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  1. PhotoSpiva Kids 2014, Upstairs Gallery

    March 2 - May 30 @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    PhotoSpiva Kids class instructor Nellie Mitchell taught the group basics of good photography. Each child was loaned a digital camera made possible by the Bettie Mueller Memorial Fund for PhotoSpiva and sent out into the wilds to “capture” their surroundings. At least two images by each artist are printed, matted, framed and featured in the exhibit. This year’s jurors were Roger Nomer, T. Rob Brown and Curtis Almeter, all Joplin Globe photographers. Framed prints are available for $25, unframed prints are $10 each, and the young photographers earn 60% from the sale, just like their adult counterparts. Sponsored by Corner Greer & Associates, Architects

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  2. Natalie Wiseman: Un-still Life, Regional Gallery

    March 8 - May 4 @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    Toys, coins, eggs, and other household items illustrate themes of potential, luck, and control – or the lack thereof. Wiseman’s realistic style and primary color palette depict life that is anything but still! Sponsored by Steven W. and Diana Graddy

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  3. PhotoSpiva 2014, Main Gallery

    March 8 - May 4 @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    Year 38 of Spiva's acclaimed national photography competition presents outstanding images by amateur and professional U.S. photographers. PhotoSpiva Kids, images by very young photographers ages 4-8, runs concurrently during March. Sponsored by Freeman Health System

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  4. Exploring Earth Day

    April 20, 1:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Get in touch with nature and celebrate Earth Day this weekend at George Washington Carver National Monument. Join a park ranger to learn about the origins of Earth Day, the water cycle, water quality testing, and what tree rings can tell us about history and the environment

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  5. National Park Week Film Series featuring The National Parks, America’s Best Idea

    April 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Enjoy the six-part, twelve hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

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  6. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 21, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  7. National Park Week Film Series featuring The National Parks, America’s Best Idea

    April 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Enjoy the six-part, twelve hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

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  8. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 22, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  9. National Park Week Film Series featuring The National Parks, America’s Best Idea

    April 22, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Enjoy the six-part, twelve hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

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  10. Creation Station

    April 22, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Please pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class.

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  11. Children’s Author Visit: Carolyn Mueller

    April 22, 6:00 PM @ Joplin Public Library

    Carolyn Mueller, a St. Louis author and zookeeper, will be on hand to talk about her newest book, "Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado." Mueller's book is based on Lily's experiences as a search and rescue dog. The 6 year old Weimaraner is most famous for helping after the tornado that struck Joplin in May 2011, but Carolyn touches on more--the story of Lily's adoption, her training, and even a scary illness that almost took her life. The program is most relevant to children 6-12 years of age, however, adults of all ages are welcome! Changing Hands Book Shoppe will be on hand with copies of Mueller's books for sale and the author will be providing autographs. For more details contact the Children's Desk at 417-623-2184.

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  12. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 23, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  13. Preschooler and Pal Art Class with Karalee McDonald

    April 23, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Parents must stay with student. Space is limited so register early.

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  14. National Park Week Film Series featuring The National Parks, America’s Best Idea

    April 23, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Enjoy the six-part, twelve hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

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  15. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 24, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  16. National Park Week Film Series featuring The National Parks, America’s Best Idea

    April 24, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Enjoy the six-part, twelve hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

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  17. Sweet Notes -- WCHS Show Choir

    April 24, 7:00 PM @ Cosmopolitan

    Sweet Notes, a fundraiser to benefit Webb City High School choirs, will be held on April 24th. This is an evening where you can enjoy delicious desserts and live musical performances by the WCHS Show Choir students, as well as talented community members. This musical evening will be held at the Cosmopolitan, 501 S. Main Street, Joplin.

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  18. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 25, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  19. National Park Week Film Series featuring The National Parks, America’s Best Idea

    April 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Enjoy the six-part, twelve hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

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  20. Mosaic Mirrors with Jane McCaulley

    April 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    This two-day class will teach the skills required to create mosaic masterpieces. Jane McCaulley, glass artist/mosaic specialist and teacher, will instruct students on how to make a mosaic mirror to display in your house or to give as a gift. Closed-toe shoes must be worn.

