Joplin Arts News (Feb. 16–22)

Art Feeds Mural Reveal at Eastmorland Elementary

Photo courtesy Eastmorland Elementary

Photo courtesy Eastmorland Elementary

On Thursday, Feb. 5, students, staff, and representatives from Art Feeds gathered outside of the library at Eastmorland Elementary to celebrate the unveiling of the school’s new mural, a colorful and inspiring design highlighting the theme “Making dreams come true.” The planning for the mural took place over a four-week period with the guidance of Art Feeds educators Caitlan Smith, Moriah Baker, and Ashley Nicholson. Every student at the school contributed to the creation process by choosing the theme, colors, and design.

Once the students’ ideas were created, artist Sam Matthews spent over 40 hours merging the student drawings into a greater work of art including a Minecraft balloon, a muscle man lifting a donut dumbbell and more. Sam’s drawings were then turned into a graphic by Abby Spillane, who spent over 40 hours on the project. Once the graphic was complete, the design was projected on the wall and painted by more than 25 volunteers who contributed over 20 hours to the project. The paint and supplies were sponsored by Coco’s and Lauren Langland.

Art Feeds, headquartered in Joplin, Mo., provides therapeutic art and creative education programs in children’s organizations and schools throughout the region including all Joplin Schools’ elementary schools. 


What Everyone Should Know About Copyrights with KCVLAA

KCVLAA 2015Spread the word! C2C’s next Arts Roundtable is coming up March 4th! Click here for all the details. All arts and cultural organizations, businesses, and artists are welcome to attend. We are extremely excited for the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts to present “What Everyone Should Know About Copyrights.” Attendees will learn the basics of copyright law: who owns what, how much you can use of someone else’s work, what’s really “fair” about “fair use,” what happens when you sell a piece, and how to avoid disputes! Myths will be debunked and famous artists’ infringements analyzed. A Q&A session will follow. RSVP here: connect2culture-copyrights-2015.eventbrite.com 


Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery Transformation

A magical land has appeared inside Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery! And guess what’s the best part? You can be a part of it! Make sure to visit sometime soon. This project is part of the annual Third Grade Field Trips to Spiva Center for the Arts.

Spiva Third Graders


Dancing with the Joplin All-Stars Approaches – February 28

Dancing with the Joplin StarsPurchase your tickets today! Dancing with the Joplin Stars is an annual fundraiser for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Cultural Affairs Committee (CAC). Their signature program, “Art in Public Places” aims to enhance the beauty of Joplin through public art. You might have seen previously funded projects throughout town: Route 66, Joplin, Missouri (2010) by Anthony Benton Gude, The Joplin Community Mural Project led by Dave Loewenstein in the creation of The Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight (2011), and Celebrating the Performing Arts in Joplin (2014) by Garin Baker.

This year…there’s a twist! The CAC has brought back some of the most memorable contestants for an all-star competition! This will be a fun-filled night not soon to be forgotten. The evening costs $50 per person and includes a plated dinner. Vote for your favorite dancers for $2 during the event, as many times as you want. A cash bar will be available. Purchase tickets and votes online at joplincc.com or by calling 417-624-4150. Seating is limited! 


Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Is Getting Social

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JRAC has officially joined Twitter and Instagram! Hurrah! JRAC is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010 by visual artists to help fellow artists more effectively engage in cultural, economic, and educational artistic activity. The organization is not limited to Joplin artists, but encompasses the Joplin area. JRAC’s mission is to promote, strengthen, and advocate for the visual arts and artists. JRAC membership includes professional and amateur artists, art enthusiasts, and patrons of the visual arts.