June 2020

Posted on May 31, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in June 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: Nace Brothers House Concert at The Coda Concert House. See below in “performances” for details.

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:

June 14: Nace Brothers House Concert (Ages 10+), 4:00pm (doors 3:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Since 1983, the Nace Brothers have been building a sizeable grassroots following, enthralling audiences with their crisp, expressive blues and captivating lyrics. In their 37th year as a touring group the Nace Brothers are poised to take the blues world by storm. Brilliant songwriting, expressive vocals, soaring guitar, and a rock-solid rhythm section combine for entertainment at its best. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.  

June 24–27: [CANCELLED] Missouri Shakespeare Festival Presents: Julius Caesar, Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Missouri Shakespeare Festival and the MSSU Theatre Department are proud to present Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a marvelous tragedy about the collision of power and principle. Tickets: $10. More information: Terri Spencer, spencer-t@mssu.edu, 417.625.9393.


EVENTS:

Saturdays in June: 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 we can’t gather there at this time, you can still order online for curbside pickup via http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Ordering opens Tuesdays at 8:00pm and ends Thursdays at 8:00pm. Order pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30am–12:30pm. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

All Month: Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark on Post Art Library’s website. Learn about and color twelve important women whose influence has had a lasting impact on Joplin. Download the full book now from postartlibrary.org/coloring-jomo/ and start coloring! Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

February 1 – June 13: Joplin Arts Fest Application Process. With everything that is taking place right now, many artists are wondering what the future will be like. The Joplin Arts Fest planning committee has made some changes to assist artists through these uncertain times. Please visit joplinartsfest.com for more information. Artists are the most important part of Joplin Arts Fest and without the quality of artists that the festival has had over the years, it would not exist. More information: Steve Doerr, joplinartsfest@gmail.com, 417.529.3730.

April 15 – June 12: Neosho Arts Council: Spring Art Challenge (Ages 6+) on Neosho Arts Council’s website. The Neosho Arts Council wants to encourage and challenge our community’s creativity with their Spring Art Challenge! The Spring Art Challenge is an online arts contest that offers a chance for creative expression and diversion during this difficult time. Each week will feature a new challenge. There are seven challenges, including sidewalk chalk art, photography, comic book covers, authors and playwrights, dance choreography, costume/cosplay design and construction, and culinary arts. There are three age divisions and all entries are free. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each division of each category. Deadlines for each category occur in weekly succession. For more information, visit neoshoarts.net/spring-art-challenge.html or facebook.com/NeoshoArts. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

May 26 – July 25, 2020: 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 26 July 31, 2020: 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 2: 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.

June 4: Virtual First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm via Facebook. Enjoy all 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 4: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6:00pm via Facebook. Missing Spiva Trivia Night? There’s no need! Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook! 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.

June 5: 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 will be conducted via Zoom and occur every other Friday at 2:00pm starting May 22, 2020. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register: https://bit.ly/C2C-Biweekly-Check-Ins (case sensitive). Register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent upon registration. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

June 5: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at different venues throughout Downtown Joplin each month. 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. Free Admission. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

June 5: Vintage Swing Movement Joplin: June First Friday, 7:00–9:00pm via Zoom. Kick off your weekend with the classic art of swing dance! Join VSM Joplin online for a virtual dance lesson at 7:00pm. Choose between a Beginner Swing lesson (with partner) or a Shim-Sham lesson (without partner). Regardless of the lesson you choose, you can try out your new moves with a social dance to DJed jazz music afterwards! For directions on how to sign up, visit their Facebook page. There is a suggested donation for this event with 50% of all proceeds going to support Joplin Avenue Coffee Co. If you have been financially affected by COVID-19, take this event as a gift from VSM Joplin! Suggested donation: Individual $5, Couple $8. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

June 7: 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.

June 11: Wonder Woman Program, 6:00pm on Joplin Public Library’s website. The hit comic book series, Wonder Woman, has always incorporated mythological elements. Join Danya Walker as she discusses the history of the series and its mythological aspects. This program will be pre-recorded and uploaded on a certain day and remain available to come and go as you please. Submit questions or topics you would like to see covered to jpl@joplinpubliclibrary.org before May 25. All Adult Summer Reading programming will be offered virtually this year. Links to programs will be on the library’s website and Facebook page. Free and open to the public. More information: Joplin Public Library, jpl@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

June 11: 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 page. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

June 13: National Get Outdoors Day, 10:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Why sit in front of a TV or tablet screen when there’s a world of entertainment outside? Celebrate the outdoors and all it has to offer at the 240-acre Carver farm! Participate in yoga classes at 10:00am and take a guided wildflower walk at 11:00am. Registration is required. RSVP for the event by emailing Randall_Becker@nps.gov. 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.

