Joplin Arts News (Oct. 26–Nov. 1)

Art Feeds Joplin Brunch Crawl with VanGo 2.0

menugraphicOver the summer, Art Feeds Joplin purchased a retired school bus with hopes to convert it into a new mobile art center – VanGo 2.0! To launch the beginning of this process, they are celebrating through a morning of brunching and good doing. Have an intense love for brunch and giving back to your community? Join the staff of Art Feeds Joplin on Saturday, November 21, 8–11am, for Brunch Crawl with VanGo 2.0. This is an all ages event, however alcohol will be available to guests 21+.

Here’s the plan:

  • All guests will arrive at Eagle Drive-In by 7:45am and find their seat on VanGo 2.0.
  • The Crawl will make 3 stops. At each location, guests will receive a gourmet brunch course and a handcrafted cocktail prepared by the creatives at Instant Karma.

    • Stop 1:
      Instant Karma – Gruyere and Lobster Popovers
    • Stop 2: Midtown Pizza – Baked Local Chicken with Smoked Gouda Grits and Egg Cloud
    • Stop 3: Eagle Drive-In – Chocolate Cups with Mousse and Fresh Berries

Not only do all ticket sales benefit the construction of VanGo 2.0, but guests will receive additional opportunities throughout the Crawl to partner with Art Feeds Joplin and the creation of the new mobile art center. Purchase your tickets here. One for $60 or two for $100. 

Spiva Center for the Arts Launches Online Class Registration

Gone are the days of only registering for Spiva classes in hard copy at the front desk! Spiva recently added on the capability for patrons to register for classes online through Active Network – an online registration software for activity and participant management. With this new system, you can register for a class anywhere you please! Just visit, click the “Register Now” button near the top of the page, and be re-directed to Spiva’s class selection page on Active Network (pictured below). From there, search through the listing of classes and select which one(s) you’d like to register for! After creating a quick account, you’re all set. Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Spiva Online Registration

Joplin Little Theatre: Audience Choice Season

Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) is planning their 2016–2017 season a little differently this year…and we couldn’t be more excited/pleased. This year, they are putting the power in YOUR hands, the audience – what would you like to see on stage for Joplin Little Theatre’s 77th season?! From plays to musicals, obscure to well known, family friendly to mature audiences (and everything in between) they want to know what shows you’re dying to see on the JLT stage.

“We have been working on ways to get more of the Joplin community involved with theatre. We’ve added more contemporary shows to our repertoire and become more active at local events. With the Audience Choice Season, we hope to get the public more invested in JLT. We want JLT to feel welcoming to all people, no matter what your experience with theatre. We love nothing more than to welcome someone who’s never been to JLT or the theatre before!” – Jade Nicholas, Chairman of Directing Staff


JLT is asking that the public nominate their choices through a designated Facebook event page. By “writing a post” to the comment thread, your nomination will be entered into the mix. They are asking everyone to share the event page and invite your friends to do the same. This is a complete free for all and no matter your level of knowledge or theatre experience, they want to here from you!

Deadline for submissions – December 15th, 2015. After that time, the Directing Staff will narrow the selection to 15. Those 15 will be up for public vote. Stay tuned for another chance to participate in JLT’s 77th season. If you have questions, or would like to email your choices privately, email Jade Nicholas at

12065509_10153692818868582_6162273070308952300_nJLT’s Next Open Auditions: Mon, Nov. 2 and Tue, Nov. 3 at 7pm each night. Auditions will be held for the holiday production of “Yes Virginia.” Needed: 20 Children and 10 Adults. The show has eight main roles and anywhere from 4-20 additional parts, ages 4-84. No prepared pieces necessary. We will cold read, teach a dance and sing. Attention Adult Male Singers: Arrive late if you’d like to audition for the pre-show, “A Crooner Christmas” which includes vintage harmony and solos in the style of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. 

Four States Photography Enthusiasts: Meet Ups

Do you love photography? Want to meet others that share your passion while learning and honing your skills a the same time? Joining Four States Photography Enthusiasts (FSPE) might be for you! FSPE is a group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) who meet together to share and learn about their passion…Photography. Come learn and grow as a photographer and meet new friends. For more information, join their group page on Facebook. They have “Meet Ups” at different locations each week. Find their November lineup of “Meet Up” schedule below…

Nov. 3 | 10am, Meet Up at Walter Woods Conservation Area

Nov. 3 | FSPE Meeting at TBA

Nov. 5 | 6pm, Meet Up at Galena Mining Museum (319 W. 7th St. Galena, KS 66739)

Nov. 10 |  10am,  Meet Up at George Washington Carver (Carver Rd Diamond, No 64840)

Nov. 12 | 6pm, Meet Up at Galena Murder Bordello $10 a person (206 N. Main St. Galena, KS 66739)

Nov. 17 | 10am, Meet Up at Precious Moments Chapel (4321 S. Chapel Rd Carthage, MO 64836)

Nov. 19 | 6pm, Meet Up at Redings Mill Inn (102 Broadlawn Blvd. Joplin, MO 648040)

Nov. 24 | 10am, Meet Up at Central Park (S. Garrison Ave. Carthage, MO 64836)

Nov. 26 | 6pm, Meet Up at Redings Mill Bridge 


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