National Arts & Humanities Month

nahmshowyourartpromo_afta-versionOctober is National Arts & Humanities Month! In accordance, Mayor of Joplin, Mike Seibert, will officially proclaim the month of October as National Arts and Humanities Month at Spiva Park (4th and Main Street) on Thursday, October 6 at 5:00pm.

Public interest in the arts as well as the number of arts-related organizations and businesses in Joplin continues to grow. These organizations have had substantial impact both within the city and the region. The arts and humanities are being recognized for positively impacting quality of life, attracting visitors, and enhancing both cultural and economic growth. Representatives of local arts organizations and businesses will be on hand to celebrate this event.

The proclamation ceremony will also celebrate the season finale of First Thursday ArtWalk. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! The event happens on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30–8:30pm from March to October. Dozens of artists show and demonstrate their artistic process and all art is for sale. Participating artists are located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

The Kufara marimba ensemble will perform, Margie Moss will be plein air painting in the park, and henna tattoo artist Salma Badawy will be on hand to celebrate the beginning of National Arts & Humanities Month. Connect2Culture will hand out free posters detailing arts and cultural activity going on throughout October 2016. This proclamation ceremony is hosted by Connect2Culture and First Thursday ArtWalk.

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a nationwide collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. For more information about NAHM, visit:


National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony (2015)

Connect2Culture (C2C) is a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization in Joplin, MO, founded in 2009 to “enhance community through culture.” As Joplin’s community arts agency, C2C provides support services to local arts organizations, as well as resources to increase community involvement and audience development for the arts. In addition, C2C continues to lead the Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center initiative.

Rain Plan: Rain plan: If it is raining at 4:45pm, the proclamation ceremony will be held inside City Hall (602 S Main Street). All other activities at Spiva Park will also be cancelled. However, ArtWalk will continue as planned and henna tattoos will be moved to 409 Main Street inside M&M Bistro Gallery. [spacer height=”0px”]

Submission Deadline for 90th Birthday Expression in Art

The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and Connect2Culture, are seeking four local artists to help artistically mark the 90th birthday of Historic Route 66. This year, on November 11th, Route 66 will celebrate the milestone of being Main Street America for nine decades!

As part of the celebration, our organizations are seeking four local artists to paint their interpretation of a Route 66 icon. These works will be used to promote Joplin as a Route 66 tourism destination, and Joplin as an art community. The theme of the painting must be about Route 66, feature a recognizable iconic site or building within the Route 66 Tristate region (something a visitor to the region could physically experience), and be of high quality artistic expression.

The Route 66 Tristate Region is defined as Jasper County, Missouri; Cherokee County, Kansas; and Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Examples of regional iconic subjects to consider are: architecture/buildings, neighborhoods, bridges, stores and roadways along (or closely adjacent to) the route. Copyright-protected landmarks cannot be used without the owner’s written permission.

Interested artists must submit a sketch no larger than 9”x12” with a detailed written description of their concept to the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, 602 S. Main Street, by end of day Wednesday, October 5th (that’s today!!!). A committee will review all submissions and select the four artists, who will be announced on Friday, October 7th.


Selected artists will be required to attend two planning meetings, and work closely with their colleagues, to assure some level of cohesiveness between the four artworks.  Artists are responsible for their own supplies. The required canvas size is 36”Wx48”H, and the medium will be acrylic. A stipend of $750 will be paid to each of the selected artists following the completion of their work. Each artist selected will be required to submit a biography and photo.

Completed artwork will become the intellectual property of the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be used to promote Route 66 tourism and Joplin’s art culture. The works will hang in Joplin City Hall for public viewing for a minimum of one year. At some point, the works may be auctioned off to fund another regional Route 66 art project. Any proceeds from reproductions of the artwork(s), individually or as a group, will be used towards future Route 66 related art projects.

