While regularly scheduled art classes will continue, summer arts camps and special classes are right around the corner! Pre-registration required unless noted…these fill up fast! 

Spiva Center for the Arts

Spiva Center for the Arts Summer 2015Preschool Summer Art Camps (Ages 3-5)
Snacks are provided each day. Minimum of 4 students for classes to hold, except where specified, and maximum of 8. Pre-registration is required. All preschool classes run 10–11:30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. All preschool art camps cost $50 per child.

Art Explorers with Sarah Gartin | May 31, June 1, 2
All About Space with Carrie Cavitt | June 7, 8, 9
Creative Café with Lindsay Bowers | June 14, 15, 16
Amazing Animals with Lindsay Bowers | June 21, 22, 23
Tinker Camp with Sarah Gartin | June 28, 29, 30
Squish, Squash & Sculpt with Jeremy Butler | July 12, 13, 14
Team Spiva Olympics with Sarah Gartin | July 19, 20, 21
Fantastic Fibers with Beth Christodoulou Lawson | July 26, 27, 28

Summer Youth Art Camps (Ages 6-12)
Snacks are provided each day. Summer camps tend to fill up, so it is recommended that you preregister. Minimum of 6 students for classes to hold, except where specified, and maximum of 20. Pre-registration is required. All Youth Art Camps run from 12:30–5:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. *please note these camps begin at age 9 for safety reasons

Glass Camp* with Jane McCaulley | May 31, June 1, 2 | Cost: $100
3-D Sculpture Camp with Lindsay Bowers | June 7, 8, 9 | Cost: $90
Painting Camp with Sarah Gartin | June 14, 15, 16 | Cost: $90
Drawing Camp with Jordan Murdock | June 21, 22, 23 | Cost: $90
Printmaking* with Sarah Serio | June 28, 29, 30 | Cost: $90
Photography Camp with Allison Rogers | July 12, 13, 14 | Cost: $90
Clay Camp with Fred Mintert | July 19, 20, 21 | Cost: $100
Fiber Arts Camp* with Beth Christodoulou Lawson | July 26, 27, 28 | Cost: $90
Clay Camp II with Lacey Santillan | Aug 2, 3, 4 | Cost: $100
Glass Camp II* with Jane McCaulley | Aug 9, 10, 11 | Cost: $100

Summer Tween Art Camp (Ages 11-14) with Amber Mintert | Mondays | July 18, 25 & Aug 1, 8 | 1–4pm | Cost: $75

To register for Spiva classes online, click here. To look at a listing with all class descriptions, click here. You can also register for classes by calling 417.623.0183. [spacer height=”0px”]

MSSU Jazz Camp

2016 Jazz CampJuly 11–14 | 9am–3pm
6-12 grade all instruments including strings
Wed, July 13: Student and Faculty Combo Concert @ Gusano’s Pizza
Thu, July 14: Final recital at Corley Auditorium (MSSU)
Concerts are free and open to the public

The MSSU Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes and rehearsals that emphasize improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students are encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning, rather than simply practicing patterns out of a book.  The faculty strives not only to mentor these young students, but also to foster a positive learning environment where they aren’t afraid to take risks in their playing and improvising. The MSSU Jazz Camp’s ultimate goal is to make each and every student a better person, a better performer, and to inspire them to carry on the wonderful legacy of the music we call jazz while simultaneously continuing to innovate and seek out new forms of musical expression.

Cost: $150 (Early Bird Registration) – $175 (Extended Registration) (includes tuition, t-shirt, and all camp materials)

To register, visit, fill out the registration form, and send it in. 

For more information contact: Levi Randolph, MSSU Jazz Camp Director at[spacer height=”0px”]

Shakespeare Academy (K-12)MOShakes Academy

The Shakespeare Academy is thrilled to partner with Art Feeds as they bring Shakespeare and theatre to young artists. At this day camp, learn the art of storytelling, stage combat, stage design, and acting. It will be a fresh, exciting experience to familiarize students with the timeless exuberance of William Shakespeare. The camp will culminate in a final performance for friends and family.

When: June 20–24 | 10am–Noon
Where: MSSU Theatre Dept.  Check in at Bud Walton Theatre
Cost: $100 (includes materials and t-shirt)
To register, visit

For more information contact Jim Lile at 417-625-9656. [spacer height=”0px”]

KDS 2016Karen’s Dance Studio

Princess and Prince Charming Camp (Ages 3-6)
June 6–9 | 9–11am | Cost: $90
A little Prince or Princess’s dream! Games, dances, crafts, dress-up, stories, and snacks.

Beach Party (Ages 7-12)
June 13–16
| 9–11:30am | Cost: $90
Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary dances, games, crafts, snacks, and more. 

Cecchetti Ballet Intensive (Ages 9+)
June 20–23
| 5:30–8:30pm | Cost: $90
Ballet technique for the experienced dancer; includes Cecchetti Grade 1 syllabus book.

