June 2021

Posted on May 21, 2021 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in June 2021? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Connect2Culture Presents: Farewell Angelina, at Joplin Empire Market’s Courtyard.


PERFORMANCES:

June 3: Neosho Arts Council: Live Music in Big Spring Park, 5:30–8:30pm at Big Spring Park (Neosho, MO). An evening of family-friendly music featuring Harmony Street, Folk and Roll, and Whiskey Outlaws. Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy live music under the stars! Free and open to public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

June 3–5: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: Rattlesnake by Jonathon Peck, 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Rattlesnake, a full-length, original play by local theatre professor Jonathon Peck, follows a father who is raising a high-functioning autistic son. Along with the complications that come from raising his son, he must also grapple with suspicions that he may have his own issues with undiagnosed autism. Tickets: $12. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

June 3–6: Stained Glass Theatre Presents: Southern Fried Nuptials, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). The original cast of Southern Fried Funeral, a STGJ performance from October 2019, has reprised their roles for this uproarious sequel! The Fryes, a stereotypical Southern family, return to the stage to prepare for the on-again/off-again wedding of Harline Frye. With quirky family members, an overly nosy wedding planner, a meddling ex-boyfriend, and a hopeful suitor in the mix, the Fryes strive to get Harline down the aisle in one piece. Purchase your tickets online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Tickets: Adults $10, Children ages 4-14 $5, Children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 5: Connect2Culture Presents: Farewell Angelina, 7:00pm at Joplin Empire Market’s Courtyard (931 E 4th St). Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters, and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board. Roughstock calls them a “Superstar Act… with Killer Songs.” Rolling Stone says, “Wickedly smart songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass… deft playing… into one sonic knockout punch.” This is BYOC (bring your own chair) event. C2C asks all in attendance to be mindful of current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. We welcome individuals to wear masks who have not yet been vaccinated or who otherwise desire. We strongly encourage all to adhere to social distancing between their party and other parties. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.org, by calling 417.501.5550, or at Joplin Empire Market on the Saturday prior to the event. General Admission: $15 online, $20 at the door, Children 12 and under free. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

June 10–12: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: Rattlesnake by Jonathon Peck, 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Rattlesnake, a full-length, original play by local theatre professor Jonathon Peck, follows a father who is raising a high-functioning autistic son. Along with the complications that come from raising his son, he must also grapple with suspicions that he may have his own issues with undiagnosed autism. Tickets: $12. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

June 10–13: Stained Glass Theatre Presents: Southern Fried Nuptials, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). The original cast of Southern Fried Funeral, a STGJ performance from October 2019, has reprised their roles for this uproarious sequel! The Fryes, a stereotypical Southern family, return to the stage to prepare for the on-again/off-again wedding of Harline Frye. With quirky family members, an overly nosy wedding planner, a meddling ex-boyfriend, and a hopeful suitor in the mix, the Fryes strive to get Harline down the aisle in one piece. Purchase your tickets online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Tickets: Adults $10, Children ages 4-14 $5, Children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 17: Pro Musica Presents: Brubeck Brothers Quartet, 6:30pm at the corner of 6th St and Main St.. Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris are deeply accomplished, versatile musicians, like their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck. Together, Chris and Dan form the foundation of their Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, this dynamic quartet has performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe. Now, see these talented musicians perform during this free concert from Pro Musica! Patrons are welcome to attend all or part of the performance. Free and open to the public. More information: Emlyn Johnson, director@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

June 18: First Sunday Singing Presents: Friday Night Live, 5:00pm at Forest Park Baptist Church (725 S Highview Ave). Join host Mike Greenstreet for a free performance featuring talented groups like The Missourians and Day 4! Free and open to the public. More information: Mike Greenstreet Sr, mlgsr@att.net.

