Joplin Arts News (June 29–July 5)

Next Art In Public Places ProjectCultural Affairs Committee Logo

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee (JACC-CAC) has a major announcement to make! After successfully completing three Art In Public Places Projects…

1. Route 66, Joplin, Missouri (2010)
2. The Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight (2011)
3. Celebrating the Performing Arts in Joplin (2014)

…they are ready to branch out a little. The JACC-CAC seeks artists or artist teams to create the first two in a series of Art In Public Places sculptures! These sculptures will be located near public walking trails in Joplin’s Landreth Park, located near downtown Joplin at 4th Street and Murphy Boulevard.

Artists should keep in mind that the sculptures will be in a park setting, near heavily utilized walking trails and where children and the public are present, the sculpture design and materials must be child safe and without sharp or rough edges where patrons could be harmed while interacting with the sculpture. Sculptures shall be no taller than 10 feet in height. Stability of the sculpture is of utmost importance and the art piece must not be easily toppled due to structure and design. Artist(s) should strive to keep the sculpture as vandal proof as possible.

Want to learn more? Click here to view the RFP!
Contact Cary at the Joplin Chamber with any questions – cary@joplincc.com. 


Spiva Director Jo Mueller Retires – Effective September 19, 2015

Jo MuellerThe George A. Spiva Board of Directors has announced the retirement of Jo Mueller, the art center’s executive director, effective September 19.

Since beginning her career at Spiva in 2003, Mueller has worked not only to develop Spiva into a dynamic arts and education center, but also to be an effective voice for the arts and their role in improving economic development and the region’s quality of life.

In 2011, the Missouri Department of Tourism awarded Mueller the Spotlight Award to recognize significant contributions by an individual or entity not normally considered part of the tourism industry. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce presented her with the 2014 Arty Award for contributions to the arts in the greater Joplin area, and in 2010 she was named one of the Joplin Regional Business Journal’s Most Influential Women.

After the 2011 tornado, Mueller supported exhibits and projects designed to foster healing and rebuilding through the arts. Planned exhibits were postponed in favor of On the Other Side, which gave voice to artists’ responses to the tornado; Dear World, From Joplin with Love, the Shoebox Project, and Photos from the Storm, that offered glimpses of the aftermath and the more important stories of healing and recovery. Community art projects, Rock a Joplin Bowtie andRebuilding with Heart, supported the work of Rebuild Joplin. Programming was ramped up for children from the Boys and Girls Club, Joplin Family Y and Spiva’s summer classes, who created drawings for the community mural at 15th and Main streets. The SpivaKids FunFund, the scholarship fund Mueller began, ensured that at-risk children could participate.

Mueller’s dedication to the region is demonstrated by Spiva’s relationships with several southwest Missouri school districts, Missouri Southern State University and Pittsburg State University for on-site programs and internships, as well as collaborations with other not-for-profit organizations. Among these are Pro Musica, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, Downtown Joplin Alliance, Lafayette House, Ozark Center for Autism, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri.

“Working at Spiva has been an incredible opportunity for me. For every artistic heart there comes a time when you need a fresh start, a new creative viewpoint, a fresh endeavor. Now is that time, both for Spiva and for me,” stated Mueller. “Spiva is blessed with an amazing network of community support and I am truly fortunate to have been part of it.”

The Board of Directors is forming a search committee and plans to provide additional details once that group is officially in-place.

“The board would like to thank Jo for her 12 years of service to the art center and the community, and, wishes her well in her future endeavors,” stated board Co-President Brandon Davis.


Summer Art Camps & Classes Going Strong

Class-Art-Camps-2015---SquareThe summer season of arts opportunities has just begun! Summer art camps and classes are well underway. Have you signed your kiddos up yet? A few (or maybe more than a few) upcoming camps to keep on the radar…

1) Jazz Camp 2015
Tue–Fri | July 14–17 | 9am–3pm at the MSSU Music Department

2) Summer Mud Clay Camp (Ages 8-12)
July 6 – 10 | 9:30am–Noon at Phoenix Fired Art

3) Glass Camp with Jane McCaulley (9-12)
Tue–Thu | July 28–30 | 12:30–5:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts

4) Joplin Little Theatre Summer Workshop (K-12) – Stars & Stripes 
Week 3: July 13–17 or Week 4: July 20–24

5) Art Feeds Joplin Second Saturday Workshop – Under the Sea (K-5)
Sat, July 11 | 9–11:30am

6) Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp (Ages 7-12)
Tue–Fri | July 7–10 | 12:30–3:30pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Want all the details and more? Access our complete listing of summer art camps and classes right here: connect2culture.com/summer-art-camps-classes-2015