Connect2Culture’s Give Joplin Day Grand Total

For the third year in a row, Connect2Culture participated in Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ 24-hour online fundraising campaign, Give Ozarks. New this year was the creation of a more localized effort – Give Joplin – led by Joplin’s Regional Community Foundation.

This year, Connect2Culture concentrated on raising operational funds. An anonymous supporter pledged $5,000 in matching funds…and with YOUR help, we raised that and more! We were also generously gifted an extra $300 from Joplin’s Regional Community Foundation for garnering the most individual contributors amongst participating Joplin organizations. 

This year’s Grand Total = $12,201.11! THANK YOU!!!

Connect2Culture is unlike any organization in the Joplin area – respected community arts agency, leader of the Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center initiative, and performing arts presenter. A not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture, Connect2Culture continues to grow audiences and develop resources that strengthen the arts, culture, and entertainment in the City. Connect2Culture strives to “ignite a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment.”

Thank you for believing in Connect2Culture initiatives! We have some BIG news to share with you very soon… [spacer height=”0px”]

Midwest Artist Collective – Created by Artists, for Artists

Midwest Artist Collective was launched by and for artists. So many times, artists will work hard, gathering pieces together, pricing and making tags, packing, and organizing their work for an outdoor Art Show or event. They may even drive a good distance for the event, only to get rained out. Other times their work may hang in a local gallery, never to be noticed by those in other parts of the region. Being an artist takes many, many hours of hard work and dedication. Many part-time artists work other jobs as well. Artists can also have unsold works that begin to accumulate and limit where and how they can be seen by the public. Midwest Artist Collective offers area artists the opportunity to broaden their audience…online! Collective promotion by participating artists on social media, with friends and family, through newsletters, blogs and other forms of promotion, benefits everyone in the collective.  

If you are an artist or creative craftsman, and you believe your work is suitable to what youo might find in most Art Galleries, Midwest Artists Collective would love to have you join their marketplace. is like one big Art Fair or Online Art Gallery. As an approved artist/merchant, you can list your items for sale on the marketplace as you would on sites Etsy, etc. Listing items on the website is free and there is no out-of-pocket expense. takes a small 15% commission on any sales – they handle the transaction and the sale – the artist fulfills and ships the order. Each week, earned funds are transferred (including 100% of the shipping fees) into the artists PayPal account.

Midwest Artist Collective has an identical shop on their Facebook page that they hope will increase their reach and boost sales. Want to get involved? Have questions? Contact Steve Head, founder and proprietor, at Want to apply? Click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

RSVPaint Joplin’s New Home

RSVPaint Joplin has moved! Their new studio space can be found at 223 West 3rd Street at the corner of 3rd and Wall – to the North of Spiva Center for the Arts. The new space boasts a mini-lounge to relax, a full bar to sip, a gorgeous well lit store-front studio, and two private party rooms to visit, paint, and create!

“Still conveniently located in the downtown area, the new space and building will allow us to grow the RSVPaint concept, as well as provide space for future business concepts. Our new space provides a corner store-front studio space as well as two separate private party rooms, a full bar, a relaxing lounge area and our own private parking lot across Wall Street. We are excited to be able to creatively entertain more guests in more ways with a more flexible time schedule.” – John Coleman, General Manager of RSVPaint Joplin. 

Welcome home (again), RSVPaint Joplin! Make sure to check out their new space and their lineup for July 2017. [spacer height=”0px”]

Art Feeds Update on New Mobile Arts Center – Van Gogh 2.0

The time is now for Van Gogh 2.0! In October 2016, Art Feeds participated in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist voting grant and received $25,000 to transform a school bus into a new Mobile Art Center! In 2011, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gifted Art Feeds their first Mobile Art Center, called Van Gogh. It was used at hundreds of community events, bringing expression and creativity to thousands of children. In 2017, Art Feeds began construction on Van Gogh 2.0! This Mobile Art Center is better than ever. At the beginning of the summer, the Art Feeds team made the trek from Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas to Tucson, AZ, where they teamed up with Blackhill Design and some original designers from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to transform the bus into Art Feeds’ second Mobile Art Center. The inside was transformed into a magical space with seating for up to 20 students. This bus will be used for workshops, community events, and so much more. They will reach even more children with Art Feeds programming in the current communities they serve – Joplin and Carthage in Southwest Missouri and Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, and Bentonville in Northwest Arkasas – and even more in new and unreached partner communities!

