April 2020

Posted on Mar 31, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in April 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Create2Go Kits, available all month at Create N Sip Studios.

In light of recent events, please confirm with organizations before attending listed events. Out of respect for our arts, culture, and entertainment organizations, C2C has included cancelled and postponed events to recognize the hard work and effort behind previously planned programming. To review C2C’s action-plan and resources during this time, click here.


CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES

With new CDC guidelines and changing city/state regulations, Joplin’s arts and culture organizations are providing new, innovative ways to safely participate in local arts and cultural programming. Check out these new solutions…

All Month: Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark on Post Art Library’s website. Learn about and color twelve important women whose influence has had a lasting impact on Joplin. Download the full book now from postartlibrary.org/coloring-jomo/ and start coloring! Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Create N Sip Create2Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

March 21 – May 8: Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. Bidding available online at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Fridays in April: VSM Joplin: April Online Lesson Series, 7:00pm on Facebook. Who knew our Roaring ‘20s would be like this? Vintage Swing Movement originally planned to teach Charleston lessons in their studio but will now be bringing the lessons to you! Every Friday in April, join the Decavita Sisters to learn both partnered and solo Charleston! Then, post your newly acquired moves on Facebook to share with the swing dancing community! Watch online at facebook.com/vsmjoplin/. Note: Select “interested” or “going” on the event page to receive notifications when the live video begins. Free and open to the public. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.


PERFORMANCES:­

March 26–April 5: [POSTPONED] Stained Glass Theatre Presents: Persuasion, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). This movingly romantic adaptation of Jane Austen’s last novel brings a classic story of enduring love to the stage! Sir Walter Elliot, on the verge of financial ruin, must rent the family estate to avoid bankruptcy. His daughter, Anne, is surprised to learn who has taken the estate: the sister of Captain Wentworth, a man whose proposal she was persuaded to refuse years before. Then, Wentworth was a poor sailor with no social standing, but he has returned a rich and eligible officer. As they are thrown into one another’s company once again, Anne’s affection remains despite her lack of hope for any reconciliation. But when Wentworth begins to show signs of jealousy towards one of her suitors, she must summon the courage to seek out his true feelings. Tickets: Adults $10, Children under 13 $5. More information: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

April 2: [POSTPONED] Siblings Improv Presents: Your Call, Joplin: A Made-Up Forum with Real City Council Candidates, 8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Part forum, part improv. Somewhat serious, somewhat silly. Get to know your City Council candidates with a fun, informative event featuring Siblings Improv! Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

April 3: [CANCELLED] MSSU Symphony Orchestra Concert feat. JHS Chamber Orchestra, 7:30pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). The Southern Symphony Orchestra and the Joplin High School Chamber Orchestra come together for an evening classical music, including works like Giacomo Puccini’s “Mi chiamano Mimi” from La Bohéme. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Canes Nicolas, nicolas-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.3180.

April 4: Indigenous feat. Levi Platero Band (Ages 10+), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Led by front man Mato Nanji, blues-inspired rock group Indigenous rose to prominence out of the Yankton Sioux Reservation with their award-winning debut album, Things We Do, in 1998. Nanji has since captivated audiences with his Vaughan- and Hendrix-influenced prowess and the band has been featured on television shows, like Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Levi Platero and his band The Plateros burst onto the music scene in 2004 a a blues rock power trio. Platero’s impressive talent as a guitarist has propelled his band into stardom and secured fans from across the globe. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $30. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

April 1619: [POSTPONED] Midwest Regional Ballet Presents: Oz, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:00pm) at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). If I only had a ticket! Experience the classic Wizard of Oz reimagined as a contemporary dance performance. Set to the instrumental music of Bowie, Edgar Winter, and techno, steam punk rock style. Tickets: $10–$12. To purchase tickets, call 620.231.7827 or visit memorialauditorium.org. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 620.235.4831.

