Joplin Arts News (Aug. 3–9)

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center – Water Festival & New Exhibit

Shoal Creek Water FestivalWildcat Glades has a busy week ahead! The highly anticipated Shoal Creek Water Festival will be held this Saturday, August 8 from 8am–3pm. Come watch the infamous Cardboard Boat Race, race your own in the Shoebox Boat Race, enjoy Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, and learn about raptors from World Bird Sanctuary. Cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race and learn about water quality, conservation and ecology at one of the water activity booths. This event is free and open to the public.

Immediately following, on Sunday, August 9, the Center will welcome a new art exhibit featuring photographs submitted for the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards. This national exhibit aims to connect people in the community to conservation through the inspirational power of art. Ten (out of forty-one) Audubon centers nationwide were chosen to display this powerful exhibit. We are lucky to have it here in Joplin! The exhibit will be on display until the end of August.

Great Egret. Photo: Melissa Groo

Great Egret. Photo: Melissa Groo


First Thursday ArtWalk – August 6th

The new First Thursday ArtWalk is growing! Just look at the updated map below! This time around, 40 artists will be participating, with a dozen acoustic musicians throughout. Come and support our local artists on this First Thursday, August 6 from 5:30–8:30pm.

Art Walk Map - August 2015First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. 


Tickets On Sale Now for “Art In The Ball Park”

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) and the Joplin Blasters have partnered to bring baseball and art together! JRAC members created unique works of art in the stadium throughout the opening weekend of the Blasters season. Pieces created now hang throughout Joe Becker Stadium.

Art In The Ball Park

Join them Saturday, September 26 for “Art In The Ballpark” – a garden party to celebrate season’s end while enjoying food, drinks, live music, and an opportunity to own works of art created by local artists at Joe Becker Stadium! Artists will receive 100% of their sales during the event.

Tickets include: all you can eat heavy hors d’oeuvres; live music from Future Kings, The Gray’s, and Tyler Reardon; a chance to win Blasters Gear; and a $25 voucher to use towards any Art In The Ball Park purchase.

Advance Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $50
GA with all you can drink (must be 21+ to purchase): $65

Day of Event Prices:
General Admission: $75
GA with all you can drink (must be 21+ to purchase): $90


Spiva Center for the Arts Seeks Full-Time Executive Director

Spiva Center for the Arts, a 67-year-old, established nonprofit visual arts center in Joplin, MO, seeks an energetic, experienced and entrepreneurial leader for its Executive Director position. Interested candidates may learn about the Center, understand responsibilities, qualifications, desired attributes and how to apply by clicking here. Application deadline is August 26. No phone calls please.

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New Music Festival Coming to Downtown Joplin

ZerkapaloozaZerkapalooza is right around the corner! This new music festival celebrating the end of summer in Downtown Joplin will take place over three days, August 20–22, and will include many, many live music opportunities – and much more! Bands will play in music venues throughout Downtown Joplin, with the headliner at Memorial Hall.

Three great music-filled evenings here in Downtown Joplin!

For more info, a full lineup of events and ticket prices, visit: zerkapalooza.com