Welcome to the INDIATA website

The Indiana Art Therapy Association, is a professional organization in Indiana for art therapists, students, and individuals who support the use of art in a therapeutic manner and the advancement of the art therapy field.

Explore the site to learn more about the practice of art therapy; specifically in the state of Indiana.

For further questions, please e-mail us at indiana.art.therapy@gmail.com.

Vitality Through Art

INDIATA, in collaboration with the Marian University Art Department, will be creating a community art exhibit titled Vitality Though Art. The exhibit will part of November's Spirit and Place festival highlighting the theme of "Power." Vitality Through Art will highlight the power of art to advocate, illuminate and heal within the realms of mental and medical health. The exhibition will celebrate art’s ability to give life to human experiences and create the healing energy for life enhancing transformations. Submissions for artwork will be open to the public. Art therapists are encouraged to participate. A panel discussion will accompany the exhibit, including artists, art therapists and others who use art in the arena of medical and mental health.

We could use some extra brainpower and person-power to make this a successful event that will promote and advocate for the profession of art therapy. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kristi Gmutza at art4healing@gmail.com.


Vitality Through Art, exhibition: November 6 - 10, 9am-5pm, Marian University, Marian Hall Gallery

Panel Discussion: Monday, November 6, 4-6pm, Marian University, Marian Hall

For information on art and submissions click here.


ON July 23, 2017 INDIATA held a meeting at Herron School of Art, Eskenazi Hall.  Tami Harris, President of AATA's Indiana chapter, INDIATA acknowledged current members whose dues are up to date, and distributed membership pins.  The group discussed advocacy and licensing for art therapy in Indiana. The meeting was live streamed on Facebook and can be viewed on the site. https://www.facebook.com/groups/46662979964/


October 22, 2017
December 10, 2017
Be a part of our community as we support each other in providing and communicating to others the unique ability of art therapy to help people resolve conflict, grow in interpersonal skill, manage behavior, reduce stress, manage behavior, increase self esteem, self awareness, and increase insight.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

AATA defines art therapy as "an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight".

Art therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Educational requirements include:
  • theories of art therapy
  • counseling and psychotherapy
  • ethics and standards of practice 
  • assessment and evaluation
  • individual, group and family techniques 
  • human and creative development 
  • multiculturalism 
  • research methods  
  • practicum experiences in a variety of clinical, community, correctional, residential and/or educational settings.

Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment.
To learn more about the professional credentialing of art therapists, please visit the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) website.

2017 Conference – Mark your calendars for the 48th Annual Conference, to be held November 8-12, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM.

It is important to know it is unethical for someone to practice art therapy or refer to themselves as an art therapist
without obtaining a Master's Degree in Art Therapy.

For news and information about the Indiana Art Therapy Association.

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