The Arts Mean Business! That is the message being delivered by Connect2Culture, participating on behalf of the City of Joplin in Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. This research study, the fifth over the past 20 years, is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. Results will measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated for local and state governments.
As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Connect2Culture will collect detailed financial data about local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations.
Connect2Culture will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire to determine money spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that an average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32 percent of attendees travel from outside the county where the arts event took place, spending nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.
Surveys will be collected throughout the 2016 calendar year. Results of the study will be released in June of 2017. If you receive a survey at an upcoming arts event, please fill it out. Help us gauge the impact arts and cultural events have on Joplin’s local economy!
Get your Hip Handmade Market (HHM) on this Saturday, April 23, from 10am to 4pm! This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! The $2 entry fee benefits Art Feeds Joplin.
Wanting a little extra? HHM has you covered! They will be hosting a pre-shopping night on Friday April 22 – The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour. This will be the perfect fun night out with early shopping, a casual atmosphere, + mingling with your favorite locals! Tickets include: access to the donut spread from Brown Bag Donuts, access to the milk station (all the syrups + sprinkles!), a cocktail for those 21+, and getting to shop before everyone else! Advanced ticket sales are now closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15 (get there early!).
Menopause The Musical is set to visit Missouri Southern State University on Tuesday, May 17, 7:30pm (in Taylor Auditorium). This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage, but a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal! Tickets available from $29–$75. Purchase tickets online.
Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and online by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by New York City’s Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration.
…This year, Joplin will celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day as part of Joplin’s National Poetry Month spearheaded by C2C, Post Art Library, Pub Hound Press, and Spiva Center for the Arts. 1,000+ poems have been selected, and rolled into scrolls waiting to be placed into YOUR pocket! How do you get a poem for your pocket? Visit C2C’s booth at 5th and Main Streets on Thursday, April 21, during Third Thursday (5:30–8:30pm). You may select any poem you like!
Tickets are on sale for Pro Musica’s special jazz concert featuring Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play on Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm at the Ozark Christian College Chapel.
Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals), and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano and vocals). Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz, and classical music they perform. Triple Play’s musical roots go way back (nearly 40 years!) in each member’s history. Chris and Madcat have toured and recorded together in different settings since 1969, first as young rock musicians in the group “New Heavenly Blue” (with albums on RCA and Atlantic Records), “Sky King” (on Columbia), and then as jazz musicians touring the world with Dave Brubeck.
Chris Brubeck first distinguished himself as an innovative jazz/rock performer and composer. During the 70’s he began touring and recording with his father, Dave Brubeck. On stage, his irrepressible enthusiasm is matched by his fluid command of jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop and classical musical styles. Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide. He is equally at home playing blues, folk music, jazz, country, or rock and roll. Performance Magazine refers to him as “A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status.” Guitarist Joel Brown’s eclectic career has taken him to England to record with the London Symphony, to Carnegie Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and recital performances with Frederica von Stade. He has appeared at New York’s Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of The Lincoln Center, the Tanglewood Festival, the Chamber Music Festival at Saratoga, Music in the Mountains in British Columbia and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tickets are available online – $10 adults, $5 students.