Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Reveals Finalized Exterior Renderings

Front, southeast from 7th Street and Wall Avenue

(Joplin, MO) – A virtual celebration revealing new exterior renderings of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex (The Cornell Complex) was held by Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts on Tuesday, June 30, 11:30 am via Zoom and Facebook Live.

In addition to a virtual presentation to the public featuring newly finalized exterior renderings, the group provided an update on the current timeline, total financial commitments to date, additional naming opportunities that have been created, as well as other relevant information. Preliminary renderings featuring the interior of the Beshore Performance Hall were also shown.

Featured presenters during the reveal included Emily Frankoski, Director of C2C; Sharon Beshore, President of The Cornell Complex and Chair of C2C; Susan Adams, Interim Executive Director of Spiva; and Clifford Wert, Treasurer of The Cornell Complex and President/CFO of C2C.

The project is on-target, with construction documents set to be finalized by October and bidding to take place in November/December. Construction is scheduled to start in January 2021 and building completion to arrive fall of 2022.

Financial commitments for this community-driven project now total nearly $15.9 million (over 90% of the new $17.5 million goal). Additional naming opportunities have been created with these more fully developed plans. These will help raise the remaining $1.5 million needed.

Work on the project continues diligently with the architects (DLR Group, New York City, NY, and CGA Architects, Joplin, MO) and construction manager (Crossland Construction, Columbus, KS). This has led not only to the finalized exterior renderings, but significant progress has also been made on interior floor plans, interior design and finishes, as well as the rooftop venue and outdoor performance/event space.

The live presentation may be viewed here. An additional video will also be made available via C2C’s YouTube Channel. To learn more about the Cornell Complex, visit cornellcomplex.org/ or check out their Facebook page.


About Connect2Culture:
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.


Emily Frankoski, Director

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