Joplin Arts News (July 25–31)

Mural Wall Chosen for East Town Mural Project

ET Mural Wall

Yesterday, the East Town Mural Project announced that the mural wall had been identified and decided upon! “The mural will be painted on the large yellow wall at Broadway and Mineral, across from the Penny Pinchers parking lot. We can’t wait to see what it might become…” – East Town Mural Project Facebook post on July 29, 2016.

East Town Mural Wall

According to the Post Art Library, a local authority on Joplin history, 621 Broadway-Langston Hughes used to be a very active neighborhood grocery store. “Quite unlike the big-box stores we’re all so familiar with today, neighborhood groceries not only offered goods and services, but a place for communal gathering.” – Post Art Library Facebook post on June 30, 2016.

East Town Mural Wall Past

Photo courtesy Post Art Library

Keep your eyes peeled as the Mural and Design Teams decide on the final design!

Check out the many upcoming East Town Mural Project Events that YOU can be a part of:

– August 5–7: Emancipation “Park Day” Celebration at Ewert Park Joplin (children’s artwork will be on display).

– August 19: First Annual Broadway Bash Block Party & Mural Design Projection, 5–9:30pm at Mural Wall.

– August 27 & 28: East Town Mural Project Community Painting Days, 10am–4pm each day at Mural Wall.

– Sunday, October 2, 1:00pm – Mural Dedication/Celebration1:00pm at Mural Wall (rain date: Sunday, October 9). 


Two Arts-Centric Employment Opportunities

Art Job

1) Spiva Center for the Arts seeks a part-time Education CoordinatorSpiva Logo

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is hiring a part-time Education Coordinator! The Education Coordinator position requires an energetic, creative self-starter, with a strong interest in arts education for adults and children, and classroom training and experience. This is a paid Spiva staff position, demanding an estimated average of 20 hours per week, without a set schedule.
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SRAC2) Springfield Regional Arts Council seeks a Marketing & Development Coordinator

The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Marketing & Development Coordinator. Interested applicants should email a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position along with a resume by Wednesday, August 10 to Leslie Forrester, Executive Director.
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Help Design a New Flag for Joplin, MO – #joplinflag

Joplin FlagAfter watching a TED Talk by Roman Mars called “Why city flags might be the worst thing you’ve never noticed,” a group of local residents decided it was time to redesign the Joplin flag. Great communities deserve great flags. These locals seek a flag that accurately represents Joplin – one that would be proudly flown!

“We (Joplin) are in the midst of an identity crisis. And let’s get real, we’ve been in it as long as I can remember. Our local thought-innovators are incredibly talented and I believe there is an opportunity here to band together to help formalize our community’s identity.” Andrew Rice, founder of a local start-up, went on to say, “We have the power to create an identity that positively influences the future of our GREAT city for generations. It can all start with this flag and what it represents.”

The goal is to engage the people of Joplin and educate them about the principles of good flag design, ask them to wrestle with Joplin’s identity, help them submit flag design ideas, and lastly give them a voice to decide what the winning flag should be from a group of finalists that will be selected by judges.

Joplin Flag at Third Thursday July 2016

Joplin Flag initiative at July 2016 Third Thursday

Flag design submissions will be accepted from July 29th through September 8th. A panel of judges will narrow the submissions to five finalists that will be announced on September 15th. The community can then vote for their favorite until October 15th and the winner will be announced on October 20th. The group will set up a booth at Third Thursdays. 

Matt Spiel, a Joplin designer, says “The process isn’t just about designing a great flag for the city, it’s about the entire community  – all of Joplin – taking ownership of its identity and wrestling with what we as a city want to be known for.”

Want to give it a go? Click here and study up on the basic principles of flag design. 


Shoal Creek Water Festival – August 13th

Shoal Creek Water Fest 2016Cool off at the Shoal Creek Water Festival on Saturday, August, 13th from 9am–3pm! This family fun event is FREE to the public and all ages are welcome. Try your hand at making a cardboard boat and then enter it in the Cardboard Boat Race! There will be educational booths from organizations around the Four State Area, nature programs for the kids, as well as a Shoebox Boat Race for the kiddos! This year they are celebrating Wildcat Park’s 100th Anniversary and will have more activities than ever before including: a catch and release kids fishing tournament, Antique Car Show, 100th Anniversary Timeline Loop to take us back over the years,  Live Falconry Presentation, Tube Slide, Dunk Tank, and make sure to visit our food concession or watermelon booth for some treats. Try your luck and buy some ducks and cheer them to victory at the annual duck race!


MSSU Choral Society’s Annual Patriotic Concert

Offered free to the public annually is the MSSU Choral Society’s Patriotic Concert scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 3pm, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (2423 W 26th St). The well-known and ever-popular 45-voice area-wide mixed choir will present a wide variety of patriotic music in support of and in honor of our armed services. Complete with the Webb City High School JROTC and instructor ISG(R) Stephanie M. Attaway, the featured work is the patriotic musical “Welcome Home” arranged by Nate Carter. Featuring soprano April Dickinson (Joplin) and narrators Leecia Bloss (Joplin) and LeAnn Wilson (Webb City), the composition especially pays tribute to our Korean and Vietnam veterans.

Photo Courtesy The Joplin Globe T.. Rob Brown

Photo Courtesy The Joplin Globe T. Rob Brown

Other selections include the very moving “Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones” by Senator Orrin Hatch and others. Those familiar with the popular group Celtic Woman, will appreciate their tribute to the U.S.A. in their “O, America” with soprano Julie Griffith (Republic). American composer Mac Huff’s “We Are America” is a flag-waving selection full of energy and excitement! Also included is the uplifting anthem “Gloria in Excelsis” by Joseph Haydn.

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. Clint Newby is the Society’s accompanist.