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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.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • 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

 

Qualification:

  • 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: kjo_ann@hotmail.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!

Sincerely,

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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Play Therapy

Play therapy is a unique psychotherapeutic practice with a general aim that might be gleaned from the term itself: providing therapy through play. However, this broad explanation might suggest that play therapy is merely a method used to lift the spirits and divert the encumbered minds of troubled children by encouraging them to do what they enjoy doing most. While play itself can yield therapeutic results, such an understanding of play therapy would hardly scratch the surface of the theories, uses, and complexities involved in the play therapy process.

What counseling and psychotherapy aim to do for adults, play therapy aims to do for children. Specifically, play therapy encourages the expression of a child’s feelings, experiences, and cognitive functioning. This knowledge is vital to the therapist in determining the direction of the therapy process, as well as measuring the success of the intervention throughout a series of play therapy sessions. This method of extracting and utilizing information through effective interpersonal communication is theoretically in tune with any therapeutic approach, but play therapy distinguishes itself by conducting its observations in a uniquely revealing environment.

Play is an essential component in a child’s emotional, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral development. Children also use play as a means of expressing themselves in ways that are not possible through direct communication. By using play as an outlet, a child is able to reveal (and a play therapist is able to observe) any confusion, frustration, or anxiety that might be inhibiting their development or otherwise preventing them from enjoying a happy, healthy childhood. It is for this reason that play has been referred to as the “language of childhood” and the role of a play therapy practitioner is to interpret this language and address important issues using a variety of play therapy approaches.

Though the type of play therapy employed will vary depending on a child’s situation, the most basic play therapy technique used by play therapists is commonly referred to as “child-centered play therapy.” The crucial elements in this formula, as in all play therapy approaches, are environment and the child-therapist relationship. Play therapy sessions are held in intently designed spaces called “play rooms” which contain an array of toys and activities deliberately chosen and carefully placed by the play therapy practitioner. Since the primary purpose of play therapy is to elucidate the child’s natural behavior, the play therapist must create an especially accepting and non-punitive atmosphere. If this arrangement is clearly established, the child will be more relaxed and instinctive and the play therapist will have a chance to make more acute observations. As the child displays his or her toy preferences (dolls, toy guns, costumes, etc.), behaviors, and levels of interaction, the play therapist—using theoretical models and their own expertise—can begin to assess and rationalize any existing issues ranging from trauma or stress to learning difficulties. Careful observation and analysis during the play therapy sessions allows the play therapist to provide the helpful guidance and structure necessary to resolve a child’s problems and restore healthy growth and development.

For over fifty years, this play therapy methodology has been used as a successful intervention and diagnostic device for children ranging from three to ten years old. However, as more research is done on the effects and uses of play therapy, the process has taken on many specialized forms and has been extended to treat mental health problems in people of all ages. It seems obvious that embracing and thoughtfully utilizing the natural, cathartic effects of enjoying oneself through play and humor can have a profound impact on the processes of both development and healing.

For more informations about play therapy visit: http://www.childtherapytoys.com/store/index.html

For links to more information, see the resources page.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, chalk and markers. Art therapy combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, especially the affective properties of the different art materials.

Art therapists have generated many specific definitions of art therapy, but most of them fall into one of two general categories. The first involves a belief in the inherent healing power of the creative process of art making. This view embraces the idea that the process of making art is therapeutic; this process is sometimes referred to as Art as Therapy. Art making is seen as an opportunity to express one’s self imaginatively, authentically, and spontaneously, an experience that, over time, can lead to personal fulfillment, emotional reparation, and recovery.

The second definition of art therapy is based on the idea that art is a means of symbolic communication. This approach, often referred to as art psychotherapy, emphasizes the products—drawings, paintings, and other art expressions—as helpful in communicating issues, emotions, and conflicts. The art image becomes significant in enhancing verbal exchange between the person and the therapist and in achieving insight; resolving conflicts; solving problems; and formulating new perceptions that in turn lead to positive changes, growth, and healing. In reality, art as therapy and art psychotherapy are used together in varying degrees. In other words, art therapists feel that both the idea that art making can be a healing process and that art products communicate information relevant to therapy are important.

This information is available at: http://www.arttherapyblog.com/what-is-art-therapy/

For links to more information, see the resources page.

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The Art Experience, Inc is a center for healing and growth using the expressive arts and play. We are Art Therapists, Play Therapists, artists, puppeteers with the goal of reaching the underserved, making creative healing experiences available to those who need it. Please look further to see more.

DONATE!

Jordan mask 2The Art Experience is a now officially a 501(c)3 so all donations are tax deductible. We are committed to offering services to all of the community, including those who may not be able to afford them.

 

Please consider a tax deductible donation.
With your donation you can support:
One month of the Pathfinders group for 8 participants: $688
A camper’s full tuition for a full week of Puppet Camp: $350
One person’s tuition for a 6 weeks Art Program: $150
Art Works: support one chronically ill child for a 12 week session: $250
Thank you for all you have done for and with us this year. You have supported us financially, with volunteer hours, products, & services.  We are grateful.  We truly could not do it without you! Because of you The Art Experience, Inc is growing to include more free therapeutic programing and fee based classes.