June 14: 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.

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. More details to come. Keep an eye on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and website. More information: Carolyn Hardison, hardison.carolyn@occ.edu, 417.626.1234 X2400.

June 16: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Show and Tell, 10:00am at Schifferdecker Park (W 4th St). A chance to show off quilting accomplishments! Although there will be no lecture, potluck lunch, or guest speaker, members of the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters are encouraged to show their latest quilting projects accomplished during this time of quarantine. Members who attend are to bring lawn chairs, wear masks, and maintain social distancing practices. If interested in joining, dues are $20 a year and membership is open to quilters of all ages and abilities. Due to limits on group gatherings, the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters ask that only members of the group attend this event. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417-825-7078.

June 19: 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 will be conducted via Zoom and occur every other Friday at 2:00pm starting May 22, 2020. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register: https://bit.ly/C2C-Biweekly-Check-Ins (case sensitive). Register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent upon registration. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

June 19: 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.

June 21: Juneteenth Celebration, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In June of 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the United States saw the end of the Civil War and slavery. Now, 155 years later, we gather together to celebrate and learn about this historical day. 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.

June 21: 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.

June 24: JPL Summer Reading Program: Jay & Leslie Five Minutes of Fun (Ages 3-6), 10:00am on Joplin Public Library’s website. 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.

June 27: 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.

June 28: Agricultural Schools on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join the knowledgeable George Washington Carver National Monument rangers and learn about the Jesup Wagon, or the Agricultural School on Wheels. Developed by George Washington Carver, these wagons were used to deliver supplies and Carver’s educational bulletins to rural farmers. 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.

June 28: 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.


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 on Missouri Southern State University’s website. 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.

June 1 – 30: Paintings by Dustin Miller at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Neosho High School teacher and Crowder College professor, Dustin Miller, is well-versed in a variety of mediums, including paint. Experience his sensational pieces, featuring iconic local scenery, today! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 1 – 31: The Stickiness of Subconscious by Madelyn Gale at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Satisfy your cravings for good food and excellent art at Club 609, where you can view the striking works of local artist, Madelyn Gale. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 1 – 31: The Complexity of Woman by Leanna Harrison at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Enjoy a cup of coffee and admire the photography, paintings, and mixed media pieces included in Leanna Harrison’s exhibit, The Complexity of Woman. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 1 – 31: Hindsight by Helen Kunze at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). 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 Urban Art Gallery during the month of June. 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

May 18 – June 6: Highway to the Stars at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). Local history enthusiasts William and Doris Martin present an educational exhibit illustrating the lives and contributions of four great scientists with connections to Route 66. U.S. Route 66 was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System. Aside from supporting communities through which it passed, Route 66 was the beginning of a lifelong journey for four Missouri scientists who were born near the Mother Road: astronaut Janet Kavandi, scientist George Washington Carver, astronomer Harlow Shapley, and astronomer Edwin Hubble. These great minds all pushed the boundaries of knowledge on the Highway to the Stars. More information: Christopher Wiseman, joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

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 21 July 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.

June 4: Date Night Diptych: Night Balloons, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Date night has never been more fun! Work with your significant other to create a whimsical, two-panel painting. No experience necessary. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $40–$80. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 4: DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home? Create your own home décor easily with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$59. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 6: DIY Wood Sign Workshop, 6:30–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Wooden signs are the perfect way to express yourself and add to your home décor! Create yours during this fun workshop. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$59. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 5 – 7: John Pototschnick Oil Painting Workshop at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Becoming accomplished in anything requires passion, knowledge, and hard work. Artist John Pototschnick will discuss the building blocks that must be mastered to create paintings of significance and deepen your understanding of painting. This workshop will include instructor demonstrations, student application, and personal hands-on instruction. Value and color will receive special emphasis. Students will spend a good deal of time painting outdoors. Cost: $485 for three days; includes lunch. Click here to sign up. Space is limited. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

June 6: Joplin Outdoors: Introduction to Paddle Boarding, 10:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). During this two-hour class, get a hands-on introduction to the sport of paddle boarding! Learn the basic terminology and skills needed to get you on the water. Meet at the Wildcat Park boat ramp by following the road past the ball fields and down to the river. Full refunds will only be issued if cancellations are made 24 hours before class. Anything within 24 hours will result in a fee of $10 per ticket. No refunds will be issued if you don’t show up for the class without contacting Joplin Outdoors. RSVP required at joplinoutdoors.com. Cost covers paddleboard, life jacket, and helmet rental as well as instruction. Cost: $35. More information: Kenneth Bogle, kbogle@joplinoutdoors.com.

