Joplin Arts Efforts Pressing On

Connect2Culture, a 501c3 and Joplin’s community arts agency recognized by the Missouri Arts Council, along with the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, continue their efforts to develop the Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center at the north end of the Memorial Hall parking lot. This effort with roots dating back to 2010, and appearances before the Joplin City Council in December 2014 and again in December 2015, has transformative potential for Joplin as a whole, and more directly our Downtown district.

The Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center is a 60,825 sq ft condominium structure to be owned respectively by Connect2Culture and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, with a common area maintenance agreement between the two entities. The structure will contain a new and expanded George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, a 500-seat state-of-the-art acoustically designed theater, and multiple support spaces, offices, conference rooms, etc. for Spiva, Connect2Culture, and other community arts entities such as Pro Musica. In addition, a festival plaza including an amphitheater with the capacity of entertaining 1,800-2,000 people is positioned between the new building and Memorial Hall.

Plan B 5

Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center – Exterior Rendering

Since our last community report before the City Council on December 7, 2015, our consultants, Alice and Halsey North of The North Group, Inc., New York, NY, conducted 47 confidential interviews in the Joplin area from June 1 through June 14 with individuals and corporate leaders.  Additionally, meetings were conducted with the Joplin Mayor, the Joplin City Manager, the Joplin School Superintendent, and officers of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network.  A total of 64 people were involved in this process.  This process will continue with additional calls upon community members and corporate leaders by Connect2Culture leadership.

The North Group, Inc. will write a report and present their confidential findings in September of 2016. These findings will inform what decisions will be made on how to proceed with the actual capital campaign to make the Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center a reality. Again, the intent of the campaign effort is to raise the private capital necessary to fund the project plus start up operating costs.

Connect2Culture is committed to enhancing culture in the Joplin community.  In March 2016, we were able to bring the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus for a free concert at the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center.  Nearly 1,000 people attended that concert and were encouraged by the talents and abilities of our US servicemen and women. We will continue to pursue performance opportunities at the Joplin High Performing Arts Center and Memorial Hall venues, seeking a variety of music and performance presentations.

We actively support and promote our local artists and performers. Our website enables interested patrons to subscribe to our bi-weekly Joplin Community Arts Calendar and our weekly Joplin Arts News that gives more detailed presentations on activities happening in our community. Connect2Culture regularly posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote our local cultural organizations.

Quoting an article entitled Creative Placemaking from the Fall 2015 International Economic Development Journal authored by Jason Schupbach, Director of Design Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, “The arts have a role to play in economic development as much as any other field….Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work, making sure the arts find a permanent home at the ‘table’.” Connect2Culture commits to “be at the table” for Joplin!

This update brought to you by Clifford Wert, President & CFO, Connect2Culture. [spacer height=”0px”]

Post Mail Art Projekt 2016

Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are happy to bring you Post Mail Art Projekt 2016! PMAP aims to encourage creative correspondence via so-called snail mail. This is a call for anyone who would like to participate in the Post Mail Art Projekt 2016.

Final PMAP 2016
Send and Ye Shall Receive (no returns) to:
Post Mail Art Projekt / Post Art Library
300 S Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801 USA

This year’s theme is “Self-Titled.” All mail art must be postmarked by December 1, 2016 for inclusion in the Winter 2017 exhibit at Post Art Library.

Kindly note: Your mail art might be digitized by Post Art Library (Joplin, Missouri, USA) and may appear on their website, on social media sites, or in a digital library collection. Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are 501c3 not-for-profits. 

Feel free to use the hashtags #PostMailArtProjekt and #PMAP2016 to share your mail art story with us on social media! You might just see it on the Facebook page. [spacer height=”0px”]

Art Feeds Day

13567054_1177678375610010_6707760862200825395_nWhen Art Feeds was founded in 2009, their first fundraiser consisted of selling the iconic Art Feeds tee shirt. This year on Thursday, September 8th, they are taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate Art Feeds Day!

Art Feeds’ story began in 2009 with one little boy in a classroom who proved creativity and expression are important in the lives of children. Founder Meg Bourne-Hulsey called the cause “Art Feeds” because art and creativity were feeding the first student in a way that was just as essential as food. She printed tee shirts with his handwriting, which includes a fill in the blank line, allowing each person to customize their tee by writing their own unique way that “Art Feeds” for them. For example: Art Feeds hope, Art Feeds dancing, Art Feeds joy, Art Feeds expression.

“These shirts were sold to support our first classrooms and this year, we’re throwing it back to 2009 and telling a bigger story of how a little dream can grow to impact thousands of children.”

Supporters are encouraged to customize their tees and prepare to share the Art Feeds story when they wear them on September 8th in solidarity for the thousands of little artists Art Feeds serves. Art Feeds would like to see 3,000 supporters telling the story of what “Art Feeds” for them!