The Art Experience has been serving the community for two decades and in 2010 we made the transition to a non-profit 501 (c) 3 status, to provide FREE services. In order to do this we are applying for  were awarded (!)  the Arts Expansion Grant from the Arkansas Arts Council so that we can hire and we hired a part-time executive director, Rachael Martin. In order to continue to receive this grant we must raise matching funds.  Our goal is to raise $15,000.   This would enable The Art Experience, Inc to expand our free therapeutic programs to include a boy’s Pathfinders group, Artworks, a group for chronically ill children, and a teens mentoring tweens positive choices group: Fearless Art-Fearless Choices.   Currently our funds come from donations, festival sponsors, grants, and fee-based groups and classes.

In October we had the 6th annual Puppets in the Park, our free community event at Washington Elementary School.  Thank you Fayetteville School District! We were even able to bring our new giant puppets from South Africa in to the gym for the puppet pageant. SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsors who supported a day of free puppetry and music: The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, The Arkansas Arts Council, Adventure Subaru, The Little Bread Company, Edwin and Karlee Bradberry, The Bank of Fayetteville, Arsagas and The Kester Law Firm.

This year Puppets in the Park will be held on October 18th at Wilson Park. (Rain location: Washington Elementary)

We now have a monthly donation option! Consider donating as little as $5/month!  or you can mail a check to 641 W. Martin Luther King Jr, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

By donating you take an active part in improving the lives of our community members through art and play! Thank you!

Sincerely,

The Board of the Art Experience Inc. Jo Ann Kaminsky, Gavin Smith, Aron Shelton, Keith Bowles, Richard DelSoto, and Quinn Montana and Executive Director, Rachael Martin.

You can donate now if you like or you can sign on for a monthly donation plan by clicking the link below.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=84LU7VCYRMUGL

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641 W Martin Luther King Blvd
Fayetteville, AR 72701-6444
(479) 442-0557
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* Pathfinders ages 13-16Pathfinders ages 13-16

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Girls art therapy group 2 hours

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* Puppetry ClassPuppetry Class

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Girls art therapy group 2 hours

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Art Group for chronically ill children Time TBA

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Groups, Classes and Art in the Community:

 

Pathfinders Art Therapy Group

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led by Jo Ann Kaminsky, MEd, LPC, ATR-BC, RPT-S

The summer sessions continue,  Fridays from 4 to 6 for girls age  13 to 16-   The group is ongoing but now it is  opening for new members.

Art making in groups is a very fun and powerful way to find your own solutions to problems, share your work, thoughts and feelings with others your own age. We will be working with lots of different materials so that you can get a chance to try out your creativity with lots of different materials. Some examples of what we will use are: drawing, painting, sculpting with clay, paper, plaster or found objects, of using collage, mask-making, puppet-making. Creating our stories in art to express ourselves and find some solutions to personal problems at the same time.

We are now working on some fairly complicated marionettes, playing games, sharing our strengths and struggles.

We continue to meet weekly to do art and talk. No experience is necessary

Jo Ann Kaminsky is the founder of the Art Experience, Inc and has been doing therapy with groups and individuals for over 20 years. She has worked with local schools, shelters and in private practice with people of all ages and has a special place in her heart for adolescent groups. 

Both groups are FREE, thanks to our community
Help Sponsor this program.

Price: $0.00

Start Time: 4:00 pm
End Time: 6:00 pm

Start Date: July 1, 2014
End Date: December 31, 2014

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Fayetteville, AR
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Saturday Puppet Class

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Saturday Puppet class is a 4 week series of instruction on puppet making, puppeteering, storytelling, and performance techniques. Artist/Therapist Jo Ann Kaminsky infuses the instruction with play, fun, cooperation, and confidence-building activities.  A variety of puppets are produced during the classes. Jo Ann offers technical support but provides the student with freedom to create and perform what is in their hearts and minds. Participants gain a sense of mastery and accomplishment through this process.  We encourage working with the group, making stories together whenever possible and making friends in the process. Its really fun to show the students how then watch what they create. It’s always a surprise.

Details

  • 5 Week Course
  • This class meets on September 6th, 13th, 20th, and October 4th and 11th.
  • There is a performance at the Farmer's Market on October 11th at 9:30 am.
  • Cost is $100 includes materials
  • Ages 8 to Adult!!
  • Enrollment limited to 8 participants

 

 

Price: $100.00

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 12:00 pm

Start Date: September 6, 2014
End Date: October 4, 2014

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Masks for Change Intensive

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A personal growth group led by Jo Ann Kaminsky

November 8-9 from 9 am to 4 pm.

  Group limit 8 $150 + materials.

Are your ready to recreate your life through art? Here is your hands-on opportunity to make your own MASK FOR CHANGE. We use the metaphor of the Mask to look at our lives, see what we need to do and find the courage it takes to make the changes. Jo Ann has created a supportive, non-judgmental setting, where creativity and search are welcome. You will work with a varied array of art materials, journaling, sound and movement to develop your own spirit mask to bring forth transformation in your life.

