Joplin Arts News (Jan. 19–25)


Two students from the Joplin area will be competing in the Southwest Missouri Poetry Out Loud (POL) Regional Competition on February 10th in Springfield, MO! From Joplin High School, Katherine Wartnaby (on left, blue shirt) will advance. Jennifer Nguyen (on left, polka dots) will be her alternate. Katherine is a junior and recited It was not Death, for I stood up by Emily Dickinson and More Lies by Karin Gottshall. From Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, Erica Warner (on right) will advance.  Erica is a senior and recited “Hope” is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson and Peace Lilies by Cathy Smith Bowers. Both contestants are busy memorizing a third poem for the Regional competition. This was the second annual POL competition at JHS and the first annual at TJHS. Good luck at regionals, ladies!

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. In the 2014-2015 school year, Poetry Out Loud celebrates its tenth anniversary. Missouri has been part of the program from its beginning. During the past decade, Poetry Out Loud has reached nearly 2.5 million students at more than 7,300 schools nationwide. 


This week…


Julian Gargiulo
Tue, Jan. 20 | 6:30pm at the TJ Concert Hall
Fundamentally and extremely talented piano virtuoso, Gargiulo has traveled the world rendering the composition of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision. Adult: $18, TJ Parent: $14, Senior: $12, Child: $10, TJ Student: $8. Tickets are sold exclusively online. 
Next week…

Wed–Sun | January 28–February 1 | 7:30pm (Sun at 2:30pm)
At Joplin Little Theatre
Following the relationships of three singular women, ELEEMOSYNARY is a interesting character piece with a lot of insight about family relationships and communication. Written in 1985 by Lee Blessing, this is a play that offers a lot to anyone who has felt alienated, alone or cast aside from the people meant to be the closest. Starring Samantha Green as Echo, Marilyn Marshall Miller as Artie & Brenda Jackson as Dorthea – director Tim Klein has assembled a great cast for this interesting and thought provoking stage play. Tickets may be purchased at the JLT box office, or onlineGeneral: $13; Seniors/Students: $11; Children (Under 12): $5 

Coming Soon…

Brasil Guitar DuoPro Musica presents: Brasil Guitar Duo
Thu, Feb. 12 | 7pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity,” is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a full global touring schedule and a growing catalog of critically acclaimed recordings. The Duo has appeared internationally on major concert series and at festivals in Germany, England, South Korea, Colombia, Brazil, Austria, Panama, Poland, and Bermuda. U.S. engagements have included recitals in such major cities as New York, Santa Barbara, Miami, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, St. Louis and Tucson, as well as in Chautauqua and Cooperstown, NY; Stowe, VT; and Lancaster, Ohio. 



Left to right: Emma Frogue, Kim Fish, and Sarah Goertzen

Art Feeds Joplin is excited to announce some new faces! The current Art Feeds Joplin full time staff – Executive Director, Meg Bourne-Hulsey, Director of Visual Content, Brooke LeMasters and Director of Creative Education, Johanna DeLong – aren’t going anywhere, but will be focused on efforts to bring Art Feeds National into new communities. In this time of growth for Art Feeds National, they have sought out the perfect team of an Executive Director (Emma Frogge) and two Directors of Programs (Kim Fish and Sarah Goertzen) to facilitate Art Feeds Joplin. These staff members are in addition to Ashley LeBlanc who has been growing with Art Feeds Joplin for the past 7 months and will continue her role as Event Coordinator. Through the spring, Art Feeds National staff will be working alongside the new Art Feeds Joplin staff as they train to take over their roles in the Art Feeds Joplin Chapter. Learn more about Emma, Kim, and Sarah – visit the Art Feeds Joplin blog. Welcome to the Joplin Arts community, ladies!


Dancing with the Joplin All-Stars 2015You do not want to miss Dancing with the Joplin All-Stars this year! 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 or by calling 417-624-4150. Seating is limited!

Joplin Celebrity Dancers & Their Partners
Brian Atnip, Keller Williams Realty, with partner Melody Morgan
Loretta Bailey, Loretta Bailey Insurance Agency, with partner Michael Bowen
Cheryle Finley, Liberty Bank, with partner Gary Stubblefield
Drew Hartley, Freeman Health System, and partner Carah McCullough
Ryan Jackson, Railroad Salvage and Restoration, and partner Latausha Reed
Rob O’Brian, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and partner Judy Schneider
Travis Renfro, Temple Training, and partner Jennifer Jameson
Logan Stanley, Edward Jones Investments, and partner Catherine Ramoly
Shelly and Randy Kraft, Kraft Insurance Services
Mike Olmstead, FOX-14, and partner Kaye Lewis 


Citizen's Day 2015You are invited to Missouri Citizens’ Day for the Arts at the Legislature on Wednesday, February 11th! This event, hosted by Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA), takes place annually at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. Citizens’ Day is MCA’s signature event in year-round efforts to advocate for continued public funding for Missouri arts. The day includes advocacy training, legislative visits, performances and Missouri Arts Council’s annual Arts Awards ceremony. Participants in Citizens’ Day are key to providing a strong voice of support for the arts that will ensure continued attention from the General Assembly.

For more info and to register, CLICK HERE! Citizens’ Day for the Arts is a free event for all MCA members. Non-members: $10. 

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