Happy National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)! NAHM is a nationwide collective recognition of the importance of culture in America throughout the month of October. It is designed 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. Connect2Culture (C2C) has created this special calendar in honor of NAHM. C2C trusts this calendar will increase awareness of arts opportunities and build audience for the arts. Start your lifelong relationship with the arts today! For a hard copy of this calendar, please email Emily at efrankoski@connect2culture.com.


Fri–Sun, Oct. 2–4 | 7pm (2:30pm on Sun): Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents: The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon (Children’s Musical) at Stained Glass Theatre. Synopsis: A snappy, action-filled fairy tale with unexpected characters, fill this quick-paced musical. Despite his extreme near-sightedness, an unemployed knight charges everything in his path, hoping to become a hero so he can get a job. He tries to convince a career-minded princess she needs rescuing. But she’s busy working on a mathematical formula to rescue her father, the king, imprisoned by a power-hungry duchess. The knight charges forward, uninvited, to rescue the king, then he becomes sidetracked by an opportunity to fight a dragon. The non-violent dragon and the exasperated princess subdue the knight with chocolate milk. Then the trio follow the princess’ plan to rescue the king. The knight gets them all captured, but escape comes to those who learn to see from each other’s point of view. Seating is General Admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Tue–Sat, Oct. 6–10 | 7:30pm: MSSU Theatre – No Suicide in Springtime at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre. Southern Theatre’s offering for the Spain Semester has been called a ‘surreal romance’. It takes place at a very special resort, a home for suicides … where no one has ever died. How can coming to a place designed to facilitate the end of your life, help you to discover the value of your life? Michael Benedikt has said that the “work of Casona is shot through with a gentle, wistful feeling for the improbable and the imaginative; however, it is a feeling which is also characterized by a particularly calculated and deliberate relation to reality.” By Alejandro Casona. Directed by Jim Lile. General Admission: $5; Senior citizens and MSSU students: $3.

Sat, Oct. 17 | 7pm: Vocal Spectrum at Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall. This award-winning group is one of the most sought-after quartets in the world, with appearances in Germany, Sweden, Holland, Russia, Japan, England, New Zealand and throughout the United States.  They have been singing together for more than a dozen years, and are the 2006 International Quartet Champions. Join for a reception with the artists after the show.

Thur, Oct 22 | 7pm: Pro Musica presents – Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet at First Methodist Church (4th & Byers, Joplin). Since forming in 2010, the Donald Sinta Quartet (DSQ) has quickly achieved international renown for their recitals, concerts performances and completely memorized presentation. DSQ distinguished themselves on the competition circuit, making history by being the first saxophone quartet ever to win 1st Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City, having been chosen by a unanimous vote of the jury. The group also received the Alice Coleman Grand Prize in at the 2013 Coleman International Competition in Los Angeles, and 1st Prize at the North American Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition in Arizona.  Equally committed to education and community engagement, the quartet has presented clinics and performances at numerous colleges and universities.

Fri, Oct. 23 | 7:30pm: Heartland Opera Theatre presents – Carmen at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center. Heartland Opera Theatre is proud to present one of the most popular and beloved operas of all time, the one and only Carmen by Georges Bizet. Carmen features the memorable “Toreador Song,” the “Habanera,” and so many others. Rising star Lisa Chavez will stun you as the unforgettable Carmen, as Zeffin Quinn Hollis returns to HOT as production director and Artistic Director Nicholas Gilmore leads the opera from the pit. Don’t miss this incredible, heart-wrenching opera!

Sat, Oct. 24 | All Day:  MO SW District Honor Choir at Joplin High School’s Coulter Auditorium.

