What’s coming up in September 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout September in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


September 8: The Reduced Shakespeare Company – The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition, 7pm at the Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd). Who will be our next president? Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Kim Kardashian? The Reduced Shakespeare Company will provide historical context that is guaranteed to confuse any American voter. Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 Years of History in 6,000 Seconds! The “bad boys of abridgement” go from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, from George Washington to Barack Obama, yea verily from the Bering Strait to Baghdad, from the New World to the New World Order.  Don’t miss this 90-minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History.  Join us for a reception with the artists after the show. Adults: $18, TJ Parents: $16, Students: $10, TJ Students: $8, Seniors: $16.

September 13–17: Southern Theatre presents Blithe Spirit, 7:30pm, MSSU Bud Walton Theatre. Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit at lightning speed and when he finished he was sure that the play was good and would succeed. He was not disappointed. Since its premiere in 1941, the play has remained a favorite among Coward’s works. Novelist Charles Condomine, hoping to amuse himself while researching a book on the occult, invites the eccentric local medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a séance at his home. Little suspecting her actual abilities, Charles suddenly finds himself haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, much to the displeasure of his second wife, Ruth! Following the play’s initial production, the reviewer for The Manchester Guardian described the play as, “An odd mixture and not untouched by genius of a sort.” He was right. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and non-MSSU students; two free tickets per MSSU faculty/staff member, one free ticket per MSSU student ID.

September 15: Southern Jazz Orchestra, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. The Southern Jazz Orchestra will perform during September’s Third Thursday.

September 21–25: Joplin Little Theatre presents RENT, 7pm (2:30pm Sunday), Joplin Little Theatre. Directed by Ashley Trotnic, RENT is a Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about the struggles of the Bohemian lifestyle in the East Village of New York City. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $13 for seniors and students. Call 417.623.3638 for more info and ticket reservations.

September 30: Pro Musica presents The Harlem (string) Quartet, 7pm at College Heights Christian Church (4311 Newman Rd). The Harlem (string) Quartet, (Illmar Gavilán, violin; Melissa White, violin; Jaime Adador, viola; Felix Umansky, cello) praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization. The original four members were all first prize laureates of the Sphinx Competition. The Organization wanted to create a group comprised of first place laureates to achieve the overall mission of bringing classical music to inner-city school children. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.  Each member of the quartet is a seasoned solo artist, having appeared with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, National, Utah, Puerto Rico, Juilliard, New World, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. Harlem Quartet’s solo work as an ensemble is also a significant part of their career. As part of the week-long residency in Joplin the Quartet will present eight outreach events, including at local schools, a domestic violence shelter and a corporate sponsor. Financial assistance for this residency with the Harlem Quartet is provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, in memory of Elizabeth Meisinger, and the Rusty Smith Memorial Fund.

September 30: Southern Symphony Orchestra Pops/Aria Winners Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center.


September 1: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm 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.

