Arts News (Sept. 8–14)



The past few years have seen significant changes in Joplin, as well as the state of Missouri. The arts have been part of this, evolving and growing to support the community. From 5:30–7pm on Tuesday, September 30, Connect2Culture (C2C) will host a public meeting to gather input on the arts both locally and statewide. This meeting is held with the Missouri Arts Council (MAC), a state arts agency that is part of the Department of Economic Development. Leah Hamilton, Director of Arts Administration at Drury University, will facilitate the meeting. This discussion will be held at Spiva Center for the Arts and an optional tour of Spiva’s Main Gallery exhibition “Norman Rockwell: 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers” will be held from 5–5:30pm. Joplin is one of only eight communities MAC will visit this fall including Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Hannibal, Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis, and Springfield.

Questions to consider will include:

  • What would help the arts thrive in our community?
  • What would help people participate in the arts?
  • What would an ideal state or local arts agency offer?

The focus of questions will address both state and local needs. We will facilitate a conversation that will provide key feedback to grow and strengthen local as well as statewide arts. This valuable insight will guide MAC’s strategic plan for FY2016-2018. In addition, C2C will receive feedback that will help build a community cultural vision. Together, we will imagine and create a future in which the arts grow and strengthen our quality of life, our economy, and our education. Our vision is one in which the arts are an integral part of public life. The general public is invited, along with arts professionals and public office-holders. Anyone interested in the future of arts may attend!

Click here to register and let us know if you are coming! While registration is not required, if you register we will send an advance reminder and follow-up notes after the meeting. 




The 2014 Small Works Auction in Spiva’s Regional Gallery is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. The 17th annual fundraiser is a silent auction of original art, created by artists who are members of Spiva. Artists could use any medium, as long as it fit on the 6″ x 6″, 9″ x 12″ or 12″ x 12″ masonite board that Spiva provided. Works of art include clay and wood, wood sculpture, photographs, collages, and paintings in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Bid numbers may be picked up from now until Friday, Oct. 24, when the closing bid party will be held from 5:30pm to 7pm.


In general, each artist sets an opening bid with a minimum of $35. Opening bids of $300 are required on works by artists designated as Rainmakers if their previous Small Works raised $300 or more. For buyers who do not want to risk losing a piece in a last minute bidding war, there will be a “buy it now” price set by the artist. The “buy it now” minimum is $125; or $500 for Rainmakers. Bids may be submitted either in-person or online at, where photographs of the works will be posted and high bids can be tracked. Bidders do not have to be members of Spiva. The evening of the closing party, bids may only be submitted in person. The 2014 Small Works Auction is sponsored by Cynthia H. Schwab & the Curchin/Secker Families. 



1409254662Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around a fun and imaginative theme. Each workshop costs $25 for online pre-registration (or $30 at the door), which includes 4 projects as well as a snack. Workshops will be held at the St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds personnel. Sign up for any or all of them, but hurry because spots are limited!

  • Photo Finish! – Saturday, September 13, 9:00–11:30 AM – Ever wanted to learn more about the art form of photography? This is the workshop for you! We will spend the morning learning about capturing light, emotions and telling stories through images. A picture is worth a thousand words and this workshop will be priceless! Get ready for your close up!
  • Creative Campers – Saturday, October 11, 9:00–11:30 AM – Ready for a creative camping trip? We will use our artistic eyes to explore nature and outdoor adventures in a new way! Grab your bug spray and your compass and join us for a morning of projects that will be sure to leave you inspired to get outside and enjoy the art of nature!
  • Touch, Touch, Textures – Saturday, November 8, 9:00–11:30 AM – Sticky, Gooey, Slippery, Bumpy, Slimy and More! Come explore your sense of touch with projects that are all about texture! We will create using a wide variety of materials- join us for a super sensory morning of fun!
  • Artistic Elves – Saturday, December 13, 9:00–11:30 AM – Looking for ways to use art and creativity to give to others this holiday season? Join us as we create some special projects that will make great homemade gifts! Personalized to the people on your list, we will use our powers of imagination and creativity to think of others and experience the excitement of the giving season!

Special Notes: please arrive 30 minutes prior to the workshop session start time for drop off & check in. Parents will not be allowed to accompany their children at the workshop. Workshops will occur at St. Paul’s Awesome Adventure Preschool located at 2423 W. 26th Street in Joplin. All proceeds from the workshops will benefit our services that come free of cost to the students, teachers, and parents throughout the school year. 



SGTJ George WashingtonSeptember 12–21 | Fri & Sat: 7pm | Sun: 2:30pm
Location: Irving Elementary
Tickets: Child (Ages 4-13): $5; Adult: $8

The story chronicles the trials and tribulations of Newton Fuller who craves—and gets—”a little place in the country to call his own.” Newton and his wife, Annabell, and their daughter, Madge, are hypnotized into taking over one of those windowless, waterless, almost roofless houses that dot the countryside. The ensuing troubles may be summed up by a search for water, a quarrel with a neighbor who owns not only the brook but the very road that leads from the highway to the house, the attempted elopement of the daughter with a summer-theatre actor, and the usual invasion of the weekend guests, including a prodigal uncle who is assumed to be rich but turns out to be just another bankrupt. It is discovered that the neighbor really doesn’t own Newton’s roadway, and that Newton’s wife, who began by showing disgust over her husband’s idiocy in wanting to live in the country, decides that he was right all along.’

Tickets can be purchased online through the website or at the door (all forms of payment accepted). 

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