June 9: Collection Pouches (Ages 7-12), 4:30pm at Wildcat Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Learn about some Native American traditions and get some hands-on experience on how to make collection pouches, sew with sinew, and create beautiful colors from nature. Participants will take a short hike, too, so please wear closed toes shoes and bring bug spray. To register, visit their Facebook page 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.

June 11: Instructed Canvas: Red Rose, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Your creative side is calling! Answer it at Create N Sip Studios, where you can follow along with experienced instructors to create a lovely painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $39. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 12: JPL Summer Reading Program: Oh My Gosh Josh (Ages 6-11), 2:00pm via Zoom. Grab your capes and get ready to create your own magic show with props you already have around the house! OMG Josh will help you create your starring role in this fun and exciting workshop. Learn to perform with Jumping Rubberbands, the Invisible Ball, Vanishing Money, and so much more. Make magic hats and wands, plus learn how to set up the stage for your debut performances! Registration required; register by Friday, June 5. Register by emailing childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org or by calling 417.623.7953. Limited to 100 people. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

June 12: DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home? Create your own home décor easily with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$59. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 13: 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 their Facebook page 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.

June 13: Fine Art Levitation Workshop, 1:00–3:30pm via Zoom. Join Sarah Clements of Sarah M Photography for a fine art levitation workshop. Watch as Sarah does a live photoshoot via Zoom to show you how to properly achieve the illusion of levitation through set up and Photoshop editing. Photos will be emailed to participants in advance so they can follow along. RSVP required. RSVP by visiting neoshoarts.net; register by June 11. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com,417.592.1673.

June 13: Instructed Canvas: Beach Getaway, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Even with travel restrictions in place, you can take a beach vacation during this fun class! Follow along with experienced instructors as you create your own sunny scene on canvas. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$80. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434. 

June 18: Date Night Diptych: Moonlit River, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spend some quality time with your partner while creating a two panel painting, featuring a gorgeous mountain river. No experience necessary. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$80. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 24: Wild Babies (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:00am & 11:30am–12:30pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). A fawn is sitting quietly in the grass. Is he lost? This time of year, many baby animals are seen by themselves. So, where are their parents? Learn about wild babies through a story, song, and craft. To register, visit their Facebook page 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.

June 25: Instructed Canvas: Drinks on the Beach, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Take some time to relax and have fun while creating this bright, colorful summer painting! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 26: DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home? Create your own home décor easily with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$59. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 27: Wild Babies (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm & 2:30–3:30pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). A fawn is sitting quietly in the grass. Is he lost? This time of year, many baby animals are seen by themselves. So, where are their parents? Learn about wild babies through a story, song, and craft. To register, visit their Facebook page 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.

June 27: Paddling with Your Dog, 1:00–3:00pm at the Wildcat Park Shoal Creek Access (201 Riviera Dr). Learn how to navigate the water ways with your fur babies! This fun, family class will help train you and your dog on how to safely get in and out of your boat, how to properly fit a lifejacket, and what to do in an emergency. To register, visit their Facebook page or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Cost: $20 deposit to reserve your place; deposit will be returned to you during the class. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 27: Paint Your Pet, 6:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Tuesdays in June: Virtual June Story Time Pottery, 11:00am–2:00pm on Facebook Live. Listen to a fun story and then paint a piece of themed pottery to bring the story to life! Sign up now at placefull.com/june-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 June: Virtual June Story Time Pottery, 5:00–7:00pm on Facebook Live. Listen to a fun story and then paint a piece of themed pottery to bring the story to life! Sign up now at placefull.com/june-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 (Ages 6-11), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. 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.

Wednesdays in June: Cooking with Community, 2:00–5:00pm on Facebook Live. Learn how to cook some of the community’s favorite dishes with the leaders and members of Minnie Hackney Community Service Center! Watch and follow along on their Facebook page and create a delectable meal for you and your family. If you have a meal to share with the community, contact the Minnie Hackney Community Service Center via email at cscjoplin1946@gmail.com. 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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