Joplin Arts News (June 6–12)

Great & Small: Celebrating Animals through Poetry and Prose

Great & Small

Image courtesy of Meghan Moore of Meghan’s Papercuts

Animals will be celebrated through poetry and prose at the Post Art Library on Thursday, June 16 from 6:30–8pm. Post Art Library is happy to host this honors project by Missouri Southern State University student Savannah Phifer. Phifer’s project brings together two of her passions: animals and writing! All are invited to join for an evening of open-mic style poetry and storytelling. Read your poem or flash fiction (1,000 words or less) about an animal that touched your life with fellow animal lovers and literary arts enthusiasts. Although this is a FREE program, they encourage donations, which will benefit local animal shelters. Possible donations include: $2; Dog or cat food; Dog or cat treats; Paper plate packs; Clean, used pillow cases; Clean, used towels; Liquid hand sanitizer; or anything else you think would be helpful. Questions? Call Post Art Library at (417) 782-7678. 


Graffiti Mural Ribbon Cutting at Joplin Skatepark

Graffiti Mural at Ewert Skate ParkA Ribbon Cutting and celebration will be held for a new mural at the Joplin Skatepark (located in Ewert Park) on Wednesday, June 15 at 11am. This mural project is another avenue for providing “Art in Public Places” within Joplin, Missouri to enhance an already thriving arts community. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee commissioned local graffiti artist, Silver Perez, to design and paint the mural located at Ewert Park’s skateboarding concession building to bring visual arts to a younger generation of Joplin’s citizens. This project both enhances the visibility of the artistʼs work and greatly enriches the surrounding location. Join the celebration!


Joplin Little Theatre Encore Awards Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-2016 Season Encore Awards! The “Encore Awards” are JLT’s version of the Tony Awards. For a full listing of award recipients, click here.

JLT Encore Awards 2015-2016


Missouri Shakespeare Academy Teams Up With Art Feeds Joplin

MOShakes & Art Feeds JoplinArt Feeds Joplin and the Missouri Shakespeare Festival are partnering for a week of creativity focused on the art of performance. The Shakespeare Academy is a weeklong interactive camp centered on Shakespeare for children. While the Academy serves all ages, Art Feeds Joplin will be facilitating the camp for ages K-5th. The camp runs Monday-Friday from 10am to 12pm. Each day has a different theme centered on acting and Shakespeare. Students will learn the important of storytelling, dance, line delivery, and even costume design! At the end of the week, all students will join together for a final performance open to parents, family, and friends. The performance will take place Friday, June 24 at 12:30pm at the Blackbox. Students will be performing a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cost: $100 per student. Click here for online registration and complete details. 


Ozark Public Television’s 16th Annual Regional Art Show

d219c2e9-8ff5-4fbb-97b6-d3f8322e6b0cEach year, Ozarks Public Television organizes a Regional Art Show to show appreciation to area artists, as well as provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talents. Best in Show and other awards, cash, and prizes will be awarded. The exhibit of regional artists’ work will be on display at Joplin Museum Complex (7th & Schifferdecker Ave) from July 1–14. This is open to the public during regular Museum hours (Tue: 10am–7pm | Wed–Sat: 10am–5pm | Closed Sun & Mon).

Participating artists must deliver their artwork to the Museum by June 18 in order to be included in the special Art Booklet and Awards. The book will include piece titles and short artist bios. Please limit your exhibit to four pieces. Artwork must be picked up by July 22.

To request an invitation to the Private Showing & Reception on Thu, June 30, 6–8pm, contact Norma at (417) 438-5932.

For more information, call Ozarks Public Television: (417) 782-2226 or Joplin Museum Complex: (417) 623-1180. Museum Admission: $2 per person (ages 5 and under free) or $5 per family/group. Tuesdays are free.