Arts & Culture
Even the most discerning visitor will appreciate St. Joseph’s cultural arts. From a world-class art museum to a renowned symphony orchestra, it’s easy to find an event or experience that’s perfect for you. Check out what’s going on at Missouri Western State University or keep an eye out for traveling and local stage productions at the Historic Missouri Theatre that are sure to captivate you.
For a complete listing of arts and culture organizations and their schedules, please click here.
The Albrecht-Kemper houses one of the finest collections of 18th, 19th and 20th century art in the midwest with over 3000 works. Art classes for children and adults offered throughout the year. Meeting and dining facilities available.
The Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph, Missouri exists "to bring arts and people together." The Council is one of the oldest in the State of Missouri and is acknowledged statewide as an arts leader. It has been designated as the City's official community arts agency and provides educational programs, art exhibits, summer youth arts programs, and operates the annual Trails West!® arts festival.
In 1889, Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented in St. Joseph, was the first self-rising flour for pancakes and the first ready-mix food ever to be introduced commercially.
Creative Arts Production's purpose is to further the performing arts in St. Joseph and surrounding areas by offering young people the chance to spend four weeks in a summer musical theatre workshop, production and public on-stage experience.
Fort Smith, named after Colonel Robert F. Smith, was erected in late September 1861 as a safeguard against conflicting armies battling on either side of the state line. With the strong possibility of battles reaching St. Joseph, Colonel Smith stood ready with his 2,500 troops and 12 cannon poised atop the newly created fortification on Prospect Hill. However the conflict was averted and by the spring of 1862, the Union troops at Fort Smith were downsized.
The fort was re-discovered in 2003. Amenities at Fort Smith Park include 3 full-scale authentic reproduction cannons, restored redoubts, a lookout point, period flags, informative signage, and an ordnance shed displaying illustrations of various types of artillery shells used in the conflict. The fort is a passive park, where visitors can come, relax, picnic and see a wonderful view of the city and beyond.
Fort Smith is open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week, April 16th - October 14th
Closed October 15-April 15th
Lovers Lane is a beautiful winding street immortalized by poet Eugene Field from the poem "Lovers Lane, Saint Jo."
The Midwest Arts Association is the fastest growing art organization in the Midland Empire with over 50 members, who excel in fields of watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastels, photography and more.
A renovated 1927 movie palace serves as center for the arts. The theater, which seats 1,200, is decorated in a pre-Persian motif. A true architectural gem.
The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) unifies and supports Impressionism throughout the Missouri River Valley Region. This valley region includes the following states: Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. The society is made up of a network of artists, both en atelier (studio) and plein air (open air), and contains some of the finest artists in the region. Over thirty Charter Members are the foundation of the society and serve as an anchor to support the organization and help new members with joining and participating. The MVIS allows those who work in Impressionism to paint and exhibit together and is one of the few organizations in the Midwest that embraces the method of painting en plein air, a method the Impressionists are able to call their own. The organization encourages, hosts, and sponsors plein air paint outs as well as en atelier sessions, workshops, and exhibitions throughout the year in various communities.
The Missouri Western (MWSU) provides high-quality arts, culture and literacy enrichment for people of all ages. MWSU is committed to maintaining the high standard of arts and cultural opportunities it offers and encourage participation from people of all walks of life.
Mount Mora Cemetery, established in 1851, is the oldest operating cemetery in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is an interpretive site of The St. Joseph Museums, Inc.
Paradox Theatre is a new all-age music, art and performance venue that fuses creativity, its patrons, and art of all kinds. Includes art gallery, performance space, meeting space and Make 12 Church. Soon to open a coffee shop.
Patee Park is located across the street from the Pony Express National Museum. A monument was placed in the park in 1913 by the Daughters of the American Revolution marking the starting point of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860.
Bringing professional entertainment to the Northwest Missouri region for over 30 years, the Performing Arts Association presents a varied season of programming including music, theater and dance. Join us at the beautiful and historic Missouri Theater in downtown St. Joseph.
The first Pony Express Statue was unveiled in St. Joseph, Missouri, on April 20, 1940, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Pony Express. The horse appears to leap ahead with the encouragement of the rider, who swings a quirt past its flank.
RiverSong is a 35-member women's a cappella chorus, and is celebrating 50 years of ringing chords and stellar performances! RiverSong's commitment to celebrating the rich tapestry of American musical genres and advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance is exciting and unwavering.
RRT is proud to offer you a smaller more intimate venue with dinner theatre at its best, the Robidoux Landing Playhouse. In addition to outstanding season season, the Robidoux Landing Playhouse is also home to a stand-up comedy club, a jazz club, numerous dinner shows and even a children’s theatre summer camp.
Robidoux Resident Theater is a company of volunteers under professional direction that presents a multiple play season of live theater in the Missouri Theater and has a year round Dinner Theater.
The Saint Joseph Symphony is a professional orchestra with a full season of concerts September through April, as well as summer band concerts.
The St. Joseph Community Chorus is an all volunteer, 100 voice chorus open to all people, with a repertoire ranging from classical to popular favorites, performing four to five concerts annually.
With approximately 40 members, the Voices of America is St. Joseph's only men's a capella chorus. The chorus is part of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and holds several championship titles from district and international competitions. The chorus performs 2 major concerts per year, plus a number of public events annually.
Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor who was born in
St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State
University, 4525 Downs Drive. The Memorial includes several wall displays
devoted to all aspects of his life, from his childhood and family to his time
at the anchor desk and his passion for NASA’s Space Program.
Western Playhouse, a new non-profit professional theatre company in St Joseph, Mo based at Missouri Western State University. Our purpose is to enhance the local and regional arts scene, engage the community with family-friendly events, and empower young theatre artists by providing them with professional applied-learning opportunities while providing an exceptional theatrical experience.