Sat, Oct. 24 | 7pm:  MSSU Spiva Gallery Concert: Metropolis Live Band at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. The band will perform an original live soundtrack to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Sun, Oct. 25 | 2:3opm: Heartland Opera Theatre presents – Carmen at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center. Heartland Opera Theatre is proud to present one of the most popular and beloved operas of all time, the one and only Carmen by Georges Bizet. Carmen features the memorable “Toreador Song,” the “Habanera,” and so many others. Rising star Lisa Chavez will stun you as the unforgettable Carmen, as Zeffin Quinn Hollis returns to HOT as production director and Artistic Director Nicholas Gilmore leads the opera from the pit. Don’t miss this incredible, heart-wrenching opera!

Tue, Oct. 27 | 7pm: Joplin High Schools’ Fall Choir Concert at Joplin High School’s Coulter Auditorium.

Thu–Sat | Oct. 29–31: The Rocky Horror Show, 8pm on Thursday, 10pm on Friday and Saturday, Joplin Little Theatre. This performance is a FUN-raiser for Joplin Little Theatre! The musical is a humorous tribute to science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. Directed by Lisa Wood. This show has a lot of material that’s inappropriate for children or those with delicate sensibilities. Tickets: $10.

Fri, Oct. 29 | 7pm: Joplin High Schools’ Fall Orchestra Concert at Joplin High School’s Coulter Auditorium.


Thu, Oct. 1 | 9:30am: Don Quixote: Spain’s Classic Novel at MSSU’s Phelps Theater in Beimdiek Recreation Center. Considered Spain’s greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes wrote the famous tale, Don Quixote, in the 17th century. Undoubtedly a vital influence on the modern novel, Don Quixote traces the exploits of the title character and his squire, Sancho Panza, through their many exciting adventures and often humorous interactions revealing widely varying attitudes about life held by these two complex characters. Don Quixote, fascinated by chivalric stories, attempts to live as would a knight seeking justice, whereas Sancho Panza takes a far more realistic view of the world. This session, presented by English faculty, will feature intriguing excerpts from the novel, along with examples of illustrations by famous artists created for various editions of Don Quixote. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Oct. 1 | 3:30pm: National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony at Spiva Park in Downtown Joplin. Come celebrate the beginning of National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) in Joplin! NAHM is a nationwide collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed 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. Musicians, dancers, and plein air artists will be on hand! Mayor Mike Seibert will read the proclamation. Organized by Connect2Culture and First Thursday ArtWalk.

Thu, Oct. 1 | 5:30–8:30pm: First Thursday ArtWalk – Season Finale in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. This will be the season finale until Spring 2016.

Fri, Oct. 2 | 5:30–8:30pm: First Friday Opening Reception at Phoenix Fired Art. Phoenix Fired Art hosts exhibit openings on the First Friday of every month. The new exhibit will be – Ruffles and Ridges: Kristine Hites, James Noury and Charlotte Lindley Martin.

Fri, Oct. 2 | 7pm: MSSU Spanish Film Festival: La Movida Madrileña (The Madrilenian Scene) at MSSU’s Corley Aud. in Webster Hall. Just after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Spain started experimenting with a new democracy. Madrid, the nation’s capital, became one of the main centers of avant garde culture in Spain and then throughout Europe. Young artists, filmmakers, rock bands and singers from different regions met in Madrid and started exploring with freedom of expression the transgression of taboos imposed by the Franco Regime and Catholic Church. The only purpose of this countercultural movement was to have fun after years of repression. This hedonistic pop culture in its different expressions allowed young people to recreate a new reality far away from anything related to the establishment. In this environment artists such as film director Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish-Mexican singer Alaska, the Spanish pop band Mecano, and the singer, songwriter and poet Joaquín Sabina found their voice that combined Spanish culture with punk rock and velvet underground. The result was something unique! Free and open to the public.

Sat, Oct. 3 | 6–8pm: Birds, Bluegrass & BBQ (21+) at Wildcat Glades. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a fun-filled night along the banks of Shoal Creek! Enjoy a BBQ dinner, beverages, a silent auction, and live bluegrass music by For Heaven’s Sake. Tickets are available at the Heron’s Nest nature store or call (417) 781-6287 to register. Pre-registration required before October 1st. Cost: $35 per person.