To register, stop in Mon–Thu from 3:30–8:30pm, call (417) 623-1093, or email [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Public Library

Joplin Public Library Summer Camps 2015Children Department

Art Workshops for 1st-5th graders courtesy of Art Feeds
Join the imaginative group from Art Feeds for a special summer reading art workshop. Children will explore their creative side through art, friendship and fun! Click here to register for any of those listed below. Note: Workshops are free, however, children may only attend two art workshops. Registration for these workshops begin May 31.

Fri, July 8 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Fri, July 15 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Fri, July 22 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Fri, July 29 | 9:30am–12:30pm

Explore & Play!
Joplin Public Library provides this thematic program for children ages 1-5 years.  This is a fun hands-on time for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers! Families will discover specially created “exploration stations” that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Suggested age range: 1-5 years. Free.

Explore & Play! It’s Summer Day! | Sat, June 18 at 10:30am
Explore & Play! It’s Superhero Day! | Sat, July 16 at 10:30am

For more information on these children’s department offerings, call 417.623.7953.

Teen Department

Teen DepartmentSummer reading program for all ages begins May 31 and ends July 30.

How the Teen Summer Challenge works: Instructions are available at the Teen, Reference & Children’s Desks. The booklet contains 40 challenges. For every challenge you complete, you can enter our weekly prize drawing! Prizes include books, themed prizes, gift certificates to local businesses, etc. When you get your Teen Summer Challenge Booklet, you can get a free library card for the summer. Just take the booklet and a parent/guardian/adult-type-person with you to the Circulation Desk and fill out our form.

Information about the Teen Book Cover Contest: Design a new cover for your favorite book, comic, or manga. Entries open May 31st and close on July 15th at 6 pm. Entries will be judged by Library staff and/or “celebrity” community members. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on July 26th. Please see the flyer in the Teen Department for rules and entry forms.

Teen Summer Challenge Events List:

Tue, May 31 | All Day – Teen Summer Challenge Begins
Tue, May 31 | All Day – Entries open for Teen Book Cover Contest
Thu, June 2 | 6pm – Teen Book Club
Tue, June 7 | 3pm – Cosplay Dance Party!
Tue, June 14 | 3pm – Supersize Game Night (er, Afternoon)
Sat, June 18 | 3pm – Anime/Manga Club
Tue, June 21 | 3pm – JPL Olympics
Thu, June 23 | 3pm – Pizza Taste Off
Tue, June 28 | 3pm – Field Trip to Firehouse Pottery
Tue, July 5 | 3pm – Toss Your Cookies
Thu, July 7 | 6pm – Teen Book Club
Tue, July 12 | 3pm – Post Mail Art Projekt
Fri, July 15 | 6pm – All entries to the Teen Book Cover Contest Due
Sat, July 16 | 1pm – Fandom Fest!
Tue, July 19 | 3pm – Tie Dye Tuesday
Tue, July 26 | 3pm – Mario Fest
Tue, July 26 | 7pm – Book Cover Contest Awards

Teen Summer Challenge Passive Programs:

Crafternoon – Mondays in June and July at 2pm in the Teen Dept. (except for 7/4)
The Game Table – Thursdays at 2pm in the Teen Dept. (except 6/23)
Random Fandom – Fridays, June 10–24 and July 1–22 at 2pm in the Teen Dept. 

For all details on Teen Department activities, click here. Be sure to visit the Teen Department inside Joplin Public Library to register. [spacer height=”0px”]

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Summer 20154Wildcat Glades Conservation &
Audubon Center

Camp Wildcat Summer Day Camp (Age 7-12)
8am–Noon | June 14–17 or July 12–July 15
Do you have a young naturalist at home? Help cultivate that interest in nature by sending them to our outdoor summer camp! Led by professional naturalists with over 13 years of day camp experience, we will meet at the Center each morning before we go outdoors to explore various habitats. Each day we’ll learn about a different group of animals: birds, amphibians and reptiles, fish, and insects and other invertebrates. A child to adult ratio of at least 10:1 ensures a safe and educational experience for all.  Children should be in good physical condition and able to hike in summer weather. We will provide a snack or they may bring their own from home. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30am–12:30pm. Partial scholarships available from Wild Birds Unlimited based on need.  Let us know if you think you qualify. Cost: $100 per child per week members; $125 per child per week non-members.

Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp (Ages 7-12)
8am–Noon | June 14–17 or July 12–July 15
Do you have a young artist at home who also enjoys nature?  Help cultivate their interest by sending them to our art camp!  Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey, we meet at the Center each afternoon and use nature as our inspiration to create original pieces of art.  This session will include transforming recycled plastic in awesome insect pins, designing and building a 3-D eco-treehouse model, exploring Chinese brush painting techniques and begin an “Audubon Visual Bird Journal”!  Join our summer Art Camp for this exciting and imaginative adventure! Please wear clothes you can explore art in. Fee includes all art materials, a snack and instructor’s fee. Cost: $125 per child per week (payment by cash or check only to instructor).

