Joplin Arts News | November 2017

Celebrate the Holiday Season with David Phelps

Connect2Culture is proud to host a performance by David Phelps – a multi-platinum tenor, former member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and host of a recent PBS special, “Classic.” He will be performing “Classic Christmas” at the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 N Indiana Ave, Joplin, MO 64804) on December 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Buy tickets online or over the phone at 1.800.514.3849. Have a group of 15-40 people? Groups receive a 20% discount on tickets! Want tickets to both David Phelps, as well as Connect2Culture’s next performance of the Annie Moses Band in February 2018 (what a great Christmas present that would be!)? Purchase a two-show package for 10% off individual ticket prices! 

Raised in a Christian home, David grew up in Tomball, Texas singing in church with his family. Through the years, he cultivated his love for music by performing as a solo artist at churches and conventions. His audiences have included George W. Bush, massive crowds at Billy Graham Crusades, millions of “ABC News” viewers, and his voice has brought him multiple Grammy and Dove awards. With the release of his new solo debut for Word Records, Revelation, Phelps is poised to reach an even greater audience of fans around the globe. David Phelps’ Classic Christmas is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. His renditions of old hymns and modern holiday hits capture the true spirit of Christmas! Join us as we celebrate this holiday season.


The Fall Hip Handmade Market

Ready to shop?! The Fall Hip Handmade Market 2017 is almost here. This biannual event (Spring and Fall) makes holiday gift-giving easy. The Hip Handmade Market is a curated indie-craft market. It’s the perfect place to purchase some original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and that perfect gift for your friend – all while supporting local, regional artists, and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applicants to offer a wide variety of handmade goods. You can expect good quality and affordable products. The Market showcases an array of mediums that might include, paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, paintings, and so much more. Aside from the exciting shopping, the Market offers a fun and relaxed vibe, giveaways, local eateries, and an all-around good time!

The Fall Market will be held Saturday, November 18, 9:00am–4:00pm at The Roxy Event Center (102 S Joplin Ave). A special early shopping experience, The Hip Handmade Happy Hour, will be held on Friday, November 17, 6:00–8:00pm.

This will be the 4th annual Fall Market and the 8th Market overall. Different from most craft shows in the area, The Hip Handmade Market partners with Art Feeds and collects a $2 per adult entry donation at the door. Art Feeds will also be hosting a photo booth for all to enjoy right when you enter the event. 


The Traitor Episode Dinner Theater at Joplin’s Scottish Rite Cathedral

The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry cordially invites you to the second ever public theatrical performance of The Traitor Episode and an enjoyable dinner at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Joplin. The Traitor is a Scottish Rite play about many of the founding fathers of our country, as well as the first traitor of our country – Benedict Arnold. Historically speculative, but very plausible, the play deals with the relationship of Benedict Arnold to the rest of the Masonic Fraternity, to which he also belongs. The event will be held Saturday, November 18 at The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (505 S Byers Ave). Doors will open at 5:30pm for a short social time in the Tea Room with adult beverages available at the cash bar. At 6:00pm dinner is served by their very own Scottish Rite staff in the Dining Room. After dinner, guests will move upstairs to the Scottish Rite Auditorium and enjoy The Traitor Episode directed by Brother Randy Jones. Tickets to the entire evening are $25. Don’t miss this opportunity to see inside this beautiful historic Scottish Rite Cathedral. Tickets are available at the Scottish Rite Office in Joplin or you can call 417.623.3219 to make reservations. 


Midwest Regional Ballet presents Stolen Christmas

Kaye Lewis has come through with yet another stunning adaptation of a popular Christmas movie – The Grinch. Stolen Christmas will run November 17 through November 19 at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). The show will be at 7:30pm on Friday and 2:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Grinch, a furry green recluse living in seclusion on a cliff overlooking the cheerful and optimistic town of Whoville, scorns the Christmas season and rambunctious festivities customarily celebrated during the holiday. Aided by his pet dog, Max, he disguises himself as Santa Claus and breaks into the Whos’ homes to steal their holiday decorations and gifts.  Although his plan works, he is infuriated on Christmas morning to find the Whos singing cheerfully despite his actions. Convinced that the holiday must carry a meaning distinct from its decorations and gifts, the Grinch returns and distributes his stolen goods to the Whos, with whom he thereafter celebrates.