April 19: [CANCELLED] MSSU Symphonic Chorus and Symphony Orchestra Presents: Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, 3:00pm at Central Christian Center (410 Virginia Ave). The Southern Symphony Orchestra and Southern Symphonic Chorus come together for an elegant night music. The Orchestra and Chorus will perform Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in addition to other orchestral and choral works. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Canes Nicolas, nicolas-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.3180.

April 23–25: [POSTPONED] Theatre at Joplin High School Presents: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 7:00pm (Saturday, 2:00pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 S Indiana Ave). Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. This classic story follows Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Tickets: Adults $8, Students/Seniors $5, Children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: Bradley Baumhover, 316.641.4011.

April 24: [CANCELLED] Pro Musica Presents: Brubeck Brothers Quartet, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra. Chris was in Joplin with his trio, Triple Play, during the 2015-16 season and he returned with Dan and the quartet in the 2017-18 season. Tickets are available March 1, 2020. Tickets: Adults $15, Students $10. More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

April 26: Ben Miller Solo Songwriters in the Round Night – A Night of Songs and the Stories Behind Them (Ages 10+), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Enjoy a night of stories, original songs, and great music featuring Ben Miller and two of his favorite songwriters: Shannon Wurst and Jr Soapbox! There is a suggested minimum donation of $15. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.


EVENTS:

Monthly on Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

All Month: Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark on Post Art Library’s website. Learn about and color twelve important women whose influence has had a lasting impact on Joplin. Download the full book now from postartlibrary.org/coloring-jomo/ and start coloring! Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

April 1: [CANCELLED] Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop in anytime to help the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff count the birds at their feeders and to learn about Project FeederWatch. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

April 2: [CANCELLED] First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

April 2: [CANCELLED] Opening Reception: Indomitable Women by Lou Stine, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Be among the first to see the inspiring pieces featured in artist Lou Stine’s exhibit, Indomitable Women. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

April 2: [CANCELLED] Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 3: [CANCELLED] First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at different venues throughout Downtown Joplin each month. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free Admission. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

April 4: [CANCELLED] Opening Reception: PhotoSpiva Tweens, Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). See the photographs produced by area children during the PhotoSpiva Tweens class and discover which young photographer will take home an award! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 4 & 5: [CANCELLED] Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art was an integral part of Carver’s life, one that he used not only to revive his spirit, but to produce expressions of his soul. Visit George Washington Carver National Monument and see a collection of Carver’s serene and tranquil pieces. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 4: [CANCELLED] Mardi Gras Party (Ages 18+), 5:00pm (Dinner 6:30pm) at Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 S Byers Ave). Celebrate Mardi Gras and support RiteCare’s charitable work with area children! Peruse the items up for auction and enjoy cocktails at 5:00pm. At 6:30pm, enjoy a mouth-watering meal of all you can eat gumbo, crayfish, shrimp, jambalaya, BBQ, and more while bidding on a variety of items during the silent auction. Afterwards, learn more about RiteCare and participate in the live auction. All proceeds will help Joplin RiteCare pay for local children’s speech and language therapy. Drinks will be available for purchase at a cash bar. Tickets: $35. More information: Scottish Rite, valleyofjoplin@gmail.com, 417.623.3219.

April 5: [CANCELLED] Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

April 9: Joplin Writer’s Guild, 6:00pm at the Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

April 10: [CANCELLED] Homeschool Days: The Secret Garden, 10:00am–1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Visit environmental education stations to find life on the forest floor, learn about producers and consumers in the forest ecosystem, and identify birds and flowers found in the woodlands of George Washington Carver’s childhood home. Event is held outdoors. All ages welcome! Free and open to the public. More information: Diane Eilenstein, diane_eilenstein@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 11 & 12: [CANCELLED] Encouraging the Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Carver’s impact on younger generations extends not only to his legacy and the National Park that bears his name but to the relationships he made. Carver acted as a teacher, friend, and mentor to students and young people who were dedicated to his work. Learn more about these cherished relationships, including a group of young men called “Carver’s Boys.” Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 12: [CANCELLED] Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

