The date of the DATE was chosen in remembrance of the very first meeting of EFAT's precursor at a conference in Lucca, Italy: The Network of European Art Therapists (NEAT), an informal network began with a lunch meeting of art therapists from 7 European countries on 24th September 2011 and quickly grew to a group of 1-3 art therapists from each of the then 27 EU member states. See also the page about EFAT's history.
EFAT provides its members with FREE promotional material for participating in the Day of Art Therapy in Europe. PLEASE NOTE: While art therapists who are not individual members of EFAT nor members of an organisational member of EFAT can participate in the DATE by planning actions and events, they cannot use EFAT's DATE logo and promo material. This is a benefit and a privilege of members.