Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 for Joplin Nears Completion

Over the course of 2016, Connect2Culture (C2C) has been participating in Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit organization advancing the arts and art education. This is the fifth study conducted over 20 years to measure the impact of arts-related spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated for local and state governments.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, C2C will first collect detailed financial data from local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. The results of this study will clarify the extent to which arts economically impact local communities – employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.


In addition, C2C will collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. What makes the economic impact of arts and culture organizations unique is that, unlike most other industries, they stimulate significant event-related spending by their audiences. For example, when patrons attend a performing arts event at Memorial Hall, they may purchase dinner beforehand at Instant Karma, eat dessert after the show at Cupcakes by Liz, and finally return home to pay the babysitter. Perhaps they may have even purchased a new outfit at Sophie’s specifically for that performance!  All these expenditures have a positive and measurable impact on our economy. These same dollars, re-spent locally, build in impact as they continue to circulate through the local economy.

According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenues. This survey will give Joplin a place in these statistics and provide feedback for future planning.

img_6244In Joplin,  C2C is required to collect a total of 800 surveys throughout 2016 at a variety of arts and culture events in order for results to be representative. To date, C2C has collected 586 of these “audience-intercept” surveys – only 214 to go! So please, be kind if you are asked to lend your voice to a survey. If you are a #JoplinArts aficionado, chances are you’ve already filled out this survey at several events…and will probably be asked to do so again before 2016 comes to a close.

Results of the study will be released in June 2017. It will be up to C2C to educate the public about these results and their value. Information will be shared with state legislators, local government officials, arts and culture organizations, and the Joplin community at large.

We know the arts support jobs and generate government revenue. A measure of this current economic effect will allow sensible planning for future expansion and investment. Not only will it show that the arts mean business, but that by growing the arts we grow the economic vitality of our City as a whole. [spacer height=”0px”]

90th Birthday Celebration for Route 66

On November 11, 2016, Route 66 will celebrate the milestone of being Main Street America for nine decades! On this date in 1926, Route 66 was officially designated as part of the U.S. Highway System. To celebrate, the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and Connect2Culture, have selected three professional artists and one up-and-coming artist to paint their interpretation of a Route 66 icon. Chosen local artists are J Todd Williams of Joplin, MO; Margie Moss of Joplin, MO; Tom Jones of Carthage, MO; and Kayla Nash of Galena, KS (7th Grade). Finished works will promote Joplin ROUTE 66 REGION as a tourism destination, highlight Joplin’s vibrant arts community, as well as serve as the backdrop to the 90th Birthday Celebration.

The public is invited to watch the chosen artists put the finishing touches on their pieces at Joplin City Hall beginning at 1:30pm, Friday, November 11, 2016. At 3:00pm, the 90th Birthday of Route 66 Celebration will begin. All citizens 90 years of age or older are invited to attend and take part by cutting the birthday cake. To have a personal invitation mailed, please call the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau at (417) 625-4789 with the name and address of citizens 90 years or older. The deadline for mailed invitations is Friday, November 4, 2016.

Schedule of events on Friday, November 11, 2016:

1:30pm – Artists will put the finishing touches on their Route 66 inspired artworks. The public is invited to watch.

3:00pm – 90th Birthday Celebration Begins. The public is invited to celebrate. All citizens 90 years of age or older are invited to help cut the birthday cake.

More information about chosen local artists:
J Todd Williams – Joplin, MO

jtodd_pic_1“I grew up in Purdy, MO and spent many summers at my grandparent’s farm in Mt. Vernon. I won my first art contest at the age of 5 in kindergarten and knew right away I had a passion for creating art. After graduating high school at Purdy, I enrolled into college at MSSU. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Communications in 2008.

I’ve lived in Joplin for the past 15 years and have continued to pursue my passion for art. I have exhibited paintings at Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin Arts Fest, First Thursday Art Walk, Third Thursday Art Walk, and the MARC in Mt. Vernon. I’ve also done commissioned paintings and other art media throughout southwest Missouri for private collections. After spending 7+ years focusing primarily on graphic design, in 2015 my passion for fine art was reignited when I won an international call to art contest by CCP games with my painting “Sandcastles Before Me”. A full-size digital of my painting is now on permanent display at CCP offices in Reykjavik, Iceland.

