As Joplin’s community arts agency, we are closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its impact on the arts and cultural community in the Joplin area. We encourage all organizations and community members to be mindful of information disseminated by local, state, and federal health organizations. Do your part to protect yourself and others.


Experts say COVID-19 won’t be dangerous for the majority of people who contract it. Like the seasonal flu and the common cold, effects will be mild for some, but very dangerous for the most vulnerable among us. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

We should all take necessary steps to protect ourselves and others: wash hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds), clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, maintain social distance (at least 6 feet between you and anyone coughing or sneezing), avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and cover your mouth and/or nose when coughing and/or sneezing, stay home if you are sick, and seek medical care early if fearful of infection. Learn more via the experts:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). We will be keeping a vigilant eye on information shared by these organizations in the coming weeks.


In addition to living by the recommendations listed above, Connect2Culture has created an internal action plan:

POSTPONED EVENTS: We will be postponing all Connect2Culture-hosted events scheduled in March and April. This includes C2C Roundtables, as well as National Poetry Month-related events. We will update you with new dates in the coming weeks.

REMOTE MEETINGS: All Connect2Culture meetings, including board meetings, will be hosted remotely via teleconference services. Currently, we are using Zoom. There are many others to choose from – click here for a resource that can help you decide which service is right for you and your organization.

INFORMING THE PUBLIC: Connect2Culture will be diligent in assisting our arts, culture, and entertainment organizations in disseminating information about any specific preventative measures, including event cancellations. Keep watch on our Facebook page as we will update this information daily. We are prepared to help share resources and offer advice. Email any information you would like us to share.

WORKING FROM HOME: As of Monday, March 23, 2020, the Connect2Culture office is closed. All staff will be working from home with regular teleconferencing via Zoom.

Consider what your organization can do to be proactive in protecting patrons, staff, and others.


As more arts, culture, and entertainment events are canceled each day, consider donating any purchased tickets instead of requesting a refund. The economic impact of COVID-19 on Joplin’s arts and cultural community is uncertain. You can ensure that we do more than just survive during this time.


Please complete this brief survey (takes less than 5 min to complete). This survey, spearheaded by The National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts, will help assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits arts organizations. We urge all Joplin area nonprofit arts organizations to participate if they feel they meet the criteria.


Missouri Arts Council

Americans for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Creative Capital


Please review the following cancellations and postponements received from Joplin’s arts and cultural community. We will update this list as we become aware of additions and changes.

April’s Art House: Classes postponed until further notice.

Bookhouse Cinema: Starting Friday, March 20, screenings will be suspended until May 8. Cinema is still available for private screenings; streamed movies available at Restaurant is closed.

Central Ozark Conference Art Show: March 30, 2020 reception cancelled; virtual tours available.

Connect2Culture: C2C Roundtables for March and April will be rescheduled.

Create N Sip Studios: Closed temporarily; to-go kits available.

Downtown Poetry: Cancelled in March and April 2020; virtual reading for April available at

Firehouse Pottery: Open; to-go kits available. Virtual classes available at

First Thursday ArtWalk: Cancelled in April 2020.

Four State Photography Enthusiasts: Cancelled in April 2020.

George Washington Carver National Monument: March, April, and May 2020 indoor classes/programs cancelled; visitor center closed; trails open.

Heartland Concert Band: March and April rehearsals cancelled.

Heartland Opera Theatre: May 28 – 30 performance of Speed Dating Tonight! postponed; remainder of 2019-2020 season cancelled.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce: Closed until further notice.

Joplin Area Schools: Learning opportunities begin April 6, 2020.

Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters: Cancelled in March, April, and May 2020.

Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Night cancelled until further notice.

Joplin Empire Market: Online ordering for curbside pickup available at (order deadline is Thursday at 8:00pm). Order pickup is Saturday from 10:30am–12:30pm.

Joplin History & Mineral Museum: Closed until April 30; annual Model Train Show and Spring Rock Show cancelled.

Joplin Little Theatre: March 25 – 29 performance of Enter Laughing and May 27 – May 31 performance of Bonnie and Clyde postponed until a later date.

Joplin Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Joplin Writers Guild: Cancelled in March 2020; April 2020 meeting held virtually.

Judy’s Ballroom Dance: Classes postponed until further notice.

Karen’s Dance Studio: Virtual classes only.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: Closed until further notice; classes rescheduled; art available for purchase on Facebook at

Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin: Closed until further notice; willing to help community members in need. Livestreamed cooking lessons offered on Wednesdays at 4:00pm at

Missouri Shakespeare Festival: June 24 – 27 performance of “Julius Caesar” cancelled.

MSSU Spiva Art Gallery: Wandlung exhibit cancelled; Senior Shows to be decided.

Pawpaw Patch Productions: Cancelled until further notice.

Post Art Library: Closed until further notice. “Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark Coloring Book” is available for download at

Pro Musica: Both March 26th (featuring the Jupiter & Jasper String Quartets) and April 24th (featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet) concerts have been cancelled.

Solace House of the Ozarks: Fundraiser event postponed until a later date.

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center: Classes and programs cancelled until further notice; grounds open.

Spiva Center for the Arts: Closed until further notice; online bidding for Small Works Auction is available at: Online bidding closes May 8th at 3:00pm. PhotoSpiva virtual walk-through available at

Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: March 26 – April 5 performance of Persuasion postponed until a later date.

Studio 124: March 27 – 29 performance of Mayhem in Mayville postponed; livestreamed performance occurring March 28 at 7:30pm on Facebook.

Theatre at Joplin High School: April 23–25 performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast postponed. April 18 Enchanted Tea event postponed.

The Friends of St. Avips​ Ball: Postponed until Friday, September 25, 2020.

Third Thursday: Cancelled in March and April 2020.

VSM Joplin: Cancelled in March 2020 and April 2020; virtual classes available at