Joplin Arts News (Apr. 20–26)

Give Ozarks Day Approaches – Tuesday, May 5th

Give Ozarks Day 2015
Give Ozarks is a one-day, online fundraising event for Agency Partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the CFO’s crowdfunding website, nonprofits from across southern Missouri will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes, and be a part of a one-day surge in generosity across our state. The inaugural Give Ozarks Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5.

Connect2Culture (C2C) will be included in Give Ozarks Day to raise funds for its annual operating budget in support of its mission as Joplin’s community arts agency. We are excited to participate alongside the Joplin Family Y, Boys and Girls Club, Joplin NALA Read, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, Community Support Services, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, and Lafayette House.

How can you give? Visit giveozarks.org on May 5th and choose the amount you wish to donate. Donors can also join us at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub from 6–9pm on May 5 to give in person. Check out Connect2Culture’s Give Ozarks page here: giveozarks.org/2015/connect2culture


Southern Theatre to present Don’t Cut to the Chase (Rated M) – One-Act Play Festival

MSSU One Acts 2015

Don’t Cut to the Chase is the fourth original one-act play festival which began in 2008. The Directing II students spent the first half of the semester writing a thirty-minute one-act play. The second half of the semester has been dedicated to the direction of those plays. In the past, the playwrights also filled the role of director. This year, the playwrights were paired and will be directing their partner’s play instead of their own. Now each student will have the experience of seeing his or her written work envisioned by another director while working with a playwright on an original script. Some plays are comedic and some are tragic…all are fresh.

The plays will be presented in repertory style over six nights (April 27–May 2). Curtain time for all performances will be at 7:30 pm and will be in the Walton Black Box Theatre. The first set of plays, to be performed on April 27 & 30 will be Ghost Searchers, An Adult Show, Homecoming, and Pressure. April 28 & May 1 will offer Cuckoo, The Basement Dwellers, and Sundowning. The final set of plays, performed April 29 & May 2, will be 3x the Charm, Bless Me, Connubial Bliss, and Quilt.

There is no admission charge. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more info contact the Theatre Dept. at (417) 625­-9393. 


Calling All Film-Fanatics! – 6th Annual FilmSpiva

FilmSpiva 2015Filmmakers, it’s time to recruit your dream team: the screenwriters, actors, set designers and videographers who will help you create an award-winning three-minute film to enter in the 6th Annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition in May.

Last year entries were screened at Central Christian Center, formerly the Fox Theater, at 415 S. Main St. “That new element made last year’s competition the best so far. The filmmakers enjoyed seeing their work on the big screen and it was an opportunity for a lot of Joplin residents to see the inside of that grand old theater.” – Shaun Conroy, FilmSpiva Coordinator.

Contestants will meet in Spiva’s Main Gallery at 6pm, Thursday, May 7, to receive this year’s criteria. They have 48 hours to complete their three-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6pm, Saturday, May 9.

Films will again be shown at Central Christian Center during the May 21 Third Thursday event. Winning films are determined by popular vote and awards will be presented at 8:30pm that evening. Contact Shaun Conroy for more info at sconroy@spivaarts.org. 


April = National Poetry Month! Let’s Celebrate!

National Poetry Month

This year’s poster was designed by Roz Chast, inspired by Mark Strand.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

National Poetry Month aims to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
  • encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.

There are many ways to celebrate! Click here to find out how you can get involved.