Selected artists will put the finishing touches on their pieces inside Joplin City Hall starting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11th. The public is invited to watch. At 3:00 p.m., the artwork will be on display for the public and be the backdrop of the 90th birthday celebration.  Additionally, citizens 90+ years of age old will be invited to attend. The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Connect2Culture will work to assure the broadest media coverage.  The event will be promoted through Route 66 tourism outlets, as well as regional art publications. Please direct any questions to Patrick Tuttle, Joplin CVB, 417.625.4789. [spacer height=”0px”]

Post Art Library’s New Website

Post Art Library Website

A screenshot of Post Art Library’s new website!

Post Art Library Logo

New Post Art Library Logo!

Last week, the Post Art Library launched a brand new website! Let us just say…it is fabulous! They have a freshly designed logo and website courtesy of a Lemons Trust project grant – props to Little Bird Marketing for the fresh logo and comprehensive website design. One of our favorite features is the interactive “Our History” timeline, where you can meet Winfred and Elizabeth Post. We also love their new blog called artCETERA Joplin, and their events feed. We urge you to visit PAL’s website and just look around! It’s fantastic to see the Joplin Arts grow.”Our organization has often been called ‘Joplin’s hidden gem,’ which worked for a long time. In the new library building, we’ll have a more prominent space, so we took the opportunity to freshen our look and further develop our online presence to appeal to a wider audience.” – Jill Sullivan, Executive Director. [spacer height=”0px”]

Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall Gala Concert with Kayleen Seidl

unnamed-8Kayleen Seidl is excited to be back at her alma mater coaching current students and performing for this special community concert.  Kayleen began acting at a young age at Joplin Little Theatre and in the spring musicals at Thomas Jefferson (Class of 2009), most notably as the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Kayleen trained classically at Saint Olaf College, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with Distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.  After graduating, Kayleen moved to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre, and recently joined the Equity Membership Candidate Program. An actress with natural charm, she was acknowledged for her “transformative vocal performance” as Sarah Brown in the Guys and Dolls National Tour. Other favorite credits include: It Shoulda Been You (Rebecca Steinberg), Eddie and the Palaceades(Midtown International Theatre Festival, Best Supporting Actress nomination), Show Boat (Magnolia), Oklahoma! (Laurey),Les Misérables (Cosette), and TOMMY (Mrs. Walker). This show will feature performances by TJ’s Upper School Choir and Upper School Orchestra. The concert will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at 7pm. Click here to reserve your tickets. [spacer height=”0px”]

Spiva Members Only Art Trip to Kansas City

Spiva LogoThere are so many perks to becoming a Spiva member…and the newest one might be our favorite! Art Trips! The first Spiva Art Trip will be to Kansas City, MO. The will leave the Spiva parking lot at 5pm on Friday, November 4th and drive directly to the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City. Guest will attend Director Josie Mai’s solo exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and Weinberger Fine Art’s exclusive member night. Dinner can be found at a food truck or another eating establishment as you wander First Friday (Kansas City’s version of Joplin’s First Thursday ArtWalk!). Next they will head to the Best Western Seville Plaza Hotel. A Tuscan brunch in a private room at Brio will be held at 11am on Saturday where guests will dine with special guests Courtney Wasson (Weinberger Fine Art) and Rosie Riordan (Head of Schools and Programs at the Nelson-Atkins). From there, they will head to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for a private tour of the highlights of their permanent collection. Afterwards, guests will have an hour or so to tour the Nelson on their own before heading back to Joplin by 6pm.

Nelson Atkins

“I am convinced that a trip out of town to experience art is a transformative, shared experience. I want members and the public at large to have opportunities for intimate, fun, and memorable interaction with their local art center and one another.” – Josie Mai, Executive Director.

The cost of this Spiva Art Trip is $199/person includes transportation, hotel, brunch, and guide (dinner Friday night and alcohol at brunch not included). Remember, this is a Spiva members-only event! Maybe it’s about time for you to become a member? Registration is first come first served. Hurry! Limit 30! Call 417.623.0183 or register online. [spacer height=”0px”]