Resume & Philosophy



Jo Ann Kaminsky, M.Ed. LPC, RPT-S, ATR-BC

2227 North College

Fayetteville, AR 72703

(479) 587-1387

Educational Experience

2011 Approved by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling to provide supervision to Licensed Associate Counselors

2006 Received Registered Art Therapy Credentials and Board Certification, ATR-BC

2004 Received Registered Play Therapy Credentials

2000 Summer Internship work at the Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, Vermont

1997-2002 Art Therapy Institute, Dallas, TX – Certificate – Art Therapy

1995 Approved by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor

1988-91 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR – M.Ed. Counselor Education

1984-86 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR – Art

1972-74 Memphis State University, Memphis, TN – Art

1970-72 Memphis Art Academy, Memphis, TN – Art

1968-69 Memphis State University, Memphis, TN – Graduate School, Psychology

1966 The Sorbonne, Paris, France – French, Summer School

1965-69 University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR – B.A. Psychology

Professional Employment History

2010-2013 Volunteers as Executive Director of the Art Experience, Inc.

2013 Presented art therapy to the Arkansas Mental Health Alliance’s  regional meeting

Continues to coordinate the Puppets in the Park Festival and collaborate with George Meyer in creating a giant puppet pageant for the event.

Facilitates a week-long summer puppet camp for ages 8 to adult at The Art Experience.

Leads adult creativity groups at The Art Experience.

Leads  Pathfinders- Weekly art therapy groups for teen girls at the Art Experience.

2011-2012 Coordinated the Giant Puppet Parade for the “Last Night” New Years’ Festival in Fayetteville, AR

2012 Led children’s grief art support groups at Circle of Life Hospice

Led adult mask making classes at the Fayetteville Public Library.          

            Coordinated the Fifth Annual Puppets in the Park Festival, and collaborated with George  Meyer  to create the grand finale giant Puppet Pageant.

Led puppet making classes at Washington Elementary School as an Artist in Education with both at-risk youth and youth enrolled in the after school art class

 As an Artist In Education led rod puppet building classes for social studies classes at Westside Elementary School in Springdale,AR

2011 Coordinated the Fourth Annual Puppets in the Park Festival, and collaborated with George  Meyer  to create the grand finale giant Puppet Pageant.

Led puppet making classes at Washington Elementary School as an Artist in Education with both at-risk youth and youth enrolled in the after school art class

Presented a hands-on half-day training workshop, Masks for Change, at the 2010 American Art  Therapy Conference.

Facilitated a one-day session with urban youth at EMOBA in Little  Rock Arkansas to create   and  perform their masks of power.

 2010  Coordinated the Third Annual Puppets in the Park Festival, and collaborated with George  Meyer  to create the grand finale giant Puppet Pageant the Hungry Caterpillar.

Established the Art Experience, Inc, Center for Healing and Growth Through the Expressive Arts as a 501(c)3, volunteering as the Executive Director and serving as the Board President.

2009-2010 Facilitated Children’s Art Therapy Groups at Peace at Home Women’s Shelter

 2009 Facilitated a group with urban youth in at Our House, Homeless shelter Little Rock, Arkansas in a hands-on two week workshop to create and perform masks of    power.

Presented Masks of Change-Palm Sola and a hands-on Art therapy presentation as a participant in the synergy series as continuing education to local therapists.

Presented “Masks for Change” Short participatory group experience to Participants of Artlinks,-  Annual Conference of the Arkansas Arts Council, in Hot Springs, Arkansas

2009-2011 Teach art classes to elementary aged children at the Walnut Farm Montessori School

2008 Presented a play therapy training entitled Come Play With Me, with Joan Jackson Green, at the Arkansas Play Therapy Conference.

Created nine “traditional African masks of papier mache for “The Tradition of the Mask -Africa in the Ozarks” performance

Created masks with students from the Walnut Farm Montessori School, for performances of Greek myths

Work on a contract basis to offer playa therapy to with primary students at Walnut Farm Montessori School.

