July 2020

Posted on Jun 19, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in July 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Connect2Culture’s 5th Annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, Tuesday, July 28, 2:00pm via Zoom.

In light of recent events, please confirm with organizations before attending listed events. Out of respect for our creative community and to provide overall clarity, C2C has included cancelled and postponed events to recognize the hard work and effort behind previously planned programming.


PERFORMANCES:

July 20–26: Joplin Little Theatre Presents: Enter Laughing, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A farce, written by Joseph Stein, Enter Laughing is loosely based on the life of actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director Carl Reiner. The action centers on the journey of young, aspiring David Kolowitz, as he tries to extricate himself from overly protective parents (who want him to be a married pharmacist), and two too many girlfriends, while struggling to overcome his lack of talent in the 1930’s New York City arena of show business. Due to COVID-19, Joplin Little Theatre is implementing new guidelines to ensure the health and safety of their patrons, staff, and actors. Please read these guidelines at joplinlittletheatre.org before attending. Tickets may only be purchased over the phone at 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Children $8. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

July 24: Live Music by Dance Monkey Dance, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Doug Dicharry, formerly of the Ben Miller Band, brings his own unique style to Bookhouse Cinema with his incredible one-man band! More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market and Empire Market Curbside, 10:30am–12:30pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. Though some vendors will be selling their goods in the parking lot, advanced online ordering for curbside pickup is still the best way to secure all of your favorite Empire Market goodies! Online ordering begins Tuesdays at 8:00pm and ends Thursdays at 8:00pm and can be made at: http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30am–12:30pm. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

May 26–July 25: Joplin Public Library Summer Reading Program. Joplin Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is back! The Summer Reading Program encourages kids, teens, and adults to participate and win prizes by completing reading requirements for their age group. Activities offered through the program will follow this year’s theme, Imagine Your Story, which will explore fables, fairy tales, mythology, and more! This year’s program is entirely online through Beanstack, which includes book and activity logging, badges, and registration for all members of your family under one account. Register at beanstack.com. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

May 26July 31: Post Art Library: Summer Reading Art Challenge. Push the boundaries of your creativity and explore a variety of arts by participating in the third annual Summer Reading Art Challenge! Each year, participants are encouraged to create artwork based on Missouri’s state-wide theme for summer reading. This year’s competition will be virtual and has been expanded to include not only visual art but performing, literary, and more. The 2020 theme is fairy tales, fantasy, and mythology! Create an original painting, poem, animation, song, dance, etc. based on the theme and share it using #PALart2020. Then, stay tuned to @PostArtLibrary on Facebook through June and July as they spotlight their favorite submissions. Participation is all-ages, open to the public, and a library card is not necessary. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

June 15–July 10: Creative Arts Academy Summer Challenge (Grades 9-12), online and on Instagram. In the stead of its traditional Creative Arts Academy, Ozark Christian College is hosting a Creative Arts Academy Summer Challenge! Beginning Monday, June 15, put your creativity to the test through a variety of challenges focusing on different media. Each week will feature a new theme and a new accompanying challenge. Participants can enjoy webinars and virtual community nights with friends and teachers from the Creative Arts Academy. Keep an eye on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and website. Free and open to the public. More information: Carolyn Hardison, hardison.carolyn@occ.edu, 417.626.1234 X2400.

July 2: JPL Summer Reading Program: Jay & Leslie Five Minutes of Fun (Ages 3-6), 10:00am online at joplinpubliclibrary.org. In each of these short videos, Jay and Leslie start by demonstrating a piece of juggling equipment, like bean bags, hats, or spinning plates. Next, they invite kids to help solve a pattern mystery involving shapes, colors, letters, and other elements. Videos will be posted June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 at 10:00am. Videos will be available to watch one week after posting. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 2: C2C Biweekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Meetings are conducted via Zoom. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click here to register. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

