Wheels of Diversity: Art Therapy Pioneers of Color

Multicultural Committee * American Art Therapy Association

Wheels of Diversity in Art Therapy: Pioneers of Color highlights art therapists of color in the United States who have been instrumental in advancing multicultural and diversity competence within the profession. Georgette Powell, Cliff Joseph, Lucille Venture, and Charles Anderson are recognized as Visionary Architects of Color in Art Therapy who foresaw that the integration of multiculturalism, diversity, social justice, and advocacy perspectives would lay the foundational framework for the practice of art therapy in a culturally diverse society. In 2017, the American Art Therapy Association adopted the following Vision Statement: “The services of licensed culturally proficient art therapists are available to all individual, families, and communities.” Art therapists who acquire multicultural and diversity competence and engage diverse clients with cultural humility ensure that clients will be respected, and their unique cultural identities will find an appropriate place in treatment. As art therapists strive to develop greater diversity, equity, and the profession, the pioneering work represented in this film forms a solid foundation for growth. The film is amplified by an interview with one of the individuals closely involved in its creation, Charlotte Boston, current President of the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Introducing the film, Charlotte describes the origins of the  project and how and why this film was made.

Commentary by Charlotte Boston, MA, LCPAT, ATR-BC

Total Running Time: 53 minutes, 23 seconds



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