The 5th annual Joplin Arts Fest will be held Friday, September 20th, and Saturday, September 21st, at the beautiful Mercy Park.  Artists interested in participating in this year’s festival can find application information at www.zapplication.org right now.  Applications are accepted through May 17, so hurry before you miss the deadline.  Artists having questions about the festival may contact Steve Doerr at (417) 529-3730 or visit joplinartsfest.com/artists.  Also, please note we need volunteers to help out.  It gets hot in the park…people who are willing to pass out water, provide nutrition breaks to our artists, and staff the information booth are considered angels in disguise.  Be an angel.  Let us know if you are willing to commit to this important effort by contacting Steve Doerr or emailing joplinracnews@gmail.com.

There are still a few openings for Connie Miller’s workshop at artCentral in Carthage.  Connie will talk about color theory as well as the history, science, and psychology of color. You’ll create a color wheel and discuss individual color preferences, then find your personal color palette. With your chosen palette, you’ll then paint your very own gourd birdhouse.  Wear old clothes or bring a paint shirt…this could be incredibly messy fun and it’s only $20.  To reserve your spot, stop by Hyde House over the weekend or call Alice Lynn at (417) 358-4404.

Coffee and art discussions go together like eggs and bacon!  Come to Beckett’s Cafe at 7th and Illinois on May 25 at 10AM for a casual gathering to meet with your friends and enjoy wicked good coffee.  Do you know an artist who hasn’t joined up yet?  Bring them along to see what JRAC is about.  We love new people!  JRAC Coffee Talk occurs on the fourth Saturday of each month. 

Are you ready? Our next official show runs from July 1 to August 31 at beautiful Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery in Columbus.  Our beloved Board VP, Laura Lowry-Greene, is the proprietor and gracious hostess of Maple UnCommon.  Bonus:  anything that sells at this show is entirely to the benefit of the artist.  That’s right, zero commission!  Let’s fill Maple UnCommon with nothing less than our best.  The art drop-off will be Sunday, June 30 in the Joplin Public Library parking lot from 1 to 3PM.  The reception will be held on July 14 at Maple UnCommon, also from 1 to 3PM.  Mark your calendars!

Join Jane Ballard for an informative morning to learn techniques for photographing your artwork at home with your cell phone or point-and-shoot camera without any specialized camera equipment.  The above photos are an example of what you can do with a little guidance from Jane.

Learn about lighting, backgrounds, positioning your subject, how to make a light box, and more with commonly available items!  Improve your photography for art show submissions, your website, jurors, and other applications!  You’ll also learn how to resize your photos.  Bring your cell phone/camera and a small piece of work with you so you can practice and see it printed before you go.

Jane’s studio is located inside the Country Caboose Wedding Chapel at 1100 N Prosperity Ave, Joplin.  Free to JRAC members and $40 for non-members.  Non-members can join JRAC on the spot, which will save $5 on the workshop and entitle them to all the benefits JRAC has to offer for a year.

Jolly Mill Park, 11262 Jolly Mill Lane, Pierce City
Many JRAC members will be participating in the 11th Annual Pierce City Arts Festival.   From 8AM to 5PM–say hi to our participating members, enjoy wine tasting, free root beer floats from 1 to 2PM (one per customer)…admission to the festival is free.

The following information is provided by Connect2Culture

Connect2Culture is your source for arts and culture in the Joplin area. Check out the latest performances, events, exhibits, and classes below. C2C is a nonprofit arts organization “igniting a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment.”
 
 
Southern Theatre: These Things Fall Apart –
A Festival of One-Act Drama

Monday–Saturday | April 22–27 | 7:30pm
At Missouri Southern State University,
Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd)
These Things Fall Apart is a collection of published one-act plays chosen by Directing II students. Students spent the first half of the semester creating a concept for their chosen play and writing an analysis. After two nights of auditioning 38 interested actors, the second half of the semester has been dedicated to the direction of those plays. Some plays are comedic and some are dramatic. Each evening will be interesting and diverse. All plays are for mature audiences only. The plays will be presented in repertory style over six nights. Curtain time for all performances will be 7:30pm. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. For theatre production information call 417.625.9393. Requests for accommodations related to a disability must be made to Terri Spencer at 417.625.9393 at least 72 hours before the performance. No admission charge. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available at the door from 6:30–7:30pm each evening. More information: Ann Lile, 417.625.9393.
 
