Joplin Arts News (June 13–19)

C2C Arts Roundtable Educational Resource Live

Leah Hamilton

Did you miss our last C2C Arts Roundtable “Discover Your Arts Organization’s Lifecycle” with Leah Hamilton in April 2016? The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) has come to the rescue! MAC, a state agency and division of the Department of Economic Development, saw such value in this Arts Roundtable, that they agreed to fund the filming – we sourced our videographers from the local talent at Joplin High School! In this workshop, Leah Hamilton, Independent Arts Consultant & Researcher, explains the lifecycle of arts organizations. “Facing changes, internally and externally, and feeling the need for more financial security is normal for any arts organization; you aren’t alone. This fun and engaging workshop will lead you through an honest assessment of your organization’s current lifecycle stage, and then provide you the tools to set realistic goals within that lifecycle to achieve greater stability. The tools include easy-to-follow action steps in pinpointing more purposeful relationships with stakeholders and honing your management techniques to positively influence marketing and programming.” Click here to watch on Youtube! To learn more about Leah, click here. 

C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections. The next C2C Arts Roundtable – Joplin Arts Preview: The Year Ahead – will be held on Mon, July 25, 6–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts. More details coming soon! 


The Spiva Sketchbook Project

Spiva Center for the Arts is embarking on a very exciting crowdfunding campaign – The Spiva Sketchbook Project. Spiva seeks $29,500 to fully fund this project. The project consists of two parts:

Sketchbook_Kit_kks60wPart I: Sketchbook Archive

Regional artists are invited to a year-long sketchbook project. Interested artists request a sketchbook, it is mailed to the artist, and the artist has one year to fill the sketchbook. Sketchbook is mailed back to Spiva and then becomes the property of Spiva Center for the Arts and is archived in the Rachel Salzer library where the community may come view the books. Books will be digitized and made available on the Spiva website. Prompts will be available on the website to encourage the artists. In addition to the archive of sketchbooks, an exhibit will be mounted featuring a range of two-page spreads. The ultimate goal of Part 1 is to have 100 participating artists the first year creatively and concurrently documenting their thoughts, interests, hopes, and dreams. These are then shared locally through exhibition and globally via the web.

Part 2: Community-Wide Sketchbook

A series of monthly adult workshops will be offered at Spiva. Participants receive a Sketchbook Starter Kit that includes a sketchbook and various mark-making materials. They are encouraged to come to each month’s offering and continue to work into the sketchbook included in the kit. Artists enrolled in Part 1 can attend workshops for free. Others need to invest $10 per session. Each month a new technique will be introduced. Each workshop will be on the second Saturday of the month, noon-2pm, can hold up to 20 participants, and will be facilitated by various local artists and Spiva staff. Participants will be encouraged to attend monthly, but supplies for 40 participants will be purchased to ensure at least 20 participants each month. There will be incentives for regular attendees, such as a chance to exhibit or be published in a collective book documenting the Spiva Sketchbook Project year.

For a list of what the money raised will be used for, click here. How can you help make this a reality? Visit https://igg.me/at/Spiva-Sketchbook-Project/x and donate! Did we mention donations come with major perks? For more information about this project, contact Josie Mai at jmai@spivaarts.org or 417.623.0183. 


Missouri Shakespeare Festival to Present Romeo & Juliet

Missouri Shakespeare Festival 2016 Romeo and JulietIt’s next week, folks! MOShakes will present Romeo and Juliet on June 23–25 at 7:30pm and June 26 at 2:30pm. “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…” Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most produced plays. Who can’t relate to chasing after young, forbidden, undeniable passion? “As we approach this production with fresh eyes and eager minds, we look to hold true to Shakespeare’s intentions while dazzling the modern audience with new and innovative ideas. It’s sure to be one of our freshest productions.” – Jim Lile, Artistic Director. Tickets are $10 (general admission); reserve your tickets online or purchase them at the door. Call 417-625-9396, or email moshakes@mssu.edu for more info.

Missouri Shakespeare Festival (MOShakes) aims to offer the plays of William Shakespeare in productions that are insightful, exciting, and entertaining.  In other words, we are not mounting a museum display but are, rather, seeking to bring these play to our community with vitality and currency. Shakespeare’s plays are as entertaining and as relevant as they ever were.  Across the nation people of all ages respond to Shakespeare’s clever plots, engaging characters, and timeless themes.  We hope to become an annual event that will draw people to our area and so take our place among the region’s cultural offerings. Would you like to donate to MOShakes? Click here. 


Volunteers Needed for Second Annual Joplin Arts Fest

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Featured artwork for Joplin Arts Fest 2016 by Andrew Batcheller

Planning is well underway for the second annual Joplin Arts Fest! This year, the Festival will be held Saturday, September 17, 10am–6pm on Main Street, between 4th and 6th Streets, in Joplin, MO. The festival will celebrate the variety of arts that the Four State area has to offer. Fine artists will fill the street, displaying and selling their artwork. A stage will be occupied throughout the day with an assortment of performing artists. Art oriented not-for-profit organizations will also attend to disperse information about their organizations and to raise awareness. The Festival is presented by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin, with the assistance of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts.

Would you like the volunteer for the day and help make Joplin Arts Fest a success? Volunteer participation is crucial to the success of this community event. If you are part of an organization/business and can recruit 10 or more volunteers for our festival, your organization/business will receive special recognition as a Volunteer Organization Sponsor. To browse volunteer opportunities throughout the day and sign-up, click here.