July 2: Virtual First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm via Facebook. Enjoy all the aspects you love about First Thursday ArtWalk from the comfort of your own home! Watch dozens of artists demonstrating their artistic process and prerecorded sessions from talented, local musicians. For more details, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/FirstThursdayArtWalkJoplin/. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 2: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6:00pm on Facebook Live. Missing Spiva Trivia Night? There’s no need! Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook at facebook.com/spivaarts/! Put your knowledge of random things to the test as you answer questions in the comments from the comfort of your own home. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 4 & 5: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Carver’s impact on younger generations extends not only to his legacy and the National Park that bears his name but to the relationships he made. Carver acted as a teacher, friend, and mentor to students and young people who were dedicated to his work. Learn more about these cherished relationships, including a group of young men called “Carver’s Boys.” Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 5: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 7: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 7: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Downtown Joplin Alliance (931 E 4th St). Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

July 9: JPL Summer Reading Program: Jay & Leslie Five Minutes of Fun (Ages 3-6), 10:00am online at joplinpubliclibrary.org. In each of these short videos, Jay and Leslie start by demonstrating a piece of juggling equipment, like bean bags, hats, or spinning plates. Next, they invite kids to help solve a pattern mystery involving shapes, colors, letters, and other elements. Videos will be posted June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 at 10:00am. Videos will be available to watch one week after posting. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 9: Artist Talk with Jim Bray, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Artist and former MSSU Art Department head, Jim Bray, returns to discuss the mixed media pieces featured in his exhibit. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

July 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm on Facebook. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, meetings are being held through their Facebook group. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

July 10: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at CGA Architects and Craven Media (714 & 716 S Main St). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This month’s WineShare will be hosted by CGA Architects and Craven Media. It will take place primarily in their parking lot, but guests can visit both of their unique, beautiful spaces and hear all about what they do! Due to the July 4th holiday, this month’s First Friday WineShare will be held on the second Friday of July. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

July 11: PhotoSpiva 2020: Portfolio Reviews via Zoom. Calling all amateur and professional photographers! Looking to get helpful feedback from a knowledgeable and skilled professional? Schedule a time now for an evaluation of your photography portfolio by PhotoSpiva 2020 juror and photographer, April Watson. Cost: Spiva Members $15, Non-Members $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org,417.623.0183.

July 12: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 14: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 14: Virtual Carver Day, on George Washington Carver National Monument’s social media pages. “Carver Day” is George Washington Carver National Monument’s annual event celebrating the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. This year, the event will be held virtually through the park’s social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter. Tuesday, July 14, and the week leading up to it, will feature shared videos, historic images, stories, and more from past Carver Day celebrations. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 16: JPL Summer Reading Program: Jay & Leslie Five Minutes of Fun (Ages 3-6), 10:00am online at joplinpubliclibrary.org. In each of these short videos, Jay and Leslie start by demonstrating a piece of juggling equipment, like bean bags, hats, or spinning plates. Next, they invite kids to help solve a pattern mystery involving shapes, colors, letters, and other elements. Videos will be posted June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 at 10:00am. Videos will be available to watch one week after posting. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 16: Harry Pottery Party (Grades 6-12), 2:00–3:00pm via Zoom. Potterheads! Still waiting for your Hogwarts letter? Pass the time until your owl arrives with a magical adventure featuring Hogwarts trivia, crafts, and more. Cosplays welcome but not required. Participants can pick up necessary supplies from the library between July 13–15. Participants need a device with web browsing capabilities, a camera, and microphone. Registration required by July 8. Register by emailing teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org or calling 417.623.7953 X1027. Free and open to the public. More information: Beth Snow, teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1027.

July 16: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649. 

