Connect2Culture To Bring Chalk Artist to Joplin’s Third Thursday

Joan Finn Chalk ArtistConnect2Culture is over the moon to introduce you to Joan Finn – a professional Madonnara, or chalk artist, from Kansas City, MO! Joan creates chalk street paintings for festivals and events. Connect2Culture will be bringing Joan to create during Septembers’s Third Thursday in Downtown Joplin. Joan specializes in 3D or “anamorphic” street painting and enjoys creating work that celebrates the culture and theme of the specific event. We are excited to see what creates for Joplin! We will be located at 6th & Main – come say hi, see Joan at work, and take photos with the artwork! Want a sneak peek of Joan’s work? Take a look here: Please tell us you’re coming and share with friends! Visit our Facebook event page here. *Fingers crossed for no rain!* [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica Opens 2015–2016 Season with Brentano String Quartet

We can hardly wait for Pro Musica’s season opener with the Brentano String Quartet on Thursday, September 24, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church (509 S Pearl Ave).

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello) has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.” In 2014, the Brentano Quartet succeeded the Tokyo Quartet as Artists-in-Residence at Yale University, departing from their 14 year residency at Princeton University. The Quartet also currently serves as the collaborative ensemble for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Brentano String Quartet

The Quartet has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House. The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the U.K. with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. In 2012, the Quartet provided the central music (Beethoven’s Opus 131) for the critically-acclaimed independent film A Late Quartet and cellist, Nina, had a walk-on role (appearing as herself) and got to hear her name said, several times, by some of her favorite actors!

The concert is open to the public with no admission charge. Donations are appreciated. [spacer height=”0px”]

Organizers Prepare for First Annual Joplin Festival of the Arts in Downtown Joplin

Art Fest FlyerCan you believe this is happening next week?! The Kiwanis Club of Joplin, with the assistance of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts, is excited to present the first annual Joplin Festival of the Arts! The Festival will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015 on Main Street, between 4th and 6th Streets, in Joplin, MO – part of historic Route 66. The festival will celebrate the variety of arts the Four State area has to offer. Fine artists will fill the street, displaying and selling their artwork. A stage will be occupied throughout the day with an assortment of performing artists. Art oriented not-for-profit organizations will also attend to disperse information and raise awareness.

The festival will be held from 10am to 6pm, with live music continuing until 10pm. Daytime activities will be family-focused with children’s art opportunities, provided by Spiva Center for the Arts, Wildcat Glades, and Art Feeds.

T-shirts and posters are now available for purchase online!

All proceeds from the festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to provide financial assistance to the youth-oriented programs supported and organized by the club in the Joplin area. [spacer height=”0px”]

Poetry Out Loud – Is Your High School Participating?

It’s never too early to start thinking about Poetry Out Loud (POL) 2016! POL encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Winners of the regional competition in Springfield will advance to the state competition. The Missouri state champion will advance to the national finals in April in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 dollars in awards and school prizes will be distributed. Just watch this video and learn all about it.

Poetry Out Loud 2015

Connect2Culture is proud and passionate to initiate POL in Joplin’s schools. Joplin High School was the first to participate in 2013. Thomas Jefferson IDS joined shortly after in 2014. We hope to add McAuley High School and College Heights to the roster in 2015. If you would like your high school to participate, contact Emily at for more information. Need to register your high school? Click here. [spacer height=”0px”]