March 2017

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in March 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout March in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

March 2: Senior Voice Recital – Gordon Blodgett, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 3: MSHSAA District Music Festival (Instrumental & Piano), 8:00am–6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 4: MSHSAA District Music Festival (Voice), 8:00am–6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 5: The Heartland Concert Band, 3:00pm at Ozark Christian College Chapel (1111 N Main St). The Heartland Concert Band’s performance will include marches of Sousa, Broadway sounds from “Chicago” and “My Fair Lady” and concert music of Shostakovich, Holsinger and others. Aaron Power will be featured on alto saxophone in Bernard Haiden’s “Diversion.” The brass ensemble will also play during the concert. The band is comprised of approximately 50 volunteer musicians from the area and is under the direction of Vicki Mays. There is no charge for the concert and it is open to the public. For further information, call 417.649.6159.

March 6: Trout Fishing in America, 5:00pm at TJ Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd). Trout Fishing in America is Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet, and this will be their third appearance on the TJ Concert Hall Stage. They have been writing songs and playing music together for the last 38 years, and have received four Grammy Nominations and a host of other national music awards. Their live performances have earned them a place in the hearts of children and parents everywhere. This is music for people who take their fun seriously, and the duo will host a songwriting workshop for children at 3:00pm the same day.

March 7: Senior Clarinet Recital – Paige Burris, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 9: Senior Voice Recital – Amanda Jones, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 12: Springtime Melodies, 3:00–4:30pm at First United Methodist – Joplin (501 W 4th St). The Joplin Area Organist’s Association presents a concert of music to celebrate the coming of spring. The program will include the 16 rank pipe organ, The Heritage String Quartet, The Heartland Flute Ensemble and First Voice (choral group from FUMC).

March 14: Senior Clarinet Recital – Reetha Haase, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 16: Wind Ensemble & Concert Band Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 16–26: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents A Little Princess, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays) A Little Princess spins the tale of Sara Crewe, a charismatic child with a wonderful story-telling ability. Sent to an English boarding school by her father, a military officer stationed in India, Sara uses her personality and imagination to create a circle of new friends. But, when tragedy strikes her life, will Sara’s courage hold out? This magical 20th century story of inner strength is based on the classic children’s book written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Tickets available for purchase at the door. Box office opens 45 minutes before show times. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-13. For more information, visit sgtj.com.

March 17 & 18: Brass Day, all-day at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

March 23: Pro Musica presents The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, 7:30pm at MSSU  Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with Tomo Keller, Director, is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music.  Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through its live performances and vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to 1985’s Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the Academy quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. The Academy will feature pianist Inon Barnatan.  Celebrated for his poetic sensibility, probing intellect, and consummate artistry, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan (“ee-NON BAR-na-tan”) currently serves as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. This unprecedented three-season appointment sees him appear as soloist in subscription concerts, take part in regular chamber performances, and act as ambassador for the orchestra. In 2015-16, he embarks on his second season with the Philharmonic, playing Mozart with Jaap van Zweden, Beethoven under Music Director Alan Gilbert. Tickets: $25 Premium seating (front 2/3 of auditorium); $20 General seating (back 1/3 of auditorium); $15 Balcony seating; $5 discount for students for premium, general and balcony seating. Tickets may be purchased at promusicajoplin.org with credit card, or at the Pro Musica office between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00pm with check or cash only. Please call 417.625.1822 first to be certain someone is there.

March 28: Siblings Improv presents The End Is Near, 8:00pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Ages 16+, free admission.

March 29–April 2: Joplin Little Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace, 7:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 West 1st St). A drama critic learns his family is comprised of lunatics and homicidal maniacs in this classic black comedy. General admission is $13, seniors and students are $11, and children age 12 and under are $5. Visit joplinlittletheatre.org to purchase tickets. For more information, call 417.623.3638 or email info@joplinlittletheatre.org. 

March 30: Senior Clarinet Recital – Angie Baker, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.


EVENTS

March 2: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm (kick-off at 5:00pm inside Joplin City Hall) 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. This event runs on the first Thursday of each month from March–October.

March 4: Portfolio Reviews, 10:00am–Noon & 1:00–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Area photographers will have the opportunity for critiques of their work by the PhotoSpiva 2017 juror, Orjan Henrikkson. Portfolio reviews will provide student, amateur and professional photographers with 15-minute, one-on-one reviews. Costs for the session is $15 for students and Spiva members, and $25 for the general public. Reservations are required. Contact Spiva Center for the Arts at 417.623.0183 for additional details. 

March 4: PhotoSpiva 2017 Award Presentation & Juror’s Lecture, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). International juror, Orjan Henrikkson will choose winners, and present cash prizes sponsored by the Freeman R. Johnson Trust. Juror’s lecture will immediately follow. Suggested donation $10. 

