Post Memorial Art Reference Library Celebrates Leslie Simpson’s Legacy


Leslie Simpson, Then & Now (1980s vs. 2015). Left photo courtesy The Joplin Globe. Right photo courtesy Emily Frankoski.

Many gathered to celebrate Leslie Simpson, Director of the Post Memorial Art Reference Library, this past Sunday. Simpson has announced her retirement. She will be moving to St. Louis, MO in June with her husband, Dale Simpson, to be closer to family. Leslie has been with the Post since it first opened in June, 1981. She has written extensively about Joplin’s historic past and is a valued advocate of the Joplin Arts. We will miss her dearly.

Spiva Center for the Arts Seeks Volunteers


Spiva Center for the Arts is seeking Visitor Services Volunteers to work at the reception desk on weekdays. Volunteers assisting at the front desk handle such duties as greeting visitors, answering phones, processing new memberships and class registrations, handling gift shop and exhibit sales, and helping with classroom preparations. Morning or afternoon shifts of three to four hours on Tuesday through Friday are available. Training is provided. Volunteers are also needed for occasional help with clerical duties, event planning, or assisting at exhibit openings and special events. Interested parties may contact Angel Brame at 417-483-8084. Volunteer applications are available at Spiva’s reception desk. [spacer height=”0px”]

Art Feeds Joplin Selected For State Farm Neighborhood Assist Voting Grant

Art Feeds Neighborhood Assit Voting GrantArt Feeds Joplin has been selected to be in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Voting Grant! Out of 200 organizations, the top 40 with the most votes at the end of 3 weeks will be awarded $25,000 for their cause. Each day, you may vote up to ten times for your chosen organization. How can you help Art Feeds?

1. Click here.
2. Search for Art Feeds Joplin and click on it.
3. Check the box “Use the remainder of your daily votes.”
4. Submit your votes!

You have every day until June 3rd to cast 10 votes each day! If you would like to receive a daily reminder to vote, click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Little Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Season To End At The Beginning

Bertha The Beautiful Typewriter Girl

Bertha, The Beautiful Typewriter Girl by Charles George will be the final production of Joplin Little Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Season. This play was the very first production at JLT and chosen to honor the history of the theatre while looking ahead to many seasons to come.

Bertha is an old fashioned “mellerdrammer” with a black-hearted villain, a stalwart hero, and a virtuous heroine. Will wickedness be punished and long suffering goodness rewarded? Of course! It wouldn’t be much fun otherwise.

This play is fun! Bertha boasts a delightful cast of characters, innumerable plot twists, intrigue, love…all the things that make going to the theatre a wonderful time.

The cast consists of Roscoe Miller, Tony Flint, John Early, Wally Bloss, Leecia Bloss, Ashley Trotnic, Skylar Walton, Karen Eckhardt, Hannah Cunningham and Kyle Jacobs and is directed by Jim Lile.

A pre-show celebration will be held for longtime contributors William and Rebecca Perry on opening night – Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30pm. There will also be a special “Bertha-Day Party” to end the 75th Anniversary following the final matinee performance on Sunday, May 31.

Bertha will run Wed, May 27 – Sunday, May 31. Wed–Sat: 7:30pm. Sun: 2:30pm. Tickets: $13 – General | $11 – Seniors/Students | $5 – Children (Under 12). Call (417)623-3638 to reserve your tickets or buy online. [spacer height=”0px”]