Pro Musica’s 36th Annual Joplin PoPs
Joplin Pops 2016

Have you experienced Pro Musica’s annual Joplin PoPs concert? If not, it’s about time! The Joplin PoPs guarantees an evening of patriotic tunes, show tunes and light classics “under the stars” with the Warrensburg Community Band, under the director of Dr. Russell Coleman. The PoPs is a great family event and suitable for all ages. Bring your own seating and picnics – have “dinner on the grounds” before the concert begins. There will be “lolliPoPs” for everyone and tee shirts for sale. Transportation from the parking lot to the concert site will be provided by Skaggs Chiropractic. Door prizes will be given away during the intermission. The Program will include vocal and instrumental soloists, and an announcer (a local radio personality) who will narrate information about the selections performed.

Pro Musica’s 36th Annual Joplin PoPs will be held Friday, June 24, 8pm on The Oval at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd).


  • Food vendors will be on the grounds starting at 6pm so you can purchase your “dinner on the grounds”: AJ’s Eatery, Kings Kettle Corn, Pineapple Bliss, Tac-O-the Town.
  • FIREWORKS at the end of the program.  The fireworks are sponsored by Crossland Construction Company, Inc. and Mercy Hospital Joplin.

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The Warrensburg Community Band, Dr. Russell Coleman, conductor, was founded in the summer of 1985 to provide an opportunity for band musicians to continue performing for their pleasure while rendering a service to the community.  Dr. Coleman was at that time the Director of Bands and Chair of the Department of Music at Central Missouri State University, now the University of Central Missouri.  He has remained as the conductor of the Community Band since it was organized.  The membership includes professional musicians, music professors, public school band directors, retired military musicians, university student music majors and community members from the surrounding towns. 

Tickets go on sale now! $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased…

  • By credit card: Online at
  • By cash or check: In person at All Things Grand (1186 S Grand, Carthage, MO), Cleo’s Picture Framing (6th & Virginia, Joplin, MO), Ernie Williamson Music (925 S Range Line Rd, Joplin, MO), or at the gate the night of the program. 

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Photo courtesy Missouri Southern State University

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New Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Member’s Exhibit

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“The Wait” by Steve Head

A new rotation of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) members – Steve Head, Cindy Head, and Kristin Girard – is now on display at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce! Since 2010, the Joplin Chamber has showcased the strength and diversity of the visual arts in this region by exhibiting the work of artist members of the JRAC on a rotating basis. These local artists will have their work on display until the end of August 2016.

Steve Head and his wife Cindy are both well-known area artists from Webb City, Missouri. They have exhibited all over the region, have both won numerous awards, and have had featured exhibitions in several galleries and venues. They have sold their artworks to collectors as far away as California, Idaho and Minnesota and have used their artistic talents to help raise funds and awareness for local non-profit organizations. Cindy loves a wide array of mediums and is constantly seeking new and different ways to create her art. Her favorite medium is Mixed Media. Steve has won awards for his photography, his Mixed Media and his Digital Collage works. He will be a featured artist this coming August at a venue in Chicago! Steve and Cindy’s art can be found at Rose Fine Art Gallery in Joplin.

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“Kaleidoscope” by Cindy Head


Jewelry by Kristin Girard

Kristin Girard of Joplin was a microbiologist prior to motherhood. Then, as a stay at home mom, a desire grew in her to fulfill her arts and crafts side and she explored the possibilities of jewelry making. Today, Kristin strives to make parts of a piece of jewelry herself or to find them locally, using repurposed, recycled and vintage elements such as tiny tart let pans, belt buckles, compasses, eggshells, silverware and feathers. The result is a one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art. ‘Kristin’s Laboratory’ jewelry pieces can be found at the Urban Art Gallery in downtown Joplin along with art walks and local festivals. Girard’s passion for making jewelry has led her to voluntarily teach those who need to do community service, such as at the Watered Gardens in Joplin, where the hand made items are sold to help it’s mission.

JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, email The artwork can be viewed during the Joplin Chamber’s regular business hours: Mon–Fri: 8am–5pm. [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Little Theatre Encore Awards

Encore AwardsHaving closed the final show of Joplin Little Theatre’s (JLT) 2015-2016 season, they are ready to show appreciation for the talented individuals who dedicate their time and resources to make JLT one of the longest running theatre’s West of the Mississippi! The “Encore Awards” are JLT’s version of the Tony Awards. Awards will be given for best actor, actress, set design, etc.

Let’s review this past year at Joplin Little Theatre…
– Forever Plaid
– The Full Monty
– Yes, Virginia
– Seven Keys to Baldpate
– Other Desert Cities
– One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Encore Award attendees will also be treated to a taste of what JLT has coming up for the 2016-2017 Audience Choice season!

Hosted by Gary Roney and Niki Corcoran, this event is free and open to everyone.

Cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm.
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Joplin Jewish Temple’s 100th Anniversary Open House

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Photo courtesy Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will partner with the United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin when the doors of the iconic Jewish temple at 702 South Sergeant Avenue open to the public on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 1–4pm. This event is in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Joplin’s most unique building of its kind and the area’s only Jewish temple – also known to some as a synagogue.

The exterior is Byzantine-style with oriental trimmings along the lines of a Hebrew temple and a Turkish mosque. The temple was modeled after The Hagia Sophia in modern day Istanbul as sketched by Joplin businessman, Gabe Newburger, of Newman Brothers Department Store while he was traveling in Europe and Asia. The architect was our well-known Joplin resident, Austin Allen. Mr. Allen’s designs of the Elks Club Lodge, the Newman Mercantile Building (present day Joplin City Hall), the Olivia Apartments, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and his personal home in Murphysburg still remain and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Roberta Shilane of the United Hebrew Congregation said, “Guests will have the rare opportunity to view the beautiful handcrafted wooden ark, which houses the Torah scrolls, and features the hand carved Hebrew letters representing the Ten Commandments.” The tour will also feature the “Tree of Life” appliquéd on the curtain inside the ark that refers metaphorically to the Torah, original stained glass windows, wooden pews, a pipe organ, ner tamid (everlasting light), menorahs, Torah scrolls and regalia, and the choir and women’s balcony.

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Photo courtesy Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.

Guests will also be treated to narrated tours, traditional Jewish food, and will learn about the 1970 fire that destroyed the beautiful copper dome and minaret.  There will also be opportunities to ask questions about the Jewish religion.

Admission is complimentary but donations to the United Hebrew Congregation are welcome. Please note that the central entrance from the parking lot is handicap accessible.

Paula Callihan, HMP committee co-chair said, “When Historic Murphysburg Preservation started our research and communication with the United Hebrew Congregation, we learned that several original Murphysburg homeowners were members of the congregation. We also learned that many prominent names of Joplin such as Thomas Connor and Patrick Murphy, who were not members of the congregation, donated money to the temple’s building fund.”  No doubt Misters Connor and Murphy were inspired by Rabbi Leiser’s speech at a fundraiser in April 1916 calling for “…an ornament to the city and be acceptable to all citizens of this district, not merely to the particular worshippers.”

Some of Murphysburg founding families who were members of the congregation lived in houses that still stand today on South Moffet and South Sergeant. Guests will receive a commemorative booklet and a tour guide map of their houses and Joplin buildings designed by Austin Allen.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. – a non-profit organization – is dedicated to the preservation of Joplin’s oldest residential neighborhood through education and community involvement. Joplin’s local Murphysburg Residential Historic District includes houses on Moffet Avenue from First to Fourth Streets and Sergeant Avenue from First to Seventh Streets – combined with some houses on Pearl and Byers Avenues. The entire district is on the National Register of Historic Places. For additional information:, and [spacer height=”0px”]

A Creative Renaissance In Joplin, MO

This article in the latest Joplin Regional Business Journal is a MUST-READ! An in-depth look at the Joplin Arts before and after the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, MO. Click here to read online. Thank you to Stacey Lindsay and the Joplin Regional Business Journal for recognizing the power of the Joplin Arts Community – “A Creative Renaissance: In early 2011 Joplin was already a burgeoning place of art, but the tornado unveiled a consideration for creativity like never before.”[spacer height=”0px”]