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Guest contributor Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Coordinator for Connect2Culture, describes the mission of the organization and how you can get involved.




Connect2Culture (C2C) was founded with a mission to encourage growth and development of a vibrant cultural community. They strive to enhance the arts, historic and natural preservation, education, and economic development.




C2C has worked with the City of Joplin to support development of the Joplin Center for Arts & Entertainment/Amphitheater – an initiative created before the May 22, 2011 tornado – and now part of rebuilding efforts to enhance quality of life for Joplin residents, as well as visitors to the city. This cultural complex will include renovation of Joplin’s historic and beloved Union Depot. Many already established arts and cultural organizations will be able to use this facility to enhance their offerings and better serve the public.




In February 2013, I joined C2C as its first staff member, Community Arts Coordinator. My job is to actively develop support services and resources for local arts organizations to promote community involvement and audience development. By raising public awareness of art opportunities, C2C aims to strengthen and grow the Joplin arts community!



Photo by Carole Liston


Presently, C2C tracks arts activity/organizations/groups in Joplin, MO, while constantly sharing updated information with the public. With time and growth, C2C hopes to expand services to better serve our area arts organizations and the public.




What C2C Offers:

-A “one-stop-shop” for all things Joplin Arts!

-Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: focused on arts activity in Joplin

-Joplin Community Arts Calendar: includes all you need to know about arts events/performances/exhibits/classes/etc.

-Joplin Arts News

-Links to Arts Organizations

-Consulting/Resources to Arts Organizations

-Arts Roundtable Discussions

-Facilitates Collaboration between Arts/Cultural Organizations

-Advertising for the Arts in Joplin

-Arts Organizations Database (in development)

-Arts Organizations Map (in development)

-Public Art Map (in development)




How to Get Involved:

Sign up for weekly emails to keep up to date with what is happening in the Joplin Arts: performances/events, exhibitions, classes, and arts news! 

“Like” us on Facebook where you can access calendar events, arts news, and also sign up for our emailing list.

-“Follow” us on Twitter and Instagram.

-Keep your eyes open for our website to be launched in early 2014 (this website will include the arts calendar, an arts organizations database, arts organizations/public art map, arts blogs, and more!).



Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Coordinator for C2C


Connect2Culture (C2C), a 501c3 not-for-profit community arts organization located in Joplin, MO, was founded in 2009 to “enhance community through culture.”

All photos courtesy of Connect2Culture unless otherwise stated. Reproduction prohibited unless permission is obtained.

Living Life to The Fullest!

Joplin MO LifeI love seeking out new experiences and finding places off the beaten path. I started Joplin MO Life in August 2013 as a way to share my discoveries with others in the Joplin community so that they can learn about the resources that exist right in their own backyards.

I have worked in education and event planning, and have always loved to write. I hold a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Tulane University.

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