NEA Chairman Hosts Grant Writing Workshop in Springfield

National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu will be visiting Springfield, MO on October 17, 2017 for a special grant writing workshop. This free workshop is open to any interested parties and will take place at the Springfield Art Museum (1111 E Brookside Dr, Springfield, MO 65807) from 9:00–11:00am. Registration will begin at 8:30am. RSVP is not required, though you can let them know you are planning to attend by visiting the Facebook event page.

Jane Chu, Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)

Chairman Chu was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She studied music growing up, eventually receiving bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Chu holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

In addition to awarding more than $377 million in grants during her tenure to-date, Chu has issued new research reports on arts participation and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation’s gross domestic product, has made hundreds of trips to communities across the nation to see first-hand how the arts are impacting people and places, and launched the Tell Us Your Story project that demonstrates the importance of the arts in our lives.

While in the area, Chairman Chu will be visiting sites that have previously received NEA funding.

New Exhibits at Spiva Center for the Arts

This month, Spiva Center for the Arts is celebrating a landmark anniversary with The 70th Annual Membership Show. This year, 123 Spiva member artists feature their best work in ceramics, watercolor, wood, oils, metal, photography, and mixed media. Pieces entered in the Adult Competitive categories are eligible for cash awards totaling $2,400, generously donated 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. The Youth Divisions will honor the winners of the Donna Gillbreth Memorial Children’s and Youth Awards with prizes totaling $600, also donated by the Windle Family.

Carol Adamec

Awards in all categories will be presented at the opening reception on Friday, October 13, 5:30–7:30pm.

Carol Adamec will also be represented at Spiva with her In a Japanese Garden from October 15 to December 8, 2017. This exhibit explores Adamec’s most recent body of art, in which she has turned to the Japanese Kimono as a vehicle for exploring color and patterning. Work in this exhibit combines her two studio interests  – flowers and kimonos – into a single pursuit of color, form, and beauty. Carol will be talking about her body of art, process, and paintings on October 14 at 11:00am as attendees tour the Regional Gallery. A $5 donation is suggested for this event.

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is a non-profit exhibition, education and cultural center in Joplin, and is considered the fine-arts hub of the four-state region. Founded in 1947 by George A. Spiva, a local businessman, philanthropist and art lover, who believed opportunities in the arts should be available to all. Spiva offers three galleries of exhibits and educational programs for all ages. [spacer height=”0px”]

Group Rates Available for David Phelps’ Classic Christmas

Connect2Culture is proud to host a performance by David Phelps – a multi-platinum tenor, former member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and host of a recent PBS special, “Classic.” He will be performing “Classic Christmas” at the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 N Indiana Ave, Joplin, MO 64804) on December 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Lobby doors open at 6:30pm. PAC doors open at 7:00pm. Buy tickets online or over the phone at 1.800.514.3849. Have a group of 15-40 people? Groups receive a 20% discount on tickets! Want tickets to both David Phelps, as well as Connect2Culture’s next performance of the Annie Moses Band in February 2018? Purchase a two-show package for 10% off individual ticket prices!

Raised in a Christian home, David grew up in Tomball, Texas singing in church with his family. Through the years, he cultivated his love for music by performing as a solo artist at churches and conventions. His audiences have included George w. Bush, massive crowds at Billy Graham Crusades, and millions of “ABC News” viewers, and his voice has brought him multiple Grammy and Dove awards. And with the release of his new solo debut for Word Records, Revelation, Phelps is poised to reach an even greater audience of fans around the globe. David Phelps’ Classic Christmas is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. His renditions of old hymns and modern holiday hits capture the true spirit of Christmas!

The Coda Concert House Presents Eddy Clearwater

Eddie Clearwater, born in Macomb, Mississippi, is a talented self-taught left handed guitar player. He has been playing the blues since 1953 as “Guitar Eddy” and has been producing records since 1958. According to Downbeat “Left-hander Eddy Clearwater is a forceful six-stringer… He lays down some gritty West Side shuffles and belly-grinding slow blues that highlight his raw chops, soulful vocals, and earthy, humorous lyrics.” Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, will be playing at The Coda Concert House on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Doors open at 5:00pm with the show starting at 5:30pm.

The Coda Concert House is a small concert setting in Joplin, Missouri. With a full theater set up, the environment created in this concert hall is not something you would expect to find in Downtown Joplin. It is a very small setting with very large performance expectations, housing acts from John Hammond and Steve Pryor to Eddy Clearwater. There is no boundary on the type of music presented at these events and tickets sell quickly. Email for tickets to any of the events coming to The Coda Concert House.

Empty Bowls Pre-Sales Begin

Phoenix Fired Art’s 6th Annual “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 11:00am–2:00pm and 5:00–7:30pm. This event allows you to pick your favorite hand-crafted bowl to keep and fill it with a tasty soup from one of many participating local restaurants. “Empty Bowls” helps alleviate hunger in our community by splitting the proceeds from the event evenly between organizations that aim to do just that! Proceeds will go to Crosslines, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Watered Gardens, and the Webb City Farmers Market. Owner, Heather Grills, has high hopes for this event saying “the layers of people who benefit from this event in our community is just incredible.” This year, Phoenix Fired Art hopes to surpass the $100,000 mark for overall funds raised by “Empty Bowls” over the last 6 years. Money raised will benefit those in need in Joplin, Webb City, Carl Junction, and Carterville.

Bowls are available on pre-sale price for a minimum donation of $25 with some special bowls priced up to $40. Bowls sold the day of the event are $20 except for marked artist bowls. Additional bowls of soup may be purchased for $5 per bowl. If you purchase your bowl at pre-sale, you can bring your receipt to the event and skip the line. There is also an option for take-out – purchase your bowl and get your soup to-go! Benefit the community with plenty of time to get back to work during the lunch hour.

Teacher’s Artwork Selected for National Exhibit

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School Art Teacher Mark Cole and his artwork titled My Dream is Here, was accepted for the 2017 National Art Education Association Member Exhibition that will be showcased in the NAEA Studio & Gallery from October 1, 2017, through April 15, 2018. NAEA received 422 submissions for this exhibit; the works were juried by a panel of 4 arts leaders and 65 works were selected for the exhibition. The NAEA Studio & Gallery is located minutes from Washington, DC in arts-rich Old Town Alexandria, VA. This space showcases outstanding artwork created by visual arts education professionals from around the world who are NAEA members. Also showcased are high school and middle school student members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS), as well as local and national professional and student artists. Cole’s artwork will be showcased on NAEA’s virtual gallery at

“My Dream is Here” by Mark Cole