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Spiva Trivia Night

Every First Thurday Starting March 1st

Are you and your friends looking for something new and fun to do during Downtown Joplin’s First Thursday? Look no further. This spring we are kick-starting a new monthly event in our Main Gallery! Beginning March 1, we will hold a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night that will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on every First Thursday. The cost will be only $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. The more teammates you have, the higher your chances of winning! There will be three teams to a round and the team to win each round will win 75% of the entry fees. The remainder will go into raising money for Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Each round lasts 30 minutes, so we encourage you to come in, have a beer, grab a snack, and put on those thinking caps! All participants must be 21 or older. Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC.




PhotoSpiva 2018 Events

Saturday, March 17


-Juror Portfolio Reviews, 10 am- noon and 1-3:30 pm

-Awards Presentation and Juror’s Lecture, 7 pm




Spiva in Bloom

Designer’s Reception Thurs, March 22, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Regional florists are invited to create a floral arrangement based on a work from PhotoSpiva 2018. Come see their artistic creations in a reception free and open to the public. Exhibit is up through Sat, March 24.

Luncheon Fri, March 23, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Enjoy a catered lunch in the Main Gallery surrounded by PhotoSpiva 2018. Florist and Spiva member Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower will do a demonstration of an arrangement based on a piece of art. $50/person, limit 48. Must pre-register.

Hand-Tieds with Justin Sat, March 24, 10:30 am – Noon

Facilitated by Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower. Flowers provided. Justin will guide you in arranging. Mimosas served. $35/person, limit 15. Must pre-register.





10th Annual 1000 Words Event

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30pm


It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and over 60 images appearing in PhotoSpiva 2018 will be waiting to inspire writers for the 10th annual 1000 Words event.

Authors are invited to pick one or two exhibition photos to use as springboards for poems or prose. They will do readings of their work at 6:30pm, Tuesday, April 17, in the Main Gallery. The public is invited to attend. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photos via QR codes.

To learn more: Contact Shaun Conroy at sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417-623-0183 or visit our website.

Note to authors: Poems and essays do not need to be a thousand words in length!







Lunch and Learn: The Evolution of Fine Art Photography

Friday, April 20, Noon

Spend your lunch hour listening to Fine Art Photographer Sarah Clements speak about the inception of this long debated art form and how it’s evolved through the years.





Art on Tap / Small Works Closing Party

Spring forward from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, May 11! Join us for great brews, food, live music, and PhotoSpiva 2018 in the Main Gallery.

Art on Tap is an event for Spiva members and a time to invite non-member friends and family aged 21 and older. It’s free for members, but non-members may attend by purchasing a $20 ticket. This year we’ve added a huge twist. The night doubles as the closing party for the annual Small Works Auction. Come eat, drink, listen, look, bid, and buy. Ask a friend; this party is the place to be! Watch the website for more details.

Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC.






Main Gallery Dinner

Monday, June 25, 7-9 pm

Experience four courses and four wine pairings by Chef Dale Davis of Indigo Sky Casino
Tablescapes by Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower
Dine in the gallery surrounded by the current exhibit PhotoSpiva 2018
Business casual attire
Reservations only by June 22nd at 5pm. $100/person
There is also the opportunity to sponsor the event
in addition to your ticket at a $50, $100, or $200 level
Call Spiva at 417.623.0183 to pay with cc. Or register here




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