What’s coming up in August 2017? 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 5: Heartland Opera Theatre at Spiva, 7:30–9:30pm at Spiva Center For the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Homage to Influential Women. Come hear opera performances that reflect both prominent female figures as well as the impact that women have had on our lives and society. Enjoy a special performance in the Main Gallery. Cost for this performance is $10 a person. For more information visit www.spivaarts.org/events or call 417.623.0183.

August 6: Joplin Comedy presents Dave Waite w/ Logan Guntzelman, 6:00–9:00pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Los Angeles-based comedian Dave Waite is a charismatic oddball whose shows are non-stop fun. Thanks in part to stellar performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and Last Comic Standing, comedy fans everywhere are enthralled by the Kentucky native’s offbeat outlook on life. Opening for David is Logan Guntzelman, another L.A.-based comic who’s spending her summer touring the Midwest and the South. Back at home she’s performed at the Improv, the Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory, and UCB, and she’s been a part of the NY Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Expo, and CROMFest in Denver. For more information visit www.joplincomedy.com.

August 17, 18 & 19: JBs Downtown Music Fest 2017, 5:00–11:30pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Different bands are scheduled to perform at different times throughout the festival. For a complete lineup and tickets, visit https://jbsdowntownjoplin.ticketleap.com.


August 1: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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.

August 1: Tri-State Gem and Mineral Club Meeting, at Joplin Museum Complex (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). For hours and more information call 417.623.1180.

August 1: Movies in the Park – Lego Batman, 9:00–11:00pm at Schifferdecker Park (by the pool). Grab your blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie “Lego Batman” under the stars on a monster blow-up movie screen! For more information call 417.625.4750.

August 3: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in various venues throughout 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.

August 4: Visual Arts Education Summit: STEAM, 8:30am–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St).  This is a one day professional development workshop introducing three different creative problem solving systems – Design Thinking, Disney Effect, and Accessing the Intuitive. Working in randomly assigned teams, participants will be given an open-ended question based on National Science Standards. Using Design Thinking, they will have time to solve the problem posed by the question. The participants will then repeat the process using the Accessing the Intuitive technique. The Disney Effect will be explored using a discussion format. Register now at www.spivaarts.org/events or call 417.623.0183. $50/person.

August 4: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–9:00pm at different venues throughout Downtown Joplin each month. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. Its a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free Admission.

August 5: Pillar Awards Night, at Stained Glass Theater Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). For more information call 417.553.0755.
August 4 & 5: Workshop with Wylliams/Henry, 11:00am–4:00pm at Midwest Regional Ballet (2101 Stephens Blvd). Learn from dancers, choreographers, and teachers with highly-esteemed, professional experience to push your dance ability and artistry to the next level! Midwest Regional Ballet is proud to welcome such a respected dance company as the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company to the Joplin area! For more information on Wylliams/Henry, please visit http://wylliams-henry.org/! Cost for both days is $85. To register, please call 417.439.9549.

August 4–6: Joplin Emancipation Park Day Celebration 2017, Ewert Park. The Emancipation Celebration Committee will be presenting its 2017 Annual Emancipation “Park Day” Celebration. Emancipation “Park Days” is a Joplin tradition, having been celebrated annually since at least 1914. The purpose of Emancipation “Park Days” Celebration is to provide a cultural event that educates on African American freedom and achievement. The event promotes cultural diversity and respect for all cultures. This event is also used to support other Committee objectives which are to serve, educate and advocate in our community. As in years past, they have three full days of community activities planned and are extremely excited about increasing community participation, while also attracting visitors from surrounding areas. Activities include: live entertainment, 11th annual car show, kids fun run, resource booths, Kids Fest, Movie in the Park, free swim, kids picnic, historical re-enactments, kids crafts, and much more!  All activities are free to the public, everyone is welcome! Historically, Emancipation Celebration has been a time of family reunion for local African American families. However, with Joplin, MO having only a 7% African American population, families have bi-racial children, mixed-race marriages, and adopted children from various ethnic backgrounds, the celebration aims to teach African American history and culture while uniting all races in the community. Friday hours: 6:30–10:00pm. Saturday hours: 9:00am–9:00pm. Sunday hours: 9:00am–4:30pm.

