Joplin Arts News (Aug. 24–30)

Second Annual Art Feeds Gala Raises $60,000+

Art Feeds Gala 2015

The second annual Art Feeds Gala did not disappoint! The organization raised over $60,000 ($10,000+ more than last year’s event). Money raised will help Art Feeds reach more little artists with therapeutic art and creative education this year. Gala attendees contributed money towards new school murals, expanded programming, and enhancements for Van Gogh 2.0 (their new mobile art center) – among other things. Look for an official announcement on how much money was raised and where the money will be going from Art Feeds National sometime this week! Good work, ladies.

C2C Promotes September Arts & Culture on KSN’s Living Well Show

Phil and Em

C2C shared some of September’s most anticipated Joplin Arts events on KSN 16’s Living Well show last Friday, August 21! Get your calendars ready and tune in! For a complete listing of Arts activity in September, we’ve made it easy! Visit: Don’t miss out on all of the arts and cultural events coming up in Joplin, MO!

Leadership Joplin Mural at Joe Becker Stadium

A new mural, spearheaded by Leadership Joplin’s Class of 2015, is soon to be installed at the newly renovated Joe Becker Stadium. For those unfamiliar with the program, Leadership Joplin provides a foundation for participants to expand their current leadership roles in the community. During the six-month course, class members develop a broad appreciation of Joplin’s unique quality of life as well as an understanding of the complex opportunities they face as stewards of the community.

Leadership Joplin Mural at Joe Becker

The Leadership Joplin Class of 2015 chose to paint a mural that will be displayed at Joe Becker Stadium for their legacy project. The mural showcases the rich history of the stadium and includes historic Route 66, Joe Becker, and Stan Musial. Leadership Joplin chose to partner with Burt Bucher, Art Professor at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), and art students to make this mural possible. The mural is student designed by Jenny Journeycake and Lydia Humphreys. The mural will be unveiled at 4pm this Sunday, August 30, before the Blasters last home game of the season. Learn more about the mural here.

The Class of 2015 would like to thank MSSU, the City of Joplin, The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Joplin Blasters for all of their help and support in the making of this mural. 

“I Am Joplin” T-Shirt Design Chosen

Binky Guy T-Shirts and WiseApp Inc. teamed up to help the United Way with an “I Am Joplin” T-Shirt Contest. During the month of July, the public was encouraged to submit a t-shirt design. Designs were required to incorporate the “I Am Joplin” theme, be 12x12in in size, and include no more than three colors.

A design by Nathan Mills of Joplin, MO was chosen. “I entered the contest after seeing a press release at work. I’m a designer at the Globe. I knew I could capture just a little bit of Joplin, considering I’ve lived here all my life. Joplin has always been kind of a neat little town, to me, because it has so much history and such a bright future. The city is so often considered sleepy or boring because it doesn’t have some big-city amenities. I don’t see it that way. I see it as the star of Missouri. The city stands out because it’s able to call back to its days as a mining community just as easily as it can flex its muscles as a blossoming cultural hub. Not many towns can move so easily between considerably different identities as Joplin. That’s only gotten stronger since the tornado. I love Joplin, and I’m proud to call this area home.”


The judging panel for the contest consisted of Mike Wakefield (Binky Guy T-Shirts), Les Olson (Wise App Inc.), Emily Frankoski (Connect2Culture) and Brian Kelly (City of Joplin). The judges believed Nathan’s design best encompassed the “I Am Joplin” theme.

The shirts come in gray or white, and are available to purchase for $20 at The shirts will be available for pre-order until September 18. Make sure to get your t-shirt today! All proceeds from the sale of shirts will be donated to the United Way of Southwest Missouri. Nathan Mills will receive $150 and a free shirt. 

Call for Children’s Chorus Members – More Children Needed!

On October 23rd and 25th, Heartland Opera Theatre (HOT) will present Carmen by Georges Bizet! This opera is one of the most popular and beloved operas of all time. Carmen features the memorable Toreador Song, the Habanera, and so many others. Rising star Lisa Chavez will stun you as the unforgettable “Carmen.” Zeffin Quinn Hollis returns to HOT as Production Director and Artistic Director Nicholas Gilmore leads the opera from the pit. But, wait…does your child love to sing? HOT needs additional young singers to join the children’s chorus for this upcoming production! This is a fabulous opportunity for all aspiring vocalists. For more information, contact

HOT Children's Chorus

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