Individual Tickets Now Available for Curtains Up Series

Connect2Culture’s inaugural performing arts series, Curtains Up, will bring national touring artists to Joplin! While subscription ticket packages have been available since June 16, 2017, individual tickets are now on sale! The series boasts a diverse lineup that offers something for everyone. Watch this short clip for a preview… [spacer height=”20px”]

Asleep At The Wheel
Saturday, September 16, 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)
At Joplin Memorial Hall
Tickets: $25 (floor); $15 (mezzanine)
Join us for a country western swing dance part featuring this Grammy Award Winning artist, supporting their critically acclaimed album, “Still The King: Celebration the Music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.” We’ll even have a dance floor! Don’t know the right moves? We’re hosting Country Swing & Two-Step Dance Lessons the Friday (September 15, 7:00–9:30pm) before the show! This dance workshop and practice session will prepare you to dance live with the band on Saturday. Judy Schneider of Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons will be our featured instructor. Judy is a performer, educator, and choreographer who has taught a variety of genres at all levels and helped plan/present national events in Dallas and at the Kennedy Center. Admission to the dance workshop is $5 per person ($3 for ticket holders).

David Phelps “Classic Christmas”
Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm
At Joplin High School Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $20-$40
Connect2Culture is proud to host a performance by this multi-platinum tenor, former member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and host of a recent PBS special, “Classic.” David’s “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! Click here to buy tickets.


Annie Moses Band “The Art of the Love Song”
Saturday, February 10 (2018), 7:30pm
At Joplin High School Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $20–$30
Connect2Culture is excited for Joplin to experience The Annie Moses Band. The group has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians that combines technical skill with exhilarating showmanship in performing “The Art of the Love Song.” [spacer height=”0px”]

“Bringing high quality national touring performing artists to Joplin from varied genres will directly enhance our citizens’ quality of life, elevate Joplin’s regional attraction, and generate a positive economic impact to our businesses and our City.” – Clifford Wert, CFO & Treasurer of Connect2Culture.

Looking for subscription ticket packages? Just click here. Buy tickets to all three shows? Get a 20% discount! Buy tickets to two shows? Get a 10% discount!  [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Empire Market Accepting Vendor Pre-Registration

Downtown Joplin Alliance’s (DJA) Joplin Empire Market is now taking vendor pre-registrations! DJA’s vision is for the Empire Market to be an economic and community centerpiece that strengthens and engages the entire city. A vibrant four-season market where you can find the best of what our area has to offer – produce, meats, cheeses, wine, beer, crafters, artisans and any number of other vendors, set up in a collection of permanent and rotating stalls. In conjunction, they desire to become a basecamp for entrepreneurs and makers of all types. The Empire Market will be the place to find affordable workspaces, meaningful resources, and a diverse community of passionate individuals who are focused on creating long-lasting, impactful businesses for Joplin. They believe it will be a game changer for the next generation of entrepreneurs and creatives in Joplin.

In December of 2016, the Empire District Electric Company donated over 33,000 square feet of buildings on 3.34 acres in the center of Joplin to DJA. The primary structure, built in 1907, is located at 4th and Railroad. DJA plans to re-purpose this historic building and its attached 11,000 sf garage as the new four-season Joplin Empire Market. 

Interested in becoming a vendor or learning more? Click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

Spiva Center for the Arts Receives M-AAA Artistic Innovations Grant

Sketchbook Art by Jude Harzer

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, a non-profit exhibition, education and cultural art center is pleased to be named as a recipient of the Mid-America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations Grant. The Artistic Innovations program supports individual artists and arts organizations for the creation of new artworks that result in public engagement. This award represents the diversity of experimentation, collaboration, and creative expression occurring throughout our region. Spiva Center for the Arts is one of only twenty-one organizations in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas to receive this esteemed award. The $3,500 award will support the Spiva Sketchbook Project, a year-long project through which eighty artists, ages eight to eighty, creatively and concurrently documented their thoughts, interests, hope and dreams. Artists have shared their progress throughout the year on a private Facebook page and during monthly workshops. Upon completion of the sketchbooks, scanning and posting of portfolios online and an exhibition of the materials will be held in the Spiva Regional Gallery (May 2018). We can hardly wait to see the fruits of all the sketchbookers’ hard labor! Congrats, Spiva! [spacer height=”0px”]

