Connect2Culture To Provide Chalk Artist Joan Finn for June 2015 Third Thursday
Joan Finn Chalk Artist

We are over the moon to introduce you to Joan Finn – a professional Madonnara, or chalk artist, from Kansas City, MO! Joan creates chalk street paintings for festivals and events. Connect2Culture will be bringing Joan to create during June’s Third Thursday in Downtown Joplin next week. Joan specializes in 3D or “anamorphic” street painting and enjoys creating work that celebrates the culture and theme of the specific event. We are excited to see what design she comes up with for Joplin! We will be located at 6th & Main – come say hi, see Joan at work, and take photos with the artwork![spacer height=”0px”]

New Executive Director of Post Art Library – Jill Sullivan

Jill SullivanJill Sullivan is the new Director of the Post Art Library. Previously, she worked for both the Post Art and Joplin Public Libraries for seven-plus years. Presently, she is earning a Masters in Library Science and Information Technology via Kent State University. In 2008, she graduated from MSSU with B.A.’s in English and German. Sullivan collaborated with others on the recent Trash-to-Art Contest, spearheaded the Post Mail Art Projekt, and has created several educational programs, as well as led numerous workshops, emphasizing arts and culture. Additionally, Sullivan serves on the Joplin Historic Preservation Commission. Originally hailing from northern Ohio, she lives in Joplin with her family and is happy to call Joplin home. Congrats, Jill! [spacer height=”0px”]

The Southern Symphony Orchestra Wants YOU!

Southern Symphone Orchestra

Do you play an orchestral instrument (whether it was in school, church, or the Philharmonic)? Do you have previous experience playing in a symphony orchestra? Are you of at least high school age? If the answers are yes to the majority of those questions, the Southern Symphony Orchestra – Joplin’s college/community symphony orchestra – encourages you to join them for their 2015–16 concert season! Rehearsals are held Monday evenings, 7–9pm, in Missouri Southern State Universities Phinney Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Macomber, conductor, at 417-625-9635 or The first rehearsal will be held August 17, 2015. [spacer height=”0px”]

Raise Your 38! for Art Feeds Joplin

Did you know that it only takes $38 to sponsor 1 child for an entire year of Art Feeds Joplin programming? They have made it easier than ever to give generously in honor of Joplin’s little artists! Welcome to Raise Your 38! This online fundraising campaign allows the Joplin community to join together as a team and raise the funds to support Art Feeds Joplin Programs. They are challenging each one of their supporters to raise at least enough money to sponsor an Art Feeds Joplin little artist for an entire year (that’s just $38!).

Raise Your 38 - 2015

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Create a profile page (Just add your Title, goal and personalized link! Add a story and photos for extra gusto.) Select the Art Feeds Joplin team and all your gifts will benefit AFJ programs!
Step 2: Ask 38 friends to donate $1.
Step 3: Celebrate that doing good can be so easy.
Step 4: Ask 3 friends “Wanna Raise Your $38” and invite them to create their own page!

Click this link to join the Art Feeds Joplin team or to make a donation: [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Little Theatre Encore Awards

Encore Awards 2015Joplin Little Theatre’s 32nd annual Encore Awards Night was held Saturday, June 6, 2015, and hosted by Chet Fritz and Rebecca Ensor. Three musicals and three plays were in contention for the awards.

Awards presented were:

Lead Actor in a Play: Tony Flint, Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl
Lead Actress in a Play: Ashley Trotnic, Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl
Lead Actor in a Musical: Ross Bruns, The Fantasticks
Lead Actress in a Musical: Bethany Newsom, The Fantasticks
Supporting Actor in a Play: John Early, Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl
Supporting Actress in a Play: Karen Eckhardt, Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Ricardo Field, The Fantasticks
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Becky Seidl, The Boy Friend

Light Design: Shawn Irish, JLT in Concert
Set Design: Shawn Irish, JLT in Concert
Costume Design: Lara Hicks-Burrow, Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl

Choreographer: Angela Lowe, JLT in Concert
Musical Director: Cecie Fritz, JLT in Concert
Vocal Director: Mary Schwab, The Fantasticks
Musical Number: “The Opening” from JLT in Concert

Best Play: Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl, Jim Lile, Director
Best Musical: JLT in Concert, Bill Perry, Director

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bill Perry.
The Cherub Award, given by the Angel Guild, was presented to Audrey Hoggett, Paige Mock and Klaire Hardy.

Director’s Choice Awards (presented by the director of each show to someone who they considered went the extra mile): The Boy Friend, directed by Carolyn McGowan, given to Dr. Susan Smith; JLT in Concert, directed by Bill Perry, given to Tyler Burkhart; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Lisa Wood, given to Kevin Newby; Eleemosynary, directed by Tim Klein, given to Lara Hicks-Burrow; The Fantasticks, directed by Jade Nicholas, given to Deb Leggett; Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl, directed by Jim Lile, given to Wally and Leecia Bloss.

Musical numbers were performed from JLT in Concert, The Boy Friend and The Fantasticks. Photo montages were presented from the plays The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Eleemosynary and Bertha, the Beautiful Typewriter Girl. [spacer height=”0px”]