Sun, Oct. 4 | 12:15–5pm: 26th Annual WineFeast 2015 (Ages 21+) at Holiday Inn (3615 S Range Line). Spotlight on Wine from 12:15–2pm: Featuring exceptional wines and select foods, this special sit-down presentation will delight the wine connoisseur and novice alike. Spotlight tickets include commemorative wine glass plus WineFeast 2015 beginning at 2:30pm. Ticket $60 per person in advance only. Seating is limited. WineFeast 2015 from 2:30–5pm: Sip and sample wines from internationally known wineries, as well as many Missouri Wineries. Taste the best foods from the area’s finest restaurants and caterers. Enjoy piano by Ken Oglesby and a silent auction. Tickets $25 in advance ($35 at the door). Call 417-782-2226 to reserve tickets. Proceeds benefit Ozarks Public Television.

Tue, Oct. 6 | 7pm: MSSU Spanish Film Festival – Living is Easy with Eyes Closed at MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Antonio, a high school English teacher in Spain who is obsessed with John Lennon, sets out on a road trip to meet and talk with Lennon on the set of How I Won the War, the 1966 film Lennon was starring in while taking a break from the Beatles. On the way Antonio picks up two young runaways, Belen, a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and Juanjo, a boy trying to escape a domineering father, and becomes involved in their lives. Written and directed by David Trueba. Not rated; contains a brief scene of a sexual encounter. (dir. David Trueba, 2013; 100 min.)

Wed, Oct. 7 | 1pm: The Many Faces of Don Quixote at MSSU Corley Aud. in Webster Hall. Dr. Jim Lile presents a survey of the various artistic incarnations of Miguel de Cervantes’ timeless character focusing on the treatment of the Man of La Mancha in the visual arts, music, and the theatre. Dr. Lile joined the Theatre Department faculty in Fall 2004 and now serves as department chair. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Theatre at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) and his Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism at Kent State University. Equally at home in rehearsal or in the classroom, Dr. Lile brings a wealth of teaching, acting, directing, and design experience gathered over three decades from schools and theatres in Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Oct. 8 | 7pm: Joplin Writers Guild at Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. You can connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

Fri, Oct. 9 | 5:30–8:30pm: Local Color Art Gallery & Studio’s Fall Open House. Join Local Color Artists for their annual Fall Open House. All purchases made during this event will receive 20% off discount. Wine, food, and fun!

Thu, Oct. 15 | 5:30–8:30pm: Third Thursday – Season Finale at Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. This will be the season finale until Spring 2016.

Thu, Oct. 15 | 7pm: MSSU Spanish Film Festival – Goya in Bordeaux at MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. One of the outstanding Spanish director Carlos Saura’s later works, the film focuses on the great painter, Francisco Goya, during the last years of his life, in his self-imposed exile in Bordeaux. Though Goya was deaf, ailing and nearing death at the time, it was during this period that he created some of his most unusual, haunting and influential images. Starring Francisco Rabal. Rated R, for some sexuality and violent imagery. (dir. Carlos Saura, 1999; 100 min.)

Tue, Oct. 20 | 7pm: MSSU Spanish Film Festival – Spirit of the Beehive at MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Set just after the end of the Spanish Civil War, this film details what happened when a young girl enters deeply into nightmares and fantasies. Directed by Victor Erice, this award-winning portrait of the isolation of the individual within the family and life in Spain under the repressive regime of Francisco Franco. It has been described as “one of the most visually arresting movies ever made.” Not rated. (dir. Victor Erice, 1973; 99 min.)

