May 2020

Posted on May 6, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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

Featured Image: Come Fly with Me by Jake Deer, on display May 1 – 31, 2020 at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company.

In light of recent events, please confirm with organizations before attending listed events. Out of respect for our arts, culture, and entertainment organizations, C2C has included cancelled and postponed events to recognize the hard work and effort behind previously planned programming. To review C2C’s action-plan and resources during this time, click here.


CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES

The events listed below are creative alternatives offered by area arts and cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Please confirm the events below are still occurring before attending.

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

All Month: Bookhouse Cinema Online Streaming on Bookhouse Cinema’s website. Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Though Bookhouse is temporarily closed at this time, you can still stream a variety of films while supporting them online. You can start streaming by visiting bookhousejoplin.com/nowplaying. More information: Holly Crane, 417.825.5161.

All Month: Urban Art Gallery Online Art Sale on Facebook. Spruce up your home décor with a one-of-kind painting from local artist, Debbie Reed! With each painting, Reed pushed the envelope of what could be done on canvas while staying true to her varied styles. Purchase a 16″x12″ canvas wrap by calling 417.438.5931 and pickup or delivery will be arranged! Visit facebook.com/urbanartgalleryjoplin to view the available pieces. More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

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

All Month: Create N Sip Create2Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

All Month: Come Fly with Me by Jake Deer at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Travel to dizzying heights with local, aerial photographer, Jake Deer! With their bird’s-eye-view perspective, his drones capture the Four-State region like you’ve never seen it before. Deer’s work will be displayed at the front of the store for the convenience and safety of guests. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

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

March 21 – July 18: PhotoSpiva at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror April M. Watson, Ph.D. The week of the exhibit opening, Watson will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. To view this highly anticipated exhibit, visit spivaarts.org/7689-2/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21 – July 10: Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. Bidding available online at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 24 – May 8: C2C Weekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. After Connect2Culture’s first virtual roundtable, one thing was clear: we may be distant, but we don’t have to be disconnected. To keep the arts and cultural community connected during this time, C2C is introducing a new, weekly opportunity: C2C Weekly Check-Ins. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another. And, you and your organization are invited to join in the conversation! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration can be made via the ticket button in the Facebook event page (preferred), email (info@connect2culture.org), or phone (417.501.5550). You will receive invite instructions via email on the Thursday before each check-in. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 7: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6:00pm on Facebook. Missing Spiva Trivia Night? There’s no need! Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook! Put your knowledge of random things to the test as you answer questions in the comments from the comfort of your own home. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. 

May 13: Moving from Mess to Masterpiece: Reawakening your Creativity, 10:30am & 9:30pm via Zoom. Art journaler and therapist, Ann Leach, leads a conversation on inducing creativity amidst these odd times. Ann will guide participants through an appreciative inquiry process designed to help kick feelings of guilt, stress, and creative paralysis so you can welcome inspiration, ideas and clarity back to your studios. Bring your journal, sketchbook, coffee, open mind, and willing heart to this inspiring creativity session. To join either the morning or evening session via Zoom, please email Spiva at spiva@spivaarts.org for reservation. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Mondays Sundays: Local Color Art Gallery & Studio Art Auction on Facebook. Who doesn’t love online shopping? Support local artists while maintaining your social distancing practices with Local Color Art Gallery & Studio’s weekly Art Auctions! Auctions end on Sundays at 8:00pm. For full details, visit facebook.com/localcolorartgalleryjoplin. More information: Margie Moss, 417.553.0835.  

Tuesdays in May: Virtual May Story Time Pottery, 11:00am–2:00pm on Facebook Live. May is all about mothers at Firehouse Pottery Joplin! Celebrate your mother during Virtual Mary Story Time Pottery by enjoying a sweet story and then painting an adorable vase. Sign up now at placefull.com/may-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin/. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Wednesdays in May: Cooking with Community, 2:00–5:00pm on Facebook Live. Learn how to cook some of the community’s favorite dishes with the leaders and members of Minnie Hackney Community Service Center! Watch and follow along on their Facebook page and create a delectable meal for you and your family. If you have a meal to share with the community, contact the Minnie Hackney Community Service Center via email at cscjoplin1946@gmail.com. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525. 

