The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

February 1, 2013

Neosho Arts Council helps refuel creativity

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  

— Pablo Picasso

When was the last time you colored in a coloring book, or made your own greeting card from scratch? Creativity and inventiveness are gifts, exclusive to us as a species.

Every person has a talent or skill that they excel in. Finding yours and nurturing it can be a challenge; especially if you do not believe that you are artistic. There are organizations and groups across the Four-State Area that exist to promote the participation and appreciation of the arts.

The Neosho Arts Council sponsors workshops and classes that allow individuals and children to explore their own creativity. The council strives to provide an outlet where local artists can display their work. They also sponsor several contests throughout the year that allow local artists to promote and sell their artwork.

“There’s something special about owning an original,” said John Mills, president of the council. “You can make a copy of something, but you can never have another original. It’s something you can look at every day. You can enjoy. You have a connection with the artist and his interpretation and how you interpret his work. There’s just something special about original artwork.”

Mills said monies earned by the sold-out annual Sweet Arts Gala fundraiser, which is being held tonight, along with grants from the Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, allow the council to provide scholarships for artists and fund local projects. The council has committed to help fund the lighting for new murals at Crowder College and has worked in conjunction with the Southwest Missouri Art Alliance and others to help sponsor the annual Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Art Competition and Exhibit held at the Longwell Museum on the Crowder campus in October.

The 10-day Herman Jaeger Food and Wine Festival, held annually from late April into early May, is another event organized by the arts council to generate awareness and enjoyment of the arts in the region.

The council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Hale McGinty Building at 216 W. Spring St. Artists and anyone with ideas to promote the arts should submit their names and ideas to the council for consideration. The council is also looking for individuals to write grants.

Mills said a real need for grant writers exists to help promote the arts so Southwest Missouri can become a region that supports all art genres.

In the weeks and months ahead, numerous opportunities will take place for individuals and families to explore a wide variety of art forms in the Four-State Area. Parents should encourage creativity and imagination in their children. A trip to a museum or attending other artistic events will benefit both adults and children. Time spent together as a family is never wasted.

Robin Fjelstad lives in Goodman and attends Missouri Southern State University where she is a communications major. She is the recipient of a Rebekah Hughes scholarship and a contributor to The Joplin Globe.

Text Only
Local News
  • Cancer patient’s drug, probation cases postponed ‘until further notice’

    A Joplin woman who is battling a rare type of cancer has gotten a temporary reprieve in her drug and probation cases so she can focus on her health issues, according to her attorney. Velma Crain, who appeared Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court, was facing the possible revocation of her probation after having been arrested last year on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

    April 15, 2014

  • Suspect in assault on officer apprehended in Texas

    The U.S. Marshals Service caught up with a suspect in Texas who was wanted in an assault on a Seneca police officer and alleged probation violations in Arkansas. Cody A. Rantz, 25, is being held in Collin County north of Dallas on warrants issued in Missouri and Arkansas. Federal marshals reportedly located the fugitive at a strip mall in Texas on Monday afternoon and took him into custody.

    April 15, 2014

  • Ex-Jasper teacher’s aide accused of sexual contact with student

    A former teacher’s aide at Jasper High School has been charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student and is being investigated for possible sexual contact with other boys at the school. Janice L. Rusk, 43, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy following investigations by school officials and law enforcement.

    April 15, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Open a beer, chat with Tom, see his exhibit

    I like to think that I would have gotten along with Thomas Hart Benton. Sure, I’ve read that sometimes Tom (I think I can call him Tom) could be grouchy, and if someone said something stupid or acted like a jerk, he didn’t mind telling that person exactly what he thought of him. But hey, I grew up with people like that.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Neosho Ethics Board calls witnesses in complaint against council members

    City Manager Troy Royer on Monday night described what he said was an assault by City Councilman Steve Hart, and other incidents involving Hart and Councilman David Ruth. His statements were made to the Neosho Ethics Board, which is investigating a complaint filed against Hart and Ruth. Board members had described Royer as their key witness.

    April 15, 2014

  • r041514recycledfashion.jpg Joplin High School students to model ‘recycled’ dresses at fashion show

    Audrey Kaman will walk the runway later this week wearing a dress she designed herself — made out of 250 doilies. “I’d say it’s a fun dress,” the Joplin High School sophomore said. “It’s not really elegant because it’s short, but it’s cute.”

    April 15, 2014 4 Photos

  • Shooter in Joplin murder sentenced to life in prison

    The teen convicted of being the triggerman in the murder of Jacob Wages was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. At a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Circuit Judge Gayle Crane followed a jury’s recommendations in assessing Daniel D. Hartman, 18, two life sentences on convictions for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, and 15 years on a conviction for burglary.

    April 15, 2014

  • Interchange construction work near Carterville to create safer off-ramp

    As the Missouri Department of Transportation begins rebuilding eastbound ramps at the Missouri Highway 171 and Route HH interchange near Carterville this week, drivers can expect ramp and occasional lane closures. The $1.5 million project, funded by the state, will increase the distance between ramps for drivers traveling northbound on Highway 249 and exiting eastbound to Highway 171.

    April 15, 2014

  • Commission awards contract for bridge replacement project

    The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday approved a contract for construction of a new bridge on County Road 48.

    April 15, 2014

  • moon 2 Julie Mi…ell Kruege.jpg SLIDESHOW: Lunar Eclipse turns moon red Globe readers sent in their photos of the lunar eclipse which could be seen early Tuesday morning in the Joplin area.

    April 15, 2014

Must Read


In an effort to curb prostitution, St. Louis police are targeting, and perhaps humiliating, the "johns" who use the services. Postcards mailed to the homes of those charged with trying to pick up prostitutes will offer a reminder about spreading sexually transmitted diseases, along with listing the court date. Do you think this is a good approach?

A. Yes.
N. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter