C2C To Present United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus

Connect2Culture is pleased to present the Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band on Wednesday, March 23, 7pm at Joplin High School’s Performing Arts Center – mark your calendars now! 

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.


The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

US-LogoIn addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas.

In addition, we will be hosting the official celebration of the City of Joplin’s 143rd Birthday! Stay tuned for details.

While this is a free concert, seating is limited and tickets will be required. Designated pick-up locations for tickets will be announced soon. Keep track of updates via our Facebook event page. [spacer height=”0px”]

Get On The Bus! Citizens Day For The Arts At The Legislature – Wednesday, February 10


Jo Mueller, recently retired Executive Director of George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, is being awarded the 2016 statewide Leadership in the Arts Award by the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri. Five awards will officially be presented in a Missouri Arts Awards public ceremony on February 10, 2016, at 2pm at the Missouri Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City – in conjunction with Missouri Citizens for the Arts Day at the Legislature.

Please join us to show your support for Jo, for Spiva Center for the Arts, and for recognizing the importance of the arts in our community. Connect2Culture, in conjunction with Spiva, is organizing a group of Jo’s friends and supporters, Joplin city and community leaders, arts leaders and interested citizens to attend this eventful day.

Jo MuellerYou are invited aboard a chartered bus organized to transport a large group of Joplin supporters to Jefferson City. Seven generous bus sponsors have stepped forward. They are Choice Marketing, Corner Greer and Associates, First Financial Wealth Management, Nancy Good, Sarah Luce Reeder & Associates, LLC, Cleo’s Picture Framing & Design, and CJ Huff. We so appreciate their support.

Seating is limited to the first 56 reservations. Of course, you are also welcome to drive yourself or car pool. All registered Joplin attendees will also be provided a complimentary box lunch courtesy of Connect2Culture. This luncheon is organized for guests and our legislators. The more supporters at the Capitol, the better! Email Emily at efrankoski@connect2culture.com to reserve your seat on the bus today. 

Since 1983, the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri have been honoring our state’s art heroes – the people who make the arts happen. These are individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state. Honorees are selected by an independent panel. Other 2016 award winners who will be recognized at the ceremony include: Arts Education – Halcyone Ewalt Perlman, Columbia; Arts Organization – STAGES St. Louis; Creative Community – Community of Chillicothe; and Individual Artist – John L. Schaefer, Kansas City. The Missouri Arts Council is a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. [spacer height=”0px”]

Highly Anticipated Collaboration Released – The Joplin Undercurrent

Through a partnership developed a little more than a year ago, the Joplin Conventions & Visitors Bureau (JCVB) has been working with local photographer Mark Neuenschwander (9Art Photography) and writer Lance Schaubert on a new concept that the trio hopes will spark interest to bring visitors to Joplin.

joplinundercurrentpostercvbUsing a genre for the digital age, Neuenschwander and Schaubert introduced Joplin to the concept of a digital photo-novel through their first joint venture, Cold Brewed, in 2012. A photo-novel is a story told through dramatic images and text, but the reader’s experience unfolds like the adventure of reading a novel, combined with the visual excitement of a graphic novel. The techie will appreciate reading a captivating story with just the roll of a mouse.

On January 19, 2016, the JCVB unveiled the photo-novel tourism marketing project, entitled The Joplin Undercurrent, with a storyline which combines historical accuracies as well as fiction, otherwise known as faction. Composed in the same vein as films we love such as The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, The Joplin Undercurrent photo-novel will depict some of what Joplin is best known for, while intertwining both real-life citizens and fictionalized characters.

Unlike traditional tourism marketing this project will not directly say, “Visit Joplin”. They hope this more understated approach, geared to people entrenched in the digital age, will spark an interest in visiting Joplin because of a desire to immerse themselves in the story’s location, similar to the way that novels or movies bring destinations into pop-culture and become tourist attractions. Communities such as Forks, Washington created special tours for visitors who flock there to put themselves into the fictional settings of the Twilight Saga, and why after 27 years, baseball enthusiasts still travel to Dubuque County (Dyersville) Iowa to step upon (or play a game on) the field created for the 1989 movie Field of Dreams.

The Joplin Undercurrent is a story of a young man and former Joplinite named Lee, who returns home to visit his ailing, perhaps even dying, mother. But when Lee asks his uncle for a visiting time, his uncle refuses to let him see her. Frustrated, Lee wanders downtown and meets two other out-of-towners – a historian of sorts and a geologist with a strange specialization. They come to protect Joplin from a coming disaster but to do so they’ll have to solve a mystery hidden in Joplin’s past…a mystery involving Lee’s mother.

Read/see the first few chapters here: thejoplinundercurrent.co! [spacer height=”0px”]

The Art Of Colored Pencils Now Enrolling At Rose Gallery Of Fine Art

Colored Pencil

Want to learn basic techniques in using colored pencils? Come to The Art of Colored Pencils class at the Rose Gallery of Fine Art. This is a beginning class for anyone wanting to expand sketching styles, improve work in adult coloring books or just learn a new medium.

Dustin Miller, art instructor at Neosho High School and Crowder College, will teach basic color theory and mixing, as well as sketching techniques that include layering, shading, burnishing and more.

The class will take place 11am–Noon, every other Saturday beginning February 6. Cost: $15 per session, plus the one-time cost of supplies. The class is open to ages 18 and older. Space is limited, pre-enrollment advised. For the supply list and to pre-enroll, phone 623-1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com. [spacer height=”0px”]