Book Club
Tuesday, April 23 | 5:30pm
At Missouri Southern State University,
Spiva Library (3950 E Newman Rd)
Join the MSSU English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and other book enthusiasts as they dive into Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This New York Times bestseller follows Kya Barkley, an outcast who lives by herself in the marshes of Barkley Cove, North Carolina. Dubbed the “Marsh Girl,” rumors have circulated about Kya for years and when the corpse of Chase Andrews, a popular boy from Barkley Cove, surfaces in the marshes, Kya becomes the number one suspect. The book club will meet on the fourth Tuesdays of February, March, and April and will be reading the book in thirds. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.
 
Bookhouse Cinema Showings
Wednesdays–Sundays
At Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St)
Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environmentFor showings and times, click here. For more information, call 417.825.5161.
 
Spring 2019 Literally Design Competition Reception
Thursday, April 25 | 6:00–7:30pm
At Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St)
View the works of selected finalists of “Literally Design” and enjoy light refreshments in the Local History gallery inside Joplin Public Library. “Literally Design” is a juried typographic poster design competition for college and university students in Missouri and Arkansas. Fusing the written and spoken word with design, this competition challenges students to consider their personal interpretation of a specific text and how it influences their design choices. Selected finalists will have their posters printed free of charge and prepared for display at Post Art Library. There is no entry fee for this competition, and students are limited to one poster per entry. This reception is free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 X1041.
 
Mother’s Day Open House
Friday, April 26 | 5:30–8:30pm
At Local Color Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)
Celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying light refreshments and admiring a selection of breath-taking jewelry, crafted by guest artist Denise Temofeew. More information: Margie Moss, 417.553.0835.
 
MSSU Senior Exhibit: Public Reception
Friday, April 26 | 6:00–8:00pm 
At Missouri Southern State University,
Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd) 
Recognize the dedication and creative abilities of MSSU’s graduating art majors during this reception. Admire these young artists’ work, which showcase the impressive skills they have acquired through MSSU’s art programs. The featured pieces were created by Jaclyn Kidd, Bailie Broadwater, Cicily Atkinson, and Brooks-Elizabeth Billings. More information: Frank Pishkur, 417.625.9735.
 
The TJ Middle School Musical: Oklahoma!
Friday & Saturday | April 26 & 27 | 7:00pm
At Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
(3401 Newman Rd)
Admire the talents of these young students as they perform in the classic musical, Oklahoma!. This critically acclaimed musical follows the antics of two different couples who find their love threatened by other people and their intentions. Admission is free; tickets required. More information: Robert Carlson, 417.781.5124.
 
Model Train Show and Swap Meet
Saturday, April 27 | 9:00am–3:00pm
At the Joplin History & Mineral Museum
(504 S Schifferdecker Ave)
Revel in your love of railroads! Join fellow train enthusiasts in admiring the intricate, model train displays and update your collection at swap tables. Admission: $3, children 12 and under admitted for free. More information: Rick Gardner, 417.673.4888.
 
May The Forest Be With You –
Earth & Arbor Day Event

Saturday, April 27 | 10:00am–1:00pm
At Landreth Park (Joplin, MO)
Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group and celebrate Earth and Arbor Day with fun, family-friendly events! Sign up for the stream-side litter cleanup, take a tree identification hike, learn how to properly mulch a tree, enjoy live music and food trucks, and participate in giveaways. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.
 
JRAC Coffee Hour
Saturday, April 27 | 10:00am
At Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave)
Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and you must be a JRAC Member to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: Marta Churchwell.
 