March 7: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.

March 9: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, Joplin Public Library. 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 $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

March 11: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Cost: Free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 14: Book Club: Mood Indigo, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). In partnership with MSSU and the Joplin Public Library, Spiva is hosting a 2-session English-language book club for Mood Indigo, Boris Vian’s 1947 novel from which the 2014 film is adapted. Both sessions will be held in the Rachel Salzer Library at Spiva, and will be led by faculty in the MSSU Department of English and Philosophy. The second session for the book club will be held Tuesday, March 28. Cost: Free.

March 14: How to Submit a Successful Festival Application, 6:30–8:30pm at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). Are you interested in learning how to submit a successful application for an art festival? During this workshop you will learn what festival directors and jurors consider good photos of your artwork and your booth. In addition, you’ll learn how to submit your application on Zapplication for the Joplin Arts Fest, as well as other art festivals. Even if you have already submitted festival applications using Zapp, this workshop will still be beneficial to you. For more information go www.joplinartsfest.com. RSVP to joplinartsfest@gmail.com. This workshop is offered by the organizing sponsors of the Joplin Arts Fest—Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture and Kiwanis Club of Joplin.

March 16: Coffee with Carver, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Featuring audience-centered discussion, photographs and artifacts, plus a variety of hands-on activities this series of programs focuses on lesser- known aspects of George Washington Carver’s life. You will learn more about the national park named in his honor, his life’s work and service to others, and his ability to find value and beauty in seemingly insignificant items. Bring a friend, grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea and enjoy this wintertime program. March’s topic: “Carver’s Agricultural Bulletins: Some Choice Wild Vegetables.” Park rangers will share the broad topics of Carver’s bulletins, focusing on the reasons for this title. Park volunteer Linda Simmons will discuss gardening and attendees will receive an heirloom tomato plant.

March 16: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Third Thursday is held on the third Thursday of each month, March–October.

March 16: Qu’Allah bénisse la France! / May Allah Bless France!, 7:00pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Tournées Film Festival grant is an initiative of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which endeavors to bring French cinema to American college and university campuses. Operating under the authority of a board of trustees with professional and logistical support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE aims to further international understanding by fostering French American cultural exchange and supporting contemporary creative work in the arts and education, to develop and support relationships between professionals in all creative fields, to encourage collaborative projects between cultural and educational institutions, and to combine the strengths of both the French and American systems of financial support for the arts and education. All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly, Assistant Professor French and director of the MSSU French program, will introduce the film.

March 20: C2C Arts Roundtable – Speed Networking with Joplin’s Arts & Cultural Community, 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you a member of Joplin’s arts and cultural community? Do you desire to put names to new faces and make meaningful connections? Those that attend will have the chance to meet everyone in the room at this Arts Roundtable. Come prepared to tell your story and brainstorm potential collaborations! C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. Feel free to invite interested staff and board members. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections.

March 24: The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour Spring 2017, 6:00–8:00pm at the Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin (104 South Joplin Ave). Think pre-shopping, casual atmosphere, mingling, the perfect fun night out! This is a pre-show to the Spring 2017 Hip Handmade Market. This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

March 24: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.

March 25: The Hip Handmade Market Spring 2017, 9:00am–4:00pm at the Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin (104 South Joplin Ave). This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! The $2 adult admission to the Market will directly benefit Art Feeds Joplin.

March 25: Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest – Awards Ceremony, 2:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Calling all fourth graders! It is time for the annual George Washington Carver Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest and fourth graders in public schools, private schools, and homeschools are encouraged to enter. Students are invited to write essays or create artwork based on the selected theme. Students may choose to enter both categories. The theme this year is a quote from George Washington Carver: “My work is that of conservation, the saving of things that the average person throws away.” Teachers, the word conservation has many meanings so it may be helpful to ask your students what conservation meant to George Washington Carver. Park volunteers are available to visit your classroom to explain the contest and theme with your students. Simply contact the park rangers and schedule a classroom visit. For further information, a teacher’s packet is available on the park website: www.nps.gov/gwca. Please call the park if you would like to receive materials by mail. Entries must be received or postmarked by February 17, 2017. Please mail or deliver entries to: George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the visitor center. Certificates, ribbons, and trophies will be awarded. Art and Essay is sponsored in partnership with the Carver Birthplace Association and Missouri Southern State University Department of Teacher Education. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or visit nps.org/gwca.