Watch this quick video to get a feel of their new Mobile Art Center…

Almost there! With the transformation of the interior of the bus – there is still work to be done before the bus can hit the road. There are so many ways to get involved, from painting and cleaning to helping them find a partner to wrap the bus. Want to help? Click here to see a list of what is still needed and sign up to help Art Feeds finish Van Gogh 2.0! Questions? Contact Meg at [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica Managing Director Retires After 11 Years of Service

After 11 years of service, Pro Musica’s Managing Director, Bonnie Yetter, will be retiring! Congratulations, Bonnie! We don’t know what the Joplin arts and cultural community will do without you. Thank you for your tireless efforts to grow Pro Musica and the Joplin Arts. Fun Fact: Bonnie makes the most delicious cookies!

Mrs. Yetter was first employed by Pro Musica in September of 2006 to serve as Executive Assistant to Founder Cynthia H. Schwab, who was preparing to retire, and did retire in 2011. Bonnie’s first assignment with Pro Musica was to open and organize Pro Musica’s first office, and she became Managing Director in April of 2012. Previous to her employment, the work of the non-profit organization was done in private homes. Mrs. Yetter is a graduate from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a B.S. in Business Administration. Prior to being employed by Pro Musica she served as Church Manager of First Presbyterian Church in Joplin and had worked in libraries and law firms. Bonnie has lived just outside of Joplin with her husband, Kip, for 14 years. Her two sons and their families live in the area.  She plans to volunteer, travel, read, spend time with family and just enjoy life after her retirement.

An open house honoring Bonnie will be held Thursday, June 29, 5:00–7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In lieu of gifts, donations may be made to the Pro Musica Endowment Fund in Bonnie’s name.

Deborah Billings, currently Assistant Director, will assume the duties of running Pro Musica. Mrs. Billings is a life-long resident of the area, with a few years away following her career in other cities. She graduated from Missouri Southern State University, with a B.S. in Business Administration and worked in Human Resources for 20 years. Deb started as Administrative Assistant with Pro Musica in October of 2015.  She lives in Joplin with her husband, Daryl, and has children and grandchildren nearby.

Pro Musica is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to foster interest in, enjoyment of and appreciation for live, world-class classical music in Joplin and the four-state area”. The organization presents five to six classical chamber music concerts each season, a jazz concert in April, and an international symphony concert every two or three years. The season runs from September thru April. The first concert of the 2017-18 Season will be the Verona String Quartet on Thursday, September 21st. Visit for more details. [spacer height=”0px”]

Sign Up Now for Joplin’s Arts & Cultural Preview 2017-2018

The Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview is an annual event hosted by Connect2Culture as part of its “Arts Roundtable” series. The premise is simple. Each arts/cultural representative has a defined time (last year it was 3 minutes!) to update the community on their organizations activities and offerings for 2018–2019. Connect2Culture records each presentation and makes the audio files available on their website. Click here to listen to last year’s presentations.

This year’s Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview will take place on Monday, July 31, 6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). 

“The Joplin Arts community has so much to offer! So much, in fact, that it is nearly impossible to take advantage of all the available opportunities. Connect2Culture is passionate about increasing audience for the Joplin arts and cultural community by making these opportunities more accessible to both residents and visitors. We hope this arts roundtable will educate the public about upcoming events and encourage collaboration between participating organizations, as well as inform the media about potential opportunities for an interesting story.” – Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director of Connect2Culture.

Interested organizations must RSVP by July 24th to participate. Do so by emailing Please include your name, what organization you will be representing, and if you would like to place any visuals on the powerpoint. [spacer height=”0px”]