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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

Programs Calendar

Art Night Out

Saturday, June 10, 7-9pm


21 and over. Wine, dessert, and Japanese black in nature painting. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this popular event in the Main Gallery, facilitated by Dace Youngblood. $25 per person





Biodiversity Family Workshop

Thursday, July 13, 6.30-8.30pm


Bring the whole family to a series of art activity stations in the Main Gallery influenced by the current exhibit.

$15 per family (if you have a current family membership) or $10 per child



Spiva in Bloom Luncheon

July 21, 2017 12 – 1 pm

Spiva’s new celebration of art and flowers. View a demonstration of floral arrangement by Justin Thomas from The Wildflower while you partake in a delicious catered lunch. $50 per person, seating is limited!



Visual Arts Education Summit

Friday, Aug 4, 8.30am – 3pm


A Professional Development Day facilitated by Missouri Alliance for Art Education

STEAM—Hands On Problem Solving Without Getting Burned


To provide teachers with three creative problem solving systems that will teach students how to “Think Outside the Box.”


This is a one day professional development workshop introducing three different creative problem solving systems-Design Thinking/Disney Effect/Accessing the Intuitive.

Working in randomly assigned teams, participants will be given an open ended question based on National Science Standards. Using Design Thinking, they will have time to solve the problem posed by the question. The participants will then repeat the process using the Accessing the Intuitive technique.  The Disney Effect will be explored using a discussion format.

This workshop is capped at a maximum of 30 participants.


Ed Grooms, with over forty years in Theatre and Gifted Education, spent the last twelve years as Fine Arts Coordinator in the Webster Groves School district.  His responsibilities included conducting Professional Development for Fine Arts staff.   For the last three years Webster Groves School District and Webster University have jointly sponsored a two day STEAM workshop for both arts and non-arts educators. Ed believes that meta-cognition, teaching students to think about their thinking, should be at the forefront of a STEM or STEAM curriculum and an absolute necessity for a 21st Century education.


$50/person. Lunch is included. Event held in the Main Gallery of Spiva Center for the Arts at 222 W. 3rd Street, Joplin, MO 64801. Check in at 8:30am. Will conclude by 3pm.






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