I like art, and I like downtown areas so naturally Joplin’s artwalk is something I enjoy. Joplin’s “Third Thursday” artwalk has gradually transformed from just an artwalk into more of a community downtown festival, which has a different theme or main event every month. The art isn’t necessarily the sole or primary focus anymore, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. The event draws pretty large crowds on a regular basis and it’s fun to get out and walk around with hundreds, maybe thousands of other Joplinites and enjoy the ever-evolving downtown scene.

Mom and Eily-Beth and I went out to enjoy September’s 3rd Thursday and had a great time.

Downtown Joplin ArtwalkHere is Joplin’s downtown, temporarily closed to all but foot traffic. The building on the left is City Hall.

Downtown Joplin Artwalk Joplin Ave CoffeeWe stopped for some goodies at the semi-new Joplin Ave Coffee Company. Quite a neat place with good coffee, atmosphere and not as expensive as Starbucks. Here is mom, the urban hipster.

The Joplin YMCA was doing Zumba in the street. Eily-Beth wanted to participate.

Downtown Joplin ArtwalkLocal Color Gallery, an artist cooperative. One of the many great places to view art during Third Thursday.

artwalk12-01One of Joplin’s magnificent “skyscrapers”. I always thought this building was kind of neat.