Tickets are $12 all ages reserved, $10 general admission balcony. For more information call 620.231.7827. Click here to reserve tickets online. 


Learn More About Missouri Arts Council Grants

The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) seeks eligible organizations (Missouri-based, tax-exempt only) looking for art project funding, who are not yet familiar with the Missouri Arts Council application process. The annual grant information workshop with MAC will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 3:00–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This workshop will cover basic information on MAC grants, both monthly and annual (except Arts Education), grant eligibility, accessing the new online grant system, the application and panel processes, preparing support materials, and how to strategically address narrative questions.If you have never applied for MAC funding, or seek to improve your grant application, this free workshop is for you. Note that MAC grants are available only to organizations, not individuals. Come and meet MAC staff, including Michael and Kathleen, and connect with your local arts and arts advocacy communities. While the workshop begins at 3:00pm, they ask that you to bring business cards and brochures, if you have them, and join your colleagues at 2:30pm to network and learn about Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA). RSVP preferred, but not required. Click here to register.

The Missouri Arts Council board consists of volunteer citizens from across the state who provide direction in policy making and programmatic oversight. The board meets three times a year to review panel recommendations, develop statewide programs and initiatives, and consider arts-related issues that affect the state. The Missouri Arts Council also provides the matching funds for the federal money received from the National Endowment for the Arts. Subject to appropriation, the Trust is founded by the income tax on non-resident professional athletes and entertainers. The Trust is governed by the members of the Missouri Arts Council board and five elected officials: The State Treasurer, two members of the Missouri Senate (one Council seat currently vacant), and two members of the Missouri House of Representatives. 


Home for the Holidays in Murphysburg

Historic Murphysburg has a couple of holiday events you won’t want to miss! First up, a Bourbon Tasting on Friday, December 8, 6:00–9:00pm at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 S Byers Ave). Taste Bourbon where turn-of-the-century capitalists and entrepreneurs cultivated business deals and friendships. A full bourbon tasting is $50. You will learn the nuances of all things bourbon taught by the proprietor of White Mule Distillery. Food pairings are included with this ticket. For $25 you receive general admission to the festivities (bourbon tasting not included). Enjoy a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, guided tours, and surprise living history portrayals.

The festivities continue on Saturday, December 9, 2:00–6:00pm – attend the Holiday Homes Tour and visit seven historic homes in the Murphysburg District. Each home will be decorated for the holidays with decorations ranging from Homespun to Victorian to Modern. Docents will be available at each house and there will be living history portrayals throughout the day. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  


Shelby’s C2C Interning Experience

Hi, Readers! My name is Shelby Bauer and I have been interning at Connect2Culture since August. I am a Technical Writing Senior at Missouri Southern State University and will Graduate this December. My experience at Connect2Culture has been very eye opening in terms of the amount of work not-for-profits do for the good of their cause, in our case, Arts in the community. I have watched Emily and Ashlea put so much time and effort into the current Curtains Up concert series. It surprised me how much contact with other organizations and time spent running around it takes to organize these events. I have seen the progress and plans for the new arts center, I have watched board members do interviews, I have even been fortunate enough to see the reworkings of the new Connect2Culture website. It is such a busy environment where everything is handled at such a calm pace.

Now, onto the work I have put into this organization. I have been helping write the Joplin Arts News, running through the busy calendars, and making sure everything goes out without grammar and mechanical errors. Advertising and informing has been my favorite part about this internship. I had the pleasure of reworking the Public Arts, and Joplin Arts Directories on the Connect2Culture Website and with that came the opportunity to really learn about my town and the arts and small businesses that help it grow. The Joplin Arts News was probably my favorite task, it gave me the opportunity to call business owners around Joplin and learn what they are doing to promote arts and to benefit the Joplin Community. I have really enjoyed working at Connect2Culture and can’t wait to see how they grow from here with the activities and concerts they organize and provide all for the good of Joplin.

L to R: Shelby Bauer (C2C Intern), Emily Frankoski (Community Arts Director), Ashlea Norman (Community Arts Assistant)