September 2: Rochers, Mods and the Birth of the British Invasion, 10am, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Growing up in post-World War II Britain included rationing, difficult economic times and the continuation of class division. For U.K. youth, the future seemed bleak, especially in the port of Liverpool, still devastated by German bombing, so coping included coffee houses, motor scooters, listening to American rock music and forming skiffle bands. Two prominent subcultures, the Mods and the Rockers, emerged reflecting and influencing reaction to these conditions. Economics, race and a very different path toward achieving popularity yielded music that brought heartfelt, edgy rock sounds back to U.S., a country that was enjoying a much different postwar period of growth. A series of unrelated coincidences propelled a group of charismatic and talented British musicians into the forefront of this phenomenon that came to be known as the British Invasion. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones like the new movie sensation James Bond offered Americans and British a chance to escape the harsh realities of the Cold War, the assassination of JFK, the Profumo affair and the Civil Rights struggle. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 2: Euphoria and Disillusionment: The Rise and Fall of the Counterculture, 11am, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. In the midst of the counterculture, music in Britain and America was at the epicenter of a subcultural group that defined new attitudes toward society and behavior contrary to the dominant culture and its expectations. The “Hippies” defined this cultural shift with their manner of dress and appearance, sexual practices, use of drugs, and their reaction to consumerism and other practices. Innovative music from U.K. bands continued to be at the center of these cultural movements even as the 1960s ended and a new wave of individualism brought a mixture of theatre and escapism into popular music. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and the Sex Pistols became prominent voices commenting on the rapidly changing world. The impact of the 1960s and 70s would have a lasting impact on future generations, redefining attitudes towards music, sex, drugs, consumerism and gender. The Vietnam War, the resignation of the U.S. president and economic hardship in the U.K. combined with a series of developments within the counterculture swept away the optimism of the 1960s and replaced it with a bitter sense of entrapment spawning new music evoking escapism and resignation. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 3: Children as Artists Workshop, 9–11am at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Art Feeds are happy to offer Children as Artists – an Art Feeds Workshop + Post Art Library Exhibit! It goes like this: Art Feeds will host a two-hour workshop on Saturday, September 3rd, from 9-11:00am at Joplin Public Library for kids entering 1st – 5th grades.  A piece of artwork by each artist will be chosen for an exhibit that will be curated by Post Art Library in their Great Hall Gallery from October 1st – 31st, 2016. On Thursday, October 6th, from 5:30–8:30pm (during First Thursday ArtWalk) Post Art Library will host an opening reception for the kids’ exhibit! The kids, their families and friends, and the public are encouraged to come celebrate their masterpieces! This is a free workshop for any child entering 1st – 5th grades. Registration is required and space is limited to 40 children. Please register your child(ren) for “Children as Artists” at For more information, call Joplin Public Library’s Children’s Department at 417-623-2184 or Post Art Library at 417-782-7678.

September 6: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday 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.

September 6: MSSU British Film Festival – Hope and Glory, 7pm, MSSU Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. In this rarely seen but very fine autobiographical film, director John Boorman recalls the early days of World War II in Britain, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Critic Leonard Maltin noted that the film is “funny, moving and richly detailed; no one has captured the experience of living through the London air raids and bombings as well” as Boorman has. (dir. John Boorman, 1987, 113 min.). Free and open to the public.

September 8: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, 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.

September 8: Art Feeds Day! Through the month of July, Art Feeds chapters will establish partnerships with schools, clubs, organizations, restaurants, banks, boutiques and more! Each chapter receives the sales from their shirts that will fund programming for the 2016-2017 school year.  The goal is to have hundreds of people all over town wearing the shirt on Art Feeds Day to raise awareness for the cause and share the story of why creativity and expression are so important in the lives of children. In the month of August, we will encourage Art Feeds Tee parties, where supporters can get together and customize their shirt. We will encourage creativity by filling in the blank on “Art Feeds _________” and showing the art to the world with #ArtFeedsDay on social media to encourage others to get involved.  This will create a buzz by September 8th, the day all supporters will wear their shirts together to represent our little artists. All proceeds from the shirts sold in each Chapter community will support that chapter. Shirts: $15 each.

September 8: Joplin Flag Submissions Deadline#joplinflag is an initiative led by private citizens to create a new symbol of pride and hope for Joplin. One that not only represents our great community, but also one the people who live and work in Joplin would be proud to fly! Young and old. Professional or student. If you call Joplin home, then this is your opportunity to create a flag that celebrate and connects our great community.