Wed, Oct. 21 | 9am: Modern Spanish Literature at MSSU Phelps Theater in Beimdiek Recreation Center. The term “modern” covers a broad time period for this session, which will feature examples of important writings from more than a century. We will begin with the “Generation of 1898”, during an especially creative time that brought dramatic changes to Spanish literature. Another period of notable creativity emerged in the 1920s, with poet Federico García Lorca among its many talented writers. In the 1930s Spain plunged into civil war, and writers were repressed as the country was ruled by the despotic Franco. Later in the century, after Franco’s era had passed, democratic influence helped initiate a new phase of literary work. In this session, faculty from the English department will share examples of important literature during this lengthy period of change and innovation. Free and open to the public.

Fri, Oct. 23 | 5:30–7pm: 2015 Small Works Auction Closing Night Party at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Spiva artists contribute 6” x 6”, 9” x 12”, and 12” x 12” original works for this exciting 18th annual auction. All proceeds benefit Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by Choice Marketing. Come make sure you get the piece you want! Artwork goes to the highest bidder.

Fri, Oct. 23 | 7pm: Fourth Friday Film Night at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

Fri, Oct. 23 | 7:30–9:30pm: Scary Movie Night – The Innocents at Spiva Center for the Arts.

Sat, Oct. 24 | 10:30am–Noon: Coloring Book Club at Join Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts for the very first session of Coloring Book Club! All ages welcome. Each session, participants will color a different coloring book page.

Sun, Oct. 25 | Midnight: Submission Deadline – MSSU Horror Film Festival. The Southern Broadcasters Club at Missouri Southern State University is presenting a Horror Film Festival where students and community members submit short films to be screened on campus in Corley Auditorium. They welcome any and all horror films…comedic parody or a bone chilling terror! You can even submit a film that was you made years ago. All submissions should be uploaded to YouTube and the link emailed to southernbroadcasters@gmail.com.

Tue, Oct. 27 | 7pm: MSSU Spanish Film Festival – Los Santos Inocentes at MSSU’s Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Based on a novel by Miguel Delibes, this emotionally powerful film focuses on the harsh life of a family of campesinos, presented in stark contrast with that of the wealthy family on whose land they work and serve. Directed by Mario Camus and featuring masterful performances by Alfredo Landa and Francisco Rabal. Winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes. Not rated. (dir. Mario Camus, 1984; 108 min.)

Fri, Oct. 30 | 7pm: MSSU Horror Film Festival at MSSU Corley Auditorium. Southern Broadcasters is hosting this Horror Film Festival. MSSU students and citizens of the community have created these independent features and short films. This event is open to both MSSU students and the community. Films may include both comedic parody and bone chilling terror! Tickets are $5 at the door and $3 with student ID.

Fri, Oct. 30 | 6–10pm: Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. presents Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited at Schifferdecker’s Sergeant Avenue Home (422 South Sergeant Ave). Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will now celebrate another era of significance by highlighting its most notable businessman and philanthropist. On Friday, October 30, experience an exclusive opportunity to tour Schifferdecker’s Sergeant Avenue home, interact with costumed characters, be entertained by The American Opera Studio, partake in refreshments, view the elaborate Halloween decorations and more. There will be a limited amount tickets sold from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. On Saturday, October 31, entertainment will shift to the little-known, original site of the “Schifferdecker Beer and Picnic Gardens.” This will also be a rare occasion to tour inside the Schifferdecker home and cave next to the shores of Turkey Creek. Visit the pastoral grounds where early Joplinites quenched their thirst at the “Turkey Creek Brewery.” Refreshments, habitat interpreters, old-time lawn games, professional entertainment, beer tasting and more will be in the offering. Plein air artists are invited to capture the beauty at this pastoral site throughout the event. Also on Saturday, Mount Hope Cemetery will open the Schifferdecker family’s mausoleum as a complimentary tour between 11am–1pm. For ticket and additional information, visit www.murphysburg.org.

Sat, Oct. 31 | 11am–1pm: Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. presents Schifferdecker Family’s Mausoleum Tour at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Sat, Oct. 31 | 1–5pm: Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. presents Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited at the Schifferdecker Beer and Picnic Gardens (2220 East Hampton Place).


