Thanks to all who helped! We have a new Executive Director!
Welcome Rachael. We are happy to have Rachael Martin as our new Executive Director. She is busy getting to know the ropes and you will see her out and about representing us. Please welcome her. Her children have attended Puppet Camp and are very talented puppeteers already! She has a lot of savvy and I have confidence that your will see lots of new things in the near future!
Thanks to all the wonderful candidates who applied. We were surprised and amazed at the quantity and quality of talent that we got to experience while conducting the search. We feel that we were able to learn a lot from folks we interviewed and hope that everyone will stay connected to the Art Experience and help us with our big transitions. There are lots of ways to participate by: helping out at an event, volunteering to be on a committee or running for a board position Our community is growing and becoming stronger. Thanks! Especially to Barbara Taylor, Kendall Kurlee, Joseph Reagan, Monica Reagan and Gavin Smith for your good work on the search committees! A very special thank you to the Arkansas Arts Council for awarding us the Arts Expansion Grant which allows us to hire a part time Executive Director. They will also be giving us support and training during this critical growth period. We already love Janet Harney from the Arkansas Arts Council. She is our Non-Profit Nanny and will mentor us as we grow. This fall we are continuing to offer workshops, groups, and classes. Click on Services to see what’s new!
The Art Experience Seeks a new Executive Director-
The Art Experience Inc. of Fayetteville Arkansas seeks a part-time executive director who will grow The Art Experience to double its reach with expressive arts therapy in Northwest Arkansas while solidifying diverse funding. The executive director will report to the board of directors and oversee the operations of The Art Experience. An important goal for the new executive director is to develop and implement diverse fundraising including grants, corporate sponsorships/partnerships, major gifts and individual giving. Further goals are to implement the strategic plan. The executive director must be a dynamic professional who leads with an entrepreneurial spirit capable of taking the organization to the next level of support, prominence and excellence. We prefer previous non-profit, management, fundraising, marketing and/or sales experience. Applicants must have at least a bachelor degree.
- Lead, manage and direct a comprehensive fund development plan that includes grant writing, special events, corporate sponsorships/partnerships and individual giving.
- Develop and cultivate a strong relationship with the Board of Directors,
- Execute The Strategic Plan
- Manage Daily Affairs: Be present to answer questions about groups and classes and facilitate the process of registration and creative experience
- Dynamic individual who is comfortable speaking and interacting across all socioeconomic strata
- Prefer previous experience in non-profits, management, fundraising, marketing, and/or sales
- Able to start July 1st
- Has at least a bachelor degree
- Able to use Quickbooks
The Art Experience, Inc.
The Art Experience Inc. is a nonprofit arts therapy center offering expressive arts groups and classes to the community, including those in the community who are having difficulties adapting to their home, school, and work environments with some court ordered referrals. Some attendees are under-served with grants supported attendance. The staff of The Art Experience treats via the creative process to enable behavior adaptability, personal integrity, self-support and a positive engagement in society.
Our Mission Statement:
The Art Experience Inc. is a center for healing and growth through the expressive arts and play. We provide a safe place for developing the creative impulse, self-exploration, understanding and change through art making and play. We empower individuals and groups and encourage community building in a safe, therapeutic environment.
Compensation and work amenities
- Part-time, flexible hours
- 15K/year to start with salary increases and additional support positions commensurate with level of successful fundraising
- Engagement in meaningful work with both the teachers/counselors and students/clients, facilitating a process that empowers people to make healthy life choices, through play and creation.
How to Apply:
E-Mail or Fax Resume/Cover Letter/Salary History/Professional References to Jo Ann Kaminsky, Board President at: email@example.com or 479-442-0557
Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2014.
Nurture the Art Experience
“Nurture the Art Experience” happened in the middle of a small storm and thanks so much to those who braved the weather. The food was great, thanks to Paul Vella, Chef Tuesday, Greenhouse Grille, Little Bread Company, Lucky Lukes and friends.
Jazz music was provided by Claudia Burson, Walter Savage and Steve Wilkes and we loved it. Dripping springs gave us wonderful daffodils to brighten our space that Greenhouse Grille donated to us. We displayed a powerpoint with images of art and art making that we have been involved in over the years. We just keep adding to our experience there.
An art activity was provided where you imagine yourself in a safe place and draw it. so our friends can know first hand what the art therapy experience is like. We also had a more playful art activity called the exquisite corpse. (Not as morbid as it sounds).
I also want to thank those that were so very generous with their gift certificates for merchandise, experiences and services as well as lovely nurturing items. thanks so much! This fundraiser allows us to continue our work with youth, offering free art therapy to teenage girls and physically ill children. Some of our items were not bid on and we want to offer those to people online so we plan to photograph them and post them here for bidding soon.
March 11, 2014
Dear Friends of the Art Experience, Inc,
Thank you for all you have done for and with us this past year, both financially and emotionally. We truly could not do it without you! We have exciting ideas in the works. This year´s favorites were Puppet Camp, Creativity Group for adults, and the free Pathfinders art therapy program for teen girls.
Our fourth annual ‘Nurture the Art Experience’ fundraiser is coming up on April 13th at Greenhouse Grille. Last year we raised $2000 over expenses and we hope to do even better this year. These proceeds, in addition to a grant we received from Nadine L. Baum Charitable Foundation and last year’s year-end contributions, allowed us to offer a number of free programs and events to our community.
The Pathfinders program, a free art therapy group for 13-16 year old girls is made up of girls referred to us by Juvenile court, other therapists and the girls themselves. In this empowering group the girls use art and play to learn about their strengths and discover themselves in new ways. We hope to offer a boy’s group soon and are planning an art therapy group for children coping with chronic illness.
Nurture the Art Experience is a nurturing event with jazz by the Claudia Burson Trio, chocolate and wine, as well as a wonderful collection of nurturing items to bid on in both a silent and live auction. We couldn’t provide free art therapy services to our challenged youth without help from our community. Thanks again for consideration. We are a 501© 3 so donations are tax deductible.
Tickets for the event are available here and you can choose to pay with PayPal or credit card or you can mail a check to 641 W. Martin Luther King Jr, Fayetteville, AR 72701. You can also get tickets at the door.
By donating you take an active part in healing our community through art and play! Thank you!
The Board of the Art Experience Inc. Jo Ann Kaminsky, Ásgerður Jóhannesdóttir, Margot Jackson, Gavin Smith and Quinn Montana.
The “Nurture The Art Experience” fundraiser is coming up on April 13th, 2014!!
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