March 28: NALA Spell Ball 2017, 5:30–8:00pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The goal of this event is to promote literacy awareness and raise $10,000 to close the book on illiteracy. Low literacy affects entire communities. In Jasper and Newton County there are over 11,000 adults who lack basic literacy skills. Individuals at the lowest level of literacy have a higher unemployment rate, increased healthcare costs, a higher incarceration rate, and a lower earning potential. More alarming, children living in educationally and economically disadvantaged homes often enter school behind their peers and are more likely to drop out of school. The cycle of low literacy continues. Participation in Spell Ball supports adult learners in their efforts to increase essential skills – skills that give access to a better life and make a positive impact in our community. Admission is free. For more information, contact Kelsey Akee (479.621.3637/kuualoha09@gmail.com) or visit joplinnala.org.

March 28: Book Club: Mood Indigo, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). In partnership with MSSU and the Joplin Public Library, Spiva is hosting an English-language book club for Mood Indigo, Boris Vian’s 1947 novel from which the 2014 film is adapted. Both sessions will be held in the Rachel Salzer Library at Spiva, and will be led by faculty in the MSSU Department of English and Philosophy. Cost: Free.

March 30: FilmSpiva, 6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). Filmmakers, get your teams together and prepare for a whirlwind of creativity. Spiva Center for the Arts is hosting the Eighth Annual FilmSpiva 48-hour Film Competition. Contestants will meet in the Main Gallery at 6:00pm, Thursday, March 30, to receive this year’s criteria. Each team then has 48 hours to complete a 3-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6:00pm, Saturday, April 1. The cost is $10 per team. Films will be screened in the theater at Central Christian Center, 415 S. Main, during the April 6 First Thursday art walk. For additional details, contact Shaun Conroy at sconroy@spivaarts.org or 417.623.0183.

March 30: Loin des hommes / Far From Men, 7:00pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Tournées Film Festival grant is an initiative of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which endeavors to bring French cinema to American college and university campuses. Operating under the authority of a board of trustees with professional and logistical support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE aims to further international understanding by fostering French American cultural exchange and supporting contemporary creative work in the arts and education, to develop and support relationships between professionals in all creative fields, to encourage collaborative projects between cultural and educational institutions, and to combine the strengths of both the French and American systems of financial support for the arts and education. Dr. Zak Watson, chair of the MSSU Department of English and Philosophy, will introduce the film. All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly, Assistant Professor French and director of the MSSU French program, will introduce the film.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


EXHIBITS

March 4 – April 30: PhotoSpiva 2017, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 41st year, PhotoSpiva 2017 once again delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Sixty three images will be exhibited, chosen by Spiva’s first international juror, Orjan Henrikkson. It was a blind judging; Henrikkson had no knowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals, no categories to distinguish photographic processes. Henrikkson viewed over 500 images submitted by 97 photographers via the competition’s website, photospiva.org. The competition was open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as it resulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva. Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free). For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 4 – April 30: Jurors’ Works: Celebrating 40 Years of PhotoSpiva, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). To celebrate PhotoSpiva’s longevity and the professionals who crafted each year’s exhibit, Spiva is proud to mount a truly inique exhibit featuring the work of these acclaimed photographers, well-known educators, curators and authors from prestigious institutions. Each of these jurors are passionate about photography, and have committed vastly to the field in addition to jurying PhotoSpiva, the longest-running national photography exhibit of its kind.  This exhibit celebrates the competition itself, and the jurors who have created so many memorable exhibits. Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free). For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 5 – April 2: PhotoSpiva Kids 2017, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The Upstairs Gallery will feature the next generation of photographers with PhotoSpiva Shutterbugs and Kids. Viewers will delight in this representation of the world through the eyes of the young artists. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March: Reflective Perspective by Amber Mintert, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). A series of new mixed media work by Missouri Southern State University professor Amber Mintert. Meet and greet the artist during First Thursday ArtWalk on Thursday, March 2 from 5:30–8:30pm.

March: Red Trails and Prayers by Holly Gomez, Club 609 (609 S Main St). Native American artist Holly Gomez tells a story with her abstract paintings. Meet and greet the artist during First Thursday ArtWalk on Thursday, March 2 from 5:30–8:30pm.

March: In the Wood by Leigh-Erin Davis, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Mixed media artist Leigh-Erin Davis debuts work that tells the story of a wood nymph. Meet and greet the artist during First Thursday ArtWalk on Thursday, March 2 from 5:30–8:30pm. 

March: A Record of Who I Was and How I Felt by Luke Blevins, RSVPaint Joplin (410 S Main St). Mixed media works on wood panels by Missouri Southern State University student, Luke Blevins. Meet and greet the artist during First Thursday ArtWalk on Thursday, March 2 from 5:30–8:30pm. 

