Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Groundbreaking Ceremony

(Joplin, MO) – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex will be held today, Monday, February 1, 2021, 1:00 pm at the Complex site (212 West 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801).

Representatives of The Cornell Complex, Connec2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts were on hand, as well as project architects and the construction manager.

Architects for the project are DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky of New York City, New York, and Corner Greer & Associates, Inc. of Joplin. The Construction Manager for the project is Crossland Construction Company headquartered in Columbus, Kansas.

All those in attendance were asked to wear face masks and observe social distancing practices (six feet between themselves and other parties present).

The Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex will be a visual and performing arts center that educates, enlightens, and entertains while attracting more people and activities to downtown Joplin. The multifunctional 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. It is anticipated that the Complex will be open to the public in late 2022.

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 clifford@connect2culture.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.

To view the Cornell Complex Announcement webpage, click here. To see the event page on Facebook, click here.


Sharon Beshore
President of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex and Chair of Connect2Culture
Cell: 417-437-1772
Email: sharon@connect2culture.org

Clifford Wert
Treasurer of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex and President/CFO of Connect2Culture
Cell: 417-439-0385
Email: clifford@connect2culture.org

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.

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