Photos courtesy Carole Liston

On October 3rd, 2013 representatives from Joplin Arts Organizations gathered for the official proclamation of National Arts & Humanities Month in Joplin by Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean. Public interest in the arts as well as the number of arts-related organizations and businesses in Joplin continues to grow throughout our community. These organizations have had substantial impact both within the city and the region. The arts and humanities are being recognized for positively impacting  quality of life, attracting visitors, and enhancing both cultural and economic growth.