Helen JiSoo Kim
Helen graduated from Northwestern University in 2016, where she received her BM in Percussion Performance. She will be pursuing a career in arts administration and later hopes to open a therapy center for performing and visual artists. During her free time, she works as a freelance musician in the Chicago area. Helen loves working and playing with the children and families here at Gather and is very excited to be part of the team.
Angela Lyonsmith, owner
Angela Lyonsmith, ATR-BC, LCPC, is a mother of three, an artist, art therapist, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the graduate art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an instructor and doctoral student at Mount Mary University. Angela has served as a therapist, administrator and consultant for several agencies in Chicago. She provides art therapy services for children and families and clinical supervision. Angela also volunteers with Global Alliance for Africa to provide therapeutic arts training in Tanzania and Kenya.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago art therapy practicum students
Jennifer Graves graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, where she received a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Psychology. She is currently earning her Masters of Art in Art Therapy and Counseling from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jennifer enjoys using her talents in various art mediums to inspire young artists. She has taught art classes at both inner city and private schools, as well as in-patient hospital Hematology/Oncology units in the Houston area. Jennifer has loved art her whole life and cherishes the opportunity to see the same excitement from the families at Gather.
Casey Pax graduated with a BA in psychology from Miami University of Ohio this May and is currently earning her art therapy masters degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with immersion programs in urban elementary schools in Cincinnati, as well as working as a summer school art teacher in Columbus. She loves getting others inspired about creating art, and equally loves smiles, so she’s excited to experience both at Gather this year!
Crystal Swenson, born and raised in California, completed her BS in Psychology in the Napa Valley, and is currently working on her Masters of Art in Art Therapy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Crystal has worked within a variety of settings with all age groups. She recently worked with adolescents in The Boys and Girls Club, with whom she did arts & crafts project and taught them how to cook quick, easy, and healthy meals. Crystal wishes to continue working with all age groups and thanks you for allowing her to further her education and knowledge of art and its influences at Gather!