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Namta® is The International Art Materials Association. Namta members are retail sellers, supplier manufacturers, distributors and importers, publishers, and independent representatives of fine art & craft materials products. The Association provides members with the products, services and information and is recognized as an international leader and unifying force in the support, sustainability and advocacy of art and the art/creative materials business.

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2021 Namta Art Advocacy Grants have been awarded to:

Eliza Combs, Lead Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist
$3,500 to the Indigenous Wellness Art Therapy Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Fostering visual and creative arts in Health & Healing, this project is for Indigenous Wellness Art Therapy Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, a 4-year public art school and tribal college. The native communities our students come from have been affected deeply by loss due to COVID-19, current times amplifying inequities and historical traumas that continue today including mass graves found at boarding schools. Many students struggle with the impact of generational trauma, generational poverty, and being first-generation college students. Our team of two FT counselors and 1 PT counselor specialize in art therapy which is culturally responsive. The main objective of this program is to strengthen pathways for resilience, reducing anxiety, depression, aggression, trauma symptoms, substance misuse, and suicidal ideation in our students while increasing retention and academic success during the 2021-2022 school year. Through providing expressive arts/self-care material, expressive arts groups, and adding contract therapist hours we can create multiple outlets that students can access mental health resources that promote stress reduction, retention, increased academic performance, well-being, and self-care.

Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Development Director
$2,000 for Art Therapy Studio's Social Justice Art Therapy program

Fostering the visual and creative arts in Health & Healing, a grant from Namta will help support Art Therapy Studio’s Social Justice Art Therapy program, which offers creative therapy interventions for underserved communities at heightened risk for adverse behavioral health outcomes resulting from loss, stress, poverty, and isolation. These individuals and families generally have few resources to access services for mental health, emotional well-being, or even self-care.

The stigma around seeking "therapy" is barrier enough, but as the second-poorest city in the US, Cleveland has impoverished communities in which mental healthcare services are not affordable. In conversation with their Racial Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee around effective methods for overcoming the stigma of mental health and therapy, ATS developed art therapy interventions that take into consideration the unique needs and cultural considerations of at-risk communities, especially communities of color. This year, in conjunction with their new social justice graduate resident-internship program, ATS began offering a series of free therapeutic art interventions for adults, children, and caregivers addressing the inequality of accessible behavioral health resources available to Northeast Ohio neighbors in greatest need. Social justice art therapy programming supports social-emotional learning, increases coping skills, and promotes self-esteem. ATS offers these programs at community centers, public libraries, public housing estates, and other sites located in neighborhoods where the need for trauma-informed care is greatest.

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Thank you to colart and Grimstad Comerford DelValle Group for their generous support to the Grant Program

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