Highlights

  • Visual arts experience
  • Movement
  • Drama
  • Personal exploration in a supportive group atmosphere
  • Applications for play therapy

Price: $150.00

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

Start Date: November 8, 2014
End Date: November 9, 2014

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641 W. Martin Luther King Blvd
Fayetteville, AR
72701
USA
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Adult Creativity Group

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Led by Jo Ann Kaminsky

A new session will start on August 27! and will focus on all steps of creating handmade paper.

Wednesdays 10:30 to noon.

The group is limited to 8. Cost:$150 for 6 sessions. This 6 week group workshop will teach participants to create high quality, artistic, handmade cotton paper.  Led by Jo Ann Kaminsky, participants will be guided to access their unique creativity and to recognize their wisdom and strengths through the artistic process.
Jo Ann Kaminsky brings 20 years of experience as an artist, counselor, and art therapist to her workshops. Each workshop offers the opportunity for personal growth and insight, as well as enhancing creative thinking and the creative process.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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Land Art

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led by Elise Lunsford

4 Sessions beginning June 15 Saturday or Sunday (TBA) 2-4pm. a blend of story telling and art making in an outdoor setting. Ages 9-12. fee $100 includes materials

We are sorry but this event is not yet open for registration.

You will be able to register starting June 15, 2015

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ArtWorks

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Therapeutic art support group for children dealing with chronic illness.

Mondays- 3:30 to 5 pm. Ages 8-10. come and paint, draw, play and leave your stress behind. make friends and art in a warm supportive environment. FREE 6 weeks beginning when enrollment is full.

Elise has her Masters in Art Therapy from George Washington University.She is a Licensed Associate counselor currently working with kids at Ozark Guidance Center.

We are currently working on funding for this group and hope to begin offering it as a year-round group.

Price: $0.00

Start Time: 3:30 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm

Start Date: September 1, 2014
End Date: November 30, 2014

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Art IS Medicine: A Hep-C Support Group

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Dealing with physical and emotional symptoms while struggling through a health crisis can be overwhelming.  Meet with other people who are coping with Hep C to explore the healing potential of creativity. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST!  We will make art in a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere that promotes self discovery and growth.  (six sessions, one and one half hours,Thursday, June 28 through Thursday, August 9, pre-registration required at 479.790.0400)
This group will be led by Budhi Kling, M.A, ATR-BC.  Budhi has made art all her life, challenging herself and others to discover themselves in the creative experience.  She has expressed her belief in the healing potential of the art experience through her art therapy practice since 1985, working in hospitals, women’s shelters, and private practice.  She has a Masters degree in Art Therapy and is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist.

We are sorry but this event is not yet open for registration.

You will be able to register starting June 28, 2015

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The Drama of Storytelling Interactive Storytelling Workshop for 8-12 years old.

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Watch for this class at a later time.

 The magic of storytelling allows us to understand and engage in the world in new and delightful ways. For children especially, it can also help deal with anything they find scary or confusing. In this workshop we will explore both the telling and creation of stories, using props and drama to help us bring them to life.

The workshop culminates with a stage performance.
This workshop is led by Ásgerður Jóhannesdóttir (Ása). She comes from Iceland where stories and storytelling has been a central part of the culture for over a thousand years. Ása holds a B.Ed in Teaching and an M.A. in Drama & Theatre Education.

We are sorry but this event is not yet open for registration.

You will be able to register starting July 29, 2015

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Puppets in the Park

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October 18, 2014  we will have the 7th annual Puppets in the Park, our free community event, if it rains we will be indoors at Washington Elementary School. Thank you Fayetteville School District!  last year we were even able to bring our new giant puppets from South Africa in to the gym for the puppet pageant. THANK YOU also to our sponsors who supported a day of free puppetry and music: the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, The Arkansas Arts Council, Adventure Subaru, The Little Bread Company, Edwin and Karlee Bradberry, The Bank of Fayetteville, Arsagas and The Kester Law Firm.

Mark your calendars and hope for good weather! See you there.

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Price: $0.00

Start Time: 8:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Date: October 18, 2014

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History

v     Masks of Change in Santa Cruz Bolivia

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v     Sister Alexandra gave permission for us to work with the women at the Palma Sola women’s prison in Santa Cruz. The Catholic Church has a rehabilitation program there, teaching handcrafts and hair styling. The  5 teachers and all 41 of their students attended  6 sessions of 2.5hrs each . The group drew about their lives and processed their feelings and hopes. They worked with clay to create a mask that they then covered in papier mache, painted, decorated and wore in a process designed to help people look at their lives and start to see ways to make inner changes. Sister Alexandra said in all her 16 years she had not ever seen the women so happy, and she hopes that this process can be done again. They had a very meaningful experience. The process of mask making is simple and now the teachers and the women know how and can make more, perhaps to sell as art pieces or for special events.

 


 

 

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