I’ve grown up around Rt. 66 and had the privilege of hearing many stories from family and friends about their experiences traveling on the road and what Rt. 66 means to them. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of this project bringing the arts and Rt. 66 together for everyone to enjoy and help create new Rt. 66 memories for them.”

Margie Moss – Joplin MO

Version 2“I have always enjoyed creating art during my years growing up in Newton, KS. I received a B.A. from the University of Arkansas, and after graduation was employed by Hallmark Cards (Kansas City, MO) as a home furnishings buyer, and later as a Hallmark Design Coordinator. I was trained by Jeannette Lee, V.P. of Corporate Design, and Art Director of Hallmark Cards. While there, I participated in the Crown Center Art Fair.

After relocating to Joplin, MO., I established Joplin Decorating Center, an Interior Design Studio and Art Gallery, which I currently operate today. I am also a member of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, a collective of 17 area artists who show their work and teach in a large gallery located in the historic Gryphon Building at 1027 South Main, Joplin. I studied under Jeff Legg, Master Signature Member of Oil Painters Of America, as well as Jason Sacran, John Lasater, Todd Williams, Billyo O’Donnell, and Kelli Folsom.

I have exhibited paintings at Spiva Center For the Arts, Midwest Gathering of the Artists, Art Central, and St. Avip’s Gala and Art Auction, Illinois River Watershed  Salon Show (NWA), and Brush Creek Art Walk & Show (Kansas City, MO) over the past 10 years.

In 2009, I was awarded 2nd place at the Bartlesville, OK Art Show, and a 3rd place award at the St. Avip’s Art Auction. I was part of a select group of painters that exhibited at artCentral in Carthage, MO in February, 2010, and was invited to be part of a group of artists who showed their work at the Missouri State Capitol in April, 2010.

In 2012, I was selected as the artist of the official Joplin Bowtie Cure for a Cause. In 2013, I placed 3rd at the Thomas Hart Benton Show (Neosho, MO). In 2014, At the Kansas City Brush Creek Art Walk my plein air painting won the Quick Paint Purchase Award. Also in 2015, at the Art Central Member Show in Carthage, MO, and I took 3rd Place.

I am a member of Oil Painter’s of America, American Impressionist Society, Joplin Regional Arts Council. Currently, I reside in Joplin, MO and continue creating art, on and off canvas.”

Tom Jones – Carthage, MO

jones-picTom Jones received his BA degree in Oklahoma and MS degree at PSU and has been in public education in Missouri for the past 28 years.

Jones began his art interest in 1979, and found that watercolor was a fantastic medium for expression.  He continued to develop his skills and explore various mediums.  He began drawing cartoons and won several state and national awards. The cartoons evolved with the emergence of watercolor and he began painting snowmen scenes. Tom has created several Carthage and local area landmarks with his whimsical snowman paintings. These small watercolors often depict iconic places such as the Boots Court Motel, Route 66 Drive-In Theater, and Carthage Courthouse as backdrops for his snowmen. Jones’ work became marketable, and items such as garden flags, Christmas ornaments, and greeting cards were manufactured through licensing agreements with Penny Lane Publishing and Toland Home and Garden.

Most recently, Jones’ art can be found carved on clay vessels that were hand thrown by local potter and friend Brent Skinner. The collaborative works have been received well and are an interesting change of pace from painting for the artist.  Jones’ art design was also chosen for the Carthage Maple Leaf Forever Flag commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf Festival.

Jones has won numerous local and national awards including The Art of Money Exhibition in New Orleans, Best of Show at Thomas Hart Benton Annual Art Exhibit and the ArtCentral Membership show.  He is a member of the Joplin Regional Arts Council JRAC and ArtCentral in Carthage.

Kayla Nash – Galena, KS

Kayla is an up-and-coming artist who is currently in 7th grade at Galena, KS. [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica presents the Modigiliani Quartet
The Modigiliani (string) Quartet, formed by four close friends in 2003, has become one of the world’s top string quartets, playing in venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Washington DC’s Library of Congress, Maverick Festival, Seattle’s Meany Hall, Houston’s Friends of Chamber Music, Lanaudière Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Luxemburg’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle.

