Spiva Center for the Arts
222 W 3rd Street
Joplin MO 64801
Spiva Center for the Arts, named in honor of local businessman, philanthropist and art lover George A. Spiva, has provided visual arts experiences for the four-state region since 1947. During the last 60 years, with the support of valued members and a growing community of contributors, the Center has grown into a leading cultural institution for the entire region — a work of art in its own right. This is a place to see, create, and collect art.
Over 60 years later, the center is successfully continuing its mission. There are new artwork exhibits in its three galleries every six weeks, and admission is free.
To meet the needs and interests of artistic members of the community, Spiva also offers art classes throughout the year (for people of all ages), as well as summer camps. Spiva is able to offer these services and resources to the public thanks in large part to its members and volunteers.
On my most recent visit to the center, I was fortunate to see the PhotoSpiva exhibit. The crisp white walls of the main gallery were punctuated with 82 fantastic photographs chosen from over 1,000 entries in the PhotoSpiva competition.