June 19: Tech N9ne (Ages 18+), 7:00–11:00pm at ETG Sports & Events Center (1107 N Prosperity Ave). ETG Sports & Events Center is proud to present a live, in-person concert featuring Tech N9ne! Tech N9ne is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, entrepreneur, and founder of the record label Strange Music. In less than two decades, Tech has earned three gold records, sold two million albums, and collaborated with diverse artists like The Doors and Eminem. Everyone, from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Elton John, has touted Tech N9ne records, a testament to constant reinvention and inarguable excellence that has become standard of Tech’s work. Tickets available for purchase at stubwire.com/event/techn9ne/etgsportsentertainment/joplin/23767. Tickets: Pre-Sale General Admission $35, Pre-Sale Pit Passes $50, Day-Of General Admission $40, Day-Of Pit Passes $55. More information: ETG Sports, info@etgsports.com, 417.262.6381.

June 21: Reverend Horton Heat & Dale Watson House Concert (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). An intimate evening of short songs and tall tales with two Texas legends! Join The Coda Concert House as they present one of their biggest shows of the year, featuring Reverend Horton Heat and Dale Watson. Delivering his unique fiery brand of ‘50s tinged country and jazz-fueled punk and metal, the world’s largest stages are no stranger to The Reverend Horton Heat (Jim Heath). Be it international rock festivals, punk’s biggest events, or country music’s flagship event, Stagecoach, Reverend Horton Heat’s presence has been a constant since his Dallas debut in the late 1980s. Country music maverick, honky-tonk hero, Dale Watson is a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State. Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $55. 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 22: Siblings Improv Presents: Summer Improv Show, 7:00pm at ZINC Coffee (1825 S Main St). Joplin’s favorite improvisation group, Siblings Improv, takes the stage for the first time since February 2020! Have a laugh and watch the hilarity that will ensue when Siblings Improv returns. All ages welcome! Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

June 24–26: Crowder Theatre Department Presents: Junie B. Jones, The Musical, 7:30pm (Saturday 10:00am & 2:00pm) at Crowder College, Elise Plaster Community Center (601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, MO). Adapted from the best-selling series of books by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones, The Musical is a delightful production that brings four of Park’s books to life! This comical performance is set on Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Cast includes actors from the age of nine up. Tickets: Adults $12, Kids (ages 12 and under) $8. More information: NaTasha O’Brien-Davies, natashaobriendavies@crowder.edu, 417.455.5458.

June 25: Theatre at Joplin High School Presents: Shrek the Musical, 7:00pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). The Joplin High School Theatre Department proudly presents their summer production Shrek the Musical. In this collaborative performance, students from Joplin, Webb City, and Carl Junction transport audiences to a land of fairy tales come to life. There, an outcast ogre and his sidekick Donkey find themselves on a life-changing journey to rescue a princess and deliver her to the cruel Lord Farquaad. Audience members are required to wear masks and will be socially distanced. Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/JOPLINSHREK. Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $7, Kids $7. More information: Ashley Trotnic, ashleytrotnic@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5230.

June 26: Theatre at Joplin High School Presents: Shrek the Musical, 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). The Joplin High School Theatre Department proudly presents their summer production Shrek the Musical. In this collaborative performance, students from Joplin, Webb City, and Carl Junction transport audiences to a land of fairy tales come to life. There, an outcast ogre and his sidekick Donkey find themselves on a life-changing journey to rescue a princess and deliver her to the cruel Lord Farquaad. Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/JOPLINSHREK. Audience members are required to wear masks and will be socially distanced. Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $7, Kids $7. More information: Ashley Trotnic, ashleytrotnic@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5230.

June 26: Pratt Presents: Comedy at Bookhouse Cinema with Joey I.L.O, 8:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Enjoy an evening of laughs at Bookhouse Cinema with Joey I.L.O, a comedian whose high energy hilarity has earned him a Drybar comedy special, a spot on Last Comic Standing, and a extensive tour across the U.S. and Canada! Purchase tickets online at ticketsource.co.uk/bookhouse-cinema/t-mlrnxo. Tickets: $10. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–2:00pm 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 one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is available and orders may be placed from Tuesdays at 8:00pm until Thursdays at 8:00pm online at http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are 10:30am–12:30pm on Saturdays. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

April 1–June 18: Joplin Arts Fest Application Process, online. Joplin Arts Fest is Southwest Missouri’s premier fall arts festival – and you can be a part of it! This juried event showcases exceptional talent from 2D and 3D artists exhibiting their original artwork. This year’s festival will be held at the Joplin Empire Market, a historic venue that will feature outdoor, courtyard booth spaces and indoor booths. The art festival will be held on Friday evening, September 17, 2021, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Visit zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9322 for additional details or for the application. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