February 9 – March: Post Mail Art Projekt 2016, Post Art Library (300 S Main St). Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are happy to bring you Post Mail Art Projekt 2016! PMAP aims to encourage creative correspondence via so-called snail mail. PMAP has been collecting mail art entries created around the theme, “Self-Titled,” since July 2016. Come browse these creative correspondences from near and far. For more information, call 417.782.7678 or visit postartlibrary.org.

February 20 – March 17: Auschwitz KZ I-II, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). The series of photographs by internationally renowned photographer Örjan Henriksson offer a meditative study of light, texture and composition at the concentration camp. The photographs offer an important message of humanity and the horrors that saturated the spaces he photographed after many hours walking throughout the camp. An artist talk will be held in Webster Hall, Room 106 on February 27 from 2:00–3:00pm. A reception will be held February 27 from 3:00–5:00pm in the Gallery.


CLASSES

March 4: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) with Codi Byington – Picasso Party, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Let’s have fun making crazy art inspired by Picasso! Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org. 

March 6–May 29: Art Lounge (Ages 14-18), 4:30–6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring your sketchbook and pencils, paint, or whatever medium you prefer to work in and join your fellow teen artists in an open studio session. Each week local professional artists and Spiva staff members will oversee the studio space, providing teens with a chance to ask questions, get tips, and create alongside professionals. Forgot to bring your own supplies? No worries! Participants may pay a $5 fee to utilize Spiva’s Studio supply stash. Cost: Free. 

March 18: Wild Critters – Make and Learn Classes: Opossum Board Game, 9:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). For anyone 6 and older (children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult). $25 for a person, $12 each for additional family member, adults helping children free (a portion of the fee supports the nature center). Clay, all materials, and tutorial provided. Registration required by Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she replies to you. This class is presented by Pawpaw Patch Productions.

March 18: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) with Codi Byington – Under the Sea, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Dive down deep for an underwater inspired adventure! Join art teacher, Codi Byington as she leads us through fun and fishy crafts! Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

March 20: Recycling Adventures Art Camp (Ages 6-12), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Looking for something fun to do during spring break? Join teachign artist Sarah Serio on an adventure in green art and visual story telling! We will spend the week making masterpieces from a treasure trove of recyclable objects and learning fun, sustainable habits that keep us and our neighborhoods healthy! Cost: $35. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

March 20: Make and Take – Trade Beads (Ages 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at TBA location. Trade Beads is Pawpaw Patch Production’s most popular class because the process seems magical, and Cyndi Cogbill will be bringing it back by request. It isn’t the same old class either, she added more canes and new bead styles. Spend a rewarding, but relaxing evening using polymer clay to make replicas of the glass trades beads for bracelets, necklaces, light/fan pulls, and more. Cost $25 per person. Clay, tools, and instructions provided. Registration required by Noon on the Friday (Feb. 17) before the class/ Call 417-825–3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she replies to you.

March 22 & 23: Story In a Box (Ages 8-14), 1:00–4:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Alice in Wildcat Gladeland? Godzilla? Mystery? Or, imagine your own idea! Learn about plants and animals of our region. Paint a background; construct stand-up trees, plants, flowers and objects; add 3-D animal and character sculptures! Sign up to produce this exciting and unusual habitat diorama in our two-day class! Taught by Anne-Marie Gailey. All materials and snack provided. Registration and payment taken until Wednesday March 15th. Cost: $50.00 (payment by check or cash only to instructor).

March 28 (Tuesdays until May 2): Siblings Improv presents Improv 101, 7:00–9:00pm at JB’s Downtown (112 S Main St). Learn the basics of Improv Comedy with Siblings Improv. $50 for the entire course. To sign up email siblingsimprov@gmail.com.


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Thursday | 10am–1pm

Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hr, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hr, 8-week course). For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Saturday | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.


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

Wednesday | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor 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. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Third Thursday | 6–8:30pm | Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+)
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. Call 417-553-0835 to register.


Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesday | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun, functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturday | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).


Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesday | 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesday | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom

Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.


RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Tuesday–Saturday: 7–9pm
Saturday: 1–3pm – Family Paint

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door. Family rates apply for Family Paint.


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

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Tuesday | March 7–May 30 | 3:45–5:00pm | Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door
Drop in Thursday 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.

Young Artist Studio (Ages 7-13)
Tuesday | March 7–April 25 | 5:15–3:45pm | Cost: $80 (for 7 weeks)
This 7-week session will help young artists develop their skills and nurture that creative seed! Led by professional teaching artist, Sara Serio, students will explore a range of new media such as charcoal, sculpture, and printmaking. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Taught by Sarah Serio.

Memories in the Making
Thursday | 10:00am–Noon | Cost: Free
Memories in the making is back! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts.


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St)
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Sunday | 1–7pm | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S Main St)
Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in between the hours of 1–7pm and you can come paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

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