April 16: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

April 17 & 18: [CANCELLED] Rocky Horror Picture Show with RKO Floor Show, 10:00pm–2:00am at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Enjoy the infamous cult-classic and watch as a shadow cast from the RKO Floor Show acts out the movie using full props. Participation kits will be available for audience members for $4 and participants can dress up as their favorite characters. There is no age restriction, just use your best judgement. Tickets: $8. More information: Moriah Schroeder, therkofloorshow@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

April 18: [POSTPONED] Art in the Park, 10:00am­–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate George Washington Carver’s own enthusiasm for art by participating in this annual showcase of local artists’ works. Admire the art pieces displayed across the park and enjoy fun, hands-on demonstrations with clay, watercolor, pastels, natural dyes, pencils, and other art media. George Washington Carver National Monument is proud to feature Linda Jarvis Teeter as their guest artist and presenter. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 18: [POSTPONED] Theatre at Joplin High School: Enchanted Tea (Ages 4-10), 10:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 S Indiana Ave). Come dressed as a prince or princess and enjoy drinks, snacks, crafts, and games with Belle and all the enchanted objects from Beauty and the Beast! Then, see Belle and all her friends during Joplin High School’s performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Each one-hour session is limited to 20 seats. Tickets: $15 per child, $5 per additional child. More information: Bradley Baumhover, bradleybaumhover.stu@joplinschools.org, 316.641.4011.

April 18: [CANCELLED] MSSU’s World Music & Cuisine Festival, 5:00–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, North End Zone Facility (3950 E Newman Rd). Are you ready to experience foods and music from around the world without leaving Joplin? Join MSSU international students, faculty, staff, community members, and local ethnic restaurants as they prepare delicious, native dishes. Then, enjoy Caribbean music from the MSSU Music Department and German music from Mach Schnelle band. Cost: $1 per food serving. More information: Aaron Carmichael, carmichael-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.9573.

April 19: [CANCELLED] Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join the knowledgeable George Washington Carver National Monument rangers and learn about the Jesup Wagon, or the Agricultural School on Wheels. Developed by George Washington Carver, these wagons were used to deliver supplies and Carver’s educational bulletins to rural farmers. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 19: [CANCELLED] Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

April 20: [CANCELLED] Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader, Kate Gaskin, begins at 6:15pm. Gaskin is an award-winning poet whose work has been featured in 2019 Best American Nonrequired Reading, Guernica, Poetry Northwest, and more. Gaskin is currently the poetry editor for The Adroit Journal. Open mic readings will follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

April 21: [CANCELLED] 12th Annual 1,000 Words, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so tell us all about it! Produce poetry or prose inspired by one to two photos exhibited for PhotoSpiva 2020. Authors can share their works with the public during readings during this event in the Main Gallery. These readings will be displayed through QR codes along with your chosen exhibition photo. Note: Submissions do not have to be 1,000 words. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 25: Earth and Arbor Day Event, 9:00am–2:00pm at Wildcat Park Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Celebrate our planet and commit to saving it with this community-wide event! Join the Wildcat Glades Friends Group, Missouri Department of Conservation, The Chert Glades Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists, City of Joplin, and Liberty Utilities for fun, food, and music – all for a great cause. Participate in the 9:00am 5K or the Padawan Kids Run at 10:00am. Participate in fun games, listen to live bands perform, visit more than 25 vendor booths, and grab some grub from food trucks. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 

April 25: [POSTPONED] Park Prescription (Rx) Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Park Prescription Day is just what the doctor ordered! Give yourself the gift of improved health through fun, outdoor activities and that will get your body moving. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 25: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Guests and members are welcome to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: Marta Churchwell, joplinrac@gmail.com.

April 26: [POSTPONED] B.A.R.K. Ranger Program for Dogs, 9:00–11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Looking for something to do with your pup? Grab your doggo and join park rangers and a veterinarian for a one-mile walk through the Carver trail. After this invigorating excursion, watch your canine companion become an official B.A.R.K. Ranger! Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 26: [CANCELLED] Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.


