Learn More About Missouri Arts Council Funding

Missouri Arts Council GrantsIs your non-profit interested in receiving funding from the Missouri Arts Council (MAC)? Every year, MAC hosts workshops in cities throughout Missouri. Learn how to navigate through the MAC grant process by joining them this fall at Spiva Center for the Arts on Tuesday, November 15 from 3–5pm.

Who should attend? Eligible organizations (Missouri-based, tax-exempt only) looking for funding for arts projects who are not familiar with the Missouri Arts Council application process, or who have previously applied and not received satisfactory panel scores. Those who have previously applied and are familiar with the process do not need to attend. Each two-hour workshop covers basic information on MAC grants, both monthly and annual, eligibility, creating an online profile in the updated grant system, the application and panel process, preparing support materials and how to address narrative questions. If you have never applied for MAC funding, or seek to improve your grant application, you will benefit from attending this free workshop.

FY2018 is from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. FY2018 is an on-year for these grant programs: Arts Education, Arts Services, Community Arts–Project, Electronic Media Arts, Festivals, Folk Arts, Literature, Multidiscipline, and Music. The deadline for applications for annual grants for FY2018 is February 27, 2017. For more information, email or call program specialist Jill Tutt, jill.tutt@ded.mo.gov, 314-340-6857 direct line and 866-407-4752 toll-free. [spacer height=”0px”]

New Exhibits at Spiva Center for the Arts

This weekend, Spiva will open two new exhibits to the public! Both exhibits will be on display November 12 – December 31. Don’t miss the members only opening reception on Friday, November 11, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free). But first, let’s learn about each exhibit…

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69th Annual Membership Show – Show Off & Shine

Joplin is bursting with high-quality visual art. The last few years the Joplin arts scene has witnessed art fests, first and third Thursdays, new galleries, regional fairs, collaborations, murals and more. Our local artists are BUSY, but they still choose to crank out their best work for Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work. Sponsored by Empire District Electric Company, this 69th annual exhibit brings together members, friends and artists who gather over fine wine and hors d’oeuvres on opening night to celebrate art and each other as patrons purchase original art from regional artists who are members of Spiva.

This year, nearly 100 area artists provided pieces from all mediums, including ceramics, watercolor, wood, oils, metal, photography and mixed media. Pieces entered in the adult competitive categories are eligible for cash awards totaling $2,400, once again generously provided by Dr. John and Mrs. Barbara Windle. Awards are given for both 2-D and 3-D works. In addition to the cash awards, an artist will receive the Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for an Emerging Artist in Water Media, and his or her name will join previous award winners on a perpetual plaque in the Spiva lobby. The youth divisions will honor the winners of the Donna Gilbreth Memorial Children’s and Youth Awards with prizes totaling $600, courtesy of the Windles.

The 2016 juror for the adult competition is Sean Lyman, Associate Professor of Art at Missouri State University. Children/youth division juror is Karalee McDonald, art educator in the Joplin Schools.

Cowboys — Symbols of the West
Works from the Leggett & Platt Collection | A Joe Beeler Memorial Exhibit
Sponsored by Leggett & Platt, Incorporated

Nothing more personifies the American West than the cowboy. The image is highly recognizable – cowboys are depicted with the distinctive boots, chaps, bandanas, shotguns, and of course, the cowboy hat. Through the years, cowboy life has been romanticized to include a life of chivalry, shoot-outs, and fighting Native Americans. Cowboys typically are portrayed as a masculine ideal, exhibiting strength, speed, and skill with a gun. But the life of the real American cowboy was much simpler than that – most cowboys spent long, lonely years working on ranches and driving cattle for 14 hours a day.

Though real-life cowboys weren’t glamorous, they were hard workers who exemplified independence, individualism, and honesty due to the isolated nature of their work. The art work exhibited from the walls of the Leggett & Platt collection perfectly captures the true life and spirit of the American cowboy.

Included are works by Joe Beeler, memorialized by this exhibit. Beeler was born in 1931 in Joplin, Missouri. At an early age, Beeler started drawing and becoming very artistic. He continued his skills throughout college at Kansas State Teachers College and later attended the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles, California. After his time in school, Beeler worked as an illustrator for the University of Oklahoma Press. Beeler’s life as an artist was difficult for him but he eventually became recognized for all of his hard work. Beeler’s career really took off after his one-man performance at the Gilcrease Museum. In 1962, he and his family moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he died. In 1965, Beeler along with many other cowboy artists started the Cowboy Artists of America.

Cowboys – The Symbol of the West is sponsored by Leggett & Platt, Incorporated with additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. [spacer height=”0px”]

The Fall Hip Handmade Market Returns this Weekend

hip-handmade-marketThe Fall 2016 Hip Handmade Market is this weekend! Saturday, November 12, 10am–4pm at the Roxy & Amelie Event Centers Downtown Joplin (104 South Joplin Ave). This curated indie-craft market is the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! Over 50 talented handmade vendors. No third party vendors. Local eateries. Cash bar. Free photobooth. Hourly Giveaways. Free HHM canvas tote to the first 20 through the door on Saturday morning. The $2 entry fee benefits Art Feeds Joplin.

They will be hosting a pre-shopping night on Friday, November 11 from 6–8pm called The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour. This is the perfect fun night out with early shopping, snacks, libations, a casual atmosphere, chill live music from Townhouse Fire, and mingling with your favorite locals!  Tickets include: access to the donut spread, access to the milk station (all the syrups + sprinkles!), a cocktail or wine for those 21+, and getting to shop before Saturday crowds! Advanced tickets are available for purchase online until Noon on Thursday, November 10. All tickets purchased in advance will be at will call when you arrive. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. [spacer height=”0px”]

Post-Election Action Via Missouri Citizens for the Arts


“THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER!!!! Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens defeated Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in Missouri Governor’s race. Greitens, a Maryland Heights native and 1992 graduate of Parkway North High School, becomes Missouri’s first Jewish governor. He and his wife, Sheena Greitens, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri specializing in East Asian politics, have two young sons.

Republican candidates were elected to all the statewide offices and Roy Blunt will return to the U.S. Senate. To find the winners in your District, go to: http://enr.sos.mo.gov/enrnet/default.aspx?eid=750003949

I am headed to Jefferson City, today, to congratulate the newly elected Representatives and Senators. They are caucusing today to elect House and Senate Leadership.

Please take a moment to write your State Representative and State Senator a note of Congratulations. Stress the importance of working together in the upcoming legislative session, which starts January 4. Letters can be addressed to: State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101

I look forward to working with you next session to further the Missouri Citizen for the Art’s legislative agenda. Let’s get started!”
Kyna Iman
Government Affairs Consultant
MO Citizens for the Arts
Missouri Citizens for the Arts is a non-partisan, state-wide, grass roots organization that advocates to secure stable financial support for the arts to benefit Missouri and its citizens. [spacer height=”0px”]

It’s A Wonderful Life Cooperative Production

14955777_1159941334083560_7028786797108534078_nIt’s a Wonderful Life, the Musical is a cooperative production of Ozark Christian College, Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, and College Heights Christian Church, with performances held at the Ozark Christian College Chapel. Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey’s life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor, and pathos of the original. A new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike.

Performance dates and times:
Thursday, December 1 – 7:30pm
Friday, December 2 – 7:30pm (deaf interpretation)
Saturday, December 3 – 4:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday: December 4 – 4:00pm and 7:30pm
Adults: $8. Children under 12: $5. Tickets can be purchased at www.occ.edu/tickets, by calling the ticket line at 417.626.1221, or by purchasing tickets in person at the OCC Chapel Foyer from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. [spacer height=”0px”]