Joplin Arts News (Mar. 30–Apr. 5)

Dancing with the Joplin All-Stars Raises $25,000 for “Art in Public Places”

Cultural Affairs Committee LogoDancing with the Joplin All-Stars raised an unprecedented amount of $25,000 for “Art in Public Places,” the main initiative of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Affairs Committee. Shelly and Randal Kraft of Kraft Insurance Services took home 1st place, having raised $6,000 for the cause. Congratulations to ALL participants!

The committee is excited to get to work their newest project – a sculpture contest! The sculptures will be placed in Landreth Park, giving walkers and those who drive by a chance to experience art. More info and a “call for sculptures” coming soon…

“Art in Public Places” has funded three murals in Joplin so far: 1) Route 66, Joplin, Missouri (2010), 2) The Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight (2011), 3) Celebrating the Performing Arts in Joplin (2014)


Trash-to-Art Exhibit Shows Joplin is a Creative Community

Trash-to-Art 2015

Come Wednesday, the public will be able to see all sorts of creativity at the Trash-to-Art 2015 Exhibit! Adults, teens, and even kids have delivered 20+ entries that will be exhibited in the Post Memorial Art Reference Library throughout April. Come and see the creations inspired by this art opportunity! All entries are made of materials that would otherwise be discarded. First, second and third place prizes, plus a People’s Choice will be awarded in each category. Winning entries will be displayed at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center throughout May. For more information, call the Post Art Library at (417) 782-7678.

The City of Joplin Recycling Department, Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are sponsoring this Trash-To-Art contest and exhibit in celebration of the Joplin Recycling Center’s 15th anniversary. 


1st Annual Cavalier Film Festival Results

1st Annual Cavalier Film Festival 2015

Photo courtesy Gabe Hershewe

Best Film Overall:
1st Place: PTA Moms by Ashlea Zumwalt
2nd Place: Blue Suede Shoes by Lydia Proctor

Best Directing:
1st Place: On the Air: The Impact and Purpose of Jet 14 by Lauren Stringer
2nd Place: What Matters by Haaris Rehman

Best Editing/Effects:
1st Place: The Duel by Maddison West
2nd Place: Sarah Broderick Coursey and Chelsie Jeffries

Best Acting:
1st Place: PTA Moms by Ashlea Zumwalt
2nd Place: They by Maddie Johnson 

People’s Choice:
Love For Me Dot Com by Kylie Jones 

The very first Cavalier Film Festival gave film-loving students an opportunity to showcase their creative talents. Out of a total of 40 entries, 20 were nominated to receive awards. Awards were presented for Best Overall Film, Best Directing, Best Editing/Effects, and Best Acting. After awards were distributed, those 20 films were screened by a live audience and an additional People’s Choice Award was selected. We are excited to see this student film festival grow in years to come! Judges: Will Blanchard, Paula Baker, Michael Beatty, Gary Bandy, and Emily Frankoski. 


Entries Being Accepted for 1000 Words – Poetry & Prose Event

1000 words

Writers, both amateur and professional, are invited to participate in 1000 Words, a poetry and prose event being held in conjunction with the PhotoSpiva 2015 exhibition at Spiva Center for the Arts. The event, now in its seventh year, challenges writers to select a photograph from PhotoSpiva as inspiration for a piece of writing. The writings may be of any type and any length – whether poetry, prose or short story. Authors will read their works on Tuesday, April 14, 6:30pm in the Main Gallery. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photos via QR codes. The deadline to select a photo and sign up is Friday, April 10. For information, contact Shaun Conroy, event coordinator, at 623-0183.


Pro Musica on the Move!

American Brass QuintetNot only does Pro Musica have a concert coming soon, they have moved their office! The new office is located inside the US Bank building downtown, 402 S Main St, Suite 502. Now more about their next concert:

The American Brass Quintet
Thu, April 16 | 7:00pm (6:30pm pre-concert)
Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall, MSSU

The American Brass Quintet, 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, and celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. The ABQ’s rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works. Free and open to the public. Donation appreciated.