Featured artwork by Kristine Hites

What’s coming up in August 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout August in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


August 19 & 20: Zerkapalooza 2016 Music & Food Truck Festival, gates for music open at 4pm each day, Main Stage is located at Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). A celebration of food, music, and people. Visit downtown businesses while enjoying all the activities planned at Memorial Hall. The main stage is located inside Memorial Hall, while Downtown venues (JBs, Whiskey Dicks, Blackthorn, Old Broadway Club, and ER) will also host musical acts. For more info, a full lineup of events and ticket prices, visit: Amusements, games, vendors, and food trucks will be available.

August 26: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra British Invasion, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center. Featuring terrific new arrangements of classic rock songs made famous by British artists and songwriters, the 18-piece Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will take you back to the 1960s and 70s. Led by artistic director/conductor Clint Ashlock, the big band with two vocalists will feature such selections as “She’s Not There” by Santana, “Norwegian Wood” and “Nowhere Man,” by the Beatles, “Paint It Black” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones, “She’s Not There” by The Zombies, “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, and “Downtown by Petula Clark. Through concert performances and educational endeavors, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra strives to preserve the rich heritage of jazz, nurture its growth, and encourage the appreciation of America’s classical music as a viable art form. Tonight’s concert is one of its rare appearances away from Kauffman Center’s 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall, where the KCJO regularly performs. Free and open to the public.


August 1 & 2: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions – RENT, 7pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). No need to prepare a song. Auditions will consist of learning sections from “Seasons of Love.” Come prepared to dance. Callbacks will be Wednesday, August 3rd. For more information, contact Joplin Little Theatre at (417) 623-3638.

August 2: 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.

August 4: 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.

August 4: Cardboard City Build, 5:30 – 8:30pm on the Joplin Public Library Lawn (300 S Main St). Join Spiva on the lawn of the Joplin Public Library as we build a city from cardboard boxes during First Thursday Art Walk. All ages welcome. Boxes provided by Arrow Box Co.

August 5–7: Emancipation “Park Day” Celebration, Friday: 6–11pm, Saturday: 9am–8pm, Sunday: 9am–6pm at Ewert Park Joplin. The Emancipation “Park Day” Celebration has been hosted in Joplin since 1927 to promote cultural diversity and ensure the historical significance of Emancipation in America is not forgotten. This event celebrates African-American freedom and achievement while promoting diversity and respect for all cultures. The theme for this year is “A Family Affair.” Click here for a lineup of activities for the festival. There is something for everyone!

August 6: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. “Coloring Book Club” is a collaborative effort between Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. Coffee for the Club is generously donated by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters in Carthage, MO. Snacks are provided by Hedman Chiropractic. Free and open to the public. Save your spot with free registration online:

August 11: 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. You can connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

August 13: Shoal Creek Water Festival, 9am–3pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. This family fun event is FREE to the public and all ages are welcome. Try your hand at making a cardboard boat and then enter it in the Cardboard Boat Race! There will be educational booths from organizations around the Four State Area, nature programs for the kids, as well as a Shoebox Boat Race for the kiddos! This year they are celebrating Wildcat Park’s 100th Anniversary and will have more activities than ever before including: a catch and release kids fishing tournament, Antique Car Show, 100th Anniversary Timeline Loop to take us back over the years,  Live Falconry Presentation, Tube Slide, Dunk Tank, and make sure to visit our food concession or watermelon booth for some treats. Try your luck and buy some ducks and cheer them to victory at the annual duck race!

August 18: Downtown Joplin Alliance’s 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.

August 19: First Annual Broadway Bash Block Party & Mural Design Projection, 5–9:30pm at Mineral Avenue (between Broadway and Hill Streets). S.O.S. Ministries is excited to host the first annual Broadway Bash Block Party in conjunction with the East Town Mural Project’s Mural Design Projection. Enjoy food, music, games, inflatables, frozen yogurt, face painting, and a children’s art activity. All free of charge! At dark, the mural design will be projected onto the mural wall. All are invited to help trace the mural design onto the wall!

August 25: MSSU British Film Festival – A Hard Day’s Night, 7pm, MSSU Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Celebrate Missouri Southern’s “British Invasion” by revisiting the Beatles’ debut feature film! The movie, following a fictionalized “day in the life” of the rock band, surprised many by turning out to be both witty and stylish, thanks to the Beatles’ engaging personalities and the talents of the American director, Richard Lester, who used all sorts of innovative film techniques to capture the excitement, exhilaration – and exhaustion! – of Beatlemania. Free and open to the public. (dir. Richard Lester, 1964, 85 min.)

August 26: 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.

August 26: Northpark Mall’s First Annual Indoor Art Fair Artist Deadline, Midnight at online form. In celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month (October) in Joplin, MO, Northpark Mall will host it’s first annual Indoor Art Fair in cooperation with Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC). The Art Fair will take place over three days in October – Fri, October 14–Sun, October 16. Are you an artist interested in participating? Deadline to register is August 26 at midnight.

August 27 & 28: Kristine Hites Workshop – Luscious Vibrant Clay, time TBD at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). Explore altered wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces with an emphasis on decorating and glazing techniques. Two days with surface decoration demonstrations including underglaze inlay, slip trailing, stamps, sprigs. Glaze application demonstrations will include brushing, spraying, slip-trailing and latex resist. Full Workshop rate: Non-Member: $75; Phoenix Members: $40. One-day rate: Non-Member: $50; Phoenix Members: $30.

August 27 & 28: East Town Mural Project Community Painting Days, 10am–4pm each day at Broadway and Mineral Streets. Come make your mark on the East Town Mural Project. Anyone from the community can come help paint the mural on these days!