Only one year after they were formed, the Quartet attracted international attention in 2004 by winnin g the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet then took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006. Following their studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and Gyorgy Kurtag, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universitat der Künste in Berlin.


In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian. After a 13-year pause, the festival, made famous by its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, and created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud, will start a new life through the joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet. The first edition was a big and very promising success.

Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors the Modigliani Quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments. Guillaume Sutre plays a violin made by Gregorio Antoniazzi, an enigmatic Venetial maker from the Eighteenth Century, Loic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano, Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani, François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former”Warburg”).

The appearance of the Modigliani Quartet is sponsored, in part, by the Bramlage Family Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  While in Joplin the Quartet will present two educational outreaches to local school students.  Outreach activity sponsored, in part, by the Rusty Smith Memorial Fund.

The public is invited to attend the concert at no charge – donations appreciated. [spacer height=”0px”]

Vendor Deadline Approaches for Downtown Maker’s Market

DJA Maker's MarketThe Downtown Joplin Maker’s Market is an event designed to showcase the talents of the area’s artisans and merchants. Downtown Joplin Alliance (DJA) has paired it with national Small Business Saturday, to promote Joplin’s vibrant downtown and increase awareness of the Shop Small movement. Downtown Joplin is a nonprofit community organization, and any fees collected from this event will go back into strengthening the Main Street community. Some things you need to know about the upcoming Maker’s Market…

When? Saturday, November 26, 2016, 10am–6pm
Where? Cosmopolitan Event Center, 501 S Main St, Joplin, MO. Some vendors may be placed in other Main Street storefronts. All inside, all climate controlled spaces!
Who? They welcome handmade, vintage, repurposed, and other purveyors of cool stuff to apply.
Cost? Booth fees are $20 for a 10’x10’ space. If you need more room, you are welcome to buy additional booth spaces.
Electricity is available at no additional cost; just be sure to mark on your application that you need it.
Apply online at You have until midnight on November 4th to apply, so don’t delay; apply now!
The City of Joplin requires you to have a merchant’s license for $5 per event. No worries, DJA will obtain one for you and just add the fee onto your booth invoice.
Additional information, such as setup time and the like, will be emailed to you closer to the date of the show.
If you have any other questions, please drop DJA a line at [spacer height=”0px”]

Frankoski Receives One of Two National Emerging Leader Scholarships

frankoskiConnect2Culture is pleased to announce Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director, has been awarded one of two national Emerging Leader Scholarships to attend the Americans for the Arts’ 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference (NAMPC) to be held in Austin, TX November 11–14. The scholarship covers all registration fees for the conference.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be 35 years of age or less with less than 5 years of experience working in the arts field. Frankoski began her work as a part-time employee with Connect2Culture in February 2013 as Community Arts Coordinator. In February 2015 she was promoted to the full-time position of Community Arts Director. Frankoski is a 2007 graduate of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and achieved her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University in 2011.

“Emily has positioned herself as a respected, valuable leader in the arts in Joplin and statewide,” wrote Sharon Beshore, Chair of the Connect2Culture Board. Michael Donovan, Executive Director of the Missouri Arts Council, has invited Emily to be a member of the Missouri Emerging Leaders Committee. Mr. Donovan wrote “Emily was instrumental in helping the organization (Connect2Culture) grow in its earliest years. In that time, I quickly recognized her abilities and appreciated her maturity and professionalism.”

NAMPCFrankoski serves on the boards of Spiva Center for the Arts and Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, is a member of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee, sits on the City of Joplin’s Historic Preservation Commission, and is a co-founder and member of TANK: Public Art. She was recently named one of the Joplin Regional Business Journal’s “Fifteen Under 40.”

This year’s NAMPC theme is “Fuel the Change.” Across the nation, arts organizations and the communities they serve are in a constant state of evolution. As arts marketers, the following questions must be addressed: How do we successfully maintain organizational relevance while building sustainability in our rapidly changing world? How can we meet change with a responsive, creative, and flexible approach? How can we capitalize on change to fuel inventive and unconventional thinking, forward-thinking solutions, and a willingness to experiment? With continuous shifting trends in the landscape of arts marketing and audience engagement, arts organizations must go beyond “embracing” change to desire change, seek it out, work for it, and invest in it.

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