September 9: “Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”: The Survival of the British Pub, 9am, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. In recent years, considerable attention has been devoted to marking declining numbers of pubs, foreshadowing what many see as the impending death of one of Britain’s critical social institutions. Indeed, Prince Charles has lent his support to the Pub is the Hub, a new organization dedicated to preserving pubs especially in isolated villages. Throughout its history, the pub has confronted and survived enormous social changes, and this remains true today. The pub is not so much disappearing as undergoing a metamorphosis in which newer types of drinking establishments are appearing, having some major elements in common with the traditional “local.” This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 9: Mud, Sweat and Beers: Soccer, Beer and National Identity in Scotland, Noon, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Masculinity, drinking in pubs and football are a well-understood, even revered, trinity in Scotland. What Scottish males drank served as a projection of their national identity, differentiating them from their main rival south of the border. For Scotland, the annual soccer match played with England loomed large in the male psyche, a moment in which a subjugated country could, at least briefly, regain pride and a sense of nationhood. Beer contributed to this perspective and also to fostering how Scottish males saw themselves. None of this had a parallel south of the border. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 12: One Long Extravaganza, 1pm, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Noël Coward was a composer, playwright, entertainer, raconteur, wit, and bon vivant. The glitterati in his vast circle of friends and acquaintances called him “The Master.” He once said, “My body has certainly wandered a good deal, but I have an uneasy suspicion that my mind has not wandered nearly enough.” In this presentation, Dr. Jim Lile takes us on a wander with Noël’s mind through an overview of his life and career, and a sampling of his stories and songs. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 13: MSSU British Film Festival – Brief Encounter, 7pm, MSSU Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. As Britain is emerging from World War II, two strangers, both married, meet on a train and soon find themselves in a deep but impossible romance. The film stars Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard and Stanley Holloway and was one of the first great films directed by David Lean, who went on to direct such epics as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. Here Lean works in a much more subdued key, filming Noel Coward’s screenplay with quiet sensitivity, memorably underscored by the sweeping sounds of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto. (dir. David Lean, 1945, 85 min.). Free and open to the public. 

September 13–November 1: Improv 101 with Siblings Improv, Tuesday nights at 7:30pm, JB’s Downtown. Learn the basics of improv comedy. $50 for the entire course. Reserve your spot by emailing

September 15: Charles Darwin – The Man Behind the Science, 11am, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Most people, when they hear the name Charles Darwin, think only of his research on evolution and natural selection. However, there was so much more to his life and work than his five-year voyage on The Beagle and publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859. Darwin’s life will be told through the eyes of his wife, Emma (Wedgewood) Darwin, based on diaries and letters, in this multimedia presentation. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 15: Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in 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.

September 15: Walk-Up Mail Art Workshop, 5:30–8:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Visit Spiva during September’s Third Thursday for a Walk-Up Mail Art Workshop!

September 16: Another Irrelevant Dead White Male? The Case for Winston Churchill’s Relevance in 2016, 10am, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. As Americans grapple with issues of race, gender, and class in this year’s presidential election, they look as always to examples from the past – either those to break from or adhere to. Among those is Winston S. Churchill, half American by birth, honorary American citizen by act of Congress in 1963. More than 50 years after his death, one wonders how Churchill has reached near timelessness like Lincoln and Washington. Even by the standards of his day, Churchill was flawed, yet public interest in him remains positive and high. Many consider him the greatest leader of the 20th century. But why should a college student in Missouri look to Churchill for relevant life lessons today? First, Churchill was a charismatic and courageous leader who demanded action with humanity, the sort of person Americans say they want in a president. Second, Churchill matters because words are still powerful – he won the Nobel Prize for literature. And Churchill remains relevant as time moves on precisely because history matters. As he put it, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” Finally, Churchill matters because democracy still matters, and there never was a greater defender of democracy than Churchill. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 16: The London Blitz in 1940: The Midwestern Connection, 11am, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. A year after the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, most Americans remained detached from the war in Europe and Asia. However, a few Americans joined “the few” who participated in the Nazi blitz of England in the last months of 1940. Among these were the Eagle Squadrons, Americans who volunteered to fly in the Royal Air Force in the crucial defense of London. Many died, including a young man from Fulton, Missouri. Other Americans reported from London to Americans back home. These included William Lindsey White, son of William Allen White, the famous editor of the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette. Then there were the private connections, such as Betty Swallow’s correspondence from London to her pen pal in Kansas City, Helen Bradley. Swallow’s letters at the National Churchill Museum reflect her as “the epitome of English pluck: patriotic, practical, and romantic despite the bombs falling about her.” And there was Noel Mander, a London fire warden who watched many churches burn on a terrible night in late December 1940. From that experience, Mander developed his own connection to the Midwest, first as the organ builder for the restored Wren church that is the Churchill Memorial in Fulton and later as the official representative of the memorial in the United Kingdom. These mostly ordinary, relatively anonymous people witnessed the destruction of the London blitz at the hands of the Nazis and ensured that Midwestern Americans would forever remember the “special relationship” that was forged between Britons and Americans in the war. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 16: The Improbably True Story of Missouri’s Churchill Museum, 1pm, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Across the globe in early 1946 millions wondered why Winston Churchill was traveling to “tiny” Fulton, Missouri, to deliver a lecture just months after losing an election that would have kept him as Britain’s prime minister into the postwar era. Visitors to Fulton, Missouri, for the past 50 years have asked the question, “Why Fulton for a Churchill museum?” In 1945 it so happened that Westminster College had an alumnus working on President Truman’s staff, and it was through his intervention that Truman endorsed the college’s letter to Churchill with an invitation to join Churchill on the trip to Missouri. From that improbability came one of Churchill’s finest speeches and a chain of events that is still playing out 70 years later. In 1961 the college president decided to embark on a Churchill memorial project, improbably hoping the college could secure a 17th-century Christopher Wren church, bombed in the London blitz in 1940, to disassemble stone by stone and reassemble on campus in Fulton. Dedicated in 1969 and now known as the National Churchill Museum, the story of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library at Westminster College continues to be “an imaginative concept” wrapped in inspiration inside one layer of coincidence after another. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 17: Second Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 10am–6pm in Historic Downtown Joplin. The Joplin Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts will be hosting the second annual Joplin Arts Fest (previously named Joplin Festival of the Arts). In addition to the fine arts booths, there will be a stage for performing arts activities. These performances will take place during the Festival to complement the event. 60+ artists, live music, dance, kids art activities, face painting, beer and wine garden, food, and fun! Admission is free. 

