Joplin Arts News (Sept. 5–11)

Connect2Culture Community Arts Director Named “Fifteen Under 40”

FrankoskiOn September 1, 2016, Connect2Culture’s Community Arts Director Emily Frankoski and 14 other young professionals in the region were honored as the 2016 class of “Fifteen Under 40” at a reception hosted by Joplin Regional Business Journal. Frankoski began working at C2C in 2013 as a part-time Community Arts Coordinator. In short order, she grew her position to full-time as Community Arts Director. She has both identified and strengthened Joplin’s arts and cultural assets and to helped grow audience by developing a variety of support services.

“I’m so fortunate to have helped shape Connect2Culture into what it is today – an innovative non-profit community arts agency that never stops dreaming big for Joplin’s arts and cultural future. It’s also a huge plus to be surrounded by many who inspire, encourage, and contribute to my growth daily! Thank you all. Looking forward to a bright future for the #JoplinArts!” – Emily Frankoski, C2C Community Arts Director

The Joplin Regional Business Journal award honors young and influential members of the community who have already accomplished much in their professional lives while giving back to the community.

To read Frankoski’s spotlight article in the business journal’s website, visit:

Post Mail Art Projekt Mail Art Parties & Workshops

PMAP 2016 Parties and WorkshopsPost Art Library and Connect2Culture are happy to bring you Post Mail Art Projekt 2016! PMAP aims to encourage creative correspondence via so-called snail mail. Want to learn more and get creative? Attend a Mail Art Party or Workshop near you! Those that attend will have the opportunity to see mail art and make their own! All events are free with supplies provided. No registration necessary. 

Southern Theatre Presents First Show of the Season

BlitheSpiritPosterSouthern Theatre will be presenting its first show of the year, Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, in Bud Walton Theatre at Missouri Southern State University from September 13–17 at 7:30pm. This show follows novelist Charles Condomine who invites the eccentric local medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a séance at his home while he researches for a book on the occult. Little suspecting her actual abilities, Charles suddenly finds himself haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, much to the displeasure of his second wife, Ruth.

The show will be directed by Dr. Jim Lile. The cast for the show is as follows:

Edith: SYDNEY HOLTSMAN – Senior Mass Communication Major, Joplin, MO
Ruth: KRISTIN YOUTS – Senior Theatre Major, Glorieta, NM
Charles: FORREST BUNTER – Senior Vocal Performance Music Major, Neosho, MO
Dr. Bradman: MICHAEL UDARBE – Senior General Studies Major, Wichita, KS
Mrs. Bradman: CHELSEA SKAGGS – Senior Theatre Major, Olathe, KS
Madame Arcati: SAMANTHA GREEN – Junior Mass Communications Major, Webb City, MO
Elvira: VALERIE STOCKTON – Senior Theatre Major, Newton, KS

Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit at lightning speed and when he finished he was sure that the play would succeed. He was not disappointed. Following the play’s initial production in 1941, the reviewer for The Manchester Guardian described the play as, “An odd mixture and not untouched by genius of a sort.” Since then, the play has remained a favorite among Coward’s works. This production is Southern Theatre’s contribution to the MSSU Great Britain semester.

For theatre production information call 417-625-9393 or visit Requests for accommodations related to a disability need to be made to Terri Spencer at 417-625-9393 at least 72 hours before the performance. For Reservations call 417-625-3190. Prices: Adults – $5, Senior Citizens – $3, Non-MSSU Students – $3, MSSU Students, Faculty, Staff – free. The Box Office will be open Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, September 16 on Monday through Friday 9am–3pm. 

Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall Announces 2016–2017 Concert and Theater Series


The Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall recently released their 2016-2017 Concert and Theater Series! This venue aims to bring world class entertainment to the Joplin area. They will kick-off this Thursday, September 8 at 7pm with The Reduced Shakespeare Company – The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition. Come find out: Who will be our next president? Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton?  Kim Kardashian? The Reduced Shakespeare Company will provide historical context that is guaranteed to confuse any American voter.  Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 Years of History in 6,000 Seconds! The “bad boys of abridgment” go from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, from George Washington to Barack Obama, yea verily from the Bering Strait to Baghdad, from the New World to the New World Order.  Don’t miss this 90-minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History.  Join us for a reception with the artists after the show. To purchase tickets, click here!

Take a look below for future offerings…

Fall Gala Concert Featuring Kayleen Seidl and the TJ Upper School Choir and Orchestra
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at 7 p.m.

The TJ Middle Upper School Musical – Fiddler on the Roof
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, 2016, at 7 p.m.

TJ Family Theater: Scrooge, by Midwest Regional Ballet
Friday and Saturday Dec. 2, 2016 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 3, 2016 at 3 p.m.

TJ Family Theater: A Year With Frog and Toad
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Trout Fishing in America
Monday, March 6, 2017, at 5 p.m.

The St. Louis Children’s Choir
Friday, April 7, 2017, at 7 p.m.

The TJ Middle School Musical – To Be Announced
Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, 2017, at 7 p.m.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. 

Second Annual Joplin Arts Fest One Week Away

Joplin Arts Fest Poster 2016Join us Saturday, September 17, 2016, for the Second Annual Joplin Arts Fest, brought to you by the Joplin Kiwanis Club, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. The event will be held in Historic Downtown Joplin Missouri, from 10am to 6pm. Over 60 artists, many National Award Winners, are coming from more than 20 cities and 4 different states. Within their booths lined up along the 400-600 blocks of Main Street, you will find a multitude of fine art works for sale.

Joplin Arts Fest is a juried, fine arts fair with $1,400 in prizes to be awarded. This art-centric event is expected to draw a crowd of at least 20,000 art loving patrons.

Many local arts organizations and art galleries will have information on classes, memberships and upcoming events. Future opportunities for interested artists/patrons will be highlighted at Connect2Culture’s “Community Arts Corner.” Daytime activities will be family focused with children’s art opportunities provided by Spiva Center for the Arts, Wildcat Glades, and Art Feeds.

For those who love music and dance, the performing arts stage will feature a variety of music styles from acoustic and vocals (such as Jared Harder from The Voice season 10), Kufara, and Jeremiah Jones and the Riverband. Different types of dance troupes will perform on stage throughout the festival.

The Kiwanis Club will serve beer and wine to enjoy while browsing the art. Downtown restaurants will have patio cafes open to the street, serving their specialty items.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to visit Joplin and enjoy local art of almost every kind. Sample a plethora of eclectic shops, and visit unique restaurants and taverns, all in an easily accessible, historic location, just off old Route 66. For more information visit the Joplin Arts Fest Email: or call 417-529-3730

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