Joplin Public Library
1901 E. 20th Street
Joplin, MO 64804
The My Missouri 2021 exhibition features 200 photographs showcasing the geographic and cultural landscape of Missouri. The exhibition, oriented around the four seasons, provides an opportunity to reflect upon the state’s rich diversity and the many things its people share.
Join us August 21-23, 2021 in Carthage, Missouri for our Route 66 Festival. There will be a couple’s golf tournament, car show, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, live music, amusement rides and much more. Carthage events bring all of our people together to for food, music, and other cultural experiences from each group. This event is also a highlight of the unique history of the Mother Road in Missouri.
Charles McPherson: The Journey Home is the celebratory homecoming of acclaimed jazz musician Charles McPherson, who is from Joplin, Missouri and will be held July 23-25, 2021. Events include a free public performance featuring McPherson and his band; the establishment of a scholarship in McPherson’s name; and a public art piece featuring McPherson and other Black Americans influential in the performing and literary arts. The Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin is collaborating with several community stakeholders to organize this week-long celebration, including: Connect2Culture, George Washington Carver National Monument, Joplin Emancipation Park Days, Missouri Southern State University, Post Art Library, Pro Musica, Spiva Center for the Arts, and Visit Joplin.
Join us in Carthage, Missouri, July 2-4, 2021, for our Independence Day Spectacular. There will be many activities including live music, food trucks, amusement rides, and amazing fireworks displays and much more. Carthage is a unique blend of families who have lived here for generations and an increasing population of Guatemalan and Honduran transplants. Carthage events bring all of our people together to for food, music, and other cultural experiences from each group.
Join us May 28 – July 17, 2021, at Post Art Library & Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin for Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration. On the occasion of its Bicentennial, it is important to recognize that Missouri has been, and remains, a significiant site for visual artistic production. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Hannibal Arts Council, Post Art Library and Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in Saint Joseph are collaborating to create Missouri Art Now, an exhibition featuring sixty works from artists throughout the State of Missouri, together demonstrating the vibrant visual arts culture in the state. The exhibition is scheduled for March – November 2021 and will be spending time in each sponsoring site.
Third Thursday is Joplin’s premiere community cultural event. From March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street, and throughout downtown, gather on the Third Thursday of the month from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment, and food. Third Thursday began as an indoor art walk in 2007 and has grown and evolved into the monthly street festival which draws 5000-8000 visitors each month to Main Street. This event celebrates all that makes Joplin including artists, musicians, food, businesses, organizations and our historic core. Each month has a different theme and we anticipate partnering with area organizations that have bicentennial themed activities during 2021. The event is free and open to the public and is sponosored by the Downtown Joplin Alliance.
Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is part of an ongoing mail art project by Post Art Library in Joplin, Mo. The 2021 theme – “Show Me” – is inspired by the Missouri Bicentennial, thus Missourians in particular are encouraged to participate. Mail art is a highly accessible form of art that anyone can participate in. Our goal is to receive mail art from 200 Missourians, as well people from across the world. Many pieces received will be a part of the mail art exhibit, which will be inside Joplin Public Library from March 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022, and all pieces will become a part of our mail art collection. The 2021 exhibit and call for mail art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and Joplin Public Library.