|A new city of Joplin initiative to support the arts will begin in May 2013, according to an announcement by Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean. The project, entitled "Joplin Art Rocks" encourages the creation of visual wall art that depicts the "beauty of Joplin's natural landscape."
Joplin residents (ages 16 or older) or business owners are encouraged to enter the competition. Applications will be accepted from March 18 through April 8, 2013, and winners will be announced during the first week in May. The mayor will select several pieces to hang either in the city council chambers or her office until the middle of 2014.
Guidelines for submission include:
- Creation of a jpeg file no smaller than 72 dpi or larger than 10 MB that illustrates work
- File to include description of work: size, materials used, inspiration and location if applicable
Applications should be submitted here. Put "Joplin Art Rocks" in the subject line.
The competition is meant to complement the Art in Public Places project initiative. Previous projects that are available for free viewing include "The Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight" mural that is located on the building on the northwest corner of 15th and Main and "Route 66, Joplin Missouri," a mural by Anthony Benton Gude that hangs in the lobby of the Joplin City Hall in proximity to one created by his well-known grandfather, Thomas Hart Benton.