The third anniversary of the May 2011 tornado has come and gone and I am encouraged to reflect on the evolution of the arts within our community since that event…including the creation of 20+ pieces of public art! Post-tornado artwork continues to aid in the healing process…enlivening our sense of community and making us stronger.
One of my personal favorite post-tornado, pop-up art pieces can no longer be seen due to the method/transient-nature purposely chosen by the artist. As a community, it is imperative to document and remember these public artworks, for they illustrate our community, culture, and story.
This simple, yet striking piece was created by Rachel Reed of Joplin, MO. “After the tornado, I knew I wanted to create something that would inspire hope and help people smile in the midst of the struggle. When you looked around…everything was mangled and messy…an ugly reminder of tragedy. I wanted my design to stand in opposition to the unpleasant-ness the tornado left behind.” Want the full story? Read the listing here on the Joplin Public Art Directory.
Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. needs plein air painters! They are conducting a “Monuments of Murphysburg Tour at Mount Hope Cemetery” on Saturday, June 14 from 5:30–8:30pm and would like artists to capture these beautiful historical monuments and mausoleums on canvas. This tour will consist of a guided tour featuring the monuments, a look inside select mausoleums, music and refreshments. Interested in participating? Email Paula Callihan at email@example.com or call her at (417) 483-3116. Want full details? The Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) has the press release about the event here. Looking for the even page on Facebook? Click here.
Ever wanted to learn to dance in a relaxed setting for a great price? The Tanglefooters Dance Club offers choreographed ballroom dance lessons. Everyone dances in unison to cues, which makes it much easier—you just do what you’re told!
They will be beginning a new rhythm of dance, Waltz, on June 2. Since classes are progressive, new students are only accepted if they attend the first class. Classes are on Mondays from 6:45–8pm. $7 per couple each time, but the first lesson is FREE! Check out their Facebook page for updates on when new dances will begin.
- What to wear: casual attire (comfy shoes that slide well on a wood floor)
- Location: Joplin Square Dance Center (1802 West 2nd Street, Joplin, Missouri)
- Instructors/Cuers: world renowned choreographers/instructors, Paul & Lina Robinson
Upcoming Auditions for Pride and Prejudice
Casting Ages 15 to Adult
June 2 & 3 at 6:30pm each night
2101 Annie Baxter in Joplin
Save time and print out an audition application on their website!
“With your help, we raised $15,166 to sponsor 399 little Art Feeds artists through #RaiseYour38! 32 supporters raised $38 (or more) & 213 donors gave to make this possible. Thank you for giving & fundraising, this wouldn’t have been possible without you!” –Art Feeds via Facebook
Did you miss the Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School’s performance of The Slumber Series? You have another chance to see this magical production! They will be performing in Miami, OK on June 7 & 8 in the Coleman Theatre. Click here for more info on the Facebook event page!
Photo by Brian DeMint