Joplin Arts News (June 8–14)

New Assistant Director at Spiva Center for the Arts

Kerstin LandwerKerstin Landwer has joined the staff of Spiva Center for the Arts as assistant director, effective June 1. Landwer comes to Spiva from Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, where she served as development and volunteer associate. She has worked in the nonprofit sector throughout her career, holding management positions with the Joplin Family Y and American Red Cross. She has served on the board of Spiva, holding vice president and president positions, and has been involved as a volunteer with the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Joplin Museum Complex and American Red Cross. She is a member of Soroptimist International of Joplin and recently completed her second term as mayor of Cliff Village, south of Joplin. Welcome, Kerstin!


Art Feeds Grown Ups – Summer Series

Art Feeds for Grown Ups is a workshop for adults ready to get crafty, snacky and chatty. Attend an intimate evening creating with others – where all proceeds benefit Art Feeds Joplin programs. All workshops will be held at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. Ticket price include all supplies needed to create your craft, sweets, and one drink ticket at the Coffee Company. In addition, you’ll have the help of Art Feeds staff to make your creation perfect! Deadline to purchase tickets is the Friday before each workshop at 4pm. Look below for the programs included in their summer series…

1) Art Feeds Joplin Grown Ups CorrectServing Tray
Mon, June 29 | 6–8pm
Design your very own custom serving tray. Custom cut wooden base + two handles included.

2) Painted Planter
Mon, July 13 | 6–8pm
One 12 inch pot, rope, + decorative beads. All the supplies are included to created your own hanging planter!

3) Set of 2 Wine Glasses and Wine Stopper
Mon, July 27 |
6–8pm
Design your own set of two wine glasses and create a unique wine stopper! Wine and cheese are included for snacks and sips. 


Missouri Southern Shakespeare Festival – The Tempest

The Tempest

With its mix of the natural and supernatural, and a story of love and family, The Tempest will be staged during the Missouri Shakespeare Festival, June 23–28 in the Bud Walton Theatre at Missouri Southern State University. The production will be offered at 7:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, June 23-27, with a matinee performance at 2:30pm Sunday, June 28.

“It will have a contemporary vibe,” said Dr. Jim Lile, head of Missouri Southern’s Theatre Department and director of the production. “In the play, Prospero creates a storm at sea to bring them to his island to exact his revenge. In this version, the storm hits during cocktail time on the royal yacht.”

“It has a very visual touchstone and creates some interesting possibilities. For instance Stephano (the king’s steward) is a butler and Trinculo, who is the king’s jester in the play, is imagined as sort of a fading lounge act.”

Lile said that The Tempest has long been a personal favorite and was a natural choice when it came time to select one of the Bard’s plays for this year’s festival.

“The characters are terrific and it has magic, songs and different elements that contribute to making it so wonderful,” he said. “This was the last play Shakespeare wrote himself, and some scholars look at it as his valedictory … his goodbye to the theater.”

The cast features John Early, Greg Swartz, Jim Lile, Rachel Stanley, Carlos Olmedo, Moose Leighton, Matt Campbell, Skylar Walton, Tim Klein, Trenten Henderson, Samantha Green, Stephanie Harter Gilmore, Kelly Campbell, Maria Howe, Amanda Jones, Dyanne Lile and Kathy Walton.

Shakespeare-AcademyTickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the ticket office at 417-625-3190. Financial support for the project was provided by the Missouri Arts Council.

In addition, they will be offering a Shakespeare Academy at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. Click on the image to the left be redirected to their website. 


“I Am Joplin” T-Shirt Design Contest

Calling Artists of all ages! Binky Guys and WiseApp have teamed up for an “I am Joplin” tshirt contest and fundraiser to benefit United Way! Binky Guy will be making an “I am Joplin” themed tshirt and needs help with the design. Interested Artists will submit designs and one will be chosen. Shirts will be sold for $3 each and all proceeds will benefit the United Way! The artist with the winning design will receive $150. Click on the image below for all details. Email binkyguy@gmail.com with any additional questions.

I Am Joplin T-Shirt Contest 2015