August 7 & 8: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions for Heathers the Musical, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Synopsis: Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D. who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under. For auditions, please be prepared to dance, read from the script, and sing selections from the show. Every role in this cast is required to sing. Please be familiar with the show music and content. For more information please call 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.

August 10: Joplin Writers Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main 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 $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

August 12: Shoal Creek Water Festival 2017, 9:00am–3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Join Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center for a day of water fun! Watch the infamous Cardboard Boat and Shoebox Boat Races, cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race, and learn about water quality, conservation and ecology at one of the water activity booths. Enjoy the dunk tank, super soakers and many musical performances at the entertainment tent. For a full lineup of activities, or to learn more about participating in a race, visit wildcatglades.audubon.org. For more information call 417.782.6287.

August 12: 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.

August 12: Artist Talk, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center For the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Laurie Spencer presents her exhibit: Anemoi, Breath of the Morning Sky, Ceramic Whistles. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

August 17: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street 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.

August 19: FALL into Health, 10:30am–12:30pm at Joplin Greenhouse & The Marketplace (2820 E 32nd St). You wont want to miss this health awareness event. Spend the morning enjoying yoga, nature, samples and giveaways. This will be a free outdoor event, but a donation is suggested for Wildcat Glades. Please bring a mat, water and a pal. For more information call 417.624.2751.

August 20: Blackthorn Comedy Open Mic, 9:00pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy for their free open-mic Comedy Night. This is a place for comedians of all experience levels to get on stage and work on new and old stuff. Open-mic is a fun show with anywhere from 8-15 comedians and are always free. For more information visit www.joplincomedy.com.

August 21: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Three featured poets will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at ablevins@pittstate.edu.

August 25 & 26: Storytelling Festival, 6:00–8:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). To celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday all weekend long, visitors are invited to come hear the stories these special places and spaces hold with various storytellers. The units protect not only scenic beauty in places like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite but powerful stories, like George Washington Carver, and more. For more information call 417.325.4151.

August 25: Fourth Friday Film Night, Potluck at 6:00pm; Movie begins at 6:30pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artist 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.

August 27: Founders Day Program, 11:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Established by the Organic Art of 1916, the park staff invites visitors to attend a special ranger led program and share their favorite National Park Service memories. For more information call 417.325.4151.


August: The Inner Power of Color by Connie Miller, Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main St). The Inner Power Of Color relates to the way early expressionists used color and form to express how they felt about their subjects. Color can also bring out emotions in the viewer. Connie Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Art and a Masters in Psychology. She believes these two studies work together to help her create modern expressionistic paintings with a fauvist approach of using form and color to represent emotional reactions to realistic subjects.

August: Life at the Beach, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Reception: During First Thursday ArtWalk, August 3, 5:30–8:30pm. A group show, including work from: Linda Teeter, Kristin Girard, Merlen White, Connie Miller, Dustin Miller, Mary Datum, Todd Williams, Philip Ledbetter, Annabelle Seelye Fuhr, Sam Bullette, and Cindy Head. Several mediums depicting life at the beach by showing ocean fun, creatures of the deep, as well as beauty of the sea.

July 28 – September 24: A Bell(e)s Ball: Porcelain Figures by Linda Ganstrom, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The various roles of women in the late 20th and early 21st century, their connection and responsibility to their community and the environment, as well as the changing perceptions of women’s potential are reflected in Linda’s figurative sculptures. Opening Reception: Fri, July 28, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free.) For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

July 28 – September 24: Anemoi, Breath of the Morning Sky, Ceramic Whistles by Laurie Spencer, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Sponsored by Sharon Beshore Featuring sculptural organic whistles, Spencer is interested in using sound as the voice of the sculpture as a means of giving them a sense of life. The whistles are not meant as musical instruments, but rather as organic “living” sensuous forms. Opening Reception: Fri, July 28, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free.) For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

August: Artwork by Taylor Kubicek, Club 609 (609 S Main St). Taylor Kubicek works primarily in oils. His contemporary realist style lends itself to contemplative symbolism by exploring the subtle emotional qualities of familiar objects. His figurative works often reflect common archetypes found in life. He received his BFA Studio Art degree from MSSU. 