June 1–July 24: Summer Reading Program at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is back! The Summer Reading Program encourages kids and teens to participate in age-appropriate reading challenges and offers incentives for completing challenges, virtual events, take-home kits, and more. To top it all off, kids and teens under the age of 18 who live outside of Joplin city limits qualify for a free, temporary library card during June and July! Registration required for reading challenges and some events; additional details are available at joplinpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

June 1–July 31: Post Art Library: Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021 at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Push the boundaries of your creativity and explore visual arts by participating in Post Art Library’s 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, the SRAC revolves around the prompt “Tell Your Tale with Art! What’s the story of you?” Beginning June 1, participants can pick up artboards and entry forms from any public service desk in the library. Entries will be accepted for three categories: adult (ages 18+), teen (entering 6th-12th grades), and kids (birth-5th grade). Entries must be returned to any public service desk within the library by 5pm on Sunday, July 31, 2021. All entries will be exhibited in the Genealogy, Local History, and Post Reading Room wing inside the library from August 14–September 25, 2021. For full details, visit postartlibrary.org. Participation is free, open to all ages, and a library card is not necessary. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

June 3: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event for area artists as well as patrons of the arts… past, present, and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live, acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin! Please note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including required masks in venues and social distancing. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 3: Artist Talk: Nick Kyle, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Hear from former MSSU art professor Nick Kyle and gain insight into his artwork as well as his solo exhibition at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. Attend in-person or access the lecture via Zoom at bit.ly/mssu-nick-kyle-artist-talk, password 109491. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

June 4: Bookhouse Cinema’s 3rd Anniversary, noon–10:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Celebrate Joplin’s only independent cinema, Bookhouse Cinema, during their third anniversary! Enjoy specials on food and drinks, win door prizes, watch an indie flick or documentary, and attend a special performance from Dance Monkey Dance! at 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

June 4: Opening Reception Picnic: artCentral Annual Membership Exhibition, 6:00–8:00pm at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). There’s nothing like a picnic with friends! Join fellow members of artCentral for the opening reception picnic of the artCentral Annual Membership Exhibition. Registration required; register by emailing artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org or by calling 417.358.4404. Cost: $10 per member/guest. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

June 4: VSM Joplin: June First Friday, 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). Kick off your weekend with the classic art of swing dance! VSM Joplin is back and you can join them for a dance lesson at 7:00pm in the pavilion at Mercy Park. After the lesson, show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy some great music during a social dance at 8:00pm! Please bring a lawn chair. Registration required; for information on how to register, visit fb.me/e/EIqGT5iT. This event is limited to the first 50 people who register. Tickets: $5 per person. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

June 5: National Trails Day, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). National Trails Day is the largest celebration of the nation’s trails! Visitors will learn about the National Park Service’s trails, hiking safety, nutrition, and well-being. Then, guests are encouraged to hit the trails and walk the three-mile boundary loop with a park ranger or take a one-mile walk on the Carver trail. 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.

June 7: MSSU Choral Society Summer Session, 7:00–9:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phinney Hall (3950 E Newman Rd). Love to sing? Looking to join a choir? Then, look no further than MSSU’s Choral Society! Hone your gift and enjoy the fellowship of this mixed, community choir. The choir is open to all singers, does not require auditions, and will be preparing for a patriotic concert to be held in late July. Cost: $30 per session. More information: Wally Bloss, wbloss@gmail.com, 417.208.9654.

June 8: C2C Monthly Check-Ins, 11:00am–Noon 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. Register at bit.ly/c2c-monthly-checkins. 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.

