Help Make $5,000 = $15,000 for C2C – Give Ozarks Day 2016

Connect2Culture (C2C) is participating in Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ (CFO) Give Ozarks Day on Tuesday, May 3rd! This 24-hour, online giving event starts at 12:01am and ends at midnight the same day. In addition to donations, $100,000 in prize money will be awarded over this 24-hour time period. Prize categories include “luck of the draw,” most online individual donors during the 3am hour, “SPIRIT Award,” etc. Your donation may make an unexpected difference in dollars raised for C2C!

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This year, C2C has TWO fund choices available for your contribution:

1) C2C Operational Fund

  • This fund raises money for C2C’s annual operating budget to support its efforts as a community arts agency.
  • Simply visit and make your donation ($5 minimum/credit card transactions only). There is a 3.5% processing fee, so your willingness to add that amount to your donation will mean a net contribution of your intended dollar amount.
  • And here’s a BONUS: an anonymous donor will match every net dollar contributed up to $2,500. So your gift of $100 could become $200 for C2C!

2) C2C Endowment Fund

  • This fund will aid in the development of an Arts, Entertainment, Education, and Historic District in Downtown Joplin. Within this district will be the new Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center located on 7th between Joplin and Wall Streets.
  • Simply visit and make your donation ($5 minimum/credit card only/same processing fee as above).
  • TWO possible BONUSES for this fund:
    • First: our anonymous donor will similarly match every net dollar up to $2,500.
    • Second: once we hit $5,000 in total donations (contributions plus anonymous donor match), CFO will match this amount with another $5,000. Our Endowment Fund could grow by $10,000 or more with your help!!!

Only twenty CFO Agency Partners were selected from all applicants for an endowment match! Please help us receive the full benefit from this special selection.

Should you desire to contribute by check in advance to either fund, please make your check payable to Connect2Culture, and bring or mail it to our office at 407 South Pennsylvania, Joplin, MO  64801 before Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Note in the memo line to which fund you are donating (Operational or Endowment). We must overnight all checks by the 27th so they arrive in Springfield, MO by 5pm on April 28th to be eligible for the May 3rd prize date.

So! How can $5,000 become $15,000 for C2C? $5,000 from generous people like YOU + $5,000 from our anonymous supporter ($2,500 to each of our two funds) + CFO’s $5,000 Endowment Fund match… = $15,000! Possibly more with potential prize monies…with your help, we know we can do it! [spacer height=”0px”]

MSSU Trumpet Ensemble to Perform at International Trumpet Guild Convention

Trumpet Ensemble 2016

Missouri Southern State University’s Trumpet Ensemble is a highly specialized group, comprised of both trumpet majors and non-majors. The Trumpet Ensemble is an outgrowth of the MSSU Trumpet Studio and serves to further the art of trumpet performance through concentrated instruction, small ensemble performance, and rehearsal instruction. Membership in the MSSU Trumpet Ensemble is open to any Missouri Southern trumpet student. A wide variety of literature is covered from what many call the glory years of the baroque highlighted by composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli, Andrea Gabrieli, and Samuel Scheidt, to modern contemporary composers such as Eric Ewazen and Anthony Plog. The ensemble performs at a variety of venues both on and off campus.

We are happy to announce a great accomplishment of MSSU’s Trumpet Ensemble. They were recently invited to perform at the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Convention in Anaheim, CA. “Our students will have the opportunity to participate in the scholarly and creative activities with the fields leading scholars and performers. We will perform on the same stage as a few of the world’s leading instrumentalists.” Freddie Green, Assistant Professor of Music (Trumpet).

If you would like to support the Trumpet Ensemble’s trip, feel free to donate here and help spread the word! [spacer height=”0px”]

FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition 2016

FilmSpiva 2016Spiva Center for the Arts is issuing an invitation to area filmmakers to participate in the seventh annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition. The competition challenges filmmakers to create a three-minute short within a two-day period. Each film must include specific criteria, including: a line of dialogue, a location and an object – all of which will be announced at Spiva.

Contestants must meet at 6pm, Thursday, May 5, at Spiva Center for the Arts to receive this year’s criteria. Those who cannot attend at 6pm may check Spiva’s Facebook page after 8pm that day to get the criteria. The completed digital films must be returned to Spiva by 6pm on Saturday, May 7. Entry fee is $10 per team.

Films will be shown at Central Christian Center during Downtown Joplin’s Third Thursday activities on May 19. During those screenings, people may cast votes to determine the People’s Choice winner, and a panel of judges will determine first, second, and third place awards. Awards will be announced at 8:30pm that night. Cash prizes will be awarded.

For information, contact Shaun Conroy at 417-623-0183 or [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin History & Mineral Museum to Host Chautauqua Series

President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying, “Chautauqua is the most American thing in America.” The Joplin Historical Society on behalf of the Joplin History & Mineral Museum will host the first Founding Father’s Day – Chautauqua production. Through the art of a Chautauqua performance, not only do actors speak the words and tell stories of period characters, they dress the era & mimic their mannerisms; the actors become those they are presenting. The two upcoming sessions are fun for all ages!

Theodore RooseveltJoplin History Museum Chautauqua 2016

  • Friday, June 10 | 6:30–8:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St)
  • President Theodore Roosevelt will be portrayed by Dr. Doug Mischler.
  • President Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Brad Belk, Director for the Joplin History & Mineral Museum states, “Mishler’s presentations are exciting, informative, and unforgettable.” There will be a beer and wine cash bar.

Harry S. Truman

  • Saturday, June 11 | 3–5pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave)
  • President Harry S. Truman will be portrayed by Mr. Bill Worley.
  • President Truman was a man of common people for the common people, but there was a great deal about him that was quite uncommon.

Performances are $10 per show or $17 for both shows. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Joplin History & Mineral Museum or at the May 19 Third Thursday, credit card and cash will be accepted.

Proceeds from these events go to furthering The Joplin History & Mineral Museum commitment to creating exhibitions that inspire diverse audiences to engage deeply with Joplin and its mining history. These productions are sponsored in part by the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Joplin Historical Society, and Friends of the Museum.

For more information contact the Museum at or 417.623.1180. [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Little Theatre Audience Choice Season Reveal

Joplin Little Theatre Audience Choice Reveal 2016

The wait is almost over! Your suggestions have been tabulated and Joplin Little Theatre is throwing a party to reveal the 2016-2017 Audience Choice Season! Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15th, from 2–4pm. Play titles for the next season will be unveiled at 2:30pm! Everyone is invited to attend. The more, the merrier! [spacer height=”0px”]