Lunch with Art

August 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
West Plains Library Community Room
750 W. Broadway


West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for the public on Monday, August 8, 2022, from noon till 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Broadway, West Plains. Kathleen Morrissey will be the featured presenter, demonstrating upcycled Japanese twist box creation.

Morrissey has spent nearly 30 years as an arts administrator in south central Missouri. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981, she relocated to West Plains, Missouri where she established The Media Arts Center, Inc. a public access cable television facility providing technology, training, and access to community media, and partnerships to bring KSMU public radio to the region, from Springfield, MO. At the same time, she became the volunteer administrator for the West Plains Council on the Arts, developing their community arts program, regional infrastructure for cultural conservation through the arts, and heritage/arts festivals for economic vitality.

In 1998, she became the theater and events coordinator for Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP), coordinating cultural enhancement and educational programs for citizens in South Central Missouri. Emphasis on collaborations and community cultural planning, resulted in programming such as: Performing Arts; Visual Art Exhibitions; Film Series; National Audio Theater Festival; Symposiums designed to examine the literary and historical significance of the region and special one-time events such as The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial.

After 12 years of work with MSU-WP, Kathleen turned her community experience and institutional knowledge toward consulting for projects at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Trillium Trust, and Ozark Action, Inc. a community action agency which completed a feasibility study for a National Heritage Area designation. In 2017, while keeping her home base in West Plains, she made the professional leap to serve the Missouri Arts Council, St. Louis, MO as Assistant to the Director. In March 2020, Kathleen retired to West Plains to resume working in community arts. She recently completed the Ozarks Deep: Art & Culture Trails project funded by City of West Plains, Community Development Grant and the NEA in 2021.

During her time in St. Louis, she participated in the annual Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, where the upcycled twist-top boxes were featured. She brings this artform to us on August 8 and will provide a “make and take” event for attendees.

Morrissey says, “These boxes are beautiful creations made from materials that usually end up in the garbage. They are simple to make, can be adapted for different sizes, and always involve a lot of fun as a group project. ”

In addition to the program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversations with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.

Lunch will be catered by Dawn Dionne. Cost of the luncheon is $10 for WPCA members, $15 for non-members. Reservations may be made online through the August 2022 Lunch with Art Facebook event page, by calling Paula at 417-293-2325, or via email Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot early.