Joplin Arts Fest 2016 Artist Applications Open

Joplin Arts Fest

Joplin Arts Fest (previously known as Joplin Festival of the Arts) is now ready to accept artist applications for their second annual arts-centric event! The festival committee has been working hard to make this year’s festival even bigger and better than 2015. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, September 17th on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. The art festival will start at 10AM and go until 6PM. Artists that participated in last year’s inaugural event will automatically be juried in once the online application is complete and fees have been paid. The cost of participation in Joplin Arts Fest is $50 ($40 for Joplin Regional Artist Coalition members). A limited number of booths with electricity will be available for an additional $10. The City of Joplin is now requiring that each artist have a $5 merchant license for a one-day event. For ease and convenience, the license fee has been automatically added to the registration fee. Interested artists may apply online at (just hover over “artists” and click on “application”). All booth spaces will be 12’W x 15’D and each artist will need to provide their own tent (white is preferred). [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica Presents Chanticleer


Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 37th season in 2014-15, performing in 25 of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary compositions. Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until his death in 1997. Chanticleer was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and installed in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame the same year. William Fred Scott begins his tenure as Chanticleer’s fifth Music Director in 2015.

At 6:30 p.m: the Missouri Southern Choral group led by David Sharlow will present a pre-concert.

The concert is open to the public at no charge – donations appreciated

While in Joplin the group will present one educational outreach program at a local school or assisted living center. Chanticleer’s appearance in Joplin is sponsored, in part, by the Helen S. Boylan Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  Outreach activity sponsored, in part, by XPOLogistics  and the Rusty Smith Memorial Fund. To download a poster, click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

Emancipation Park Days Seeks Logo

The Emancipation “Park Day” Celebration Committee is looking for creative individuals to participate in their 2016 logo design contest in recognition of Black History Month. The annual Emancipation “Park Day” Celebration has been held at Ewert Park in Joplin since the 1920’s to preserve the history and cultural significance of Emancipation in the United States. This logo contest is a great opportunity to be a part of this legacy. 

Participants are invited to submit up to two originally created logos. The creator of the winning logo will receive a Walmart gift card equaling $50, recognition on the Emancipation Park Day Facebook page, and in the final printed “Park Day” flyer. All logo entries should be emailed to no later than 5pm, Mon, Feb. 22, 2016.


For more information about Emancipation “Park Day” and logo requirements, click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

Handymen Coming To MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

Print“Handymen” is a show of recent work by artists Marco Rosichelli and Justin Shaw. Both are professors at the University of Central Missouri teaching in the department of Art and Design’s foundations program. Shaw is an alumni of the MSSU Art department and graduated in 2004 before moving on to complete his masters degree in sculpture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Rosichelli completed his BFA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA in Sculpture at Arizona State University.

The show title “Handymen” refers to a return to process and making an investigation into contemporary materiality. At first glance, playful and lighthearted, these artworks investigate themes of regional sensibilities. Both artists have a penchant for working with their hands utilizing traditional methods while focusing ideas through a current, critical lens.

Handymen: Justin Shaw and Marco Rosichelli will open February 22 and close on March 16. The opening reception will be held Februarry 22 from 4–6pm. An Artist Talk will be held from 3–4pm on the same day as the opening reception. [spacer height=”0px”]

Returning March 3rd – First Thursday ArtWalk

First Thursday ArtWalk returns on March 3rd, from 5:30–8:3opm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

First Thursday ArtWalk 2016

Participating Venues: Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W. 3rd), Post Art Library (300 S. Main), M&M Bistro Gallery (409 S. Main), RSVPaint (410 S. Main), Ron Erwin (411 S. Main), Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S. Joplin), Carmen’s Apples & More (509 S. Main), Urban Art Gallery (511 S. Main), Focal Point Gallery (521 S. Main), Club 609 (609 S. Main), Blacklist Ink (628 S. Main). 

Click here for the official schedule with locations, artists, and activities! [spacer height=”0px”]