Presented Masks of Change –Palma Sola- Art Therapy using masks in a women’s prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to the Altrusa Club in a one hour powerpoint presentation.

2007-2008 Worked with young leaders from English–speaking African countries, using puppet making and performance to explore the concept of leadership.

Coordinated the First and Second Annual “Puppets in the Park Festival”, commemorating the   National Day of Puppetry

2005-2013 Work with indigenous people, Ford Fellows, through Spring International, at the University of Arkansas, from around the world to create a rod puppets that expresses their culture.

1999-2008 Creates murals, masks, and giant puppets for The Starlight Procession, with “at-risk “ populations, Head Start (preschool for disadvantaged children), Youth Bridge (residential facility for youth at-risk for court related issues), Jefferson Elementary School, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Washington Plaza (a low-income housing project), School-Within-a-School, (alternative high school students), as well as the general population for First Night Fayetteville, a nonalcoholic family oriented arts event for New Year’s Eve

1993-2010 Owner and Director of The Art Experience, Center for Expressive Art, Healing and Growth, where she teaches creative arts classes in many media and lead therapeutic arts groups for all ages.

1993-2013  Licensed Counselor in Private Practice. Offering Services to people of all ages, providing services for many clients referred from the Crime Victims Reparation Program  with the  4th District Prosecutors Office, as well as the general population.

1978-2013 Maintains working art studio in clay, paper, painting, and puppet making

2007 Created rod puppets and hand puppets with the elementary children from Walnut Farm Montessori School

1993-2007 Leads Therapeutic Art Groups with children at the Benton County Battered Women’s Shelter, Benton County, AR

2006 Worked with drummers in the Afrique Aya troupe to create papiermache masks for a performance in the Full Moon in Africa Festival, in Eureka Springs, AR.

Worked with the Fayetteville Community Access Television to create a giant papier-mâché cat head for an educational booth at the Fayetteville Fine Arts Festival

2005-2006 Worked with local children and their parents to create a giant puppet show for the International Peace festival at the University of Arkansas.

2002-2006 Working with students in the program in a community funded mural project for Walker Park in a working-class neighborhood in Fayetteville, AR., . The project involves students interviewing residents to collect stories and memories to depict on the mural and working with community members to paint the mural.

2005 Worked with 10 elementary students in an after-school program at Westwood Elementary in Springdale AR., to design and create a mural in the school cafeteria.

Created an international art show with works from children and adults from Bolivia and  Arkansas for the International Conference of the Partners of the Americas, held in Little Rock, AR. The show then traveled to Fayetteville, AR. This show involved leading classes at  the elementary level as well as the high school level and coordinating professional artists  from Arkansas and Bolivia and showcasing a program in Bolivia serving children who live in  the streets of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

2004 Created and performed a rod puppet show for the Real Women Project, based on the story of The Hour Glass Dress, a story battling women’s destructive body images and eating disorders Working with Bolivian students and teachers in Bolivia to create murals expressing health issues.

2003 Worked with college students and “at risk” high school students to develop an arts program for character development in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, creating giant puppets as a teaching tool.

Worked with “at-risk” multicultural students and their families to create a clay tile project “Memories from Home”, Westwood Elementary School, Springdale, AR

2003 Worked with Alternative High School students at “School-Within-a-School” to add visual arts expression to their cultural studies and English class.

2002-2003 Led Therapeutic Art Groups with children at Havenwood Women’s Shelter, Bentonville

2002 Worked with Alternative High School students at “School-Within-a-School” to create graphic novels based on social justice issues. Taught mask making to a group of high school sophomores in the program.