Fridays in May: Virtual May Story Time Pottery, 5:00–7:00pm on Facebook Live. May is all about mothers at Firehouse Pottery Joplin! Celebrate your mother during Virtual Mary Story Time Pottery by enjoying a sweet story and then painting an adorable vase. Sign up now at placefull.com/may-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin/. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Saturdays in May: Karen’s Dance Studio: Saturday Morning Virtual Dance Class, 10:00am on Facebook Live. Start your weekend off the right way with a virtual dance class from Karen’s Dance Studio! From hip hop and ballet to dances from across the world, each class will have you on your feet. Tune in at facebook.com/KarensDanceStudio/. Free and open to the public. More information: Nicole Amayo, info@karensdancestudio.com, 417.623.1093.

Saturdays in May: Empire Market Curbside, 10:30am–12:30pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St).The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. Though we can’t gather there at this time, you can still order online for curbside pickup (order deadline is Thursdays at 8:00pm) at localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Order pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30–12:30pm.  More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.


PERFORMANCES:

May 9: Dance Monkey Dance feat. Doug Dicharry (Ages 10+), 6:00pm (doors 5:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Doug Dicharry, formerly of the Ben Miller Band, brings his own unique style to The Coda Concert House with his incredible one-man band! There is a suggested, minimum donation of $10. 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.

May 15: Toronzo Cannon (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Critically acclaimed Chicago blues singer, Toronzo Cannon, has remained one of the latest fixtures in the blues genre. After playing an electrifying set at the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival, Cannon was recognized as one of the nation’s top blues artists. Today, Cannon thrills audiences with each performance and asserts his prowess through his sharp guitar playing and soulful lyrics. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing. 

May 27 31: [POSTPONED] Joplin Little Theatre: Bonnie and Clyde the Musical, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). With music by Frank Weldhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell, this production centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. The music is described as a “non-traditional score, combining rock-a-billy, blues, and gospel.” Parental discretion advised. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Children $8. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

May 28 – 30: [CANCELLED] Heartland Opera Theatre Presents: Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching, 7:00pm (Saturday, 2:00pm) at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). Why waste an evening on a boring blind date? Just spend a few minutes each with a lot of singles, to see if you click. This delightful musical treat explores the modern dating phenomenon with wit, merriment, and (of course) music. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.

May 30: Jeremiah Jones & The RiverBand (Ages 10+), 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). This four-piece troupe of troubadours is organically grown from the finest ingredients that the Ozark Hill Country has to offer. Jeremiah Jones and The RiverBand offers up everything from Roots-Rocking Barnburners to melodious, lyrical journeys that are sure to captivate. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $10. 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.


EVENTS:

Monthly on Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm 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 Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

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

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

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

May 1: C2C Weekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. 2:00pm via Zoom. After Connect2Culture’s first virtual roundtable, one thing was clear: we may be distant, but we don’t have to be disconnected. To keep the arts and cultural community connected during this time, C2C is introducing a new, weekly opportunity: C2C Weekly Check-Ins. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another. And, you and your organization are invited to join in the conversation! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration can be made via the ticket button in the Facebook event page (preferred), email (info@connect2culture.org), or phone (417.501.5550). You will receive invite instructions via email on the Thursday before each check-in. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 1: Social Distancing and Spring Cleaning, 5:30–7:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Feeling cooped up? Finished your own spring cleaning? Enjoy planting flowers? Social distance and spring clean with Downtown Joplin Alliance! Meet DJA across from Joplin Avenue Coffee Company in downtown Joplin and receive an assigned area where you can work on flower beds, mulching, and picking up trash. If you have rakes, gardening gloves, or brooms, bring them! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

May 3: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 7: [ONLINE] First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm on Facebook (tentative). 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May 7: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6:00pm on Facebook. Missing Spiva Trivia Night? There’s no need! Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook! Put your knowledge of random things to the test as you answer questions in the comments from the comfort of your own home. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