Emancipation “Park Days” Celebration this Weekend

Emancipation “Park Days” is a Joplin tradition, having been celebrated annually since at least 1914. The purpose of Emancipation “Park Days” Celebration is to provide a cultural event that educates about African American freedom and achievement. The event promotes cultural diversity and respect for all cultures. As in years past, they have three full days of community activities planned and are extremely excited about increasing community participation, while also attracting visitors from surrounding areas. Activities include: live entertainment, 11th annual car show, kids fun run, resource booths, Kids Fest, Afriky Lolo, Movie in the Park, free swim, kids picnic, historical re-enactments, kids crafts, and much more! All activities are free to the public and everyone is welcome. Click here for a full lineup of events. [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica Welcomes New Managing Director

Pro Musica is pleased to announce its new Managing Director is Deborah Billings.  Billings filled the newly created position of Administrative Assistant at Pro Musica in October 2015 with the goal of ultimately assuming the role of Managing Director. She has spent the last twenty months under Bonnie Yetter’s tutelage in order to learn the intricacies of managing a chamber music presenting organization. Yetter recently retired from the position.

Billings graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and worked as a Human Resources Professional for over 20 years. She is a musician, playing both the piano and the flute for her own enjoyment. She grew up in SW Missouri, lived and worked out of state for a time, and then moved to Joplin 20 years ago. She is married and has a blended family that includes six children, 18 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Wally Bloss, Pro Musica Board President, noted “We are pleased to have Deb work with the board and artists to continue the top caliber of arts presentations to the Joplin area. We are excited to see how we will grow under her leadership.” [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Little Theatre Announces New Season

Joplin Little Theatre recently released their next season! Season tickets and individual tickets available. See below for the exciting lineup…

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (October 25–29, 2017) – Based on the classic 1989 film. Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunch-wearing junta:  Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under! Writers Kevin Murphy, Laurence O’Keefe and Andy Fickman bring us his moving love story with laugh-out-loud comedy. PG-13 – parental guidance recommended for young children. Directed by Becky Arnall. Auditions: August 7 & 8, 7:00pm. 

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (December 13–17, 2017) – Set in 1941 this is the story of the faith of a family and a nation on the brink of WWII. The music highlights the sounds of the 40’s, including swing, big band songs and lush ballads, with re-enactments of radio broadcasts of that time.  Book is by Deborah Craig-Claar with music by Mark Hayes. This show is recommended for all ages. Directed by Chet Fritz.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS (February 14–18, 2018) – A comedy/drama about the bond that six women share in this hilarious and heart-warming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana town. Written by Robert Harling, the title suggests the characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower and as tough as steel.  Recommended for all ages; however, small children may not find interesting. Directed by Tegan Whited.

GREATER TUNA (March 21–25, 2018) –  The hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals. Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Recommended for all ages. Directed by Lisa Green. 

SHREK:  THE MUSICAL (May 30–June 3, 2018) – Make room for the Ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in this colorful, song-filled Tony Award-winning musical based on the hit movie.  It tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wisecracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Written by Jeanine Tesoro and David Lindsay-Abaire.  Recommended for all ages. Directed by James Boone.

Season Ticket Prices:

Adults:  $75.00 | Seniors (55 and over):  $65.00 | Students (any student):  $65.00

The advantage to Season Tickets? You may reserve your seat for the entire season; Up to a 20% savings over single ticket prices; The option to exchange if needed. Individual tickets are also available. [spacer height=”0px”]