Third Annual Joplin Arts Fest Now Accepting Applications

The 3rd annual Joplin Arts Fest is Southwest Missouri’s premier fall fine arts festival. This juried event showcases exceptionally talented 2D and 3D artists showcasing their original artwork. The one-day festival is located on Historic Route 66 in Downtown Joplin, MO. The Joplin Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts coordinate the festival. In addition to the 100 fine arts booths, there will be a stage for performing artists. These performances will take place throughout the festival to complement the event. The festival will return Saturday, September 16, 10:00am–6:00pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin.

Are you an interested artist? Booth spaces are 12’W x 12’D and are $75 for first time applicants and $60 for JRAC members and those artists that participated in the 2016 festival. Artists are required to provide their own tent or canopy for the festival. Electricity is available for an additional $10 fee. New this year? Artists can apply for the festival through ZAPP®. ZAPP® enables individual artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central website, The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. The result is that all artwork in the system is in a consistent, high-quality, digital format. The digital images are presented to the jurors of each show and the system allows them to score online.

All funds raised by this festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to support a variety of youth related programs in the Joplin area. [spacer height=”0px”]

Trout Fishing In America Returns to TJ Concert Hall

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet (30+ years!). The group has received four Grammy Nominations and a host of national music awards. Their live performances have earned them a place in the hearts of children and parents everywhere. The name, taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruous as a picture of this musical duo: Ezra Idlet (guitar) stands six feet eight inches and Keith Grimwood (bass), five feet five and one half inches. Ezra is more playful and extroverted while Keith is more serious and reserved. Each of them bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny.

Trout Fishing In America will take the TJ Concert Hall Stage for the third time on Monday, March 6 at 5:00pm. Tickets: $12 Adult, $9 Child, $10 Senior. This concert is for people who take their fun seriously!

Would your child be interested in a songwriting workshop? They will be hosting one for children (grades 2-5) at 3:00pm that very same day! Click here for more details about the songwriting workshop. [spacer height=”0px”]

Southern Theatre Presents The Great Alphabet Adventure

Southern Theatre and the Show-Me Celebration Company will present The Great Alphabet Adventure by Julia Flood, in Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University, March 11 and 12 at 2:30pm each day.

Show Synopsis: On a rainy afternoon, Alex comes home from school excited to start playing video games before his mom gets home. When the power goes out and his only entertainment option is to read, Alex is certain that he will die of boredom. Enter Zora, the adventurous new girl next door. Zora discovers that Alex’s old picture book, The Great Alphabet Adventure, is mysteriously blank and that their job as explorers will be to find the missing letters and return them to the book. Alex’s ordinary room begins to reveal extraordinary hidden worlds and a cast of wacky characters who lead Alex, Zora and the audience on a treasure hunt through the alphabet. In the end, Alex and Zora learn something about the fun of reading and about the value of friendship.

For theatre production information call 417.625.9393 or visit Requests for accommodations related to a disability need to be made to Terri Spencer at 417.625.9393 at least 72 hours before the performance.

For Reservations call 417.625.3190. Prices: $3 Adult, $1 Children 12 and under. The Box Office will be open Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The Taylor Performing Arts Center is located at Missouri Southern State University, 3950 East Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri  64801-1595. [spacer height=”0px”]

Spring 2017 Hip Handmade Market

The Spring 2017 Hip Handmade Market will return Saturday, March 25, 9:00am–4:00pm at the Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin at 104 South Joplin Ave.! This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! Many talented handmade vendors. No third party vendors. Local eateries. Cash bar. Free photobooth. Hourly Giveaways. Free HHM canvas tote to the first 25 through the door on Saturday morning. The $2 entry fee benefits Art Feeds Joplin.

They will also be hosting a pre-shopping night on Friday, March 24 called The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour. This is the perfect fun night out with early shopping, snacks, libations, a casual atmosphere, live music, and mingling with your favorite locals! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information about and registration for this pre-shopping event will be available on their website in March (keep your eyes peeled). [spacer height=”0px”]

“Art In The Park” Call for Artists

Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, Art In The Park at George Washington Carver National Monument features local artists at work across park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops with pastels, natural dyes, watercolors, clay, pencil and more. This year, Art in the Park Day will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10:00am–3:00pm.

Are you an interested artist? Artists are needed for plein air painting, conducting art workshops for the public, or both. Artists are free to set up at a location of their choice and can display artwork/share business cards (no sales allowed). Most of all, participating artists gain inspiration from the natural setting of George Washington Carver’s childhood home. Interested artists should contact Curtis Gregory (park ranger) at or call the park at 417-325-4151. The deadline to register for participation as an artist is April 19, 2017. [spacer height=”0px”]