Joplin Arts News (Aug. 15–21)

Community Painting Days – Make Your Mark On The East Town Mural

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Community members of all ages are invited to make their mark on the new East Town Mural during “Community Painting Days” to be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 from 10am–4pm each day at the mural wall located at Broadway and Mineral.

East Town community members have been collaborating in the creation of a meaningful, high quality neighborhood mural under the guidance and technical assistance of lead artist, Kyle McKenzie. Since early July, McKenzie and his team have led community meetings, outreach presentations, hands-on workshops, and directed a self-selected design team of individuals who desired to be more highly involved in the creation and finalization of the vision for the mural.

“As with many paintings, this mural will start with large flat areas of color blocking in the main shapes. Everyone is invited to help paint this first layer of the painting. You don’t need any artistic training or special skill to help out.” – Kyle McKenzie, Lead Muralist 

The vision has been finalized. The mural wall has been power washed and primed. Now it is time to paint! Join us


Butterfly Mural Dedication in Mercy Park

The final activity of the Joplin Proud, 5th anniversary events will be a lasting one. Thursday, August 31st at 2pm, the committee, along with representatives from State Farm Insurance and Walmart, will dedicate a tile mural in the new Mercy Park. Known as, The Butterfly Mural this 10-feet tall by 20-feet wide tile mural will feature the colorful stretched-out wings of a butterfly.

The Butterfly Mural is interactive in that a person can stand in the center and assume the wings are their own. The hope is, the message someone takes away from the artwork is personal and meaningful. The butterfly has been a represented healing and hope for many over the past 5 years.

The Butterfly Mural

What will the mural look like? Here is a clue…

The artwork is the creation of A.J. and Jordan Wood of Mythic Art & Mural, and the tile mural was manufactured and installed by Whitehill Enterprises, LLC. According to Paul Whitehill, “At this time, this is the World’s largest tile mural featuring the art form know as Tangle Patterns.”

Funding for the mural was provided through State Farm Insurance on behalf of Joplin regional agents. Per Jim Camoriano, Regional Spokesperson for State Farm Insurance, “Our mission at State Farm is to help people recover from the unexpected and to realize their dreams. Art is a part of making that happen, and the Joplin Butterfly Mural is a wonderful tribute and symbol of the spirit of recovery, hope, and protection that hovers over this community. State Farm is glad to be part of the restoration, working with the Joplin community, and sharing their many achievements during the past five years.”

The support wall for the mural was made possible through a grant from Walmart. “Walmart is proud to provide funding support for the Butterfly Mural and to contribute to the advancement of public art in Joplin,” said Lee Autrey, Walmart market manager in Joplin. “The mural is a touching memorial to those lost in the devastation of the 2011 tornado and an inspiring depiction of the enduring spirit of the Joplin community.”

Additional funding for lighting and site preparation was provided the Joplin Proud Committee. 


Second Annual Joplin Arts Fest Approaches

Joplin Arts Fest Poster 2016Just one month away! The Kiwanis Club of Joplin, with the assistance of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts, are excited to present the second annual Joplin Arts Fest on Saturday, September 17 from 10am–6pm in historic Downtown Joplin (on Main Street between 4th & 7th Streets)! The festival will celebrate the variety of arts that the Four State area has to offer. Fine artists will fill the street, displaying and selling their artwork. A stage will be occupied throughout the day with an assortment of performing artists (click here for the lineup). Art oriented not-for-profit organizations will also attend to disperse information about their organizations and to raise awareness.

All activities will be family focused with children’s art opportunities galore. New this year is an Artist’s Reception/Kick-Off event that will be held Friday, September 16, 5:30–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts.

All proceeds from the festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to provide financial assistance to the youth oriented programs supported and organized by the club in the Joplin area.

Poster artwork by Andrew Batcheller.


Spiva’s Rhea Cooper Named Missouri Outstanding Older Worker for Region 10

RheaRhea Cooper, bookkeeper of Spiva Center for the Arts, has been named one of Missouri’s Outstanding Older Workers, and the winner in Region 10. Nominees must be Missouri residents who are age 60 or older; employed at least 20 hours a week in a Missouri job site; and demonstrated success in learning new skills and job training. Regional winners will be honored in September during a two-day awards ceremony in Jefferson City.

The Outstanding Older Worker of the Year is sponsored by the Missouri Senior Employment Coordinating Committee, including AARP Missouri; Experience Works; Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph; MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries; Missouri Department of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development; and the Department of Health and Senior Services/Division of Senior and Disability Services

Unanimously chosen by 9 judges, Rhea has been employed by Spiva for over eight years. “We are so lucky to have Rhea in the prime of her life. Other than her kids and grandkids, we think Rhea does her best work with us.” – Josie Mai, Spiva Executive Director.