Get Involved

C2C Emails Entail:

  • Biweekly Joplin Community Arts Calendar Updates: Emails at the beginning of the week and right before the weekend to remind you of weekend arts activities. These emails include information about Performances & Events, Current Exhibitions, Art Classes, and Arts News.
  • Special Event Updates: Emails that highlight very important events in the Joplin Arts world. This could be a roundup of all the arts camps/classes during the summertime, a year in the arts for New Years, or even an update on the many public art projects going on around the city.

How can I help support local arts organizations?

  • Pre-Register for Classes
    It can be a real bummer to find out the art class you were interested in was cancelled due to low enrollment. Organizations are required to secure a certain number of spots by a certain time or are forced to cancel the class. Be proactive and sign up at least a week in advance to help them and you!
  • Explore a New Gallery/Studio Space
    Open your eyes and mind to the visual arts! Joplin has so many opportunities to see new artwork. Have you ever visited The Post Art Reference Library, Spiva Center for the Arts, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, or Mosaics Art Gallery? New artwork rotates in and out of these venues regularly. Want to see an artists studio? Studio Argonauta, Jorge Leyva Studio, and Nicholas K. Clark would be happy to show you around by appointment.
  • Try a New Class
    Always wanted to learn the art of basket weaving? What’s holding you back?! There are many arts classes happening around Joplin. Keep your eyes on our calendar listing and you are sure to find something for you! Intimidated or scared to attend your first class? Bring a friend!
  • Become a Member
    Many arts organizations offer memberships! These memberships can come with many perks, like: discounted merchandise, discounted classes, special events, and more. Explore the realm of possibility and see if membership might be for you!
  • Support Art in Schools
    Go to a performance put on by one of our area schools. They often hold arts events and performances open to the public. Show your support by participating and attending! You might be amazed by the talent that surrounds you!
  • Share the Arts
    Do you regularly attend art events, performances, classes, and exhibits? Bring someone along with you that might not go otherwise. Grow our arts community together!
  • Visit Public Art
    Joplin’s public art scene is booming! Grab a coffee and walk around and find them (many of them are located within walking distance Downtown). They are there for you to see and enjoy!
  • Stay Up-to-Date
    Stay in-the-know about all things Joplin Arts through C2C’s resources.

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10 Reasons to Support the Arts

1. Arts promote true prosperity. The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, art is salve for the ache.

2. Arts improve academic performance. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAS and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates–benefits reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Students with 4 years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with just one-half year of arts or music.

3. Arts strengthen the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector represents 3.25 percent of the nation’s GDP– a larger share of the economy than tourism and agriculture. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences) that supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue.

4. Arts are good for local merchants. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Attendees who live outside the country in which the arts event takes place spend twice as much as their local counterparts ($39.96 vs. $17.42)–valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.

5. Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown steadily since 2003 (18 to 28 percent). The share attending concerts and theater performances has grown from 14 to 18 percent since 2003.

6. Arts are an export industry. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $75 billion in 2012, while imports were just $27 billion—a $47 billion arts trade surplus.

7. Arts spark creativity and innovation. The Conference Board reports that creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders—with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. The biggest creativity indicator? A college arts degree. Their Ready to Innovate report concludes, “The arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd” Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than average scientists.

8. Arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates. The arts are used by the U.S. Military to promote troop force and family readiness, resilience, retention and for the successful reintegration of veterans into family and community life.

9. Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.

10. Arts mean business. The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. A 2015 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 702,771 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ 2.9 million people—representing 3.9 percent of all businesses and 1.9 percent of all employees.