EXHIBITS:

April 27 – May 1: Senior Show 2 at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Description coming soon… Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

April 20 – 24: Senior Show 1 at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Description coming soon… Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

April 7: [POSTPONED] Joplin K-12 Art Show, 5:30–7:30pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). This annual show features artwork from every school in the Joplin district. Come and celebrate the hard work and talent of these young, local artists! Free and open to the public. More information: Seth Wolfshorndl, sethwolfshorndl@joplinschools.org.

April 1 – 30: [CANCELLED] PhotoSpiva Tweens at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Admire the talent and skill of local tweens (ages 11-15) and see the photographs they produced during the PhotoSpiva Tweens class. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 1 – 30: Come Fly with Me by Jake Deer at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Travel to dizzying heights with local, aerial photographer, Jake Deer’s, photography! With Deer’s bird’s-eye-view perspective, his drones capture the Four-State region like you’ve never seen it before. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

April 1 – 30: [POSTPONED] Indomitable Women by Lou Stine at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Celebrate the endurance and strength of women with artist Lou Stine’s exhibit, Indomitable Women. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 30 – April 16: [CANCELLED] Faculty Show: Wandlung at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Missouri Southern State University’s bi-annual faculty show, Wandlung, features a variety of works and media, all created by the Art Department faculty. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

March 21 – May 8: Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. Bidding available online at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21 May 16: [CLOSED] PhotoSpiva at Spiva Center for the Art, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror April M. Watson, Ph.D. The week of the exhibit opening, Watson will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 1 – April 30: [CLOSED] Nature Photography on Metal by Koral Martin at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Admire all that nature has to offer, beautifully captured by Carthage artist, Koral Martin. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.


CLASSES:

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Create N Sip Create2Go Kits Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 2: [CANCELLED] Glass Class (Ages 9+), 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Need some new décor? This class is for you! Artist Jane McCaully will teach students how to craft with glass, no experience necessary, and make an adorable, glass bird that will brighten any room. Reservations required; to sign up, call 417.553.0835 or visit Local Color during regular business hours. Class size is limited to eight seats. All supplies provided. Cost: $35. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

April 2: [CANCELLED] DIY Pallets, Planks, and Rounds, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spend a night getting crafty with friends! Create one of many wooden projects and spruce up your home décor. Prices vary depending upon chosen project. Cost: $38–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 3: VSM Joplin: April Online Lesson Series, 7:00pm on Facebook. Who knew our Roaring ‘20s would be like this? Vintage Swing Movement originally planned to teach Charleston lessons in their studio but will now be bringing the lessons to you! Every Friday in April, join the Decavita Sisters to learn both partnered and solo Charleston! Then, post your newly acquired moves on Facebook to share with the swing dancing community! Watch online at facebook.com/vsmjoplin/. Note: Select “interested” or “going” on the event page to receive notifications when the live video begins. Free and open to the public. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

April 3: [CANCELLED] Late Night: Canoe for Two, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Take your date on a romantic canoe ride – without any worries of tipping over! Create a romantic, two panel painting together. Prices vary depending upon chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 4: [CANCELLED] Mimosa & Macramé with Samantha Brotherton (Ages 21+), 10:00am–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Create your own macramé plant holder while sipping on springy mimosas! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 4: [POSTPONED] Open Studio: Paint, Sculpt, Windchimes with April Davis, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Explore the medium of your choice with award-winning artist, April Davis! Davis will be on hand to assist with guidance, tips, and trick as you take the lead in creating your own work of art. Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $30. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

