Joplin, Missouri – On December 1, 2014 the Joplin City Council approved the joint request of Connect2Culture, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Pro Musica, and the Downtown Joplin Alliance to support the exploration of the Memorial Hall site becoming a community cultural arts center. The Center will be a public-private partnership and include a new home for George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, a 500-seat proscenium performance hall to accommodate Pro Musica’s annual concert season, as well as other  community performance needs and touring opportunities. Plans to redevelop the property will include space for public meeting and assemblies in the spirit of the the original ordinance for the site along with preserving and honoring all Veterans Memorials currently located at Memorial Hall.

Connect2Culture is leading the next step in fundraising the estimated $65,000 necessary to develop the plans and renderings for two separate plans for the site. The first plan would include repurposing the existing structure. The second would present a plan from the ground up.

All donations in support of this effort should be mailed to Connect2Culture, 407 South Pennsylvania, Joplin, MO 64801. Please identify “Memorial Hall” in the memo line of all checks. All contributions are tax deductible.

Connect2Culture is a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through the development of cultural resources – arts, history, nature, and education. Connect2Culture aims to encourage the growth and development of a vibrant cultural community. The 15-member board of directors includes arts, business, and community leaders who recognize the arts as a significant contributor to the lifeblood of our community.

*Architectural renderings courtesy of Corner Greer & Associates. These are NOT the final renderings for this potential community cultural arts center. Final renderings could looks somewhat or nothing at all like this.

Contact: Clifford E. Wert, Co-Vice President & Treasurer
Tel: (417) 439-0385