Spiva Center for the Arts

Main Gallery | September 19 – November 1: Area Artists Challenge – Off the Wall: Wearable Art!, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery. Outstanding creativity, construction, and presentation abound in the world of wearable art. Clothing and accessories made from conventional and unconventional materials will be featured in Spiva’s sixth artists’ challenge.

Regional Gallery | September 19 – October 23: 2015 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Spiva artists contribute 6” x 6”, 9” x 12”, and 12” x 12” original works for this exciting 18th annual auction. All proceeds benefit Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by Choice Marketing. Closing Night Party: Fri, Oct. 23, 5:30–7pm. 

Upstairs Gallery | October: Memories In The Making

Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

September – November | Featured JRAC Members: Mary Ann Soerries (Photography), Cheryl Walthall (Pottery), and Roger A. Wade (Paintings). JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. This rotating exhibit is one example of many member opportunities to show their artwork multiple times throughout the year. For more information about JRAC or this show, call Sarah Serio at (417) 592-1673.

Post Art Library

October: Cold Brewed. This show is comprised of excerpts from a collaboration by photographer Mark Neuenschwander and writer Lance Schaubert. Cold Brewed is a playful, film-noir inspired story of murder, mayhem, and… coffee.

Annual Spooky Halloween Decor

Phoenix Fired Art

September 4 – October 14 | Phoenix Fired Art’s Featured Artist: Sunshine Cobb. Sunshine graduated with a BA in Studio Art from California State University at Sacramento, in 2004. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University in 2010. In 2013 she was named as an emerging artist by both Ceramics Monthly and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Sunshine is a working potter and travels the country as a lecturing and demonstrating artist. She is currently setting up shop in California.

October 2–November 5 | Ruffles and Ridges: Kristine Hites, James Noury and Charlotte Lindley Martin.

MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

September 14 – October 14 | Spiva Secrets – Hidden Treasures. This joint exhibition between the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts features premiere works of art from both entities permanent collections. Many of the works of art featured in this exhibition are rarely on display, so this show is an exceptional treat! The exhibition was curated and designed by Christine Bentley (MSSU Spiva Art Gallery) and Shaun Conroy (George A. Center for the Arts). Curatorial assistance was provided by MSSU Gallery Assistants Lydia Humphreys and Taylor Kubicek. Additional curatorial assistance with the African Art objects was conducted by Jacque McDonald (MSSU Alum and current MFA candidate at Fort Hays State University). Jacque is working on this project as part of a graduate course requirement for her program at FHSU.

October 19 – November 20 | The Colossal Memory: Alexis Hughes. Opening Reception: October 19, 4–6pm (Artists Talk: 3–4pm). Workshop: Painting Studio TBA. Artist Statement/Bio: “Air is heavy, enduring and permanent. Mass is fleeting. Solitude is vibrant, vital, and optimistic. Logic may be altered but we regain our place in the world through memory. Memory is equilibrium. My paintings are selective and ideals of the truth. They are reflections of my past, the days that I have drawn out in my mind as precious time. The landscape provides stillness and solitude, a moment to reconnect to a personal history within the world.”

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company

October | Artwork by Dustin Miller. Dustin grew up in Western Nebraska where he gained his interest in art from his father and two brothers who all have careers in the field of art. Dustin received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, and his Masters in Art Education from Missouri State University. He has taught art at Diamond High School, Neosho High School, and now teaches at Carthage High School. Dustin will have a variety of subjects and mediums on display at the coffee shop. He works in oil, acrylic, pencil, colored pencil, and pen and ink. Subjects include pet portraits, still life, landscapes, sports art, flowers and animals. All work is for sale.


Sat, Oct. 3 | 9am–Noon: Pawpaw Patch Productions – Miniature Sand and Rock Garden in Tin (Ages 5+) at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Use Altoid tins to make a delightful, miniature sand and rock garden. Not only will you create a rake and stamps to decorate the sand, you will make sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks! During the curing process, learn about rocks through experiments and other activities. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members. Registration is required by noon of the Friday before the class. Call (417) 825-3318 or email cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com.

