Arts News (May 19–25)

SGTJ to receive $75,000, KDS raises $4,445, MRB presents The Slumber Series, Raise Your 38! with Art Feeds, “Dear World: From Joplin With Love” available at Spiva Center for the Arts, New Mural in Northpark Mall by JHS students, and tickets on sale now for JLT’s next performance.

– STAINED GLASS THEATRE TO RECEIVE $75,000!

Community Foundation of Southwest MissouriStained Glass Theatre of Joplin received the most wonderful news this week! On May 20th the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri will be making a $75,000 grant to the theatre from the Joplin Recovery Fund.

Money received will contribute towards rebuilding their theatre, which was destroyed in the May 22, 2011 EF-5 tornado. The new building will serve as a performing arts and community outreach center, that offers art classes as well as after school programs.

“The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri established the Joplin Recovery Fund to support mid- and long-term community redevelopment efforts to rebuild from the deadly tornado that struck on May 22, 2011. To date, more than $4 million in grants have been awarded from the Joplin Recovery Fund to Joplin-area nonprofits to help further this mission.” 

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– KAREN’S DANCE STUDIO’S ANNUAL BENEFIT PERFORMANCE A SUCCESS!

Karen's Dance Studio Benefit Concert 2014Karen's Dance Studio Performance 2014

Karen’s Dance Studio (KDS) brought down the house with their annual performance “Lights, Camera, Action” and raised $4,445 for Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri! Congratulations, KDS!  You rock! 

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– MIDWEST REGIONAL BALLET PRESENTS THE SLUMBER SERIES

You do not want to miss out on the MRB’s performance this weekend! Click image to purchase tickets!
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– RAISE YOUR 38! WITH ART FEEDS

Art Feeds Joplin Raise Your 38

Art Feeds exists to mobilize creative healing and encourage creative development in children through art and community. To date, they have impacted over 20,000 children nationwide! Here’s the scoop: It costs $38 to sponsor one child with an entire year of Art Feeds programs. Through Raise Your 38, Art Feeds is rallying you and your community to create a profile page and raise $38 to sponsor a child. Click the image above, watch the video, and see how easy investing in the creativity of our future can be! 

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– SPIVA EXHIBIT BOOK ON 2011 TORNADO AVAILABLE FOR STORM’S 3RD ANNIVERSARY

In observance of the third anniversary of the deadly EF-5 tornado that devastated Joplin on May 22, 2011, Spiva Center for the Arts is making available a book that documents the hope and gratitude of survivors of the storm. 

Dear World, From Joplin With Love documents an exhibit of the same name that Spiva hosted as part of the first anniversary of the storm. More than 100 tornado survivors, city officials, first responders, volunteers and others shared their stories and messages of strength and resilience through photographer Robert X. Fogarty’s distinct message-on-skin portrait style.

Fogarty is the founder of Dear World, a photographic platform for sharing messages of survivors of great devastation from natural disasters. His projects have focused on New OrleansJapanHaitiTuscaloosa, and the Eastern Seaboard that was damaged Hurricane Sandy. His most recent Dear World project focused on remembrance of the Boston Marathon bombing.

While Fogarty photographed 116 people for the Joplin Dear World exhibit, Spiva had limited gallery space, so only 50 portraits could be included. The book includes all 116 photographs that were taken on location at sites throughout town and during two open photo sessions in which the public was invited to participate. The book also includes the narratives that were included in the exhibit. The decision to create the book was an easy one, says Jo Mueller, Spiva executive director. “The work is too meaningful to relegate it to a one-time exhibit,” she says. “The book allows us to fulfill Robert’s purpose with his Dear World series: to communicate to the world and perhaps provide encouragement for communities that have faced their own devastating times. Three years, or even 10 years later, the book is still comforting.” 

The books, sponsored by Freeman Health System, sell for $25 and may be purchased at Spiva, 222 W. Third St. Books also may be ordered with credit card by phoning Spiva at 417-623-0183Spiva is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sundays. The Center is closed Mondays. 

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– NEW MURAL INSIDE THE NORTHPARK MALL

“We are excited to share the work in progress of a mural the art students of Joplin High School are painting! The mural will represent the City of Joplin – past, present and future. Located in the corridor near Encore Shoes and Express!”
– Northpark Mall on Facebook 

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– JOPLIN LITTLE THEATRE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Joplin Little Theatre The Andrews Brothers 2014

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS
written by Roger Bean
Directed by Carolyn McGowan
May 28–June 1, 2014

A USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of singing sisters fail to show, and it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show! Filled to the brim with 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Accentchuate the Positive, Show Boat to China and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.

Reservations: (417) 623-3638 or online www.joplinlittletheatre.org.
Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors/Student $13; Children 12 and under $6.