2001-2002 Facilitated creation of a clay tile mural by residents and former residents of the Benton County Women’s Shelter to be displayed at the shelter

2001 Volunteer Puppeteer, Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, Vermont.

2000-2001 Received a grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Benton Foundation with KUAF local public radio and coordinated Fearless Art, Fearless Choices, A therapeutic art program where teens were paired as mentors with 5th graders to create art in a supportive group setting, as a deterrent to drug use.

1993-1999 Substitute Art Counseling Group Facilitator Generations WRMC, and Transitions, City Hospital

1995 Received credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (P9503011) by the State of Arkansas

1993 Art Counseling Group Facilitator Charter Behavioral Care Day Treatment Program

1991-1992 Shelter Supervisor, Youth Bridge Inc. Licensed Counselor, Youth Bridge Inc.

1991 Intern, Counselor, Youth Bridge Inc. Fayetteville, AR

Peer Counselor, Office for Non-Traditional Students University of Arkansas, Student Services

1990 Intern, Counselor Education, Community Support Ozark Guidance Center, Springdale, AR

1987-1990 Artist-in-Education, Fayetteville Public Schools Fayetteville, AR

1987-1988 Lay-Counselor, with AMEND, Aiding Mothers Enduring Neonatal Death, Fayetteville, AR

1983-1986 Owner of Mudblossom, ceramic jewelry studio, Fayetteville, AR

1980-1982 Owner of A Show Of Hands, Art Gallery exhibiting local arts only, Eureka Springs, AR

1975-1977 Pottery Apprentice, Spring Street Pottery, Eureka Springs, AR

1969-1972 Caseworker, Children’s Services Tennessee Department of Public Welfare, Memphis, TN

Exhibitions and Performances

2012 “Oh Precious Water” a giant puppet pageant co created with George Meyer.

2012 “The Little Circus Girl” puppet show, Fayetteville Public Library, Fifth Annual Puppets in the Park, The Block Street Block Party and to the 99 Balloons recess event to handicapped children and their siblings.

 2011 “The Pearl of Wisdom” a giant puppet pageant co created with George Meyer.

2011 “the Adventures of Rocky and Jojo”puppet show- at the 2011 Goddess Festival

2010  “The Hungry Caterpillar” a giant puppet pageant co created with George Meyer

2010 The Kaminsky Family Show- paintings in a four-person show at the Fayetteville Underground.

2008 “Sonja’s Surprise” marionette show performed at Puppets in the Park

“Lost at Sea” puppet show performed at Obamarama, fundraiser for Barack Obama at Nature’s Waters, Fayetteville, AR.

“Trouble at the Castle” Giant Puppet Fairy Tale at Puppets in the Park, at the Firefly Festival, and at Nightbird Books during the Fayetteville Fine Arts Festival

2007 Three person show of paintings and prints at Boi D’Ouro Brazillian Restaurant in Fayetteville 1999-2007 Starlight Procession, Giant Puppets, First Night, Fayetteville, AR

2006-2007 Show of paintings and prints at the “Africa in the Ozarks” Festival. Paintings selected to be featured on the Festival website and on the Festival tee shirt.

2006 Two Person Show with Hank Kaminsky at Art Resources in Springdale,AR

Show of paintings and prints at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

2005 One woman show of paintings at The Art Experience, Fayetteville, AR

Created and performed “The Hour Glass Dress”- a rod puppet show about anorexia for the  Real Women Project

“Through Women’s Eyes”, painting in Iris Arts, Fayetteville, AR

            “From the Inside Out” the Kaminskys- A Family of Artists-15 paintings in a group show at Iris Arts, Fayetteville,AR.