May 8: C2C Weekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. After Connect2Culture’s first virtual roundtable, one thing was clear: we may be distant, but we don’t have to be disconnected. To keep the arts and cultural community connected during this time, C2C is introducing a new, weekly opportunity: C2C Weekly Check-Ins. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another. And, you and your organization are invited to join in the conversation! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration can be made via the ticket button in the Facebook event page (preferred), email (info@connect2culture.org), or phone (417.501.5550). You will receive invite instructions via email on the Thursday before each check-in. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

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

May 14: Joplin Writer’s Guild, 6:00pm at the Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

May 17: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 19: C2C Roundtable: Copyright Law Workshop with KCVLAA, 6:00pm via Zoom. Copyright laws can be confusing and intimidating but are vital for protecting artists’ and arts organizations’ work. Join Don Simon from the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyer and Accountants for the Arts to learn more about copyright laws, how to obtain a copyright, and how they can benefit you or your organization. RSVP required. Email info@connect2culture.org with your name and organization you will be representing to RSVP. 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. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 21: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649. 

May 23: 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.

May 24: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

May 30: South Middle School 2nd Annual Spring Market, 9:00am–3:00pm at South Middle School (900 E 50th St). South Middle School’s annual Spring Market is an arts and craft show with a variety of vendors offering quality goods at reasonable prices. Scour racks and booths for the best deals, grab a bite at a local food truck, and enter a raffle to win a gift basket! Cost: Adults $5, School Age Children $1, Children four and under admitted for free. More information: Alison Russell, alisonrussell@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5250.

May 31: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.


EXHIBITS:

May 1 31: Come Fly with Me by Jake Deer at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Travel to dizzying heights with local, aerial photographer, Jake Deer! With their bird’s-eye-view perspective, his drones capture the Four-State region like you’ve never seen it before. Deer’s work will be displayed at the front of the store for the convenience and safety of guests. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 21 – July 10: Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. Bidding available online at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21 July 18: PhotoSpiva at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror April M. Watson, Ph.D. The week of the exhibit opening, Watson will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. View this highly anticipated exhibit at spivaarts.org/7689-2/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

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

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

Tuesdays in May: Virtual May Story Time Pottery, 11:00am–2:00pm on Facebook Live. May is all about mothers at Firehouse Pottery Joplin! Celebrate your mother during Virtual Mary Story Time Pottery by enjoying a sweet story and then painting an adorable vase. Sign up now at placefull.com/may-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin/. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Fridays in May: Virtual May Story Time Pottery, 5:00–7:00pm on Facebook Live. May is all about mothers at Firehouse Pottery Joplin! Celebrate your mother during Virtual Mary Story Time Pottery by enjoying a sweet story and then painting an adorable vase. Sign up now at placefull.com/may-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin/. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Saturdays in May: Karen’s Dance Studio: Saturday Morning Virtual Dance Class, 10:00am on Facebook Live. Start your weekend off the right way with a virtual dance class from Karen’s Dance Studio! From hip hop and ballet to dances from across the world, each class will have you on your feet. Tune in at facebook.com/KarensDanceStudio/. Free and open to the public. More information: Nicole Amayo, info@karensdancestudio.com, 417.623.1093.

May 13: Moving from Mess to Masterpiece: Reawakening your Creativity, 10:30am & 9:30pm via Zoom. Art journaler and therapist, Ann Leach, leads a conversation on inducing creativity amidst these odd times. Ann will guide participants through an appreciative inquiry process designed to help kick feelings of guilt, stress, and creative paralysis so you can welcome inspiration, ideas and clarity back to your studios. Bring your journal, sketchbook, coffee, open mind, and willing heart to this inspiring creativity session. To join either the morning or evening session via Zoom, please email Spiva at spiva@spivaarts.org for reservation. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays: [CANCELLED] Creation Station (Ages 6-11), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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

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

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays in May: Cooking with Community, 2:00–5:00pm on Facebook Live. Learn how to cook some of the community’s favorite dishes with the leaders and members of Minnie Hackney Community Service Center! Watch and follow along on their Facebook page at facebook.com/Minnie-Hackney-Community-Service-Center-of-Joplin-468486097223435/ and create a delectable meal for you and your family. If you have a meal to share with the community, contact the Minnie Hackney Community Service Center via email at cscjoplin1946@gmail.com. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525. 


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

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

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

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

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