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Young Artists Gallery Exhibit

April 12, 2022

We’ve partnered with Joplin Public Library for the inaugural exhibit of their Young Artists Club! Open to children through age 12, the Young Artists Club meets monthly to learn new art techniques and make artwork. Exhibited here are their self-portraits, which they learned how to create in April. Join us on Friday, May 13th from […]

Still Here: A Collection of Artifacts from the Family of Langston Hughes

February 24, 2022

We are glad to partner with Joplin’s own Langston Hughes Cultural Society to present Still Here: A Collection of Artifacts from the Family of Langston Hughes in Joplin Public Library’s Community Room on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 10:30am. This program features a selection of artifacts from the Langston Hughes Family Museum and a presentation from […]

City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

December 21, 2021

“City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” will be on display from Saturday, January 15th through Monday, February 28th, 2022 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. This Smithsonian-created poster exhibition honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final and most ambitious vision that each U.S. citizen have […]

Charles McPherson: The Journey Home

Join us in February 2022 for the homecoming of world-renowned jazz musician and Joplin native Charles McPherson. Visit Connect2Culture’s Charles McPherson: The Journey Home webpage to learn more about all of the events – including a free, public performance – taking place during this multi-day celebration. Charles McPherson: The Journey Home is a collaboration among […]

Holiday Tea to feature The Opus 76 Quartet

November 6, 2021

This year, we’ve partnered with Pro Musica and Joplin Public Library to bring The Opus 76 Quartet to the library for our annual Holiday Tea! Join us on Saturday, December 4, 2021 for one of two performances: 10-10:45AM: Enjoy a delightful morning Bach-a-Bye Baby performance featuring author/narrator Leia Barrett in a new musical take on the […]

Queer Space by Luke Blevins

October 10, 2021

We’re glad to present Queer Space by Luke Blevins in Joplin Public Library’s Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery from Sunday, October 10-Friday, December 31, 2021. In this work, Blevins explores the tangential relationships between boyhood, social expectations, queer culture, and heteronormative assimilationism. He uses fantastical imagery to illustrate the shifting relationships we have with space […]

My Missouri 2021 Photo Project Exhibit

September 3, 2021

In celebration of its 200th year, Missouri 2021, an initiative of The State Historical Society of Missouri, coordinated the My Missouri 2021 Photo Project and we helped bring it to the Joplin Public Library! In 2018, Missouri 2021 invited professional and amateur photographers from across the state to capture and share unique and meaningful aspects of place in […]

FREE Mail Art Take-Home Kits!

June 30, 2021

We’re giving away Mail Art Take-Home Kits! Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021, you may pick up your kit from one of three places inside Joplin Public Library: The Reference Desk (adult/teen kits) The Teen Department (teen kits) The Children’s Department (children’s kits) Although the kits differ slightly, each contains everything you need to create one […]

Book Review: Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler

June 27, 2021

In 2014, we put out a call for entry for mail art. The idea was to create a one-off exhibit of mail art received from all over the world to introduce locals to the medium and encourage their participation. At the time, I was myself somewhat new to engaging with mail art and my experience […]