June 8: Introduction to Canoe and Kayak, 5:30–6:30pm at Kellogg Lake (Carthage, MO). A program designed to help first-time canoers and kayakers understand the basics of one of Missouri’s most popular watersports! Learn about the types of basic equipment needed to float Missouri’s rivers, lakes, and streams safely. Dress for the weather and to get wet! Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177580. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 8: Introduction to Canoe and Kayak, 7:00–8:00pm at Kellogg Lake (Carthage, MO). A program designed to help first-time canoers and kayakers understand the basics of one of Missouri’s most popular watersports! Learn about the types of basic equipment needed to float Missouri’s rivers, lakes, and streams safely. Dress for the weather and to get wet! Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177585. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 10: JPL Summer Reading Program: Mad Science Presents Tales of Tails (Ages 5-12), 2:30pm via Zoom. Try on the hats of paleontologists, fighter pilots, detectives, and more, with the JPL Children’s Department and Mad Science as they investigate tails! From comets to rockets, from dinosaurs to animals, tales are all around us. Registration required; register by emailing childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org or by calling 417.623.7953. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

June 10: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Zoom. 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, information about meetings can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/joplin-writers-guild. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

June 10–12: FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 12th year, Spiva Center for the Arts’ FilmSpiva 48-Hour Competition allows participants to exercise their creativity while working with a limited time frame. Contestants are to meet at Spiva in the Main Gallery on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00pm. Teams will receive the criteria needed to create a 3-minute short film. They have until 6:00pm on Saturday, June 12 to submit their films to Spiva. All entries will be shown on June 26 at Bookhouse Cinema beginning at 5:00pm with awards presented at 8:00pm after the final screening. Cost: $20 per team. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 11: Father’s Day Open House, 5:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Spend some quality time with dad or find him the perfect gift at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio! Drop by anytime during this open house and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, find beautiful artwork, participate in a “moonshine tasting,” and meet Local Color’s award-winning artists. Items for sale include pottery, paintings, pyrography, wood turnings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, and much more. Free and open to the public. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

June 12 & 13: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In the early 1900s, rural farmers in southern Alabama had a hard time keeping up with new farming techniques until the Agricultural School on Wheels came to town! Learn more about this innovative solution to farm outreach education that George Washington Carver helped design. 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 14–30: JPL Summer Reading Program: StoryWalk at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library is excited to offer a fun, outdoor activity in conjunction with their Summer Reading Program – a StoryWalk®! A StoryWalk® is an innovative way for families to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the path, you’re directed to the next page in the story and given fun action prompts to keep children engaged and enhance their enjoyment! The library’s StoryWalk® features the fun and silly book Just In Case You Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

June 17: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. After nearly one year without it, Third Thursday, Joplin’s premiere cultural event, is back! Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in Downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment, and food. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

June 17: Dream Theatre Co. Presents: Rocky Horror Show Rehearsals & Open House, 5:30–8:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). June’s Third Thursday marks the first week of rehearsals for Dream Theatre Co.’s production of The Rocky Horror Show. The public is welcome to stop by to learn more about Dream Theatre Co. and watch performers rehearse dances and songs from the show! Free and open to the public. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

June 19: Art By The Spring, 10:00am–3:00pm at Cox Springs (5245 Old Highway 71). Mark your calendars – Art By The Spring is back! On June 19th and 20th, enjoy fine art, music by Amanda Kimble, delicious food, and fun, all at the scenic and historic Cox Springs! Free and open to the public. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

June 19: Joplin Regional Black Expo ‘21, 6:00–11:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). EastTown Dreams District is excited to present the first Joplin Regional Black Expo! Intended to promote small businesses and underutilized entrepreneurs, especially people of color, the Expo will include an exhibitor’s marketplace, fashion, arts, local music, entertainment, Black Expo Legacy and Leadership Awards, and more! Free and open to the public. More information: Doris Lewis, dorislewis47@yahoo.com, 816.289.2330.

June 20: Art By The Spring, 10:00am–3:00pm at Cox Springs (5245 Old Highway 71). Mark your calendars – Art By The Spring is back! On June 19th and 20th, enjoy fine art, music by Amanda Kimble, delicious food, and fun, all at the scenic and historic Cox Springs! Free and open to the public. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

June 20: 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, 156 years later, join a park ranger for an informative program on what is the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Additionally, find out about national park sites with African American themes. 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: Hemmings Motor News: Great Race, 4:30–7:30pm at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). The public is invited to this spectacular event in which Joplin hosts the Day 3 Finish of the Great Race! The 2021 Hemmings Motor News Great Race is the world’s premiere old car rally, and will bring 120 of the finest roadworthy antique and classic automobiles to downtown Joplin. Be there at 4:45pm for the finish line activity, experience the nostalgic feel of being in a classic car, grab a bite to eat at a local food truck, and see a grand collection of automotive history! Free and open to the public. More information: Patrick Tuttle, ptuttle@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4789.

