Arts News (June 23–29)

– 3RD ARTS ROUNDTABLE AT JOPLIN UNION DEPOT

Joplin Union Depot

Connect2Culture (C2C) hosts a number of Arts Roundtables throughout the year. These roundtables bring leaders in the Joplin Arts as well as their supporters together to further catalyze development of the Arts in Joplin, MO. On Friday, June 20, 2014 C2C hosted their 3rd Arts Roundtable – a tour of the historic Joplin Union Depot and a glimpse at current renderings for the proposed Joplin Center for Arts & Entertainment/Amphitheater. A total of 36 leaders, representing 18 organizations, were led by architect Chad Greer of CGA Architects throughout the building and grounds. We cannot wait for the future!

Joplin Union Depot Arts Roundtable

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– 2014 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN: CONGRATS MEG BOURNE-HULSEY & CARY BEASLEY

Joplin Regional Business Journal - Most Influential Women 2014

Two ladies heavily involved in the Joplin Arts were honored by the Joplin Regional Business Journal (JRBJ) for receiving 2014 Most Influential Women Awards! The Most Influential Women award is JRBJ’s longest-running event, and with the inauguration of this year’s class, more than 100 women in the Joplin region have been recognized for their influence. Meg Bourne-Hulsey (bottom right) is the Founder and Executive Director of Art Feeds. Art Feeds believes all children are artists. They exist to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children through art and community. To do this, they provide free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms. Cary Beasley (middle left) is the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce liaison for the Cultural Affairs Committee (CAC). CAC is a group of community volunteers/arts supporters who work together to encourage the growth and development of a creative community that integrates Business, Education and the Arts. The group is responsible for Art in Public Places which encompasses many public art pieces around town — the most recent being Celebrating the Performing Arts in Joplin mural. Well done ladies! 

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– UPCOMING AUDITIONS: JOPLIN LITTLE THEATRE

JLT In Concert 2014

Joplin Little Theatre is celebrating their 75th anniversary by presenting highlights from some of their most popular musical performances.

Auditions will be held:
– Mon & Tue, July 7 & 8, 7pm
– Sat & Sun, July 12 & 13, 2:30pm

“CALLING ALL JLT MUSICAL VETERANS (AND NON-VETERANS, TOO)

Singers and Dancers that have performed in musicals at Joplin Little Theatre are invited to take part in the opening show of our 75th Anniversary season. This musical revue will feature highlights from many musicals presented at JLT.

Auditions are open to all. Needed are children (ages 6 and up) for numbers from The Wizard of Oz, Annie, The Sound of Music . . . . and more. Dancers are needed for highlights from Crazy For You, 42nd Street, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, West Side Story . . . . and more. Vocal soloists as well as chorus and ensemble members are needed. Many additional shows will be represented. Singers bring a prepared song. An accompanist will be available or an accompaniment CD may be used. Dancers bring appropriate shoes – no tennis shoes or flip-flops.

Bill Perry is Director, assisted by Carolyn McGowan. Cecie Fritz is Musical Director and Arranger. Angela Lowe and Heather Briley are Choreographers. Shawn Irish will design the sets and lighting. Production dates are Sep. 20 & Sep. 24–28, 2014.

COME BE A PART OF THIS HISTORIC AND VERY SPECIAL PRODUCTION!”

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– TANK: PUBLIC ART COMPLETES THIRD GEOMETRICALLY-INSPIRED MURAL

TANK: PUBLIC ART

TANK: Public Art spent their Sunday (June 22, 2014) finishing off the last of three geometrically-inspired murals located in Downtown Joplin. The collaborative public arts group spent a total of 7.5hrs in the hot sun to finish this mural. What a creative and stunning addition to Joplin’s vibrant public art scene! Want to see the other two? Click here to see Geometrically-Inspired Mural #1 on Spiva Center for the Arts. Click here to see Geometrically-Inspired Mural #2 located at Virginia & Commercial Alley. 

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– PERFORMANCES THIS WEEK

MOShakes-2014MISSOURI SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: TWELFTH NIGHT

Thu–Sat | June 26–28 | 7:30pm

At MSSU’s Bud Walton Theatre

All seats are $10 

34th-PoPsPRO MUSICA PRESENTS: THE 34TH ANNUAL JOPLIN POPS

Fri, June 27 | 8pm at MSSU on the Oval

Adults: $10 | Children 12 and under: Free