“Africa Inspired” paintings in a group show at Eleanor Lux Studio in Eureka Springs, AR

2003 Street Theater Performances, with Animo, Street Theater Troupe

Matriarts Exhibiton, painting in The Orpheum Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

2001-2002 Five-women drawing exhibition, Arsagas Coffee House, Fayetteville, AR

2000 Five Women drawing exhibition, Gallery 102, Fayetteville, AR

1999 Five Friends- drawing exhibition, Uark Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

1997 Four-person pottery exhibition, Vox Anima Gallery, Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR

1995 Handmade paper, one person exhibition, Walton Art Center Offices, Fayetteville, AR

1993 “Homescapes”, painting in a two-person exhibition with Hank Kaminsky, Art Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR

1987 Claywork in a two-person exhibition with Hank Kaminsky, Fort Smith Art Center,

Fort Smith AR

1984 Claywork in a two-person exhibition with Hank Kaminsky, Anne Kittrell Gallery, University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR

1983 The Governor’s Exhibition, Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock, AR

1982 Distinguished Artists Exhibit, Arts Crafts and Design Fair, Little Rock, AR

1981 Claywork in a two-person exhibition with Eleanor Lux, Sycamore Gallery, Memphis TN

1979 Claywork in a two-person exhibition with Hank Kaminsky, Arkansas Territorial Restoration, Little Rock AR.

Licensing and Certification

Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arkansas


Registered Play Therapist


Board Certified Art Therapist



Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association

Northwest Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association

The Association for Play Therapy

The American Art Therapy Association

The Puppeteers of America


Art making as a Process of Healing and Growth
Jo Ann Kaminsky

When a person enters the altered state of creative expression, many things happen. The artist (any person making art) enters the timeless dream space where the right brain can use powers that are inaccessible during everyday rational activities.

It has been my experience as an artist, art teacher and art therapist, that these creative states that we may enter, can be used for powerful changes in perception, allowing for healing and growth. The act of art making is therapeutic in itself in that it allows a person to enter a trance-like state where there is openness to memories and feelings that are not ordinarily validated. There is an avenue to record for personal visual records, the experiences, feelings and memories accessed. When art is used in therapy, there is structure for healing. Actual changes in the artist’s perception of reality, choices and goals appear to happen. Metaphors may be used without bring out all of the details of an issue and reframing can occur.

When people can begin to visualize and express their issue in line, color, shape or texture, a relationship occurs in the artwork that talks about the relationships in their lives. When we can picture it we can begin to picture it changing. When we can picture a change, we can begin to make it happen. Any person can do this. No previous experience or special talent is necessary. If you can make marks on a page you can express yourself with art.

In art therapy, the client is given the power to explore his or her own strengths and world-view and to develop resources to heal and to grow. The art therapist is trained to offer the client a safe non-judgmental space with all the necessary tools and support to use their creative process to heal. Art therapists have a variety of materials to work with so that the client may develop a concept with a plaster mask, a clay sculpture, water colors, pastels, finger-paints, feathers, collages, etc. this variety allows even more freedom to discover strengths and ways of relating to the world.

Often people are surprised to find that they are feeling very strong emotions. A person could cry or find herself angry or feel very free and joyous as they create. Something very powerful has been touched that could not be reached before. It appears that we can use our intellect to actually keep us from our feelings and sometimes be blocked towards progress.

There are many different ways art therapists can use art in therapy sessions. Some therapists are more directive and others are more client-centered and there are many different healing philosophies. Trust in the art process is a constant with the art therapists. Each therapist has many tales of hope, change and enlightenment that he or she has been allowed to witness. Art therapists are artists, themselves, so they know first hand how a creative experience can be a journey into wholeness.

Jo Ann Kaminsky is an artist, therapist, art teacher, and owner of the Art Experience, a center for expressive arts, healing and growth in Fayetteville, AR. She has a private counseling/art therapy practice, where she sees people individually or in families or groups. She leads a personal growth group for adults using masks as metaphor for change. She is also an Artist-In- Education
Her private office number is 587-1387.

The Art Experience is currently offering open studio in clay for people with some experience in clay. Wheels, clay, handbuilding space and kilns are available for use in a group studio space with flexible hours.
Puppetmaking classes are on occasion

She creates puppets and shows for First Night and Puppets in the Park, as well as other events. You can reach the Art Experience at 479 442-0557