June 21: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. Free and open to the public. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

June 24: Open Mic Night, 7:00pm (Sign-Ups 6:30pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Musicians, singers, poets! Looking to showcase your talent? Look no further than Joplin Avenue Coffee Company’s Open Mic Nights. Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set. Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. To sign up early, message them at facebook.com/joplinavecoffeeco. All ages welcome! Participants are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and encouraged to wear a mask. Free and open to the public. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

June 26: Neosho Arts Council: Plein Air Painting Competition and Exhibition (Ages 18+), 9:00am–5:00pm at Hale McGinty Business Development Center (216 W Spring St). Capture the natural beauty and charm of Neosho during the Neosho Arts Council’s Plein Air Painting Competition and Exhibition! Beginning at 9:00am, participants check in at 216 W Spring Street and then spread out across Neosho to paint. Cash prizes will be awarded, with the first place winner receiving $300! Registration required; register at neoshoarts.net. Entry fee includes one canvas. Cost: $10 entry fee. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

June 26: 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 26: Neosho Arts Council: Ninety Year in the Arts – Duard Marshall and the Neosho Centennial Mural, 1:00pm at Neosho Newton County Library, Community Room (201 W Spring St, Neosho, MO). Guest lecturer Daniel Morrison discusses the life and work of Duard Marshall as well as his connection to Neosho. Plus, receive a special look at the Neosho Centennial Mural painting by Marshall. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

June 26: FimSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition Screening, 5:00–8:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Admire the films created by local filmmakers participating in the 12th annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Competition. Watch all the entries during one of the showings at Bookhouse Cinema and discover which teams will take home an award! More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 26 & 27: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Head to George Washington Carver National Monument to investigate the symbols and engravings found on headstones in the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of the early settlers who are buried there. 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.

June 29: JPL Summer Reading Program: Watercolor Take ‘n Make Kit, 9:00am–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). After watching their watercolor demonstration video, put your newfound watercolor skills to the test with a Joplin Public Library watercolor sheet designed specifically for the Summer Reading program! Each kit contains a basic set of watercolors, brush, and watercolor sheet. Available while supplies last at the Joplin Public Library reference desk. Free and open to the public. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. More information: Luke Blevins, lblevins@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.


EXHIBITS:

June 28–July 22: JRAC: The Light in the Darkness at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). As the pandemic slowly draws to a close, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition members use their artwork to reflect on their year-long experiences and what coming out of the pandemic means to them.. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

June 24–July 31: Nature Artwork by Cecil Floyd Elementary Students at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Nature-themed artwork created by young artists at Cecil Floyd Elementary has graced the walls at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center! Drop in during regular business hours to see these masterpieces for yourself. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 22–August 31: Magical Connections with Nature by Diana Bray at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Local artist Diana Bray demonstrates her artistic prowess and natural talent through Magical Connections with Nature, an exhibit consisting of two- and three-dimensional oil and acrylic paintings. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 16–July 31: ShowMe the Ozarks’ 11th Annual Nature Photography Contest at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). With 100 entries from across the Joplin region, ShowMe the Ozarks‘ 11th Annual Nature Photography Contest showcases a wide variety of nature found in the area as well as the talent of local photographers. If you love to admire beautiful scenery, birds, flowers, insects, and reptiles, you’ll want to drop by the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center to see this exhibit! Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 12–August 31: C is for Color by Connie Miller at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library presents C is for Color, a special exhibit intended for children, by local artist Connie Miller! Hung at their eye-level, kids of all ages can enjoy this series of colorful acrylic paintings depicting some of their favorite animals – just in time for Joplin Public Library’s Tails & Tales summer reading challenge! Bring your family by Joplin Public Library’s The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery and admire this vivid collection of art. Starting Saturday, June 12, 2021 artist-provided take-home kits will be available in the Children’s Department on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

