Joplin Arts Holiday Hours
We encourage you to shop local this holiday season! Take a look below for a listing of Joplin Arts organizations and businesses holiday hours this week.


SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS Dec. 24: 10am–2pm Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 31: 10am–2pm Jan. 1: Closed LOCAL COLOR ART GALLERY & STUDIO Dec. 24: 10am–2pm Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 31: 10am–2pm Jan. 1: Closed PHOENIX FIRED ART Dec. 25–Jan. 1: Closed URBAN ART GALLERY Dec. 24 & 25: Closed
POST ART LIBRARY Dec. 24–27: Closed Jan. 1: Closed RSVPAINT JOPLIN Dec. 24 & 25: Closed ROSE GALLERY OF FINE ART Dec. 24: 10am–2pm Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 31: 10am–2pm Jan. 1: Closed CRACKPOT POTTERY & ART STUDIO Dec. 24: 9am–2pm Dec. 25 & 26: Closed Dec. 31: 9am–4pm Jan. 1 & 2: Closed

*Regular hours of operation apply unless noted above. Consult the Joplin Arts Directory or the respective organization’s website or Facebook page for additional hours and info. [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica Receives $10,000 NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the latest round of grant recipients! Drum roll please…. our very own Pro Musica is fortunate to be among those recipients! They will be receiving a $10,000 grant for the 2016–17 season to support a residency with the PROJECT Trio. The group will present a formal concert on Thursday, September 28, 2016 with up to 9 outreach experiences throughout the week.

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With a rapidly growing reputation as one of the most engaging and exciting chamber ensembles in the USA and around the world, PROJECT Trio brings audiences of all ages to their feet. Beat-boxing flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson and bassist Peter Seymour bring together a high energy mix of classical music, jazz, world music, and sounds of today. PROJECT Trio has an especially strong following among younger classical music audiences, with a phenomenal 80 million views and over 100,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel. Gramophone Magazine recently singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging tom Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every style in between,” and The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for their “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” This Fall, the Trio was featured as guest artist with the Kansas City and Phoenix Symphonies and toured to Israel and Germany. Please visit to learn more.

This is the fifth NEA Challenge America grant received by Pro Musica. Last year, NEA grant money funded The Escher Quartet’s visit and outreach in Joplin. The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to under-served populations. [spacer height=”0px”]

Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School Open House

We’ll keep it short, but sweet! Midwest Regional Ballet Company (MRB) is hosting an Open House in their new home at 2101 Stephens Boulevard in Joplin, MO on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 10am–2pm. Come see MRB’s new 13,000ft facility, enroll in classes, or just check out what they have to offer. Come support the growth of our Joplin Arts community!

MRB Open House
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RSVPaint Joplin Offers New Year’s Party Experience

RSVPAINT NEW YEARS 2016Enjoy a New Year’s toast, gift bags, catered foods, and drink specials while RSVPaint artists instruct you through the diptych The Nutcracker from 6:30–9:30pm on Thursday, December 31.

All artists will use acrylic paints on a 16″x20″ canvas. Painting supplies are included in the price for this 2hr, ages 13+ class. All you need is the desire to relax, sip, visit, and paint. Call 417-680-5434 to reserve your spot or register online. $80 per couple, $50 per person (pre-registered), $60 per person (at the door). [spacer height=”0px”]

PhotoSpiva 2016 Entry Deadline Draws Near

Entries are being accepted for PhotoSpiva 2016, Spiva Center for the Arts’ signature event that happens to be the longest running national photography competition in the U.S. Entries for the 40th annual competition may be submitted online at, where all information necessary for entry is available.

1st Place 2015: Jill Kerwick (Fair Haven, NJ)

The deadline for submissions is January 3, and those selected for the exhibition will be announced January 22. The exhibition, set for March 5 to May 1, is considered a snapshot of current practices in contemporary photography. Any type of photographic process is eligible – digital, film, or photo-based mixed media – as long as it results in a two-dimensional print.

This year’s juror, Sean Kernan, is a widely exhibited photographer, writer, and pioneering teacher. He is the author of three monographs, The Secret Books (with Jorge Luis Borges), Among Trees (with Anthony Doerr), and Darrell Petit: In Stone. He has explored approaches to creativity in photography, and recently published Looking into the Light: Creativity and the Photographer. 
Kernan also has produced and directed two documentaries, The Kampala Boxing Club, about boxing in Africa, and Crow Stories, about the Crow Tribe of Montana.

2016His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, New York, Harpers, Bloomberg, Communication Arts, Graphis, Polyrama (Switzerland), and Photo World (China), as well as magazines in Iran, Greece, Italy, and Switzerland. Kernan has also done a wide range of advertising work for clients such as AT&T, Amex, GE, Pratt & Whitney, Dow Jones, Harvard, and Knoll.

Kernan has taught and lectured at the New School/Parsons, Art Center (Pasadena), Yale Medical School, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), International Center of Photography (ICP), University of Texas, Wesleyan University, and both the Maine and Santa Fe Photography Workshops. He has won numerous awards, most recently an Honorary Doctorate from Art Center in Pasadena.

Kernan will travel to Joplin in March to select prize-winning entries, conduct individual portfolio reviews, and deliver the annual juror’s lecture, which is scheduled for Friday, March 11, 2016.

PhotoSpiva 2016 is sponsored by Freeman Health System with additional financial support from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. [spacer height=”0px”]