July 17: C2C Biweekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Meetings are conducted via Zoom. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click here to register. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

July 17: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Downtown Joplin Alliance (931 E 4th St). Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

July 17: 2020 Small Works Auction Closing Party LIVE, 5:30–7:00pm on Facebook Live. As Spiva Center for the Arts’ Small Works Auction comes to an end, place any last-minute bids through Facebook Live at facebook.com/spivaarts/ and secure your favorite piece of artwork! More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 18 & 19: Who Was George Washington Carver?, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Created from an in-depth study on his life, this photographic presentation and discussion explores George Washington Carver’s extraordinary life and times. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.   Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 19: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 21: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 22: Adult Summer Reading Book Club, 6:30–7:30pm via Zoo. The Adult Summer Reading program is excited to present a virtual book club featuring debut author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s The Mountains Sing. Read the book using the JPL catalog or Hoopla. Then, on July 22, join in the live discussion about this powerful piece of literature. Participants can access the meeting via the Zoom meeting link, which will be shared on Facebook and the JPL website prior to the meeting. Free and open to the public. More information: Eden Elliott, eelliott@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1013.

July 23: JPL Summer Reading Program: Jay & Leslie Five Minutes of Fun (Ages 3-6), 10:00am online at joplinpubliclibrary.org. In each of these short videos, Jay and Leslie start by demonstrating a piece of juggling equipment, like bean bags, hats, or spinning plates. Next, they invite kids to help solve a pattern mystery involving shapes, colors, letters, and other elements. Videos will be posted June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 at 10:00am. Videos will be available to watch one week after posting. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 25: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Guests and members are welcome to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: Marta Churchwell, joplinrac@gmail.com.

July 25: Imagine Your Song: Musical Stories with Mr. Stinky Feet (Ages 2-10), 10:00–11:00am via Facebook Live. Help the Joplin Public Library bring their Summer Reading Program to a close! Explore, imagine and tell stories through music, singing, and dancing during this virtual, interactive show that will get the whole family rockin’. This program is open to children ages 2-10 and their families. This program will take place on Facebook Live. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 25 & 26: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Who developed the world’s first blood bank? Celebrate and explore the enduring accomplishments of African Americans during this informative discussion. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.  Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

July 26: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

July 28: Virtual Storytimes, 10:00am on Facebook. Does summer feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

July 28: Connect2Culture’s Fifth Annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, 2:00pm via Zoom. Connect2Culture is excited to host the fifth annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview VIRTUALLY this year! This event gives arts and cultural organizations the chance to tell their story, share what they have planned for the year ahead (2020-2021), and explain why you should be interested. Each group will have up to two minutes to update the community. This C2C Roundtable aims to educate the public about upcoming events and encourage collaboration between participating organizations, as well as inform the media about potential opportunities for an interesting story. All are welcome to attend virtually. Registration is required for both organizations wishing to present and those attending via Zoom. Organizations wishing to present are limited to ONE representative and that person must register using this link: https://bit.ly/presenter-registration. Presenters must register by Tuesday, July 21. Other organization representatives should register as audience members via this link: https://bit.ly/audience-registration. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

July 31: C2C Biweekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Meetings are conducted via Zoom. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click here to register. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.


EXHIBITS:

All Month: Joplin High School Virtual Art Show. Although their physical art show was cancelled, Joplin High School’s artists’ work can still be admired through a virtual showcase. Take your virtual tour today and celebrate the hard work and talent of these young, local artists! Take your virtual tour today at https://bit.ly/2LSRPnq. Free and open to the public. More information: Seth Wolfshorndl, sethwolfshorndl@joplinschools.org.

All Month: MSSU Senior Capstone Exhibit online at mssu.edu. With the campus closed mid-semester, Missouri Southern State University’s graduating art majors were unable to exhibit the projects they had spent months or years completing. Although the campus gallery remains closed, MSSU’s Art Department is proud to exhibit the capstone projects of senior art majors online at seniorartexhibitions.mssu.edu. More information: Frank Pishkur, pishkur-f@mssu.edu, 417.625.9735.

