Joplin Arts News (Aug. 17–23)

Missouri Southern State University Brings Spain to Joplin, MO

MSSU Spain Semester

Missouri Southern State University has chosen Spain (or España) for this semesters theme! MSSU has been theming their semesters since 1997…but why? “Although enabling students to study abroad is one thrust of the internationalization efforts at MSSU, many have financial or family obligations that prohibit them from participating in the experience. The unique concept of focusing the fall semester on a particular country or continent was devised as a way to bring the world to every student at the university.”

We couldn’t be more excited for all of the cultural offerings planned for the Spain semester – lectures, performances, art exhibits, and more! And guess what’s the best part? The majority of these offerings are free and open to the public! Click here to browse through MSSU’s Spain semester. For more information contact Dr. Chad Stebbins (Director, Institute of International Studies) by phone 417-625-9736 or email 

Rose Gallery of Fine Art Now Open on North Rangeline


The newly opened Rose Gallery of Fine Art features many of the areas most talented artists. The gallery has a wide variety of original paintings, sculptures, digital art, photography, jewelry, and pottery. For those who love original art but on are a budget there are prints, giclees and many gift items such as jewelry and reproduction art on T-shirts, mugs, puzzles, coasters and more! Visit them today.

New Art Classes – Ballroom Dancing & Painting

Judy's Ballroom DanceJudy’s Ballroom Dance – Two-Step or Tango!
Mondays | August 17 – September 21 | MSSU

  • 6pm – Private Lessons: $40/hour for one or two couples
    You decide the dance and how fast we learn. Call to schedule a class.
  • 7pm – Two-Step: $65/person or $55/student
    Bring your cowboy boots! We will cover both single and double two-step. No partner necessary. Taught by Judy Schneider.
  • 8pm – Tango: $65/person or 55/student
  • American tango and a bit of Argentine. It is helpful to have a partner. Taught by Judy Schneider.

Call, text or email to register. All classes are held in room 151 of the Health Sciences Building at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. C: 417-392-0215 | H: 417-642-5491 | E:

Pam Leisenring

Painting with Pam Leisenring – Enroll Now!
Fall Classes Begin Sept. 8 and 9
Tuesdays at 9am–Noon
Wednesdays at 4:30–7:30pm
Classes are held at Hobby Lobby

Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. Now scheduling for Fall Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info and to register. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 

C2C Public Art Tours Available

A couple weeks ago, Connect2Culture led a group of NALA (Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action) students on a walking tour of Downtown Murals. It was a blast! The tour was designed specifically for NALA, and included murals from 1st to 8th on Main Street (a few on Wall and one on Virginia…we covered A LOT of ground). C2C would love to give your group or class a tour of any sector of public art in Joplin. Contact Emily at or by phone 417-625-6683 to schedule your public art tour in Joplin today!


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