25+ to Participate in Joplin Arts Preview – The Year Ahead

The Joplin Arts community will convene for a Connect2Culture (C2C) Arts Roundtable, Joplin Arts Preview – The Year Ahead on Monday, July 25, 6:00–7:30pm at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (222 West 3rd Street, Joplin, MO 64801). This event is free and open to the public.


The first of its kind, C2C hopes to make this an annual event! The premise is simple. Each arts/cultural representative will have three minutes to update the community on their organizations activities and offerings for 2016–2017. Participating organizations, include:

  • Connect2Culture
  • George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
  • Post Art Library
  • Joplin Little Theatre
  • Stained Glass Theatre Joplin
  • Phoenix Fired Art
  • Urban Art Gallery
  • First Thursday ArtWalk
  • TJ Concert Hall
  • MSSU – Southern Theatre
  • MSSU – Spiva Art Gallery
  • MSSU – Music Department
  • Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School
  • Joplin Arts Fest
  • Pro Musica
  • Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.
  • Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
  • Art Feeds Joplin
  • Joplin Regional Artists Coalition
  • Fiber Folks SW MO
  • RSVPaint Joplin
  • Northpark Mall’s First Annual Indoor Art Fair
  • Local Color Art Gallery & Studio
  • Heartland Opera Theatre
  • TANK: Public Art
  • Joplin Museum Complex
  • MSSU International Studies Department
  • JACC Cultural Affairs Committee Commerce

“The Joplin Arts community has so much to offer! So much, in fact, that it is nearly impossible to take advantage of all the available opportunities. C2C is passionate about increasing audience for the Joplin arts and cultural community by making these opportunities more accessible to both residents and visitors. We hope this arts roundtable will educate the public about upcoming events and encourage collaboration between participating organizations, as well as inform the media about potential opportunities for an interesting story.” – Emily Frankoski, C2C Community Arts Director

Want updates? Check out the Facebook event page. If you would like to attend this C2C Arts Roundtable, please RSVP by phone 417.625.6683 or email efrankoski@connect2culture.com.

C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. Feel free to invite interested staff and board members. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections. [spacer height=”0px”]

Original Poetry & Prose Reading – Henri Whitehead & Savannah Phifer Say Words… 

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Pub Hound Press is ready to host their third reading of original poetry and prose by local talent! This event will feature Henri Whitehead and Savannah Phifer at Infuxn Vodka Bar (530 South Main Street) on Wednesday, July 27, 7:00pm.

Henri Whitehead (top right) has aspired to be the next Mark Twain ever since leaving his childhood home in rural Southwest Missouri to attend the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He is a proud father of four beautiful children, and when he’s not writing, he works as an English teacher for McDonald County High School, where he also coaches track and cross country. Henri’s other hobbies include running, reading, writing, playing disc golf, and working on his 1971 MG Midget.

Savannah Phifer (left) is a creative writing major at Missouri Southern State University from Mansfield, Missouri. Even though she is a senior, it will probably be another two years before she graduates. Savannah enjoys all forms of writing, but is currently attempting to hone in her poetry skills.

This event is free and open to the public. Pub Hound Press is a local publisher in Joplin, MO that is dedicated to the promotion of local talent.  To learn more, visit pubhoundpress.com. [spacer height=”0px”]

Clay Drum Making Workshop With Matthew Wright

Meet Matthew Wright, Phoenix Fired Art’s current Artist in Residence. Wright was raised in Goshen Indiana, a town becoming known for its growing clay community. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, and Bachelor of Science in K-12 Art Education from the University of Evansville, in Evansville Indiana. Wright taught Art in various school districts around Missouri, most recently in Webb City Schools, before deciding to pursue his Masters in Fine Art. Wright has completed the first of three years in the M.F.A. program at Texas Tech, in Lubbock Texas.

Wright will host a one-day Clay Drum Workshop at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 South Main Street) on Saturday, July 30 from 9:30am–4:00pm. This workshop will focus on the process Wright uses in the making and decorating of his ceramic drums. He will demonstrate each step of the drum making process including: throwing the form on the potter’s wheel, trimming, joining multiple pieces into one form, surface decoration techniques using colored slips (including sgrafitto, stenciling, and silk screening), stretching the goat skin head, and finish wrapping with waxed linen.

The workshop is free for Phoenix Members and $25 for Non-Members. Send them a message on Facebook or give them a call at 4417.437.9281 to reserve your spot. [spacer height=”0px”]

Celebrate Emancipation in America at Annual Park Days

The Emancipation “Park Day” Celebration, has been hosted in Joplin since 1927 to promote cultural diversity and ensure the historical significance of Emancipation in America is not forgotten. This event celebrates African-American freedom and achievement while promoting diversity and respect for all cultures. This year, the Park Day Celebration will be held on Friday–Sunday, August 5–7. The theme for this year is “A Family Affair”. Take a look below for the lineup of activities for the festival. There is something for everyone!

Questions? Contact Dola Flake at 417.385.7064 or Chalise Cooper at 417.438.4980. [spacer height=”0px”]