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Thanks for a great year in the Joplin Arts...
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Our community is lucky to have so many supporters and advocates for the arts. Thank you for your support! We are looking forward to what is in store for 2014! 
But first, let's take a look back at 13 especially memorable moments of 2013...
1. ArtWorkers: Creativity in America 
Spiva Center for the Arts held one of the most interactive/hands-on exhibits Joplin has ever seen! ArtWorkers examined how Americans view themselves and the country they live in – through art. Through an exhibition, performances, and hands-on activities, Kansas City artist Hugh Merrill facilitated creating dialogue about America with the help of many voices. Community participation made this artistic experience a success!
2. Mosaics Art Gallery Opens
A delightful new art space featuring original paintings and pottery by regional artists opened shop at 20th & Indiana. This space is owned by local artist Debbie Reed. If you haven't stopped in to take a look at the artwork or to just escape from the world for a bit, resolve to do it in the new year! Open M-F, 8am-5pm.
3. The Linden String Quartet  
Joplin's local chamber music organization, Pro Musica, continued bringing world-class classical music to Joplin and the surrounding 4-state area. The Linden Quartet is a young and talented group that just so happened to be one of our favorites this season! They put on a fabulous show for the general public and also traveled around the area performing for schools, nursing homes, and businesses. 
4. National Arts & Humanities Day
Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean officially proclaimed October National Arts & Humanities Month in Joplin! Many representatives from arts organization, schools, community organizations, and businesses were present for the ceremony. Looking forward to next October's celebration! 
5. New Murals for Joplin!
- Mural at Jefferson Elementary & "I Am Joplin Mural" by Art Feeds
- Two Route 66 Murals by Images In Tile
- Two Geometrically-Inspired Murals by TANK: Public Art
- "Downtown Gateway Mural" by MSSU & Downtown Joplin (still in progress)
- "Rise of the Phoenix" Ceramic Mural by Phoenix Fired Art (still in progress)
6. New Stained Glass Theatre
Stained Glass Theatre purchased a new (although temporary) home at 21st & Annie Baxter! Their previous home, adjacent to the old Mercy site, was destroyed in the May 22, 2011 tornado. Since then, they have held performances and auditions in various venues around Joplin. They will be launching a full-fledged capital campaign soon to raise funds for construction of a new theatre on their previous site. 
7. Stone Carving Demonstrations
Stone Carvers from across the United States gathered for a three day event at local artist Jorge Leyva's Studio. Artists carved while the public was free to come and watch them work. What a unique event for the Joplin area! 
8. The Rocky Horror Show at JLT
Joplin shivered in antici...pation for the first showing of The Rocky Horror Show at Joplin Little Theatre. Crowds came in costume to take part in this highly interactive performance. The reviews were so positive that JLT will definitely be making this an annual performance! 
9. Empty Bowls Fundraiser Success
Phoenix Fired Art's 2nd Annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser was a great success, raising $19,480! Local artists made thousands of bowls, local eateries donated delicious soup, and the community donated money to eat/take home a bowl of their choice! So many people attended that they ran out of bowls! All proceeds were split between Watered Gardens, The Salvation Army, and Crosslines. 
10. Alice In Steampunk Wonderland
The Midwest Regional Ballet (MRB) put on a creative and fascinating performance! For this performance, Kaye Lewis (Director) combined her love for the music of Queen, Alice In Wonderland, and Steampunk. What will they do next?!
11. Missouri Arts Educator Award
Meg Bourne-Hulsey, the Founder and Executive Director of Art Feeds, was selected the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards Arts Education recipient by the Missouri Arts Council. This award is "our state’s highest honor to individuals and institutions that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic landscape of Missouri." Thanks Meg, for bringing it home to Joplin!
12. Third Thursday Winter Edition
Downtown Joplin Alliance launched the very first Third Thursday Winter Edition! This event is a more intimate Art Walk highlighting Downtown Joplin’s full-time art galleries and arts-based businesses. Now Third Thursday is all year round! 
13. First C2C Arts Roundtable
Connect2Culture held the first ever arts roundtable discussion! 30+ leaders from Joplin arts and cultural organizations met to brainstorm and discuss the future growth of our arts community. We are very fortunate to work alongside so many passionate and creative minds. 
Let's continue to support our area arts into the New Year! Take a look below for some ways you can become more involved and help make a difference.

- Pre-Register for Classes
It can be a real bummer to find out the art class you were interested in was cancelled due to low enrollment. Organizations are required to secure a certain number of spots by a certain time or are forced to cancel the class. Be proactive and sign up at least a week in advance to help them and you!

- Explore a New Gallery/Studio Space
Open your eyes and mind to the visual arts! Joplin has so many opportunities to see new artwork. Have you ever visited The Post Art Reference Library, Spiva Center for the Arts, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, or Mosaics Art Gallery? New artwork rotates in and out  of these venues regularly. Want to see an artists studio? Studio Argonauta, Jorge Leyva Studio, and Nicholas K. Clark would be happy to show you around by appointment.

- Try a New Class
Always wanted to learn the art of basket weaving? What's holding you back?! There are many arts classes happening around Joplin. Keep your eyes on our calendar listing and you are sure to find something for you! Intimidated or scared to attend your first class? Bring a friend! 
 
- Become a Member
Many arts organizations offer memberships! These memberships can come with many perks, like: discounted merchandise, discounted classes, special events, and more. Explore the realm of possibility and see if membership might be for you!

- Support Art in Schools
Go to a performance put on by one of our area schools. They often hold arts events and performances open to the public. Show your support by participating and attending! You might be amazed by the talent that surrounds you!
 
- Share the Arts
Do you regularly attend art events, performances, classes, and exhibits? Bring someone along with you that might not go otherwise. Grow our arts community together!
 
- Visit Public Art
Joplin's public art scene is booming! Grab a coffee and walk around and find them (many of them are located within walking distance Downtown). They are there for you to see and enjoy!

- Stay Up-to-Date
Stay in-the-know about all things Joplin Arts through C2C's resources. We will be bringing you our website in early 2014! This will be chock-full of all you need to know about the arts. Stay tuned...
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