Joplin Arts News (May 8–14)

Spiva Center for the Arts Named Non-Profit of the Year

Major congratulations are in order! Last week, at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Chamber Banquet, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts was named Small Business of the Year in the category of Not-for-Profit. This award recognizes the importance of small business to the economy, job growth, and new products and services. Each year, three businesses are chosen, one in each of the following categories: 1-10 Employees, 11-50 Employees and Not-for-Profit.

“Spiva is incredibly honored, proud, and giddy over the news of receiving the JACC Non-Profit of the Year. When we were interviewed by committee members, the last question asked of me was, ‘Why should Spiva win?’ I replied that it is time, NOW, for an arts organization to be acknowledged by the business community as vital and important. By giving Spiva this honor, it would be speaking volumes to the region that ALL art is integral to Joplin’s quality of life. As we celebrate our 70th year, it is that much more poignant.” – Josie Mai, Executive Director.

Spiva Center for the Arts has provided visual arts experiences for the four-state region since 1947. Learn more here.


Pub Hound Press Poetry Reading with Cody White and Jordan Mackey

This Thursday, May 11 at 7:00pm, Pub Hound Press will host a public reading of poetry at the newly reopened Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main St) in downtown Joplin. Thursday’s event will be the first public reading of Pub Hound Press’ latest release, Cody White’s book of poetry You/True Maybe/Baby. Jordan Mackie will join and present his verse as well. Pub Hound Press is a nascent publishing house and a source for fresh literary voices in Joplin.

About the poets: Cody White lives in Joplin, Mo. His first collection of poetry, You/True Maybe/Baby, was published by Pub Hound Press in December 2016. Jordan Mackey is something of a mystery. Amidst all the rumors and conjecture, the only details PHP can confirm are that he attends Missouri Southern State University and has recited some very well received poetry at “Open Mic Poetry Night.” 


Next Generation Performing Arts Camp Deadline May 15th

New to the summer arts camps and classes offerings in Joplin is the Next Generation Performing Arts Camp. This camp will provide an artistic, immersive educational opportunity for emerging (ages 13-19) actors , dancers, and musicians during the summer. Two separate programs will be offered:

Musical Theater Program (Ages 13-19)
Sunday, July 16 – Sunday, July 23
At MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd)

Students will receive instruction in acting, voice, dance, and additional curriculum related to musical theatre. Faculty and staff are established performing artists who regularly work in regional and professional theatre companies and serve as university professors. In addition to the musical production, students will have the opportunity to perform on student recitals, building self-confidence skills. Vocal soloists will be accompanied and coached by collaborative artists extensively trained in musical theatre repertoire. A full-length musical production will be performed at the end of the week, open to the public to showcase the students’ accomplishments. For more info contact Valerie Canon (Musicaltheater@nextgencamp.com) or Dr. Jan Hanson (Musicaltheater@nextcamp.com).

Strings and Collaborative Piano Program (Ages 13-19)
Tuesday, July 16 – Tuesday, July 23
At MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd)

All young artists attending camp will receive private lessons, chamber music coaching, and music theory instruction from faculty and staff with active performing and teaching careers. The festival orchestra performs two concerts featuring a variety of literature for strings. Each student is assigned to an age–appropriate chamber music ensemble. These chamber groups receive intensive coaching to assist emerging professionals in rehearsing, exploring, and preparing the work for performance on the final concert. Additionally, all students will have the opportunity to perform a selection from their solo repertoire during camp recitals. For more info contact Dr. Jim Waddelow (instrumental@nextgencamp.com). 

Each camp costs $350 for the entire week, this includes tuition, room and board along with all course materials. $25 non-refundable application fee; $125 deposit to hold students spot if accepted; remaining $200 paid upon arrival to finalize registration.

Don’t wait to register! The deadline for applications is Monday, May 15th! To register for either program, click here.

Pssst! Connect2Culture will be releasing a comprehensive list of Joplin’s summer arts camps and classes in the next few days! Stay tuned…


Art Feeds Named One of Ten Finalists for Blue Bunny Jimmie Johnson Helmet of Hope Voting Grant

Art Feeds has been named 1 of 10 finalists for the Blue Bunny Jimmie Johnson Helmet of Hope Voting Grant. The top 5 finalists with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 cash grant, a Blue Bunny ice cream party, and the organization’s logo featured on the race helmet Jimmie Johnson will wear during the NASCAR Cup race on August 13th at Michigan International Speedway. Please cast your votes at www.helmetofhope.org. Voting is open until 11:00am CST Friday, May 12th. The voting site allows you to vote as many times as you want (you know what that means!). Art Feeds has been active in Joplin, Carthage, and Northwest Arkansas this school year, serving over 4,500 children in the spring semester and producing 4 community murals completely designed by the students. This grant will fund the production of 3 new murals with over 1,500 children in Arkansas, Missouri, and beyond. Help Art Feeds expand their reach by casting your vote today, and every day, until Friday. For additional information, contact Meg Bourne at 417.483.8454 or meg@artfeeds.org.


May is Preservation Month #thisplacematters #joplinMOmatters

May is Preservation Month! Celebrate by participating in the National Trust for Historic Places’ This Place Matters campaign. Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. This campaign isn’t just about photography. It’s about telling the stories of the places we can’t live without. Through This Place Matters, the National Trust for Historic Places hopes to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.

Participate! It’s simple:

1) Download and print the This Place Matters official logo (you can also save it as a photo on your smartphone and pull it up if you’re feeling “green”);
2) During May, take photos of yourself and friends at places in Joplin that matter most to you;
3) Share your photos online with the hashtags #ThisPlaceMatters and#joplinMOmatters; and
4) tune in to @SavingPlaces on Instagram and Twitter to see if the National Trust spotlights one of your photos!


National Poetry Month Ends With Open Mic Poetry Night

National Poetry Month (NPM) in Joplin, MO came to a close with Open Mic Poetry Night on April 28 at the Joplin Empire Market. Out of the 53 in attendance, 30 read poetry by poets they love or original works. The event was so well attended, the organizers (Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press) plan to make it a biannual event. NPM is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. In 2016 Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press began an intentional collective effort to celebrate NPM in Joplin and 2017 marked the second year of Joplin’s official celebration. NPM mainstays were collected (such as Spiva’s 1,000 Words Event) and the committee rounded out the lineup by adding new poetry-centric events (such as Open Mic Poetry Night). Until next year!

Thank you’s (from Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press): Thank you to Dr. Brad Modlin for conducting the Poetry Wordshop and to Local Color Art Gallery & Studio for hosting the wordshop in your building. Thank you to Ted Donaldson and Compass Quest Veterans Services for hosting the Veteran Poetry Reading Program. Thank you to Kristine Steddum for leading the Veteran Poetry Reading Program and to Spiva Center for the Arts for hosting it in your building. Thank you to Spiva Center for the Arts for lending the podium used during Open Mic Poetry Night. Thank you to Downtown Joplin Alliance for hosting Open Mic Poetry Night in your new Joplin Empire Market building.