Arts News (Aug. 4–10)

– THE FUTURE OF JOPLIN ARTS & CULTURE: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Joint Joplin Area Planning Survey

Remember taking the “Community Attitude & Interest Survey” for Joplin Parks and Recreation a while back? This survey was conducted to establish priorities for the future improvement of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services within the Joplin community. Here are the results: http://joplinmo.org/DocumentCenter/View/3134. Thank you for filling it out with Joplin’s artistic future in mind! If you have questions, call their office at (417) 624-6937.

Another survey is now in the mix to help Joplin move forward…and we need to keep art in the forefront of our minds whilst completing! The “Joint Joplin Area Planning Survey” is a “survey meant to gauge how the public feels about various themes and specific goals. On June 20, the governing boards and executive leadership of the City of Joplin, Joplin Schools, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Missouri Southern State University met to formulate a vision for the Joplin area. By the end of the meeting, the group had developed five overarching goals or ‘themes.'” Take the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/jointjoplinareaplanningsurvey

HERE’S A HEADS UP:

#4-6: you have the option of voting to “construct a multipurpose venue to support the arts and culture”
#7-9: “Building back better than before the 2011 tornado” – if you want the arts to be included, say so in #9.
#10-12: “Make Joplin a great place to raise a family” – if you want the arts to be included, say so in #12.
#16: Please rank the themes in order of importance” – Arts & Culture would fall under “quality of life”
#18: asks you rank specific goals as the most important, a multipurpose venue to support the arts and culture is listed.
#19: asks if any of those options are needed immediately, a multipurpose venue to support the arts and culture is listed.

There are plenty of opportunities to write in your own opinions and suggestions for Joplin’s future. We urge you to keep the future of Joplin Arts & Culture in the forefront of your mind while completing this survey. If you want more Arts & Cultural opportunities in Joplin, please vote favorably towards survey questions that address these topics!

PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL FELLOW ARTS SUPPORTERS!

If you have comments or questions about this survey, contact Brian Kelly, Assistant to the City Manager, at417-624-0820 ext. 203

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– NEW MURAL IN TOWN: PAPER AND PENCILS

Taylor

Rest your eyes on the newest addition to Joplin’s flourishing public arts scene. This mural, located at 5th & Wall, was completed in but a matter of weeks by local artist Taylor Kubicek. As to the inspiration for the mural, Kubicek says it represents “…a metaphorical depiction of the lifespan of ideas.” Check out this mural and many other public works in C2C’s Joplin Public Arts Directory.  

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– TWO ART EVENTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 10TH

We are in for a treat this Sunday, fellow Joplinites. First, swing by the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (on the MSSU Campus) and see 300+African art pieces that were recently discovered. Afterwards, stop by Spiva Center for the Arts (Downtown) and learn more about their current Main Gallery artist and the man who owns the collection of photographs.

SPIVA AND MSSU SPIVAMSSU AFRICAN ART COLLECTION VIEWING
Noon–2pm at the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery 
An African Art Collection consisting of over 300 pieces was recently discovered at Missouri Southern State University. Want to see these long lost treasures in person? This is your chance! The public is invited to come and view the collection at this time. Learn more about the recent discovery here.

GALLERY TALK WITH J. ARMIN RUST
2pm at Spiva Center for the Arts
This gallery talk will be held in conjunction with Spiva’s current Main Gallery exhibit,Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master. Among the foremost landscape photographers of our time, Caponigro combines technical perfection with an intense, mystical sensibility in his exquisite photos. The 44 photos included in this exhibit come from the collection of J. Armin Rust, a Kansas City-area attorney who built a professional relationship with the photographer. Rust will discuss his relationship with Caponigro and aspects of the photographer’s work during this gallery talk. Admission: $10 voluntary contribution.

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– ART EVERYWHERE! EVEN IN JOPLIN

KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED! Right here in Joplin you have a chance to experience part of America’s artistic legacy without ever stepping into a museum! “Art Everywhere U.S.” a project of the top art museums in the nation, has included Joplin as part of this largest outdoor art show ever in the U.S. Masterworks are set to pop-up at several unexpected places in the city, according to their website. Be first to spot one, then snap a photo and post on our Facebook page with the tag #ArtEverywhereUS! To learn more about the art you discover, download the free Blippar app to your phone.

Poker Night (from A Streetcar Named Desire), 1948 by Thomas Hart Benton (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)

The masterwork above at 18th and Main caused Wally Kennedy of The Joplin Globe to do a double-take!