April 4: [CANCELLED] Family Open Paint, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 4: [CANCELLED] Fine Art Printmaking with Sarah Serio (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This two-part class takes a deep dive into printmaking as an art form. The first class will focus on designing and carving your art while the second will cover printing methods, actual printing, and editions. Both classes included in price. Cost: $45. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 4: [CANCELLED] Instructed Canvas: Palm Tree Sunset, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Indulge yourself with images of a lovely beach vacation and capture a serene sunset at sea on canvas. Prices vary depending upon chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 9: [CANCELLED] DIY Chunky Blanket, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Stay warm by learning how to finger knit your own super cozy, chunky blanket! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $55–$90. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 10: VSM Joplin: April Online Lesson Series, 7:00pm on Facebook. Who knew our Roaring ‘20s would be like this? Vintage Swing Movement originally planned to teach Charleston lessons in their studio but will now be bringing the lessons to you! Every Friday in April, join the Decavita Sisters to learn both partnered and solo Charleston! Then, post your newly acquired moves on Facebook to share with the swing dancing community! Watch online at facebook.com/vsmjoplin/. Note: Select “interested” or “going” on the event page to receive notifications when the live video begins. Free and open to the public. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

April 10: [CANCELLED] Easter Family Eggs, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Personalize this fun, Easter painting to represent your family! Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 11: Preschool Nature Connections: Roaring Lions of Spring (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). Remember those little yellow flowers that bloom in your yard in the spring? Learn all about dandelions and how valuable they are to not only bees but to humans as well! Listen to a story, sing a song, and make a painted craft. Then, go on a dandelion hunt! To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

April 11: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Come paint all the things you love! Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Monet’s Fields of Tulips in Holland, Monet’s Three Pots of Tulips, or Roualt’s Crucified Christ! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required. Cost is $30. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

April 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by Amanda, a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

April 11: [CANCELLED] Family Paint: Bunnies (Ages 4+), 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Color more than eggs this Easter with this fun, festive, and colorful bunny painting. Prices vary depending upon chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 11: [CANCELLED] Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 16: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint: Monet’s Fields of Tulips in Holland, Monet’s Three Pots of Tulips, or Roualt’s Crucified Christ! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

April 17: VSM Joplin: April Online Lesson Series, 7:00pm on Facebook. Who knew our Roaring ‘20s would be like this? Vintage Swing Movement originally planned to teach Charleston lessons in their studio but will now be bringing the lessons to you! Every Friday in April, join the Decavita Sisters to learn both partnered and solo Charleston! Then, post your newly acquired moves on Facebook to share with the swing dancing community! Watch online at facebook.com/vsmjoplin/. Note: Select “interested” or “going” on the event page to receive notifications when the live video begins. Free and open to the public. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

April 17: [POSTPONED] Zentangle Drawing with Teri Diggs, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Relax as Teri Diggs guides you through a meditative, zentangle drawing! Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $25. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

April 17: [CANCELLED] DIY Pallets, Planks, and Rounds, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spend a night getting crafty with friends! Create one of many wooden projects and spruce up your home décor. Prices vary depending upon chosen project. Cost: $38–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 18: [POSTPONED] Word on Metal with Nancy Dallison, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Create a unique piece of wearable art inscribed with your name, a phrase, or a word! Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $35. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

April 18: [CANCELLED] Family Open Paint, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 18: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, whether you’re beginning to draw the human form or an advanced artist looking to draw a live model, this class can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 22: Preschool Nature Connections: Roaring Lions of Spring (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). Remember those little yellow flowers that bloom in your yard in the spring? Learn all about dandelions and how valuable they are to not only bees but to humans as well! Listen to a story, sing a song, and make a painted craft. Then, go on a dandelion hunt! To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

April 23: [CANCELLED] Date Night Diptych: Coy Koi, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Diptych paintings are one image made across two panels. Work together with your significant other to create one, beautiful painting – no experience needed! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 24: [POSTPONED] Sun and Moon Faces with Christina Lorenzen, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Play with clay and create your own Sun or Moon Face with artist Christina Lorenzen! Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

