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Year-long Joplin art mural nears completion

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The Downtown Joplin Gateway Mural is the product of the Downtown Joplin Alliance and Focal Point, an art group from Missouri Southern State University. 

For the past year, artists and volunteers have worked on the large-scale piece that is meant to commemorate downtown Joplin. The colorful display features images of the 1920's to the present.

What started out as an artist and student endeavor, the mural is  now open to volunteers. Organizers plan to complete it next week. They invite the community to help make this happen.


"Filling in spaces, the things that aren't maybe the detail works, but, just filling in paint by numbers," said Burt Bucher, associate professor of art at MSSU. "The community can come out. They don't have to be painters or artists. They can fill in shapes and help us with little details."

Organizers will be at the mural this coming Friday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7pm. They invite anyone to swing by to help.

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