Ongoing: Post Art Library’s Art Medley, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). A medley of artwork by local and regional artists as presented by Post Art Library. Photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, and encaustic works are on display. This is Post Art Library’s first exhibit in their new building.


August 2 & 5: Wiggle Worms, 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Earthworms aren’t gross! They’re really pretty cool animals, and are very important to plants and other animals, like birds. Come learn about the life of an earthworm and how they help us grow food. We’ll go on a worm hunt and see what we can dig up in the garden! Due to popularity, pre-registration is highly suggested. For more information call 417.782.6281 or email rstandridge@audubon.org. Cost for this class is free.

August 5: Free Beginning Bee Seminar, 10:00am–1:00pm at Joplin Greenhouse & The Marketplace (2820 E 32nd St). The speaker for this seminar will be Dale Foley. It is free to the public if you would like more information pleas call 417.624.2751.

August 12 & 13: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture. For more information call 417.325.4151.

August 12 & 13: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00–2:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). George Washington Carver was more than just a scientist; he was also a talented artist. Visit the park for a closer look at Carver the artist and how artistry brought joy to his life. For more information call 417.325.4151.

August 12: Sgraffito Workshop, 2:00–5:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Learn a cool technique for adding texture and beauty to your pottery from Sylvia Schultze. Everything will be provided all you have to do is bring your creative self. Cost for this workshop is $65. Call to secure your spot by calling 417.623.1455.

August 17: Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+), 6:00pm 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. This class occurs on the third Thursday of each month. Call 417.553.0835 to register.

August 19: Introduction to Bee-Keeping, 10:00–11:30am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Bees are critical pollinators of cultivated crops and many plants in natural ecosystems, but they’ve been declining for various reasons. Join local bee-keeper Dale Foley on National Honey Bee Day to learn the basics of bee-keeping so you can start your own hive. Handouts will be available. Cost is $4 per person for members and $8 for non-members. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email rstandridge@audubon.org.

August 19: Vet Art: Clay-More, 1:00–3:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Learn the art of “throwing” clay on a potter’s wheel in the professional studios of Crackpot Pottery. This workshop will cover centering clay on the wheel, throwing, trimming finished pieces, glazing, and firing. Participants will have their pieces glazed (color finish) and fired for pickup at a later date. Class size limited to 10 veterans. Cost: $10. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. 


There are many summer arts camps happening in Joplin this year. For the complete listing see our separate document titled “Summer Art Camps and Classes 2017” – https://connect2culture.org/summerartcamps2017/


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.

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.

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

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2–6pm, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 South Main). 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 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches 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. The fee is $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Third & Fourth Thursdays: Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+), 6–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 South Main). 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 & Wednesdays: Monthly Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11:00am–2:00pm and 6:00–9:00pm. 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! Each monthly clay class includes 4 (3 hour classes) of instruction. It is recommended that students join the first week of each month. Advanced students may join mid-session. $120 Phoenix Members; $150 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon, Phoenix Fired Art. 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).

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Tuesday & Thursday: 2:00–4:00pm & 7:00–9:00pm
Friday: 7:00–9:00pm
Saturday: 1:00–3:00pm (Family Paint) & 7:00–10:00pm
Sunday: 2:00–4:00pm
Sometimes classes on Monday

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.

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

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). 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.


Everyday: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Artduring 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, $40 for seniors, $50 for adults and $100 for a family. 

Monday & Friday: 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.

Wednesday (2:00–7:00pm) & Sunday (4:00–9:00pm) | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint (223 W 3rd 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 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.