Joplin Arts News (Jan. 9–15)

We’re Growing! Connect2Culture Seeks Part-Time Employee

The Joplin Arts are growing…and so are we! Connect2Culture seeks a part-time Community Arts Assistant (15 hr/wk) to assist in completing projects supporting the arts in Joplin as directed by the Community Arts Director.

To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

New Murals Inside Spiva Library at Missouri Southern

Mural project led by Donna Pooley

Two new murals are currently materializing inside Spiva Library at Missouri Southern State University – one is complete, the other in progress. On the third floor, the mural-in-progress, is being created by Donna Pooley, a library clerk. It was inspired by a new mural course taught by Kyle McKenzie.

“I just wanted to express how I value libraries,” Pooley said according to a recent post in MSSU’s Accents. The mural shows a landscape featuring a bridge of books and trees with leaves made from book pages. Pooley is being assisted by Gayle O’Neal, Zainab Almuhanna, Morgan Leeper, Veronica Pickett and Carla Rea. They will be working on the mural during free time.

The completed mural can be found in a stairwell between the 3rd and 4th floors. This mural was designed by Kyle McKenzie and painted by students in his mural course. This mural was originally designed for a mural inside Webb City’s library.

Mural designed by Kyle McKenzie and painted by students

Fourth Grade Art & Essay Contest

Calling all fourth graders! It is time for the annual George Washington Carver Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest. Fourth graders in public schools, private schools, and homeschools are encouraged to enter. Students may write essays, create artwork, or do both based on the selected theme. The theme this year is a quote from George Washington Carver:

“My work is that of conservation, the saving of things that the average person throws away.”

Since the word conservation can have many meanings, teachers will need to highlight what conservation meant to George Washington Carver. Park volunteers are available to visit classrooms to explain the contest and theme with your students. For further information, a teacher’s packet is available on the park website ( or call the park at 417.325.4151 to receive materials by mail. Entries must be received or postmarked by February 17, 2017. Mail or deliver entries to: George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th 2017 at 2:00pm in the visitor center. Certificates, ribbons, and trophies will be awarded. Art and Essay is sponsored in partnership with the Carver Birthplace Association and Missouri Southern State University Department of Teacher Education.

MSSU Choral Society Needs Singers

The Spring session of the well-known area-wide mixed chorus, MSSU Choral Society, begins Monday, January 16, 7:00pm, in Room 208 of the Music Building at Missouri Southern State University.

There are no auditions, but it is hoped singers have some experience in a choir. All singers are welcome. The class fee is $30 for a semester of choral singing.

The choir is preparing for its “Broadway and Pop” spring concert May 7th, which includes a medley from “Les Miserables” along with Disney on Stage, melodies from John Denver, and a new medley of hit songs from “Oklahoma.” Anyone who loves singing will want to be part of the fun! The Society will practice at 7:00pm each Monday until their performance on May 7th.

The ensemble continues under the direction of Dr. Al Carnine, who founded the Choral Society in 1980 and has been its sole conductor and artistic director.

Did You Take A Look Back At 2016 Yet?

Another year full of Joplin Arts activity has come and gone – and Connect2Culture, Joplin’s community arts agency, has captured these memorable moments every step of the way. Our community is lucky to have so many supporters and advocates for the arts (like YOU). With high hopes for 2017, let us take a look back at some of the moments in 2016 we’ll never forget…


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