Downtown Joplin Alliance Opens Applications for Tenth Annual Joplin Arts Fest

(Joplin, MO) – The Downtown Joplin Alliance is pleased to announce a call to artists for the tenth annual Joplin Arts Fest. This juried fine arts festival will be held on Friday, September 20 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex (212 W. 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801).

Artists are being sought in the following disciplines:

  • Works on Paper (Drawing/Graphics/Printmaking)
  • Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Sculpture (Wood/Metal/Stone)
  • Photography
  • Fiber
  • Ceramics/Clay
  • 3-Dimensional Mixed Media
  • 2-Dimensional Mixed Media

Artists will eligible to compete for $1,700 of prize money, which will be awarded during the two-day festival.

This festival is open to artists of all career levels. There is a $30 jury fee and the deadline to register is June 21, 2024. To apply, please click here.

For the third year in a row, Joplin Arts Fest will be able to award a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Scholarship, seeking to encourage greater accessibility and inclusion by waiving all festival fees and offering cash stipends to assist with other festival-related costs. The 2024 BIPOC Scholarship sponsor is Southwest Missouri Bank.

Joplin Arts Fest is a collaborative partnership between Connect2CultureDowntown Joplin AlliancePost Art Library, and Spiva Center for the Arts.

About Downtown Joplin Alliance: 

Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence and entertainment. Downtown Joplin is host to many monthly, seasonal, and annual events designed to encourage community involvement and stimulate the local economy.


Lindsay Gagnon, Market Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance

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