JOPLIN, Mo. – A future home for the arts in Joplin is closer to fruition. The Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex announces the commitment of $16,216,252, exceeding the original goal.
Connect2Culture says 263 individuals, businesses, foundations and community organizations have all financially supported the Cornell Complex.
The original goal for the Complex was $16 million, but in January 2020, they expanded the goal to $17.5 million.
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“With support from additional contributors, the Complex will gain enhanced features and functionality that will expand the quality of life offerings for residents and visitors. This new and exciting destination in Joplin will generate long-term economic benefits to the City, all while providing quality performances, exhibits, and experiences in a state-of-the-art facility. The Cornell Complex will be a home for the arts in Joplin and a new home for both Spiva Center for the Arts and Connect2Culture.” – part of statement from Connect2Culture.
“During the last few months, leadership of Connect2Culture and Spiva Center for the Arts have made tremendous progress working with architects to finalize the exterior and interior spaces. We are moving forward positively, embracing this important project for our region as we look to the future with hope of creating a vibrant destination in our community with something for everyone,” said Sharon Beshore, President of The Cornell Complex.
The timeline for the Complex is on schedule with groundbreaking planned for early 2021. The Complex is set to open to the public Fall 2022. Architects for the project are DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky of New York City, NY and Corner Greer & Associates of Joplin, MO. The Construction Manager for the project is Crossland Construction Company headquartered in Columbus, KS.
The multifunctional Cornell Complex will include a 470-seat highly adaptable performance hall with theatrical seating that can be converted into a flat floor configuration, a shared stage for both indoor and outdoor performances, new and expanded gallery spaces for Spiva Center for the Arts, an outdoor amphitheater/festival plaza with capacity to host 2,000 people, rooftop venues, potential office space for arts and cultural organizations, and more. Connect2Culture will manage all performance venues, while Spiva Center for the Arts will manage gallery and classroom spaces.
Full details about the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, including a downloadable Gift Form for those who would like to join the effort and available naming opportunities, can be found at cornellcomplex.org. Interested parties may also contact Clifford Wert, Treasurer of The Cornell Complex, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Board of Directors: Sharon Beshore (President), Clifford Wert (Treasurer), Annette Thurston (Secretary), Anne Curchin, Laurie Delano, Steve Graddy, Troy Hill, Dr. Ronald Lankford, and Angela Austin Vorhees.
Connect2Culture (C2C) is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture. Unlike any organization in the Joplin area, C2C is a respected community arts agency, a champion of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, and a performing arts presenter. C2C strives to expand audience and resources needed to “ignite a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment” in the Joplin area.