Joplin Empire Market’s Birthday Bash!
Saturday, April 27 | 10:00am–3:00pm
At Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St)
The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. And guess what? They are turning one – come celebrate with them! Enjoy giveaways, cake, music, food trucks, fun, and more. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, 417.986.3914.
 
Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Night
Sundays | 9:00pm (Sign-Up 7:00pm)
At Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave)
Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, 417.540.9186.
National B.A.R.K. Ranger Day
Saturday, April 27 | 9:00–11:00am
At George Washington Carver National Monument
(5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO)
Looking for something to do with your pup? Join our park rangers and veterinarian Dr. Rowe from the Diamond Animal Clinic for a one-mile walk through the Carver trail. After your invigorating excursion, watch your canine companion become an official B.A.R.K. Ranger! More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.
 
Park Prescription (Rx) Day
Sunday, April 28 | 11:00am–3:00pm
At George Washington Carver National Monument
(5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO)
Park Prescription Day is just what the doctor ordered! Improve your health through fun, outdoor activities and a nutrition workshop with chef Robin Jeep! More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.
 
MSSU Senior Exhibit
April 22 – 29, 2019
Missouri Southern State University,
Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

Reception: Friday, April 26, 6:00–8:00pm
Sculpture Works in Wood by M. Justin Hale
April – June 30, 2019
Joplin Public Library
(1901 E 20th St)
Cozy Spaces by Diana Bray
April 2019
At Urban Art Gallery
(511 S Main St)
Super Heroes
April 2019
At Joplin Avenue Coffee Company
(506 Joplin Ave)
PhotoSpiva 2019
March 23 – May 18, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery
(222 W 3rd St)
2019 Small Works Auction
March 23 – May 10, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery
(222 W 3rd St)
 
All Exhibits
 
This section includes special, one-off classes. Keep scrolling for recurring weekly classes.
Little Acorns: Egg-squisite Eggs (Ages 3–6)
Thursday, April 25 | 10:30–11:30am
At Walter Woods Conservation Area
(7129 Dutch Elm Dr)
Does your child wonder why some animals are hatched from eggs? Join us as we discover egg-sactly how and why some animals begin their lives in eggs. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434.
Vino & Van Gogh
Thursday, April 25 | 6:00–8:30pm 
At Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)
Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from, including Monet’s Japanese Bridge at Giverny or Van Gogh’s Mulberry Tree. All materials are furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, 417.553.0835. 
1-2-3 Play with Me
Friday, April 26 | 9:30–10:30am
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
This five-week program for families with children ages birth to 3 years provides developmentally appropriate play opportunities in a fun and relaxed social environment. Each week, different community expert will teach strategies for healthy child development, offer early literacy tips, and facilitate early interventions. This is a five-week program and classes will occur on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
Botanical Bead Bracelets Family Class (6+)
Saturday, April 27 | 9:00am–Noon
At Pawpaw Patch Productions (4940 Highway 43)
Looking for a fun, creative way to spend the day? Bring your family and create your own bead bracelets! Craft unique beads from polymer clay and botanical items, like seeds or flower petals. While the clay beads cure, enjoy a special program revolving around plants. This class is designed specifically for families. Registration required by Noon the Thursday before class. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 per person, within a family, additional members are $12, adults helping a child are free (clay and materials provided). Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult). More information: Cyndi Cogbill, 417.553.1583.
Naturescaping Basics (Ages 16+)
Saturday, April 27 | 11:00am–12:30pm
At Walter Woods Conservation Area
(7129 Dutch Elm Dr)
Naturescaping is simply utilizing native flowers, shrubs, and other plants that share our environment for our landscaping needs. They may be as manicured as a formal garden have a little wild space in a backyard corner. The benefits of a purposeful flowerbed or landscape will be covered from the roots up, including starting with a new space to rehabbing an existing flowerbed. The design and plant components of a butterfly garden, hummingbird haven, and more ideas to entice wanted wildlife will be included. The class is geared for all interested adults including educators interested in outdoor classrooms. Ages 16 and up are welcome. Registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434.
Stackable, Stampable Shenanigans (14+)
Saturday, April 27 | 2:00–4:00pm
At Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St)
Looking to get creative? Learn the basics of metal stamping and wire work, then, create two personalized bracelets. These stunning bracelets make perfect gifts for yourself or others! All tools and materials provided. Reservations required and only 10 spots are available. Cost: $35. More information or reservations: Suzi Huntington, 417.623.1455.
Creating a Backyard Bird Sanctuary
Saturday, April 27 | 3:00–4:30pm
At Walter Woods Conservation Area
(7129 Dutch Elm Dr)
This advanced naturescaping class will place the habitat needs of our native birds in focus. One of the best ways to help and provide for our feathered neighbors is planting native plants. These yard designs and featured plants will assist resident and migrating songbirds and hummingbirds by making our flowerbed, trellis, or entire yard a refuge. The entertainment of birdsong and wildlife viewing are just a side benefit of an attractive nature-friendly purposeful yard. Everyone ages 16 and up are welcome. Registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434.
 
