Joplin Arts News (Sept. 21–27)

Thomas Jefferson IDS 2015–2016 Concert & Theatre Series

TJ Concert Hall 2015–2016

Experience live entertainment on stage in Joplin’s Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall! Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School begins the 2015–2016 Concert and Theater Series this week.  The 2015-2016 season at TJ is jam-packed with a unique variety of performance opportunities. Take a look and try something new. Experience the concert hall at Humphreys Arts and Student Life Complex at TJ, once…twice…or all season long!

  • Sat, Sept. 26, 2015 | 7pm – Gala Opening Night Concert featuring Project Trio and the TJ Upper School choir and orchestra
  • Sat, Oct. 17, 2015 | 7pm – Vocal Spectrum
  • Fri & Sat, Nov. 20 & 21, 2015 | 7pm – TJ Upper School Musical: Guys & Dolls
  • Fri, Dec. 4, 2015 | 7pm & Sat, Dec. 5, 2015 | 2pm – TJ Family Theater: The Nutcracker, by Midwest Regional Ballet
  • Fr, Feb. 12, 2016 | 7pm – The Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Thu, March 3, 2016 | 3:30pm – TJ Family Theater: Peter Rabbit Tales
  • Fri & Sat, April 22 & 23, 2016 | 7pm – The TJ Middle School Musical
  • Thu, May 5, 2016 | 3:30pm – TJ Family Theater: Popovich Pet Theater 

Great Turnout for First Annual Joplin Festival of the Arts

C2Cs Community Arts Corner

This past Saturday was a perfect day for the first annual Joplin Festival of the Arts! C2C is happy to have played a part. We had a nice spread of non-profits represented in under C2C’s “Community Arts Corner” tent. Sixty artists sold their work and performing arts groups entertained the crowds throughout the day. For the awards? Drum roll please…

Best of Show – Natalie Wiseman, Joplin, MO (Paintings)
Best Booth – Julie Grace, Mount Vernon, MO (Jewelry)
Best 2D – Andrew Batcheller, Joplin, MO (Oil Paintings)
Best 3D – Linda Brown, Joplin, MO (Pottery)
Caught My Eye – Lisa Krannichfeld, Little Rock, AR (Mixed Media Paintings)
People’s Choice – Jed Hardy, Joplin, MO (Paintings)

Joplin Arts Fest Winners

National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony

NAHMIn accordance with National Arts & Humanities Month, Mayor of Joplin, Mike Seibert, will officially proclaim the month of October as National Arts and Humanities Month at Spiva Park (4th & Main Street), October 1st at 3:30pm.

Public interest in the arts as well as the number of arts-related organizations and businesses in Joplin continues to grow. These organizations have had substantial impact both within the city and the region. The arts and humanities are being recognized for positively impacting quality of life, attracting visitors, and enhancing both cultural and economic growth. Representatives of local arts organizations and businesses will be on hand to celebrate this event.

The proclamation ceremony will also celebrate the season finale of First Thursday ArtWalk. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! The event happens on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30–8:30pm. Dozens of artists show and demonstrate their artistic process and all art is for sale. Participating artists are located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

Musicians, dancers, and plein air artists will be on hand to celebrate the beginning of National Arts & Humanities Month in Joplin at Spiva Park. This proclamation ceremony is a collaboration between Connect2Culture and First Thursday ArtWalk.

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a nationwide collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. For more information about NAHM, visit: 

Coming In November: The Fall Hip Handmade Market

The Hip Handmade Market is a curated indie-craft market. It is the perfect place to purchase some original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends, all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. The Market will showcase an array of mediums from paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and so much more! Aside from the exciting shopping, the Market offers a fun and relaxed vibe, giveaways, and an all-around good time!

HHM Fall 2015

This unique shopping event will be held Saturday November 14th from 10am to 4pm.  A minimum $1 donation to benefit Art Feeds Joplin will admit you to the market.  This cost is kept low so you can spend your money with the many talented vendors featured at the Hip Handmade Market!

“The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour” will debut on Friday night November 13th with LIMITED advanced tickets available on the web site until October 30th . Think pre-shopping, casual atmosphere, mingling…a perfect night out! Check out for details + to purchase tickets. 

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