JoAnn Kaminsky

31 12 2010

Is a Licensed Counselor, Play Therapist and Art Therapist, painter and puppeteer living in Fayetteville Arkansas.

Jo Ann works with people of all ages dealing with many of life’s issues, from stress and anxiety, adjustments to life’s twists and turns to depression, anger issues and abuse issues.  Jo Ann, trained as a counselor feels that the most important factor in healing and growth is to create a safe place, free of judgement so that one can explore strengths and feel comfortable to share hurts and fears.

Her mission is to provide that to her clients, whether they are seeing her for individual therapy or attending a group or class.

For more information about counseling, please click the counseling tab on the menu.
This site serves as a hub for her many activities
You can send JoAnn an email by clicking right
The Art Experience is located at:
641 W Martin Luther King Blvd
Fayetteville, AR 72701


Winter Offerings at the Art Experience, Inc

8 01 2012

I will be leading a Mask for Change group at the Art Experience  on February11.

The Pathfinders teen girl’s art therapy group is free and ongoing on Friday afternoons.

Puppet making class will begin on March 31st

For more information on these groups go to

Puppets in the Park

22 08 2011

Puppets in the Park will be happening on October 22, 2011, all day at Wilson Park. A free festival that the Art Experience puts on each year.

Paintings shown at the Roots Festival!

22 08 2011

Please watch for my paintings from our family show last year,  in the small gallery/hallway going into the Starr Theater the Walton Art Center. Hank and I and Don House have been invited to show our work during the Roots Festival this weekend..

Nurture the Experience

3 06 2011

There will be a  fundraiser for the Art Experience, Inc, which I am the Exceutive Director for, on June 16th at St. Pauls  Episcopal Church from 5 to 8 in the evening. Come and listen to jazz by Claudia Burson;  try chocolate masterpieces by The Little Bread Company,  Emelias, and Vince Pinalto, of the much loved La Maison Des Tartes; have a class of wine, provided by Liquor World, see what we have been doing and make a bid on a nurturing item in the silent auction. We have an overnight stay at the Cresent Hotel and Tree House Cottage;  dining experiences at the Green House Grill, Emelias, the Little Bread Company, Geraldies, Ellas; tasty treats from Bliss, Rick’s Bakery and Hand Made;  books from Night Bird Books; and art by Hank Kaminsky, Edmund Harris, Laurie Karnatz and more.  A good time will be had by all.

The proceeds will go to funding the Pathfinders teen art therapy group and Puppet Camp, offered in June and July, so that those who cannot afford it will be able to receive the healing and nurturing benefits of art therapy and artmaking in groups. Go to for more information.

Upcoming Puppet Sightings

19 05 2011

This coming Sunday at the Block Street Party you can  make your own paperbag puppet at our booth. Look for the Art Experience sign. There will be a parade at 1:30 with a couple of giant puppets and around 2pm you can see and partipate in a puppet show called ” the Adventures of Rocky and Jojo”- with Jo Ann Asa and Aura. Brandi Hoofnagle with be performing her puppet show ” Hansel and Gretel, the Real Story”

Spring update- class and group happenings

19 05 2011

This spring we finished puppet workshops with kids in the afterschool programs at Washington School where I was there as the Artist in Education.

Tthe Walnut Farm Montessori School’s art classes finished up with silk painting, batik, and papermaking.

The Ford fellows at Spring International finished their rod puppets and masks and will perform them next week at their going away party.

The Pathfinders teen art group is finishing up their mask project and will be ready to have more people join. After trying a week day we have settled back down to a Saturday time. 12 to 2pm.

The Masks for Change personal growth group is in process now.

Puppet Camp will be on June 20 to 24th with a performance at the Farmers Market on the 25th.

February Events Update

11 02 2011

We had to cancel the winter session of Masks for Change but another one is scheduled for April 16 through May 21. All classes and groups that are held through the Art Experience, Inc have sliding scales for their fee structure. This change has come about due to the non-profit statues we are still seeking for the Art Experience, Inc. we want to be able to offer affordable groups and classes for the community.

Therefore a fundraiser will be coming up this spring.

I am helping make it possible for a puppeteer troupe called Thingumajig to be able to perform their puppet show, A November Day, at the Center for Continuing Education just off the Square in Fayetteville, on March 1.  This show, for ages 10 and up is about the experiences of a World War One soldier and so is a not Sesame Street but for more mature audiences. It shows how moving a puppet show can be. I have seen these puppeteers before at the National Puppeteers of America Festival. they are very talented. We are raising money to cover the performance hall by crowd funding through Kickstarter.  shows their work. I’m all for bringing good puppet work to our community.

Speaking of puppets, I have begun the puppetmaking class, despite the bad weather and we will be making foam puppets. We only had one session and still have room for more.

Also the Pathfinders group was able to have it’s first session last Saturday and hopefully the weather will be clear enough to meet again. We also still have room for others to join. check out the Classes and Groups category to find out more about these groups.

The office has been closed for Wednesday,Thursday and Friday due to the weather.

What’s happening this month

4 01 2011

 I begin the New Year feeling a little odd because we did not have First Night Fayetteville this year. Sorry.  Hopefully next year the puppets will be out playing on New years and other times during the year. If you are interested, come join the board. Check out the First Night Fayetteville website for more info.

But classes in puppet making will continue . I will be teaching through the Art Experience, Inc and at Washington Elementary as an Artist-in Education here in Fayetteville, during January and February.  Also I will have the Walnut Farm Montessori School elementary kids coming to the Art Experience to make a new puppet. the bohemian rod marionette. It’s going to be busy. We’ll have another session of Pathfinders- and Art therapy Group for Teens, and Masks for Change for Adults

 Groups and classes beginning this month! Click the Classes and Groups for more details.

 Individual therapy available by appointment. Click the counseling tab for more details about my counseling/art therapy/play therapy practice