 

MONDAYS

 
No recurring classes today!
 

TUESDAYS

 
Movers & Shakers
Tuesdays | 9:30am, 10:45am, & 4:00pm
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Wow! Wiggling, giggling, singing, shaking, it all happens on Tuesdays! This 40 minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: Birth to 2 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
Tuesdays | August 28–May 14 | 3:45–5:00pm
At Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

 
Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 pre-registration ($8 at the door).
 

WEDNESDAYS

 
Tales for 2s & 3s
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 9:30am
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30 minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
Wednesday Experimental Painting Class
Wednesdays | 10:30am
At Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)
Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.
Fun for 4s & 5s
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 11:00am
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Fun is our favorite game! During this 30 minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
Painting Class at Local Color
Wednesdays | 2:00–6:00pm
At Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.
Family Stories
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 4:00pm
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
It’s all about family in this 30 minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
 

THURSDAYS

 
Tales for 2s & 3s
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 9:30am
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30 minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
Fun for 4s & 5s
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 11:00am
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Fun is our favorite game! During this 30 minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
Family Stories
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 4:00pm
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
It’s all about family in this 30 minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.
RSVPaint Joplin Class
Thursdays | 7:00–9:00pm
At RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St)

 

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings.
 

FRIDAYS

 
RSVPaint Joplin Class
Fridays | 7:00–9:00pm
At RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St)

 

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings.
 

SATURDAYS

 
RSVPaint Joplin Class
Saturdays | 10:00am–Noon | 1:00–3:00pm | 7:00–9:00pm
At RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St)

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$68. Click here to see class offerings.
Mini-Makers with Amy Mullins (Ages 3–5)
Saturdays |  September 1–May 11 | 10:30–11:30am
At Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)
These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! At each session, students will create projects around a theme. Led by teacher and artist Amy Mullins. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for you little ones! Adult must accompany child. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door.
 

SUNDAYS

 
RSVPaint Joplin Class
Sundays | 2:00–4:00pm
RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St)

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$68. Click here to see class offerings.
 
Open Studio
Monday & Friday | During regular business hours
At Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St)
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour.
 
Wine’d Down Wednesday
Wednesdays | 5:00–9:00pm
At RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St)

 

RSVPaint Joplin is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.
 
Connect2Culture (C2C) is unlike any organization in the Joplin area – respected community arts agency, champion of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, and performing arts presenter. C2C is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture. C2C strives to expand audience and resources needed to “ignite a passion for 

EXTRA EXTRA READ all about it!  Come on down to the ArtWalk Thursday May 2nd 5:30-8:30 p.m. and participate in the ARTWALK SHOOT OUT 2019! 
Amateurs or professional photographers ,18 and over, with any type camera are being invited to take a photo that best describes this “walking the art” event. Then on the 3rd of May be sure to submit your photos before midnight to the FACEBOOK page firstthursdayartwalkjoplinmo by messenger. The shots will be judged and the winner will receive an invite to show a photo collection of their own works at the Joplin Avenue Coffee Company 506 Joplin Avenue the month of October and will be able to take part in First Thursday Artwalk that month!

