Arts Advocacy: The Letter Project

Letter-ExampleConnect2Culture is coordinating The Letter Project on behalf of Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA) in the Joplin area. The Letter Project is a way for citizens to let Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon know the arts matter to them and their community! By your participation, you are asking Governor Nixon to fund the arts for Fiscal Year 2017.

The Letter Project suggests several reasons WHY the arts are important:
1. The ARTS generate income for our state.
2. The ARTS enhance our quality of life.
3. The ARTS improve education for our students.

All you need to do is create your own “artwork” in the blank canvas at the top of the page, to get Governor Nixon’s attention, and write a personalized note, including your name and address. To read more about the project and download a letter, click here. 

Please return all letters to the Connect2Culture office in the Joseph Newman Innovation Center (407 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Joplin, MO 64801) by Nov. 6 and we will send them for you!

In addition, C2C will be visiting different Joplin Arts events/performances to distribute letters and inform the public. If you would like C2C to attend your event, please contact Emily at 417-625-6683. [spacer height=”0px”]

National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony in Joplin, MO

We had a great time hosting the National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) Proclamation Ceremony with First Thursday ArtWalk last Thursday, Oct. 1! 30+ arts organization representatives, artists, arts advocates, arts appreciators and interested citizens attended to kick-off this nationwide celebration.


Photo courtesy Stacey Lindsay of the Joplin Regional Business Journal

How will you be celebrating?
A couple suggestions…

  • Check out this complete listing of all arts activity in Joplin throughout October: Pick out something new to experience and bring a friend! If you would like a printed brochure, stop by the C2C office.
  • Visit Americans for the Arts official NAHM webpage to learn more ways to celebrate. Start your lifelong relationship with the arts today!

NAHM is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated 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. [spacer height=”0px”]

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Vocal Spectrum to Perform at Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall

On Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7pm, Vocal Spectrum will perform on the TJ Concert Hall stage. Over the past six years, Vocal Spectrum has become one of the most sought-after young quartets in the world, with appearances in countries including: New Zealand, Sweden, Russia, Japan, China, Spain, England and the United States. Based in St. Louis, they have had many opportunities to perform with artists such as Dick Van Dyke, Take 6, and the Real Group. In 2004, their unique repertoire and energetic singing style earned them the first-place gold medal at the Barbershop Society Collegiate International Competition in Louisville, KY. Two years later, they went on to win the highest honor a quartet can receive: International Men’s Quartet Champions. Want a preview? Click here.

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MSSU Southern Broadcasters Club to Host Horror Film Festival

The horror, the horror! The Southern Broadcasters Club at Missouri Southern State University is hosting a Horror Film Festival on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7pm. The event is open to MSSU students, and the community. Tickets are $5 at the door and $3 with student ID. Students and community members are welcome to submit films for inclusion. They seek any and all horror films…comedic parody or a bone chilling terror! You can even submit a film that was made years ago. 

Southern Broadcasters Horror Film Fest 2015
All submissions are due by Sunday, Oct. 25 by midnight. All films should be uploaded to YouTube – send the link via email to
Film guidelines:

  • 1 – 15 minutes
  • PG – 13 Rating
  • NO nudity
  • Keep swearing to a minimum
  • Do NOT use F@#% in a sexual context
  • Do NOT use anything illegal (EX: drugs, underage drinking, etc…)
  • You may submit as many different videos as you would like. All will be previewed before the festival.

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