To register, call 417.782.6287. [spacer height=”0px”]

13174096_10154142395023582_4022348001444441132_nJoplin Little Theatre

Calling all Kids K-12! This summer Joplin Little Theatre and Whitewood Theatrics will be offering four separate weeks of summer workshops. All workshops have morning (9am–Noon) or afternoon (1–4pm) options unless otherwise noted. Each session costs $60. Scholarships are available. 

Week 1: Puppets! | June 13–17
Week 2: MORE Puppets! | June 27–July 1
Week 3: Time Travel | July 11–15
Week 4: Tech Week | July 18-22 | 6pm–9pm – must be 12 yrs or older

Enrollment may be made by contacting the JLT box office, (417) 623-3638. You can also print out a registration form or enroll online by clicking here. [spacer height=”0px”]

Phoenix Fired Art Summer 2014Phoenix Fired Art

Summer Mud Camp 2016 – In The Garden (Ages 8-12)
August 1–5 | 9am–Noon
Cost $175 for Non Members and $150 for members
Annual Membership is $25 for a student and $75 for a Family

Students will make the following projects:
Large Leaf Slab Bowl
Flower Finials
Tree Beard Mask
Thrown flower pot and drip catch plate
A Set of Garden Markers (Herb Stakes)
Reverse Tie-dye T-Shirt
Camp will be led by Geoffrey Kunkler. To register, call 417.437.9281. [spacer height=”0px”]

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Camp GuideThe Girl Scouts have summer camps that will inspire you to participate in the outdoors, focusing on activities such as  camping, canoeing, horse back riding, ropes courses, and much more. Camps are open to any girl, regardless of previous Girl Scout involvement. Whether it’s your first time at camp or your fifth, there’s something new for you to discover! Let this camp guide be your compass, your arrow to point you in the right direction. (Financial Aid is Available)

Check out our Camp Guide “The Arrow”
Mintahama, Near Joplin (Page 28 & 29)
Finbrooke, Near Springfield (Page 24 & 25)
Camp Mintahama, Near Joplin, MO (June 12 – July 1)
Wild, Wild West (2nd & 3rd) | June 12–17 | $350
Tree Dwellers – Zombie Survival (4th &5th) | June 12–17 | $250
Tree Dwellers – Zombie Survival (4th & 5th) | June 26 – July 1 | $250
Cast Iron Chef (6th-12th) | June 12–17 | $250
H2O Extreme (2nd & 3rd) | June 12–17 | $240
Frozen Over (K & 1st) | June 13–14 | $80
Frozen Over (K & 1st) | June 15–16 | $80
Girls Have S’more Fun (K-3rd) | June 19–21 | $120
Tree Dwellers – Mysteries of the Night (4th &5th) | June 19–24 | $240
Bridles & Bows (4th & 5th) | June 19–24 | $350
Catching Fire (6th-12th) | June 19–24 | $240
Goo, Glop, & Fizz (2nd & 3rd) | June 22–24  | $120
Goo, Glop, & Fizz (2nd & 3rd) | June 29 – July 1 | $120
The Search for Neverland (2nd & 3rd) | June 26–28 | $120
Saddles & Paddles (4th-12th) | June 26 – July 1 | $350
Wanderers – Excursion (6th-12th) | June 26–July 1 | $350
For more information and registration, contact Melody Hutchison at (877) 3124764 or [spacer height=”0px”]

Friends of Camp MintahamaCamp Mintahama

The Friends of Camp Mintahama invite you to partake in various summer camp offerings! All proceeds for these camps will help keep the camp open. Click here to view a complete listing.

Registration is available through that specific camps Facebook event page under “Camp Mintahama” on Facebook.

For more information, email or call (417) 825-3395. [spacer height=”0px”]

Thomas Jefferson IDS

TJ Summer Discovery Academy 2014Summer Discovery Academy 2016

TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy runs from June 15 – August 12 and includes courses in fine arts, theater, and music. Most courses are half-day classes that run a full week – either 9am–Noon or 1–4pm. Some courses are a full day (9am–4pm) and others last two-weeks. In addition to the arts-related courses, TJ’s Summer Discovery Academy offers academic enrichment courses for students in any school and all grades. Register online at or call TJ at (417) 781-5124 for additional information. [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin High School Show Choirs

Joplin Show Choir 2016Kids Camp (2nd Grade–8th Grade, grade next fall)
May 31–June 3 | 8:30–11:30am (drop off starts at 8am)
At Joplin High School Performing Arts Center

The Joplin High School Show Choirs will be hosting a four day Kids Show Choir Camp for grades 2-8 at the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center. Students will learn fun music and choreography and will get the chance to work and perform with Joplin High School Show Choir Students. Cost is $60 per student. Payment may be made with a personal check, cashiers check, or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH!

Make checks payable to: Joplin Choirs
To register online, click here. For more information email [spacer height=”0px”]

Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School MRB Summer 2016

Midwest Regional Ballet is pleased to announce their summer class schedule. There are many new classes for children, ages 3-12. Zumba, fitness, and aerial are begin added to their to their punchcard program for teens and adults. Why sit around all summer when you could be dancing?! Click here to see the flyer up close.

For more information or to register, contact Kaye Lewis at 439-9549 or[spacer height=”0px”]