Art Feeds Joplin Receives $25,000 for Mobile Art Classroom

Have you heard the news? Art Feeds Joplin will be receiving a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program to renovate and construct a new mobile art classroom for the Joplin community!

For the third year, Art Feeds Joplin rallied votes from the Joplin community (and beyond) as they participated in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist voting grant facilitated by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Daily votes were cast from October 26th to November 4th. Out of 2,000 organizations, 200 were selected by the Youth Advisory Board to compete for $25,000. At the end of the ten-day voting period, State Farm gifted 1 million dollars between the Top 40 organizations (see all top 40 organizations here) with the most votes – each cause receiving $25,000.

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A check presentation will be held Tuesday, December 13th at 3pm in front of the Art Feeds “I am Joplin” mural located at 6th and Main in Downtown Joplin. In case of bad weather, presentation will be moved inside City Hall. For more information, contact Ashley Le Blanc at or 417.626.2323. [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Little Theatre to Bring Christmas Classic to Life

A Christmas Story JLTJoplin Little Theatre will present A Christmas Story: The Musical December 14 to 18 at 7:30pm (2:3pm matinee on Sunday). This is the musical version of everyones favorite holiday film, A Christmas Story.

The musical takes place in the 1940s in Indiana and centers on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and his family get into all kinds of situations ­– including run-ins with a bully with “yellow eyes,” a tongue stuck to a flag pole, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leg lamp, a major award and a Chinese Christmas dinner.

A team of directors is needed to prepare the show which includes 48 performers (26 of whom are children). Executive Director Carolyn McGowan has coordinated two Assistant Directors, Becki Arnall and James Boone, in staging the scenes. Angela Lowe serves as Choreographer and Cecie Fritz the Musical Director. Todd Manley is serving as Technical Director and is coordinating light, sound and set design and construction of set.

The cast includes:
Jean the Narrator…Karl R. Wendt
Ralphie…Grant Hornek
Randy…Elliott Parker
Mother…Marilyn Marshall-Six
The Old Man…James Boone
Miss Shields…Betsy Stone
Esther Jane…Alyssa Graves
Mary Beth…Jessica Joseph
Schwartz…Wyatt Hensley
Flick…Joey Friel
Scut Farkus…A. J. Forsythe
Grover Dill…Luke Galbraith
Santa…Richard Roberts
Chief Elf…Kelsey Pottorff

The Children’s Chorus includes: Emilia Campell, Broyden Coots, James Coots, Clayton Dennis, Maddie Forsythe, Carly Friel, Allie Galvin, Nevaeh Galvin, Emily Graves, Vivian Holt, Kolby Matson, Amelia Parker, Mary Parker, Allison Pitts, Daniel Reiter, Ella Schwab, Kennedy Schwab, Cade Sinclair, Justice Stiffler and Brooks Watson.

The Adult Chorus includes: Kylee Burke, Destinee Fowler, McKenna Fry, Angela Graves, Karensue Hensley, Robert Myers, Livvie Riddle, Lauren Riddle, Julie Sinclair, Brett Schwab, Kristy Schwab, Samantha Walker, Jan Watson and Veronica Wynhausen.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 417.623.3638. [spacer height=”0px”]

A Little Night Music with Heartland Opera Theatre

a-little-night-musicMight a pop-up concert fit into your busy schedule? Make room for A Little Night Music on December 13 at 6:30pm by Joplin’s very own Heartland Opera Theatre. This concert will feature local voice professionals as they perform an evening of classical music selections at Frosted Cakerie in downtown Joplin. Admission is free.  Coffee and treats will be available for purchase.

Since HOT is known for producing two to three large-scale opera performances per season, we were curious (and extremely excited) about this new offering. Xavier Moore, HOT General Director, explains that “this concert is a way of introducing people to opera that may not have otherwise known that they were interested in the art form. Our goal is to provide a venue in which individuals can get a taste for what we do, without necessarily having to commit to a 3-hour opera. This event in particular is sort of a test run to see how receptive this type of concert will be to the community. There will be a brief survey so that the attendees can tell us if they liked this style of concert, as well as if they would like to see more events like this in the future.  My hope is that we will indeed have more programs like this in the future, but that will depend on what responses we get on Tuesday!”

Heartland Opera Theatre strives to bring professional performances of opera and musical theatre to the Four-State Area, engaging regional, national and international performers, as well as promoting exceptionally talented local artists. [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Arts Make Holiday Gift Giving Easy
On the hunt for that perfect gift(s) for your special someone(s)! We encourage you to shop local this holiday season! The Joplin Arts community makes holiday gift giving easy. Expect one-of-a-kind, unique, special, and quality gifts. Let us help you brainstorm this holiday season…


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