September 20: MSSU British Film Festival – Odd Man Out, 7pm, MSSU Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. James Mason stars as a revolutionary ex-convict in Belfast who attempts a robbery that goes wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he desperately seeks refuge in the city, as the woman he loves searches for him. Carol Reed (who would go on to direct The Third Man) directed this noir thriller, according to Criterion, a “fierce, spiritual depiction of a man’s ultimate confrontation with himself.” (dir. Carol Reed, 1947, 116 min.). Free and open to the public. 

September 22: The Isles of the British Isles, 9:30am, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Dr. James R. Jackson will describe why he and his wife, Brenda, have visited The British Isles over 20 times and the benefit of deep tourism over broad tourism. Also, he will briefly describe the mystical, mythical Isles of: Skye, Man, Orkney, Shetland, Wight, Guernsey, Jersey,  and the outer Hebrides. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 23: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7pm, 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.

September 23 & 24: Visual Arts Education Summit, 10am–3pm each day. Do you teach art to kids? Need some pointers? Come learn and network with art educators from local schools and other organizations during Spiva’s first Visual Arts Education Summit. MSSU Assistant Professor Amber Mintert and Spiva Executive Director Josie Mai will facilitate this two-day professional development workshop, utilizing original art at Spiva Center for the Arts and George Washing Carver National Monument. Participants will learn to write a lesson plan for visual arts, integrate science and other core subjects into an art lesson, create exemplars of the lessons, and get handouts of resources from DESE and the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. Celebrating the centennial of the National Park System, day one begins at Spiva Center for the arts on September 23rd from 10am – 3pm in Spiva’s Main Gallery, utilizing the exhibit America’s Parks as a backdrop to the seminar. The second session will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 10am – 3pm at George Washington Carver National Monument. Cost is $25 per day, or $40 for both days. Materials and beverages provided, with participants encouraged to bring potluck snacks both days. Participant limit 20 each day. Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 20th.

September 26 & 27: Auditions for A Christmas Story: The Musical, 7pm each night at Joplin Little Theatre. Based on the classic 80’s film.

