutic use of art and the advancement of the art therapy field.  BATA is one of the oldest, largest and most active state art therapy associations in the country. Numerous medical, mental health, hospice, corrections, and educational institutions across Ohio employ art therapists in the service of the well-being of their clients.  In 2009, over one million hours of service was provided by art therapists in Ohio to mental health consumers.

For more information or inquiries about BATA’s Healing Arts for Haiti Online Art Sale, to learn more about BATA, as well as resources about the benefits of art therapy related to helping with Haiti’s needs, please visit BATA’s Service Project page.