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The true Southwest awaits you in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Come immerse yourself in Albuquerque's rich culture and heritage, rooted in centuries of history. Soak in the blue skies and sun that shines 310 days a year. Breathe in the high desert air scented with sage and piñon, and you'll understand why Albuquerque, NM is a destination like no other.

  • Albuquerque is an arts and culture destination.
  • Ranked #7 in the large cities category by AmericanStyle magazine.
  • The AATA conference hotel is adjacent to the renovated Convention
    Center where conference sessions will be held.

Click here to learn more about Albuquerque. Click here to watch an inspirational video about our conference location!

CONFERENCE EVENTS...Be more than an attendee! There are lots of ways for you to get really immersed including:

Arts & Crafts Marketplace, scheduled for Thursday, November 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., is one of the Annual Conference’s most popular events. All are invited to shop, network and enjoy cheese and crackers. The Arts & Crafts Marketplace tables are open to members of the Association to sell their creations such as jewelry, pottery, art, prints, sculpture, and more! Showcase your entrepreneurial spirit and reserve a table today! Click here to download the request form, or for more information, please contact Barbara Florence via e-mail at

Member Art Exhibition - Submit your artwork to be included in the digital art exhibition held each morning before the plenary sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It's a great time to reflect and get ready for another exciting day at the conference. Click here to download the submission guidelines. Art work is due by September 15.

New! Alternative Night on the Town Event – The Night on the Town event at the Albuquerque Museum is sold out, however, Pat B. Allen and Janis Timm-Bottos are planning an alternative event, for Friday, November 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the OFFCenter Community Arts facility. This center is located within walking distance from the conference hotel. The event will feature Pat Allen’s brief reading from her timely and instructive novel, Cronation. The reading will set the scene for crown making and lead a lively, provocative discussion about claiming our personal, professional, and political feminine power in times of trouble. It will be a night to express and enjoy our multiple ways of knowing. Feel free to come dressed in costume and bring food items to add to the table of nonalcoholic delight! More details can be picked up at the Local Arrangements Committee Hospitality Table at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Gesture of Warmth Community Service Project: A Call for Creators and Donations Catch the yarn, pull it up, over, through, and lock the stitch into place. This is the first step in knitting or crocheting, and it is a mirror for creating stories and intentions, too. Catch the moment with the hook of your mind, pull it into yourself, mull it over, pull it through the lens of your experience, and lock it into place as a stitch in the fabric of your life. Imagine stitching together your experiences during the conference into something that can be worn by someone who needs a gesture of warmth. Please join us in our community service project, A Gesture of Warmth, to provide handmade knitted or crocheted pieces for Healthcare for the Homelessa local agency serving Albuquerque's homeless population, during your time here at the conference. Supplies will be available for you to knit or crochet throughout the conference, and for the truly adventurous, if you would like to donate pieces you made prior to the conference, those are also welcome additions. Please feel free to also bring your own knitting/crocheting supplies if you have them available. In addition, any donations of new or gently used hats, gloves, and scarves will be accepted, greatly appreciated, and donated to those who could use some extra warmth in the coming winter months.

Night on the Town - An Evening at the Albuquerque Museum, scheduled for Friday, November 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. is now sold out. The Local Arrangements Committee will be hosting another fun event that evening. 

Art Therapy Film Festival - Calling all filmmakers! For the 2017 art therapy conference we challenge art therapy filmmakers from around the world to use the medium of film, with its numerous possibilities, to address our conference theme. Filmmakers of all ages are invited to conceive, design, and produce an original short film that examines who and what we are. Click here for the guidelines and submission form. The submission deadline is July 28.

Memorial CeremonyRemember the lives and work of art therapists who have passed since the last conference. This annual ceremony will honor those lost from the art therapy community on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. Please contact Christina Easterly ( to provide information for inclusion in the program.

Quick Draw 2017 - Come and watch your favorite art therapist artists as they create art works on Thursday, November 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Art Studio. Then participate in the silent auction to hopefully take your favorite piece home! Proceeds benefit the AATA Scholarship Program. This year we've invited the Presidents of our Local Chapters to participate as our Quick Draw Artists. We hope to see everyone at this event!


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