June 4–July 17: artCentral Annual Membership Exhibition at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). An annual, juried showcase of artCentral’s members’ talent and range! From paintings and sculptures to photographs and jewelry, there’s no limit to the creativity of these artists. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

June 1–July 31: MSSU Graduate Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A collection of paintings, drawings, and ceramics created by local art educators Amber Davidson, Dustin Miller, Nellie Mitchell, and Taylor Williams during their graduate studies at Missouri Southern State University. Over the course of their studies, these artists worked to expand their technical and conceptual skills while exploring their artistic practice. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 1–30: Film Photography from Around the World by Levi Butts at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). Travel the world without leaving Joplin! Experience familiar scenes from across the globe through the lens of local photographer Levi Butts. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 1–30: Journeys: Near and Afar by Koral Martin at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Admire picturesque scenes from both local areas and far off places, all captured by nature photographer Koral Martin! More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 1–30: Paint in Motion by Philip Ledbetter at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). See the distinctive technique used in Philip Ledbetter’s latest body of work, Paint in Motion, which was inspired by the sun, sea, nature, other artists, and music. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 1–30: Farm and Garden by Annetta Gregory at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Local artist Annetta Gregory demonstrates her natural skill as an artist with a selection of oil paintings. See Gregory’s work and grab a bite to eat, all at Club 609! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May 29–July 24: Preserving the Old West by Jim Clements at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Jim Clements is an oil painter who considers himself blessed to be a working artist. “To me, painting represents ultimate freedom – so it’s just natural that the wide-open spaces, rich history and independent people of the American West translate so well to canvas.” In his exhibition Preserving the Old West, Clements’ vivid, awe-inspiring oil paintings fulfills his desire to honor the natural spirit of the American West, while transporting the viewer to a simpler place and time. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 29–July 17: Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). On its bicentennial, it is important to recognize that Missouri is a significant site for visual artistic production. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Hannibal Arts Council, Post Art Library, Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum are collaborating to create Missouri Art Now, an exhibition featuring sixty works from artists throughout the State of Missouri. The traveling exhibit will be displayed in venues across the state and the high-quality artwork it features demonstrates the vibrant visual arts culture in Missouri. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 18–June 3: Solo Exhibition by Nick Kyle at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). A retired art teacher of 43-years and a former Missouri Southern State University professor, Nick Kyle has led a prosperous, artistic career. Having mounted 35 solo exhibitions and more than 60 group exhibitions, Kyle still finds it difficult to define his artwork as well as the overall concept of art. “I have concluded there is no simple answer to what makes an object a work of art and the answer becomes more puzzling the more artists challenge the notion of what art is,” Kyle says. “Art can mean many things to different people, but only if they take the time to think and educate their senses. . . I have found that good art can ask questions, confuse, stimulate, mesmerize and create anxiety. Most of all it communicates emotions, ideas and concepts”. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

May 4–June 2: Larger Than Life by V. Leigh at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). Illustrative, colorful, and frequently surrealistic, V. Leigh’s oil pastel artwork is truly a sight to behold. Grab a pint at Chaos and spend some time admiring this artist’s work. Cheers! Free and open to the public. More information: Veronica Carr, vleighcreative@gmail.com.

May 1–June 30: Chilling Out with Color by Connie Miller at Beast and Barrel (530 S Main St). Connie Miller, a local, mid-century artist, provides a pop of color in her bold, vivid exhibit Chilling Out with Color. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 1, 2021–January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. The call is open to anyone who would like to participate, but Missouri residents are particularly encouraged to send mail art in celebration of the state Bicentennial! Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021 Post Art Library sponsored Mail-Art Take-Home Kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Kits for adults may be picked up at the Reference Desk; kits for Teens may be picked up in the Teen Department; and kits for children may be picked up in the Children’s Department. For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit postartlibrary.org/post-mail-art-projekt. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and the Joplin Public Library and will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.