Sat, Oct. 3 | 11am–1pm: Anime (Ages 12-18) at Spiva Center for the Arts. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on professional anime boards to create your character, storyline, and background. Cost: $27/class. Instructor: Amber Baker.

Sat, Oct. 3 | 1–4:30pm: Pawpaw Patch Productions – Trade Beads (Ages 15+) at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. This popular class is back by requested. Make and learn about American Indian Trade Beads. You will make and take home a large selection of beads and one or two finished pieces. Cost: $35 per person, supplies included. Registration is required by noon of the Friday before the class. Call (417) 825-3318 or email cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com.

Sat, Oct. 3 | 11am–1pm & Oct. 10 | 11am–Noon: Halloween Glass Block Mosaic (Ages 9+) at Spiva Center for the Arts. Learn to cut glass, create a pumpkin or Jack-o-Lantern design for your glass block, and then come back the following Saturday to finish it off with some grout. This is a great autumn decoration! Cost: $27. Instructor: Jane McCaulley.

Thu, Oct. 8 | 5:30–8pm: Intro to Photography at Franklin Technology Center.

Sat, Oct. 10 | 9–11:3am: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Medieval Mania (Grades K-5) at St. Paul’s Preschool. Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds Joplin! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around fun, imaginative themes. Workshops will be held at the St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration.

Mon, Oct. 12 | 6–8:30pm: Creative Writing: From the Beginning at Franklin Technology Center.

Tue, Oct. 13 | 6–8:30pm: Creative Writing: Ghost Stories at Franklin Technology Center.

Tue, Oct. 13 | 5:45–7pm: Acoustic Guitar for Beginners at Franklin Technology Center.

Tue, Oct. 13 | 7:15–8:30pm: Acoustic Guitar: Next Step at Franklin Technology Center.

Tue, Oct. 13 | 6–9pm: Beginning & Advanced Woodworking at Franklin Technology Center.

Thu, Oct. 15 | 6–8:15pm: Creepy, Crawly Edibles at Franklin Technology Center.

Thu, Oct. 15 | 6–8:30pm: Simple Sewing at Franklin Technology Center.

Mon, Oct. 19 | 5:30–8pm: Chat n Crafts (Adults) at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. Stop by the library for a bookmark.

Wed, Oct. 21 | 5:30–8pm: Crochet Away at Franklin Technology Center.

Tue, Oct. 27 | 6–9pm: Pottery at Franklin Technology Center.

Sat, Oct. 24 | 1–3pm: Make Your Own Trick-or-Treat Bag (All Ages) at Spiva Center for the Arts. Create and paint your own canvas Trick-or-Treat bag! Choose from a ready to go pattern or design your own, pick your colors, and then add your name or favorite spooky saying! Cost: $12. Instructor: Sarah Serio.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio:

  • Tuesdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 11am–2pm or 6–9pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.
  • Wednesdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 10am–Noon or 6–9pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.
  • Thursdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 10am–1pm or 6–9pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.
  • Fridays: Throwing Large with Brent, 10am–Noon. Want to improve your throwing skills? How about taking your pots to the next level? Is it time to learn stacking and sectional pots for bigger and taller pieces? Join Brent on Fridays! Work alongside him and ask all of the questions you desire – no more trial and error on your own. Don’t just get your hands dirty – get your elbow dirty – heck, get your whole arm dirty! Cost: $40 plus clay. Private lessons also available. Pre-register by calling (417) 623-1455.
  • Saturdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Drop-In Class, 10am–Noon. Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required. For more info and registration: (417) 623-1455.

