Creative Arts Therapies Week
National Creative Arts Therapies Week (CATs Week) occurs annually in the United States and Canada. It is usually held in March. The American Dance Therapy Association encourages dance/movement therapists to use Creative Arts Therapies Week as an opportunity to spread the word about the importance of dance/movement therapy. This is a perfect time to create collaborations with other creative arts therapists in your area.
Creative Arts Therapies Week March 15-21, 2015
Ideas for Celebrating CAT Week in Your Community:
- Offer to present a workshop on dance/movement therapy at your place of employment.
- Contact a former dance or psychology teacher and offer to present a class session or workshop for high school or college students about dance/movement therapy.
- Contact other CAT colleagues in your area about offering a workshop or seminar open to the public.
- Visit schools, nursing homes, day-care or other facilities centers to provide a creative arts therapies experience.
- Post a "Happy Creative Arts Therapies Week" message on your Facebook page:
- Click on one of the banner images above.
- Right click and save it to your computer.
- Then, upload the picture as your Facebook banner.
- Arrange a display at your local library (and in your own workplace!)
- Hand out ADTA Brochures, put up posters or leave flyers wherever you go.
Suggestions for Media Coverage:
- Send out press release to your local paper announcing Creative Arts Therapies Week activities in your community.
- Post on Facebook
- Twitter about CATS week and DMT
- Send a letter or e-mail to the Public Service Director of your local radio and TV stations for a Public Service Announcement. (Be sure to include your contact information).
- Arrange for you or a colleague to be interviewed by a local paper or station, highlighting your work.
- ADTA would like to hear about your CAT week celebrations. Please submit your CAT week events to firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Arts Therapies Coalitions
All creative arts therapies have engaging ways to promote awareness and healing. Dance, drama, art, psychodrama, poetry, and music all offer training programs in their various disciplines. Creative Arts Therapists are human service professionals who use arts modalities and creative processes for the purpose of ameliorating disability and illness and optimizing health and wellness. The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies (NCCATA -- www.nccata.org) brings the CAT organizations together for collegiality and advocacy
Collaborating with creative arts therapists in your local area provides opportunities for collegiality and helps build the relationships needed to achieve shared goals. Here are some examples of local CAT Week celebrations in the past.