April 24: [CANCELLED] DIY Big Projects Workshop, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Bigger is better! Create your choice of large projects, including blanket ladders, hanging plant stands, toddler tables, porch post stands, and large rectangle signs. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $48–$68. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 24: VSM Joplin: April Online Lesson Series, 7:00pm on Facebook. Who knew our Roaring ‘20s would be like this? Vintage Swing Movement originally planned to teach Charleston lessons in their studio but will now be bringing the lessons to you! Every Friday in April, join the Decavita Sisters to learn both partnered and solo Charleston! Then, post your newly acquired moves on Facebook to share with the swing dancing community! Watch online at facebook.com/vsmjoplin/. Note: Select “interested” or “going” on the event page to receive notifications when the live video begins. Free and open to the public. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

April 25: Mimosas & Marbling with Jordan Murdock-Thompson (Ages 21+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Learn all about the process of marbling and create your own marbled, silk scarf while enjoying mimosas! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 25: [CANCELLED] Instructed Canvas: Rainy Flowers, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). A fun twist on the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers!” Paint your own colorful field of rainy flowers. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 25: Advanced Oil Painting with Sandra Conrad (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). You’ve got the basics of oil painting down, now it’s time to up your game. Learn more advanced oil painting techniques and take home your own work of art! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 25: [CANCELLED] DIY Pallets, Planks, and Rounds, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spend a night getting crafty with friends! Create one of many wooden projects and spruce up your home décor. Prices vary depending upon chosen project. Cost: $38–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

April 30: May Day Crafts, 6:00–7:00pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). It’s a May Day celebration! Welcome the nice, warm spring weather by making traditional May Day baskets, flowers, and participating in a silly May Day dance. This is a family friendly program. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

Tuesdays: [CANCELLED] Movers & Shakers, 9:30am, 10:45am, & 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Wow! Wiggling, giggling, singing, shaking, it all happens on   Tuesdays! This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: Birth to 2 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Last Tuesday of the Month: [CANCELLED] Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–4:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk. This program is suggested for independent readers who are in K-5th grades. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: [CANCELLED] Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30-minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: [CANCELLED] Fun for 4s & 5s, 11:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: [CANCELLED] Family Stories, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org,  417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: [CANCELLED] Children’s Maker Cart (Grades 1-5), 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. This program is offered on first and third Sundays from 2:00–3:00pm in the Children’s Department. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):

Tuesdays: [CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 17] Creation Station (Ages 6-11), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: [CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 17] Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: [CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 17] Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration is required. This free event is open to all Active Military, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans and their families. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St): 

Tuesdays: [CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 6] Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: [CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 6] Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: [CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 6] Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up is required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information: Donna Roberts, h2rdmr@aol.com, 417.623.3727.

Third Thursdays: [CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 6] Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

Fridays: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees until 8:00pm for all couples. More information: 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.

Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St):

Saturdays: Drop-In Class (Ages 12+), 10:00am–Noon at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Get behind the potter’s wheel and practice throwing clay or learn a new skill in this drop-in class! Approximate turnaround time for finished work is 3-4 weeks. Calling in advance is recommended to ensure there is space available. Drop-in classes can also be accommodated throughout the week with an appointment. Instruction, glazing and firing included. Cost: $30 per person, plus clay fee. More information: Suzi Huntington, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com, 417.623.1455.

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

Wednesdays: [CANCELLED] Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: [CANCELLED] Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10:00am at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$176. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin (110 S Main St):

First Mondays: [CANCELLED] Recycled Art Class, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Get creative while recycling! Participate in this monthly class and create art from everyday items that often end up in the trash. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

Second Mondays: [CANCELLED] Quilting for the Community, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Do you have a knack for making quilts? Attend this monthly event and use your talents to make quilts for disabled and needy citizens in the community! Free and open to the public. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

First & Third Tuesdays: [CANCELLED] Soul Line Dancing, 6:00–8:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have fun! Learn new and old line dances while exercising and dancing to some of your favorite R&B hits. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

First Monday of the Month: [CANCELLED] Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly Children’s department program for chess players  of  all experience  levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: [CANCELLED] Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the maker space. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: [CANCELLED] LEGO Club, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

* This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.org/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.

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