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  21. Carl Junction Spring City Wide Sale

    April 26, 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    The Carl Junction Spring City Wide Sale is April 26. List your sale address on the 2,000 maps for FREE. Enter your address by phone: 649-7237. Enter your address online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yqIBDZFzGJ1ePgDUu78kdflpBFRaPRtFXNh61OoIRwk/viewform Deadline to be included is Monday, April 21, 5 pm.

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  22. 6th Annual Rockin' the Route Car Show

    April 26, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Kellogg Lake in Carthage

    Open car show - cars, trucks, motorcycles - live music, food, drawings, 50/50 pot - 1st & 2nd place trophies in 17 classes plus Best of Show and People's Choice.

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  23. Art in the Park/ National Junior Ranger Day

    April 26, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across the park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops utilizing pastels, natural dyes, pencil, and more. In conjunction with National Park Week, kids are invited to join a park ranger for activities to earn a special Junior Ranger badge!

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  24. Kindergarten Quest

    April 26, 10:00 AM @ Joplin Public Library

    April’s Kindergarten Quest topic: Motor Skills A series of classes intended to help teach parents/caregivers and children kindergarten readiness skills. For children entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2014 (no siblings, please) Space is limited and registration is required. Call 417-623-2184 for more information.

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  25. WALK MS Joplin

    April 26, 10:00 AM @ Landreth Park

    WALK MS Joplin at Landreth Park. Registration at 9 am and Walk begins at 10 am, Saturday, 26th. 1 and 3 mile route options. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch included. Family friendly including dogs! Registration is free. Raise $100 or more for Multiple Sclerosis programs and research and receive a free T-shirt. Super hero theme. Call 417.268.9010 or visit Walk.msmidamerica.org.

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  26. The Bear Prince

    April 26, 2:30 PM @ Taylor Performing Arts Center at MSSU

    By Dan Williams | Directed by Dan Williams The Bear Prince, an original play based on the Mexican folk tale “El Principe Oso”, is the story of a young girl named Rosa who marries a bear to save her poor father. The bear makes her promise not to reveal his secret, and warns that doing so could bring dire consequences. But, this proves to be too much for Rosa, who reveals the bear’s secret to her sisters. She must then embark on a journey to the homes of the Sun, the Moon, and the Wind in order to right the wrong she has caused. In turn, they aid her in battling the treacherous Witch to free the bear from his twisted fate.

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  27. The Bear Prince

    April 27, 2:30 PM @ Taylor Performing Arts Center at MSSU

    By Dan Williams | Directed by Dan Williams The Bear Prince, an original play based on the Mexican folk tale “El Principe Oso”, is the story of a young girl named Rosa who marries a bear to save her poor father. The bear makes her promise not to reveal his secret, and warns that doing so could bring dire consequences. But, this proves to be too much for Rosa, who reveals the bear’s secret to her sisters. She must then embark on a journey to the homes of the Sun, the Moon, and the Wind in order to right the wrong she has caused. In turn, they aid her in battling the treacherous Witch to free the bear from his twisted fate.

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  28. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 28, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  29. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 29, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  30. Creation Station

    April 29, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Please pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class.

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  31. Celebrating A Local Son and His Art -- 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton

    April 30, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Joplin City Hall

    The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are happy to partner to bring to Joplin, a public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton. 2014 will mark the 125th year of Mr. Benton birth. Thomas Hart Benton is a world renowned Missouri painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. The exhibit will open on April 15th, celebrating Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday and run through May 11th. In conjunction with the Benton exhibit will be a display of work submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Both exhibits will be displayed on the 1st floor of the Joplin City Hall and can be viewed during normal hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend viewing will be by appointment only by calling 417-625-4789.

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  32. Preschooler and Pal Art Class with Karalee McDonald

    April 30, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Spiva Center for the Arts

    Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Parents must stay with student. Space is limited so register early.

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