July 1–31: Indomitable Women by Lou Stine at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Celebrate the strength and endurance of women with artist Lou Stine’s exhibit, Indomitable Women. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1–31: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition: Out of Confinement, online at joplinrac.org. An online exhibit, JRAC’s Out of Confinement features work from revered local artists. Each piece focuses on the pandemic and the subsequent quarantine as well as the transformative effects experienced by those emerging from isolation. Artwork in multiple mediums are available for purchase through the individual artists. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

July 1–31: Connecting with Color by Connie Miller at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Mid-century modern artist, Connie Miller, depicts vivid scenes and people in her extraordinary exhibit Connecting with Color. Admire each painting while enjoying delicious food and drinks at Club 609! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1–31: Hindsight by Helen Kunze at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Carthage artist, Helen Kunze, exhibits control and skill in each of her fantastic oil paintings. View a collection of Kunze’s fine, colorful work at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company during the month of July. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 29–July 23: Mixed Media Exhibition by Jim Bray at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Award-winning artist and former MSSU Art Department head, Jim Bray, has developed a well-earned following in the United States and abroad. Bray’s dynamic artistry extends to painting, collage, watercolor, and graphic design and his work often reflects his interest in the “vanishing landscape” of rural America. From exhibits in the U.S. and other countries to private collections, Bray’s work is highly esteemed – and you can view a selection of it at MSSU’s Spiva Art Gallery. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

March 21–July 10: Small Works Auction, online at spivaarts.org. Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. Bidding available online at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21July 18: PhotoSpiva, online at spivaarts.org. Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror April M. Watson, Ph.D. The week of the exhibit opening, Watson will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. View this highly anticipated exhibit at spivaarts.org/7689-2/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

July 9: Virtual Program: Butterflies of Missouri (Ages 16+), 10:00–10:45am online. Missouri butterflies are not only beautiful but play a vital role in the natural world. Learn more about Missouri’s butterflies, including the state’s most common butterflies, their fascinating life cycles, and how to attract them. Registration required. Register at mdc.mo.gov/events-s3. A valid email is required to receive a link to join the program. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

July 9: Dungeons and Dragons 101, Noon–1:00pm on Facebook. An introduction to the popular roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons, with the library’s own Arthur St. Onge! This program will be available to watch on Facebook and on Joplin Public Library’s website. Free and open to the public. More information: Eden Elliott, eelliott@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1013.

July 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by Amanda, a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 11: Kids Craft Day! Clothes Pin Wreaths, 1:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Creating clothes pin wreathes is a fun, easy way to add a touch of handcrafted décor to any playroom or bedroom! Learn how to make one of these eye-catching wreaths at Studio 124’s Kids Craft Day! Registration required. Register at form.jotform.com/201468424314046. Cost: $10. More information: James Boone, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.553.1933.

July 13: Nature Explorers: Under the Creek (Ages 7-12), 5:30pm at Wildcat Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Learn about aquatic invertebrates with the Wildcat Glades Friends Group! Many of our flying insects begin life underwater in streams, just like the ones running through Wildcat Park. Learn how to find these critters and leave no stone unturned. Registration required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 18: Let’s Cook with Lisa, Noon–1:00pm online at joplinpubliclibrary.org. Joplin Public Library is excited to announce its new two-part cooking series, “Let’s Cook with Lisa.” Join Lisa Brown and make a Hobbit-inspired “Poh-tay-to” soup! Free and open to the public. More information: Eden Elliott, eelliott@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1013.

July 18: Pyrography Class, Noon–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board and spoon. Class is limited to four people. Reserve your spot by emailing rkrdh79@gmail.com or by signing up in person at Local Color Art Gallery. All supplies included. Cost: $38. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

July 18: Cosplay Class: Steampunk Goggles, 1:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Why buy premade items for your cosplays when you can make them? Learn how to create a pair of steampunk goggles, a perfect accessory for your next cosplay! Registration required. Register at form.jotform.com/201468424314046. Cost: $20. More information: James Boone, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.553.1933.

