Joplin Arts News (Feb. 1–7)

Arts & Culture in Joplin, MO Throughout February 2016


There’s always something to do in the Joplin Arts scene. Each month, Connect2Culture gathers what’s going on during that month, and puts it all together in one place so you can plan ahead. Take a look here for February’s Arts activity. Want to watch our segment about February in the Joplin Arts on KSN 16’s Living Well Show? Click here. Whatever you do…don’t miss out!

Connect2Culture Spearheads Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 in City of Joplin

AEPS_IV_-_BannerThe Arts Mean Business! That is the message being delivered by Connect2Culture (C2C). C2C is spearheading Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Connect2Culture is participating on behalf of the City of Joplin and will be collecting surveys at select arts and cultural events throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, C2C will collect detailed financial data about our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as our theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations. “Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Emily Frankoski, C2C Community Arts Director, “but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

C2C will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. IMG_6365Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

“This study will show that when we support the arts in the City of Joplin, we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.”

According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state and local government revenues. The $135.2 billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the fiscal year 2010 study are available at

TJ Poetry Out Loud Finalist Advances to Regionals


Congratulations to TJ Junior, Joey Cascone, who won this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition at Thomas Jefferson IDS. Joey will advance to regional competition in Springfield, MO. If Joey advances to the national contest, he has a chance to win $50,000!

Poetry Out Loud is a National Poetry recitation competition. Some Upper School students at TJ memorized two canonical poems over the course of a few months, and performed them from memory during the competition. Students were judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, appropriateness of dramatization, evidence of understanding, accuracy, and overall performance.

The judges for the contest were Dr. Ben Parsons, Mr. Willie Plaschke, Mrs. Bess Lanyon, and Mr. Clayton Carnahan.

“So This is Nebraska” by Ted Kooser , “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, and “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow will move with Joey to the regionals.

POL encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Winners of the regional competition in Springfield will advance to the state competition. The Missouri state champion will advance to the national finals in April in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 dollars in awards and school prizes will be distributed. 

They’re Baaack: Art Feeds Love Bites

Art Feeds Joplin Love Bites

Art Feeds has the perfect Valentine’s gift for you and your sweetheart AND maybe your not-so-Vday-loving BFF… Art Feeds Love Bites!

These customizable V-Day gift packs are perfect for anyone and everyone. For $25 (less expensive and more creative than a dozen roses), the packages include:

  • 2 bottles of soda complete with paper Emoji straws (one heart-eyes + one rolling-eyes), tootsie rolls for sharing, either two pretzels OR two servings of DIY popcorn and a customizable Valentine to tell the ones you love exactly how you feel about them.
  • Choose pretzels and your package will come with 2 heart-shaped pretzels from Knots Bakery, a local pretzel baker, OR choose popcorn and you & your sweetheart can each make your own favorite popcorn concoction. Packages come with heating/cooking instructions…no worries for the cooking-challenged!

The best part? 100% of proceeds will directly benefit the Art Feeds Joplin classroom… $25 means 25 lessons for Joplin area Art Feeds artists…a great way to spread the love around!

This package covers all the basics for the perfect Valentine’s Day. Just add Netflix…and you will have perfection!

Order a Love Bites box by February 10 by purchasing a ticket here or by calling Art Feeds Joplin HQ at 417.626.2323. Limited quantities available.

Delivery to Joplin area locations ONLY IF 10 or more boxes are ordered for one location. Pick up on Friday, February 12 between 8am and 6pm at Art Feeds Joplin HQ (417 E. 7th St). No cancellations, refunds or exchanges are available. Art Feeds Joplin is not able to set an alternative time for pick-up.

Art Feeds Love Bites 2016

Deadline Extended: Mercy Seeks Butterfly Painter

Mercy Hospital Joplin is seeking an artist(s) to paint/decorate their “larger-than life” butterfly that will be displayed on the Mercy Hospital Joplin campus. The application deadline has been extended to February 29, 2016.

The 5@16 Fifth Anniversary Planning Committee is offering residents and business owners a way to beautify Joplin in honor of the upcoming fifth anniversary of the Joplin tornado. Larger-than-life metal butterfly sculptures produced by Forged Waterjet can be exhibited at your business, home or other location in the Joplin area. Proceeds will help support a disaster conference in May 2016. “Spread Our Wings – Fly High and Proud” is a project of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Those that purchase butterflies are responsible for commissioning an artist to decorate their butterfly.

Click to view/download Mercy’s “Request for Proposals.” Questions? Email Katy Cook, 

Martha Getz designing the Joplin Chamber's Butterfly

Martha Getz designing the Joplin Chamber’s Butterfly

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