CLASSES:

June 2: Top 10 Series: Fishing Spots, 2:30pm online. Join the Missouri Conservation Department as they highlight some of the best fishing locations and what you can expect to catch at different spots throughout the year! All ages welcome. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177210. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, tim.smith@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 5: Embroidery with Amber Mintert (Ages 12+), noon–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Receive a proper introduction to the artform of embroidery! Students will learn four basic embroidery stitches and create a small embroidery piece to take home. Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 5: Nature Explorers: Hiking Basics (Ages 7-12), 3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (301 Riviera Dr). Hiking is a great way to get outside and explore the natural world around you! Learn how to prepare for a hike and what to do on the trail during a guided hike. Participants will meet at the Wildcat Pavilion near Shoal Creek for a brief lesson before hitting the trail for a class on the go. Please note, especially if bringing younger siblings, kids will complete the entire four-mile trail, which includes the bluff section. Bring a water bottle, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 8: Nocturnal Animals, 10:00am at Neosho Newton County Library (201 W Spring St, Neosho, MO). The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is partnering with the Neosho Newton County Library for their summer reading program! Learn all about Missouri’s nighttime creatures and the many special ways they thrive in the darkness. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 8: Nocturnal Animals, 2:00pm at Seneca Public Library (1216 Cherokee Ave, Seneca, MO). The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is partnering with the Seneca Public Library for their summer reading program! Learn all about Missouri’s nighttime creatures and the many special ways they thrive in the darkness. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 10: FUNdamentals of Acrylic Paint Pouring, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Paint pouring is a unique technique the produces vivid pieces of art. Learn how to create two of your own paint pouring masterpieces with artist Mary Parks – no experience needed. Reservations required; to sign up, call 417.553.0835 or visit Local Color during regular business hours. All supplies provided. Cost: $40. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

June 12: Yoga in Nature for Adults (Ages 16+), 8:30–9:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (301 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class incorporates elements of nature, breathing, and yoga for a fun and relaxing experience! Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $10. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 12: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 10:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, 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 email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 12: Little Acorns: Magical Fireflies (Ages 3-7), 10:30am online. What do you call the magical specks of light that show appear in the sky each summer? Do you call them fireflies or lightning bugs? No matter what you call them, you’ll enjoy this virtual program all about these amazing beetles, who are nature’s flashlights! Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, jessie.ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 12: Watercolor with Amber Mintert (Ages 12+), noon–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Explore basic watercolor techniques, including wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and layering paint. Spend the beginning of the class learning and practicing techniques and then work on your own watercolor painting using the techniques learned! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 12: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), Noon–2:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Claude Monet’s Japanese Bridge or Franz Marc’s Blue Horse. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to sign up. Cost: $30. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

June 12: JPL Summer Reading Program: Origami Fold Along (Ages 12-18), 2:00pm via Zoom. Celebrate animals this summer with some origami! Learn basic folds and create creatures with origami whiz Gideon Horn. Participants will receive a free craft kit with supplies needed for the activity. Registration required; register by emailing teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org, by calling 417.623.7953 X1027, or dropping by JPL’s Teen Department. Deadline to register and pick up a supply kit is 5:00pm on Friday, June 11. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. Free and open to the public. More information: Beth Snow, teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1027.

June 13: Glass Night Lights with Jane McCaulley (Ages 12+), 2:30–4:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Brighten up your summer nights with your own fused glass creation! Learn the tools and tricks of glass art with local artist Jane McCaulley. Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 16: Animal Wrappers! (Ages 3-6), 10:00am at Neosho Newton County Library (201 W Spring St, Neosho, MO). Join the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Neosho Newton County Library to learn about furs, feathers, and scales, and how they help animals survive! Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 17: JPL Summer Reading Program: MDC Presents Animal Wrappers! (Ages 5-12), 2:00pm online. Join the Missouri Department of Conservation and JPL’s Children’s Department to learn about furs, feathers, and scales, and how they help animals survive! Tune in online at facebook.com/joplinpubliclibrary/live. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

June 17: JPL Summer Reading Program: Online Watercolor Video Demonstration, 6:00pm online. Learn basic watercolor techniques with Stephanie Bell, a talented artist who is known online for her pop cultural paintings of Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and other fantasy subjects.  Tune in on Joplin Public Library’s Facebook page to watch! Free and open to the public. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. More information: Luke Blevins, lblevins@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953

June 17: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an Impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint Cezanne’s Bouquet of Flowers or Monet’s Nympheas. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to reserve your spot. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to 12 participants, social distancing practices will be used, and masks are recommended. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

