Post Art LibraryArt Gallery in Joplin, Missouri
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Although he currently resides in San Diego, CA, musician Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, MO in 1939. He is considered one of the finest alto saxophonists of his time and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Africa, and South America. What's more, he's recorded over 50 albums! #blackhistoryjoplin #postartlibrary
Lincoln School, a former school of the Joplin School District, served African American families not only from Joplin, but from surrounding communities. Following integration, Lincoln School was used for special education until its closure in 1975. Sadly, it was razed to make way for a car dealership in 1988. The Lincoln School site was added to Joplin's Local Landmark list in 2017, making it the first officially recognized site that acknowledges and celebrates our community's rich, diverse history. #blackhistoryjoplin #postartlibrary
Join us for an educational luncheon geared towards the arts community with Joplin native, an award-winning author and illustrator, Loren Long.
Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas, Otis and the Kittens, and Otis and the Scarecrow. Long’s heartwarming Little Tree is a picture book for all ages.
Long is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack... Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could, and Madonna’s Mr. Peabody’s Apples. He is also the Golden Kite Award winning illustrator of Angela Johnson’s I Dream of Trains and the Golden Kite Honor winning illustrator of When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, based on the poem by Walt Whitman. Long is also the illustrator of Margaret Wise Brown’s never-before-published picture book Good Day, Good Night, and Newbery Medal winning Matt de La Pena’s Love.
Long’s visit to Joplin is a collaborative effort between the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Joplin Public Library, Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts.
This is a FREE event, with lunch provided. However, advanced registration is required. Registration can be made at: https://lorenlongluncheon.eventbrite.com.
Google Arts & Culture brings together thousands of resources from collections across the United States about black history, arts, and culture. Learn about inspirational figures, watch defining moments in civil right history, discover African-American art, celebrate black music and pop culture, peruse online exhibits, and more!
Congratulations! We're looking forward to this show. Save the date for the reception: Saturday, February 24, 2-4pm inside Joplin Public Library's Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing...
The judging process is complete and we have our six finalists for the exhibit at Post Art Library. Many thanks to our judges and all of our contestants!
Their designs will be printed and prepared for the exhibit which should open later this week.
Meet the Cuthers. Married in Joplin in 1916, Charles "Sunshine" Cuther and Melissa Fuell Cuther made many contributions to our community. Mr. Cuther was the Hotel Connor's long-time head waiter, serving in the dining room and for private parties for over 50 years. He was admired and respected by all, his infectious smile referred to as a "tonic." Mrs. Cuther was a school teacher; founder of the George Washington Carver Memorial Nursery School, Inc., which was Joplin's first d...aycare for black families; and a co-founder of the George Washington Carver National Monument. She also started Joplin's first African-American branch of the Girl Scouts and was crucial to the creation of Ewert Park and Lincoln High School. What's more, Mr. & Mrs. Cuther owned considerable property in Joplin and were heavily involved with several civic organizations. Mr. & Mrs. Cuther passed away in 1960 and 1968, respectively. #blackhistoryjoplin #postartlibrary
We're glad to present a collection of Hopi Kachina Dolls and Native American Baskets. Kachina dolls are typically carved from cottonwood root, involving both tradition and artistry. They represent spiritual beings and deities related to Hopi religious life, acting as messengers between humans and the spirit world. This collection of Kachina Dolls is from the permanent collection of Spiva Center for the Arts. Accompanying the Kachina Dolls is a collection of Native American Baskets, including those made by Hopi, Navajo, and Cherokee. These collections are on display inside Joplin Public Library now through March 31, 2018.
Although it's been celebrated since the late 1960s, Black History Month wasn't officially recognized until 1976, when President Gerald Ford encouraged the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Black History Month has since been celebrated every February. Let's continue this year's Black History Month celebration by learning more about the man who made it happen--Dr. Carter G. Woodson. #blackhistorymonth2018 #postartlibrary
Have you picked up your copy of the new Joplin Missouri History Guide?! In addition to familiar faces and places, this guide features oodles of new content. Loren Long, Marion Dial, Lillian Montaldo, Charles and Melissa Cuther, Joplin's National Register of Historic Places listings, and much more are included in this re-released, expanded edition. Swing by the Local History desk or the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library to pick up your copy! Did we mention it's FREE? Copies are also available at the CVB's office inside City Hall and may be requested (by out-of-towners) at www.visitjoplinmo.com. #historicjoplin #postartlibrary
February is Black History Month! We'd like to begin this year's celebration with a shout-out to Langston Hughes, one of America's most prolific and influential writers. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902. His father was a stenographer for the Lincoln Mining Company and the family stayed in Joplin a brief time before moving to Lawrence, Kansas in 1903. In 1976, Hughes was honored locally when the Joplin City Council renamed 2nd St./Broadway to Langston Hughes Blvd. Happy Birthday, Mr. Hughes! #blackhistoryjoplin #postartlibrary
"I hope my artwork brings joy to the viewer and inspires them to cherish the beauty of this planet." --Brad Mace
Mace's Colorful Tapestries of the United States is on exhibit in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library now through March 31, 2018. We hope that you'll join us for Artist's Reception: BRAD MACE on Thursday, February 8th. #postartlibrary #JoplinArts