September 27: Magna Carta: A Failed Peace Treaty That Still Matters, 1pm, MSSU Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. This presentation will explore how Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, originally served to settle some of the differences between King John of England and the barons, his most prominent subjects. It reaffirmed traditional “liberties” of the Church and other corporate bodies. King John also pledged to end the arbitrary arrests, fines, and taxes he had imposed on his subjects. We’ll see how this 1215 agreement proved a failure in the short run, but in the longer run, helped establish basic principles of government that would have a lasting legacy, and not just in England. Magna Carta made it clear that the King was not empowered to take whatever he thought he needed and was not at liberty to simply fine people without going through established legal procedures in the courts established by John’s predecessors. More than one English king faced resistance when he was accused of violating the terms of Magna Carta. When some Englishmen began establishing colonies in America, they brought with them some of those basic ideas, such as the link between taxation and consent. In the events leading up to the American Revolution, some Americans expressly referred to Magna Carta when explaining their grievances against Britain. The influence of Magna Carta can be seen today, in the British and American forms of government, in parts of the United States Constitution, and even in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, described as “the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere.” This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

September 27: MSSU British Film Festival – Lady Killers, 7pm, MSSU Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. In this classic comedy from Ealing Studios, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, a gang of dangerous bank robbers disguise themselves as a string quintet so that they can “practice” in the upstairs room they rent from an elderly widow. Featuring Alec Guinness in one of his most outrageous roles as Professor Marcus, and Peter Sellers in his first major screen role. (dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1955, 90 min.). Free and open to the public. 

September 28th: Mail Art Party, 7–9pm at Infuxn Vodka Bar. Participants will have the opportunity to view mail art and to make their own mail art pieces. Admission is free – no need to register! All supplies provided. Join us for a fun-filled evening of making mail art! MUST BE 21+.

September 29: TEEN Mail Art Workshop, 6–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library. All teens in 6th-12th grades are invited to join JPL’s Teen Department for
an evening of making mail art!


September: Landscape Paintings by Janice Kinman, Post Art Library (300 South Main St).

September 14 – October 12: Tom Huck (Printmaking), MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Reception: September 14th, 3–5pm. Artist Talk: September 14th, 2–3pm. MSSU 3rd Thursday Workshop (with Focal Point), September 15th.

September 17 – October 30: America’s Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). This traveling, juried exhibition features fifty original works of art depicting scenes from parks in the US as well as Canada and Mexico. The history of painting in America’s parks is broad and deep, going all the way back to 1871 when watercolors by Thomas Moran were used to lobby Congress to pass a bill to protect and preserve Yellowstone. This exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and is a tribute to parks of all kinds by a range of talented artists working today.

September 17 – October 30: 2016 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Now in its 20th year, this auction features Spiva member artists creating works in their medium on a masonite panel measuring 12×12″, 9×12″, or 9×9″. All proceeds benefit Spiva Center for the Arts.

September: Transformation, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A Joplin Regional Artists Coalition juried exhibition asking members to respond to the theme “transformation.”

August 22 – September 9: Pure Dead Brilliant, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Pure Dead Brilliant features work by current MSSU Design students, alumni, and one of our design professors, Ms. Devon Estes. Inspired by the MSSU’s Fall 2016 U.K. themed semester, this group traveled to the United Kingdom last spring to experience first hand the art, architecture, and design as well as the culture of that country as part of the Art Department’s International Art Seminar: “Contemporary Art and Design of the United Kingdom”. While traveling together through England, Wales, and Scotland each student recorded their experiences by keeping a written journal and a visual (sketchbook) journal as they visited important contemporary art museums throughout the U.K. Upon returning to the U.S. student’s worked to create the works on view, which were all inspired by various aspects of their journey. Participating artists include; Devon Estes, Assistant Professor of Art, Rachel Whitehead (B.F.A. Studio, 2016), Brita Smith (B.F.A. Graphic Design 2016), Kayla Monteleone (B.A. Graphic Design 2016), Glenda O’Dell, (B.G.S. with double minor in Graphics and Studio 2016), and B.F.A. Graphic Design candidates, Jemimah Muldrow and Ellen Rogers. A reception will be held on Thursday, September 1, 3–5pm. 

July 16 – September 4: Wild Fabrications, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A world of animals both real and fantastical created in layered and stitched visual work. Bold color, whimsical imagery, beautiful realism, and humor either ebullient or dark typify this exhibit of art quilts. A juried exhibition featuring works by artist-members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.

July 16 – September 4: Jessie Montes: Out of the Box, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Growing up impoverished in Northern Mexico, Jesus (Jessie) Montes had to create his own toys. His early desire to create something from nothing became the basis for art that utilized what was readily available: corrugated cardboard. Montes, who passed away in 2013, was represented by prestigious galleries in New York, Seattle, and San Antonio and was featured in Raw Vision, the noted London-based magazine devoted to self-taught artists. Gallery owner Phyllis Kind once commented that Jessie was an outsider artist who “invented his own vocabulary of visual form.” The exhibit will feature landscapes, portraits, abstract designs and 3-D works. Opening Reception: Fri, July 15, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free).


September 3: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) – Box Buddies with Codi Byington, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month through December 3. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions. Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door.

Tuesdays: Line Dancing Class at Joplin Square Dance Center (1801 W 2nd St). 10–10:30am: Ultra Beginner | 10:30–11:30am: High Beginner | 11:30am–12:30pm: High Beginner to Intermediate. Cost $5 per hour or $10 total cost. For more information call Tyra Farris (Instructor/Choreographer) at 785-640-0544. Pre-registration not required. These classes will run through September.

September 17: Sketchbook Workshop – Collage, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join doodler Ann Leach for a Saturday of collage. This class is part of the once a month Spiva Sketchbook Workshops. Open to all; Sketchbook artists are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Joplin Regional Business Journal. $10 to register. Call 417.623.0183 for more info and registration.

September 17: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) – Paintorama with Codi Byington, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month through December 3. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions. Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door.

September 24: Autumn Leaf Plates (Ages 9-Adult) with Jane McCaulley, 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Use several different paint and frit options to make a leaf plate perfect for fall. Space is limited for this popular class; pre-registration is required. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own. Cost: $35.

September 25: Nature Reflections: Keeping a Nature Journal (Adult) with Jeff Cantrell, 1–4pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Nature journaling is a unique approach to capture the moment and deepen your connection to the outdoors. You will explore a few drawing exercises and learn techniques to capture trail, backyard and national park memories.  Meet Spiva volunteer Jeff Cantrell in the Main Gallery for an indoor journaling introduction before heading out to a nearby park to polish off skills and observations. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Cost: $15.

September 25: Teen Comic Book Challenge (Ages 13+) with Codi Byington, 1:30–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). —Celebrate National Comic Book Day at Spiva! Create your own comic-inspired monogram and collaborate with your peers to make the next generation of superheroes. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $15.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesdays | 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).

Wednesdays | 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.

Thursdays | 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).

Saturdays | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)

Wednesdays | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you 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. Paula Giltner specializes in 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.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
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! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
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 (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby 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.

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

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. Family rates apply on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

Art Lounge with Annette Goode
Mondays | Sep. 12 – Dec. 5 | 5–8pm | Ages: 14-18 | Cost: $125/session (12wks)
For teens! Thinking of pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is an amazing program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. This year, students will visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on October 22! Class fee includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 21st.

Young Artist Studio I with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
This 7-week session introduces the young artist to a range of mediums, helps develop their skills, and nurtures that creative seed! Students will progress into Young Artist Studio II with age and skill level. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Young Artist Studio II with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
For our older artists, Young Artist Studio II provides a more advanced artistic environment. Students will continue to explore a range of mediums from painting to printmaking. From here, students can look forward to our Teen Art Lounge class. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Introduction to Clay with Jeremy Butler
Thursdays | Oct. 20 – Nov. 3 | 5:30–7pm | Ages: 14-Adult | Cost: $90/session (3wks)
Hands on and messy, this 3-week clay session is great for beginners or skilled clay artists. Create your projects in the first two classes and then glaze on the last day. Pre-registration is required.

Creation Station with Autumn Neuenschwander
Thursdays | Sept. 1 – Dec. 8 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-12 | Cost: $6 pre-registration/$8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited for this popular class. No class Nov. 24th.

Memories in the Making® with Jesse McCormick
Thursdays —through October 27 | 10am–12pm | Cost: FREE
An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, please call Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer’s Association, 417.886.2199. Sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. No class Nov. 24th.


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.

Mon & Fri | 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.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio 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.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

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