July 23: Glass Suncatchers with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 3:30–5:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). As spring showers fade, soak up every bit of summer sun with your own glass suncatcher! Learn how to cut glass and assemble an eye-catching suncatcher. Cost: $35. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

July 25: Club Kid Make Up Class, 1:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Makeup is often an important part of stagecraft and cosplaying. Learn how to apply makeup for your next starring role or Comic Con! Registration required. Register at form.jotform.com/201468424314046. Cost: $15. More information: James Boone, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.553.1933.

July 25: Preschool Nature Connections: Wild Babies (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm & 2:30–3:30pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). When it rains, where do animals and their babies go to stay dry? Learn how some animals keep from getting wet and see some neat critters who don’t mind the water! Participants will go wading in a spring to explore for insects. Registration required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

July 29: Preschool Nature Connections: Wild Babies (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am & 11:30am–12:30pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). When it rains, where do animals and their babies go to stay dry? Learn how some animals keep from getting wet and see some neat critters who don’t mind the water! Participants will go wading in a spring to explore for insects. Registration required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

Tuesdays in July: July Story Time Pottery, 11:00am–2:00pm at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A) OR on Facebook. Listen to a fun story and then paint a piece of themed pottery to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or online. Sign up now at placefull.com/july-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Fridays in July: July Story Time Pottery, 5:00–7:00pm At Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A) OR on Facebook. Listen to a fun story and then paint a piece of themed pottery to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or online. Sign up now at placefull.com/july-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

Tuesdays: [CANCELLED] Movers & Shakers, 9:30am, 10:45am, & 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Wow! Wiggling, giggling, singing, shaking, it all happens on   Tuesdays! This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: Birth to 2 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Last Tuesday of the Month: [CANCELLED] Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–4:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk. This program is suggested for independent readers who are in K-5th grades. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: [CANCELLED] Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30-minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: [CANCELLED] Fun for 4s & 5s, 11:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: [CANCELLED] Family Stories, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org,  417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: [CANCELLED] Children’s Maker Cart (Grades 1-5), 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. This program is offered on first and third Sundays from 2:00–3:00pm in the Children’s Department. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):

Tuesdays: Creation Station – Online! (Ages 6-11), 4:00pm via Zoom. Everyone’s favorite afternoon class is back! Register your child today and receive a Zoom link to join in the fun. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited in this popular class. Register by emailing sclements@spivaarts.org. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration is required. This free event is open to all Active Military, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans and their families. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St): 

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up is required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information: Donna Roberts, h2rdmr@aol.com, 417.623.3727.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

Fridays: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees until 8:00pm for all couples. More information: 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.

Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St):

Saturdays: Drop-In Class (Ages 12+), 10:00am–Noon at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Get behind the potter’s wheel and practice throwing clay or learn a new skill in this drop-in class! Approximate turnaround time for finished work is 3-4 weeks. Calling in advance is recommended to ensure there is space available. Drop-in classes can also be accommodated throughout the week with an appointment. Instruction, glazing and firing included. Cost: $30 per person, plus clay fee. More information: Suzi Huntington, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com, 417.623.1455.

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10:00am at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$176. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin (110 S Main St):

First Mondays: Recycled Art Class, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Get creative while recycling! Participate in this monthly class and create art from everyday items that often end up in the trash. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

Second Mondays: Quilting for the Community, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Do you have a knack for making quilts? Attend this monthly event and use your talents to make quilts for disabled and needy citizens in the community! Free and open to the public. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

First & Third Tuesdays: Soul Line Dancing, 6:00–8:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have fun! Learn new and old line dances while exercising and dancing to some of your favorite R&B hits. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

First Monday of the Month: [CANCELLED] Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly Children’s department program for chess players of  all experience  levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: [CANCELLED] Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the maker space. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: [CANCELLED] LEGO Club, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

* This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.org/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.

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