CCC Staff

Barb Putman

Executive Director

With a Master of Arts in Communication and 20 years of grant writing, fundraising, and management experience, Barb works closely with stakeholders, community groups, education, and arts partners to make Community Creative Center’s mission a reality in Northwest Arkansas. At the helm since 2013, Barb is honored to lead CCC’s talented and creative team of artists and educators.

Jessica Smith

Education Program Manager

Jessica has a background in education, graduating from Arkansas Tech University with a BA in Art Education. She taught 7th-12th grade art at Prescott High School then moved back home to Northwest Arkansas to work as a museum educator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. With 6+ years working in art education, she has a passion for creating accessible art projects and curriculum that reaches a wide audience. In addition to planning and implementing all CCC class sessions, Jessica works with schools, community organizations and professional groups to create positive artistic experiences that will last a lifetime.  In her free time, she enjoys pottery, glass art, drawing and painting.

Lainie Coles

Marketing Coordinator

Lainie is a Fayetteville native who graduated from Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Psychology. She is an artist with specializations in watercolor, chalk pastel, ceramics, graphic design and digital illustration. For more about her work, please visit her portfolio site at:

Sarah Martin

Studio Manager

Sarah Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in ceramics. Through her work, Sarah recreates personal moments while emphasizing humor in the mundane. She is currently the studio manager and a teaching artist at Community Creative Center.

Kiara Page

Studio Technician & Administrative Assistant

Kiara graduated from the University of Mobile with a Bachelor’s degree in history and studio art. Her personal art style is colorful, illustrative and usually combines portraits, plants, and other organic subject matter to create unique pieces on canvas and pottery alike. Along with her administrative duties of answering calls, routing emails, and inputting data, Kiara keeps the CCC studios clean, the kilns firing smoothly, and Open Studio members happy and well informed.  She is also a hard working teaching artist at CCC leading classes in painting, ceramics and a wide variety of 2D arts.

Wheel Mobile Staff

Jana Whatley

Wheel Mobile Coordinator

Jana’s understanding of the impact of freedom for creative expression and connection to community on a person’s educational development have led her to serve as an art curriculum coordinator and consultant and community event organizer. She is a recent transplant from Humble, TX and is eager to connect and create with Fayetteville’s vibrant, burgeoning art community. An artist in her own right, Jana also works using sculptural installation and performance art in her spare time.

Chrystal O’Boyle

Studio Specialist

Chrystal has had a lifelong love of the arts. Born and raised in Fayetteville, Chrystal attended the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in art education. In 2018 she joined Community Creative Center, teaching classes in ceramics, painting and glass fusing. In 2019, Chrystal was asked to create and develop the Wheel Mobile Studio Specialist position ensuring projects successfully make their way through the firing process, and the vehicle is safe and clean for all who come on board.

Outside of CCC, Chrystal has been serving for the past five years as choreographer and instructor with the Fayetteville High School color guard program. She enjoys creating her own works of art, and hiking.

Anthony Capo

Wheel Mobile Engineer

A Miami, Florida native, Anthony finished high school in Eureka Springs and has made Fayetteville his home since graduating from the University of Arkansas. He’s been married to his wife Stacy for 23 years and they have two sons, Carson and Canon.