Location:
Mercy Park
Joplin, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 417-529-3730
Event Dates: 9/20/19 – 9/21/19
Application Deadline: 5/17/19 Midnight CST

Apply on Zapplication

Event Summary
The 5th annual Joplin Arts Fest is Southwest Missouri’s premier fall fine arts festival.  This juried event showcases exceptional talented 2D and 3D artists exhibiting their original artwork.  The festival will once again be held in Joplin’s beautiful Mercy Park.  This park is located at the corner of 26thand McClelland Blvd (physical address is 3002 St. Johns Blvd). The art festival will be held on Friday evening, September 20, 2019 from 6PM to 10PM and Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9AM to 4PM.  This year’s patrons’ program will include a patron-artist reception from 5PM to 6PM on Friday evening.
 
Booth spaces of 12’ x 12’, are $100 which includes electricity and the cost of a Joplin City business licenses. Artists are required to provide their own tent (white tents are strongly encouraged) for the festival. Overnight security will be provided for Friday night through Saturday morning. However, each artist must be able to enclose his/her tent during this overnight period.
 
The Joplin Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts are once again be hosting the festival.  Team Dental of Joplin will be this year’s Event Sponsor. All funds raised by this festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to support a variety of youth related programs in the Joplin area.
 

General Information
ALL ARTISTS: PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDING. Email or call with questions.

IMPORTANT: All work exhibited must be created by the applying artist in his or her own studio. There are very limited exceptions.
 
Commercially-produced items bearing your art will be permitted as long as it does not take up more than 10% of the artist’s booth space.  Examples include coasters, cutting boards, mouse pads, drinking glasses or mugs, books, etc. If you have questions, please call the co-chair for clarification. Lab-produced note cards are permitted in limited amounts if the images reflect the photography, painting, drawing, etc., that was juried. One card stand is permitted within the confines of the booth and must be shown in the booth image.  Joplin Arts Fest reserves the right to consult with the artist on fixtures in the booth before invitation acceptance.  A limited number of lab-produced reproductions of original art are permitted. Work submitted for jury must be completed within the last 3 years.
 

  • This is a juried show of fine arts—see media categories listed below.
  • The jury will select those artists whose work demonstrates originality and quality. 
  • All work must be created by the displaying artist. 
  • Giclees/prints of original work may be exhibited in your booth, marked clearly as reproductions.  These items may not include more than 25% of the work on display in the booth.  Prints placed on cutting boards, tiles, cups, etc. are limited to not more than10% of the booth space  T-shirts, or other such clothing items are not allowed.  If you have questions please contact the festival co-chair.
  • No-resale, market or commercially made items will be allowed.  If any items are not original work, do not match the quality and/or description of the juried item(s) or any additional items not previously juried, festival staff will request removal of those items and/or the exhibitor may be asked to leave the festival.  This decision will be at the discretion of the festival chairs.  No fee will be returned.
  • Any items that are not works of art for sale or part of your booth display must be hidden from attendees’ view. We are looking for a very clean, organized, gallery-type booth display. In some cases, the back and/or side of your tent may be visible; please plan to keep this area uncluttered and clean.
  • All artist spaces must be set up and ready for sales 30 minutes prior to the opening of each day of the show.
  • All displays must be within the booth.  If you believe your display cannot fit within the booth, please contact the co-chair.
  • All artist spaces must remain open until 10:00 PM on Friday evening and 4PM on Saturday with take down starting only after 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.
  • This is a family-friendly show; no works of an explicit nature, please.
  • In addition to the fine arts booths, there will be a stage for performing arts activities.  These performances will take place during the festival as a means to complement the event.