Judy’s Ballroom Dance

Mondays | Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 (6 week session). Judy Schneider will teach the first 3 weeks of each class and Christian Frommelt will teach the last 3 weeks of each class. Frommelt won the 2014 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown and placed 3rd in the Lindy Hop World Cup. He also just returned from studying dance in Buenos Aires. Call, text or email to register. All classes are held in room 151 of the Health Sciences Building at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. C: 417-392-0215 | H: 417-642-5491 | E: schneider-j@mssu.edu.

  • 6pm – Private Lessons: $40/hour for one or two couples
    You decide the dance and how fast we learn. Call to schedule a class.
  • 7pm – Lindy Hop and Charleston: $65/person or $55/student
    Taught by Schneider and Frommelt.
  • 8pm – Salsa: $65/person or 55/student
    Taught by Schneider and Frommelt.

Karen’s Dance Studio:

  • Classes are available for ages 2 and up, and for all levels of experience. In addition, an extensive Pre-K program with many class options is offered. Call (417) 623-1093 to reserve your spot or drop by the studio. View the Fall Schedule: karensdancestudio.com/classes.

Mosaics Art Gallery:

  • Tuesdays: Life Drawing Class, 6–8:30pm, Mosaics Art Gallery. Life drawing is the act of drawing the human figure from a living model. Artists who attend should bring their own drawing supplies and easel if needed. The only fee that will apply is the split cost required to pay the model (i.e. the model fee is $50 – if there are 10 artists per session, the cost will be $5 each). Sessions will run in a typical art school manner – short and long poses, unclothed professional model, chiaroscuro lighting, etc. All are welcome. Space is limited – 12 artists max. For more info, contact Debbie Reed: rjreed@cableone.net or (417) 624-4180.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio:

  • Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 10am–6pm. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you June decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. From 10am–2pm: Donna Roberts specializes in realism and experimental techniques for creative watercolors and acrylics. Bring any materials you have, but if you haven’t any, Donna will provide materials for the first lesson. $25 per class. Call Donna at 417.623.3727. From 2–6pm: Paula Giltner will be teaching realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.
  • Saturdays: Saturday Painting Class (Ages 8-80), 12:30–3pm. For just $35 you can enjoy creating your very own work of art! All materials are furnished. Different themes weekly. Instructors are Jesse McCormick, Margie Moss, & Percilla Penner.

Phoenix Fired Art:

  • Tuesday & Wednesdays: Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11am–2pm and 6–9pm. All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 8-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $240 Phoenix Members; $270 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.
  • Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon. Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring:

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Painting with Pam Leisenring, 9am–Noon on Tuesday, 4:30–7:30pm on Wednesdays, inside Hobby Lobby’s Classroom. Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.


Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door.

  • Tuesdays: 7–9pm
  • Wednesdays: 7–9pm
  • Thursdays: 7–9pm
  • Fridays: 7–9pm
  • Saturdays: 1–3pm (family paint)
  • Saturdays: 7–9pm

Spiva Center for the Arts:

  • Mondays: Art Lounge (Ages 14-18), 5–8pm. For teens pursuing art after high school or just wanting more art than they get in school, this is an opportunity to explore the studio of a local artist, find out what it takes to get into a college art program, and learn the basics of blogging to showcase your art work. Class includes a light meal each week. Cost: $105 for nine weeks; payment plan available.
  • Tuesdays: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:15pm. Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Please preregister as space is limited. Cost: $6/class.
  • Wednesdays: Preschooler and Pal Art Class (Ages 3-5), 10:30–11:30am. Share art with your very young artist while exploring painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students, so register early. Cost: $6/class.
  • Thursdays: Memories in the Making10am–Noon. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Presented as a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts, and sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. For more details contact: Lisa Thompson, 417-886-2199. Cost: Free.
  • Thursdays: Young Painter (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:15pm. Learn drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash, and detailing in this introductory class. Cost: $11/class.


Everyday: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art. The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mondays & Fridays: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Mondays–Wednesdays: Walk-In Open Studio, 1–9pm at RSVPaint (420 S. Main). Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet!Subscribe to the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.