June 19: Magazine Upcycled Pottery with Brooks-Elizabeth Billings (Ages 13+), noon–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Looking for a way to use outdated magazines? Upcycle your magazine collections and create beautiful pottery to take home during this fun class! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 19: Water Works: Conservation in the Parks (Ages 7-12), 1:00pm at Landreth Park, Gate Area (1001 Murphy Blvd). Join Joplin Parks and Recreation, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Wildcat Glades Friends Group for their “Conservation in the Parks” partnership program! Explore the Joplin creek in Landreth Park and learn about the importance of water. Dive in to test stream quality, learn about the water cycle, and how water effects your local parks. Please wear clothes and shoes you can get wet and bring drinking water as well as your thinking caps. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 19: Neosho Arts Council: Plein Air Painting Workshop with Jeff Jones, 3:00–7:00pm in Downtown Neosho. Prepare for the Neosho Art Council’s plein air painting competition with artist Jeff Jones during this hands-on workshop! Painters of all levels are invited to learn Jones’ tips, tricks, and techniques for painting “en plein air.” Jones will discuss light, color palettes, color mixing, subject selection, composition, and blocking to lay a good foundation for a piece you can be proud of. Exact location of workshop will be sent with supply list upon registration. Registration required; sign up at neoshoarts.net. Cost: $50 per person. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

June 23: Preschool Nature Connections: Wild Babies (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). You found a baby deer! Why is it there? Is it lost or hurt? Learn the best ways to help when you find baby animals and read a story, make a craft, and more! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

June 24: JPL Summer Reading Program: Paint Along (Ages 12-18), 4:00pm via Zoom. Relax while painting happy little trees (and more) with the Joplin Public Library’s Teen Department staff! Participants will receive a free craft kit with supplies needed for the activity. Registration required; register by emailing teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org, by calling 417.623.7953 X1027, or dropping by JPL’s Teen Department. Deadline to register and pick up a supply kit is 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 22. Free and open to the public. This activity is part of the Joplin Public Library’s summer reading program. More information: Beth Snow, teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1027.

June 25: Conservation Families: Night Lights, 6:00pm online. The tiny, cool specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Learn all about these special beetles, who are dubbed nature’s “flashlights.” Recommended for ages five and up. Registration and a valid email address are required to receive the program link. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, jessie.ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

June 25: Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm 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: $52. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

June 26: Breath Control Workshop, noon–1:30pm at Briley Performing Arts Company (2909 E 4th Street). A vocal workshop in which participants can learn how to use breath control to unlock their singing potential! Learn exercises to control breath while singing, practice executing proper breath techniques while singing, and discuss critiques focused on technique and performance. Students must come with a prepared memorized song and accompaniment track. Registration required; register by calling 417.553.7954. Cost: $20. More information: Heather Briley, info@brileyperformingarts.com, 417.553.7954.

June 26: Papermaking with Amber Mintert (Ages 12+), noon–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create your own paper using natural fibers! Students will learn the process behind papermaking, will create their own paper, and even learn simple book binding and casting. Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

June 26: Preschool Nature Connections: Wild Babies (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). You found a baby deer! Why is it there? Is it lost or hurt? Learn the best ways to help when you find baby animals and read a story, make a craft, and more! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

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: Creates2Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Creates2Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.


RECURRING CLASSES:

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 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.

Fridays: Spiva Art Class at The ROCC, 10:00–11:00am at The ROCC (1402 S Main St). The Recovery Outreach Community Center (ROCC), a community center that provides peer recovery support services, is partnering with Spiva Center for the Arts for weekly art classes! Join them every Friday at 10:00am and express yourself, regardless of your artistic abilities. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. 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.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11:00am–4:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils, and micron inks with artist Roxenne Kendall during one to two-hour, private or group lessons! Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Roxenne at rkrdh79@gmail.com. Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

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.

Create N Sip Studios (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.

Dream Theatre Co. (124 S Main St):

Sundays: Flash Mob Fitness, 3:00–4:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). A fun, unique workout opportunity from Dream Theatre Co.! Learn a different flash mob dance each week. Opportunities for flash mob performances will occasionally be offered but dedication to performing is not required. Cost: $5. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

* 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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