August 30: MSSU British Film Festival – Sense and Sensibility, 7pm, MSSU Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Will the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, survive a sudden loss of fortune and find happiness and husbands? Find out in this engaging film, perhaps the most satisfying of all the film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. Director Ang Lee’s gorgeous presentation features a stunning cast – Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson and the late Alan Rickman, among many others – and an Academy Award-winning screenplay by Thompson herself. Free and open to the public. (dir. Ang Lee, 1995, 135 min.)

Throughout August: Joplin Flag Submissions, All-Day at After watching a TED Talk by Roman Mars called “Why city flags might be the worst thing you’ve never noticed,” a group of local residents decided it was time to redesign the Joplin flag. Great communities deserve great flags. These locals seek a flag that accurately represents Joplin – one that would be proudly flown! The goal is to engage the people of Joplin and educate them about the principles of good flag design, ask them to wrestle with Joplin’s identity, help them submit flag design ideas, and lastly give them a voice to decide what the winning flag should be from a group of finalists that will be selected by judges. Flag design submissions will be accepted until September 8th. A panel of judges will narrow the submissions to five finalists that will be announced on September 15th. The community can then vote for their favorite until October 15th and the winner will be announced on October 20th. The group will set up a booth at Third Thursdays.


July 16 – September 4: Wild Fabrications, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A world of animals both real and fantastical created in layered and stitched visual work. Bold color, whimsical imagery, beautiful realism, and humor either ebullient or dark typify this exhibit of art quilts. A juried exhibition featuring works by artist-members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

July 16 – September 4: Jessie Montes: Out of the Box, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Growing up impoverished in Northern Mexico, Jesus (Jessie) Montes had to create his own toys. His early desire to create something from nothing became the basis for art that utilized what was readily available: corrugated cardboard. Montes, who passed away in 2013, was represented by prestigious galleries in New York, Seattle, and San Antonio and was featured in Raw Vision, the noted London-based magazine devoted to self-taught artists. Gallery owner Phyllis Kind once commented that Jessie was an outsider artist who “invented his own vocabulary of visual form.” The exhibit will feature landscapes, portraits, abstract designs and 3-D works. Opening Reception: Fri, July 15, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free).

August: St. Avips Invitational, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Back by popular demand, the St. Avips Invitational features artists who donated 75%­-100% of the proceeds from the sale of their art during the 2016 St. Avips Ball to benefit Spiva Center for the Arts. The exhibit is Spiva’s way of saying “thank you” to these artistic benefactors. From clay and woodworking to oil and multimedia, artists represented in this exhibit are invited to contribute up to three works, of which two will be chosen for display. Visitors will recognize works by their favorite regional artists, and several of the participating artists have designated 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their work during this exhibit to benefit Spiva.

August: MSSU Summer in Sweden, Post Art Library (300 South Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801). MSSU student artwork inspired by travels to Sweden in Summer 2016.


Tuesdays: Line Dancing Class at Joplin Square Dance Center (204 S Joplin Ave). 10–10:30am: Ultra Beginner | 10:30–11:30am: High Beginner | 11:30am–12:30pm: High Beginner to Intermediate. Cost $5 per half-hour/$10 per hour. For more information call Tyra Farris (Instructor/Choreographer) at 785-640-0544. Pre-registration not required. These classes will run through September.

August 13: Vino & Van Gogh, 10am–12:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. “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. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at (417) 553-0835.


August 1–5: Summer Mud Camp 2016 – In The Garden (Ages 8-12), 9am–Noon at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). Students will make the following projects: Large Leaf Slab Bowl, Flower Finials, Tree Beard Mask, Thrown flower pot and drip catch plate, A Set of Garden Markers (Herb Stakes), Reverse Tie-dye T-Shirt. Cost $175 for Non-Members and $150 for members. Annual Membership is $25 for a student and $75 for a Family. Camp will be led by Geoffrey Kunkler. To register, call 417.437.9281.

Aug 1, 8: Summer Tween Art Camp with Amber Mintert (Ages 11-14), 1–4pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Tweens, it’s not time to go back to school just yet, so come explore your creative side in this 4-week summer art camp. Instructor Amber Mintert will teach a range of mediums, help students develop their skills, and have tons of fun! Minimum of 6 students for classes to hold, except where specified, and 20 maximum. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $75. Preregistration and more information: 417.623.0183.

August 2, 3, 4: Clay Camp II with Lacey Santillan (Ages: 6-12), 12:30–5:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd). Did you like the first round of clay camp? Then sign-up for a second session! Join Ceramic Artist Lacey Santillan on a journey to hand building ceramic pieces. This camp will focus on the main building techniques to create a coil pot, ceramic whistle, slab container, and many more sculpture pieces. Don’t miss out! Preregistration and more information: 417.623.0183. Cost: $100.

August 9, 10, 11: Glass Camp II* with Jane McCaulley (Ages: 9-12), 12:30–5:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). If you didn’t get enough of the first glass camp, master instructor Jane McCaulley is teaching a second round of glass camp! This is a great opportunity to take what you learned in the first camp and really develop those skills. Or if this is your first glass camp, you will learn all about the different tools and components of glass. Please wear closed-toed shoes to this camp; safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own. Preregistration and more information: 417.623.0183. Cost: $100.

For a full listing of Summer Art Camps in Joplin, visit


Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
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. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
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. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
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. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

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

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at 

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

Wednesdays | 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.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 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 and 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.

Saturdays | 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)

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 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)

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 on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm


Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
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.
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.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

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