Through the month of July, Art Feeds chapters will establish partnerships with schools, clubs, organizations, restaurants, banks, boutiques and more! Each chapter receives the sales from their shirts that will fund programming for the 2016-2017 school year. The goal is to have hundreds of people all over town wearing the shirt on Art Feeds Day to raise awareness for the cause and share the story of why creativity and expression are so important in the lives of children. In the month of August, Art Feeds will encourage Art Feeds Tee parties, where supporters can get together and customize their shirt. They will encourage creativity by filling in the blank on “Art Feeds _________” and showing the art to the world with #ArtFeedsDay on social media to encourage others to get involved. This will create a buzz by September 8th, the day all supporters will wear their shirts together to represent their little artists. All proceeds from the shirts sold in each Chapter community will support that chapter.

Watch this video of  Art Feeds founder Meg Bourne-Hulsey explaining the whos, whats, wheres, whys, whens, and hows!

Art Feeds: “We believe that children are our greatest resource; they are imaginative, creative and innovative. We exist to feed their creative development and facilitate their emotional expression. We do this through art and community. Art Feeds Joplin provides free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms. Since 2009, we’ve impacted over 24,000 children with our programs in the Joplin area!” [spacer height=”0px”]

New Exhibits Opening at Spiva Center for the Arts

New exhibits are coming soon to the Main and Regional galleries at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)! Both will be open to the public on Saturday, July 16. An opening reception will be hosted on Friday, July 15, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free). Read on to learn more about these exciting exhibits…

wild-fabricationsIN THE MAIN GALLERY
Wild Fabrications

About the artist: Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA defines an art quilt as “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.” Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now has over 3,400 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. A dedicated core of volunteers and staff keep the organization vibrant, dynamic, and progressive.

About this exhibit: Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical. Selected quilt artists let their imagination run wild and created interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques. The theme not only lends itself particularly to bold colors and whimsical imagery, but also to beautiful realism, and humor that can be ebullient or dark.

It is thrilling to see what is happening in the world of art quilts and to observe how the technology and processes used to create them have changed and evolved over time. It is also nice to see so many works from accomplished and experienced artists with a wide range of styles. I think this shows the diversity in the art quilt community. It seems like art quilts are going through a period of exciting change because of the easy access to a wide variety of images, inspirations,and new techniques, often due to the internet. I asked myself a number of questions as I looked at each work: Did the work have visual impact? Was the image well composed and well designed? What was the work about, did the artist seem to have a clear sense of what they were communicating and what the work was expressing? But also did the work let the imagination go beyond the image?” –Geoffrey Gorman, Juror

Wild Fabrications is sponsored by Commerce Bank and Troy & Jenny Richards, with additional support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Jessie Montes: Out of the Box

About the artist: “Growing up impoverished in Northern Mexico, I had to create my own toys and items of amusement. This was the beginning of my creative bent.” -Jessie Montes

Jessie M. Montes was one of twenty-five children, and the sole survivor of five sets of twins. The self-taught artist was a native of Mexico, and had been a naturalized citizen since 1972. He had worked at a variety of jobs, including custodian at Dodge City High School,until his retirement in 1996 due to emphysema.

In 1990, to free his mind from worry about two of his children being involved in the Gulf War, he began making frames for photographs out of corrugated paperboard, commonly called cardboard.Then he began to fill in the frames with landscapes, designs and portraits.Three dimensional sculptures came soon thereafter and his artistic career was launched.

New York gallery owner, Phyllis Kind,says: “I would suggest that Montes has invented his own vocabulary of visual form—his concerns are purely technical and he tells us much about them; but much more importantly, and this is the mystery of creative genius, the most impelling, single aspect of his brilliant and unmistakable work is its significant inventiveness, wholly his own. His work varies from portraiture to landscapes to designs; it sometimes includes architecture and always functions as excellent abstraction. In other words, Jessie Montes’ art is totally consistent and has incredible range. This is my definition of what great art is!”

About this exhibit: Using corrugated boxes as his material, as well as some corrugated bulletin board paper, he cuts quarter inch strips on a right angle, at 45 degrees or parallel to the corrugations. This gave him three interesting textures with which to work as he created each piece of art.The strips were then glued edgewise onto the surface of the base, also made of cardboard, to form the various pieces of art. A protective coating was placed over the work when it was finished.

Jessie’s three dimensional pieces are made totally of cardboard, but sometimes have the appearance of wood. They vary from small plaques of unusual designs to free-standing pieces of various dimensions up to six feet tall. Many pieces feature buildings with doors or windows in the surface. With the background painted, these appear to be lit from within, adding to the mystique of the art.

Jessie Montes: Out of the Box is sponsored by Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co. with additional support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. [spacer height=”0px”]