Joplin Arts News (Dec. 7–13)

Connect2Culture Returns to City Council with Memorial Hall Site Update 

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On December 7, 2015 Connect2Culture returned to Joplin City Council to discuss the future of Memorial Hall as a Community Cultural Arts Center. Additionally, we presented a Master Plan for an Arts, Entertainment, Education, and Historic District that would revitalize downtown. We think you’ll like what you see. Click here for the full story.


Holiday Story Workshop with C.W. Moss at Local Color

Calling all snowflake enthusiasts…and other merry people! Local Color has a very special workshop planned for you.

COLE HOLIDAY 2015“We’re going to tell our holiday story, from A-to-Z, with the help of Joplin folks like you and me. In a 21/2-hour class, with your brain and your hand, we’re going to make pictures – with one big plan. Bring only yourself (though friends and family are welcome) and your favorite memories so that we can make the perfect book of our winter ABCs.”

This workshop, led by C.W. Moss, is scheduled for Saturday, December 19 from 12:30–3pm.

C.W. Moss is an author, illustrator, and performer from Joplin, Missouri. In college, C.W. wrote a book that went viral and signed a book deal with Harper Collins/It Books! for Unicorn Being a Jerk (2011) and Why Unicorn Drinks (2013). Both books were featured at Urban Outfitters and selected for the Humor section of Barnes & Noble. He’s worked with LACMA, the Hammer Museum, Cinefamily, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Actual Size Gallery, WWA Gallery, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. His work has been featured on Tosh.0. He’s given lectures, hosted workshops, and taught classes at Otis College of Art & Design, Spiva Center for the Arts, McAuley Catholic High School, and Local Color Art Gallery. He is a member of the Otis Alumni Council.

30 bucks gets you paper, pen, pencils and 3-points on Santa’s Do-Gooder list. Ages 8 to 108 are welcome.  Call 417-553-0835 or reply to save your spot.

Cole Moss


“Joplin in the 1940s” Book Signing at Joplin History and Mineral Museum

The Joplin History and Mineral Museum is happy to announce the kick off of its Annual Membership Drive. To mark the beginning of this event, the Museum and Joplin Historical Board is hosting a book signing by Museum Director and author of the recently released “Murwin Mosler’s Joplin in the 1940s” book.

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This heirloom-quality, coffee-table book features stunning images of Joplin in the 1940s taken by Murwin Mosler, paired with narrative by Brad Belk, executive director of Joplin Museum Complex.

The book signing will be held on Saturday, December 12, 1–3pm at the Joplin History and Mineral Museum. 

Books will be available for purchase at a special discounted rate of $35 per book (cash or check only). With each book purchased you will receive the gift of a calendar matching the theme of the book. Joplin’s downtown commercial district was aglow with Christmas spirit in 1941. An assortment of colored lights and traditional evergreens were strung across Main Street, inviting visitors and Joplin citizens to begin their Christmas shopping. The photo was taken at 5th and Main looking south. Joplin residents were also encouraged to participate in the decorating festivities. Members of the Joplin Junior Chamber of Commerce held a best decorated home contest. Sixty dollars in cash prizes were set aside for the winning entries.

Refreshments will be provided. All proceeds from the book signing go directly to the Museum. For more information, contact the Museum at 417-623-1180, or visit their Facebook page.


Volunteers Needed: Chase The Chill Joplin

Chase the Chill 2015Can you make a warm scarf? Or buy a new one? Or have some lightly used ones you rarely use? And would you donate it to Chase the Chill Joplin? Volunteers are needed to donate, tag and hang scarves throughout Joplin to provide some extra warmth for those in need this winter.

Scarf Donations: Drop off your scarf donation (new or lightly used) at the Joplin Public Library, Homewood Suites, Spiva Center for the Arts or Unity Church of Joplin by Thursday, December 17, 2015.

Help Tag Scarves: Want to help tag scarves so those that find them know they are free to take? There are two opportunities to do so: Thursday, December 10, 6pm at the Joplin Public Library small meeting room AND/OR Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm at Unity Church of Joplin.

Help Distribute Scarves: Meet at Homewood Suites on December 19 at 2pm to help hang scarves throughout Joplin!

Give the gift of color and warmth to your community this year! Learn more on Facebook at Chase the Chill Joplin OR call 417-438-6808 for more information.

Founded in 2008 in Easton, PA, Chase the Chill combines art, charity, and yarn bombing. The mission is to celebrate the art and beauty of knitting and crocheting, building community, generating positive interest in a location, and sharing with others. Chase the Chill happens throughout the country each year. 

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