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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.



48-Hour Film Competition

Filming: June 7-9   Viewing: June 14, 5:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema

Call for Artists: FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition

Filmmakers, get your teams together and prepare for a whirlwind of creativity: Spiva Center for the Arts is hosting the Ninth Annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition this June.

“This year we moved the competition to June so that more people could participate, also we felt that there were more opportunities with summer vacation for many students,” says Shaun Conroy, event organizer. “We are also excited to be working with Bookhouse Cinema and new sponsors for prizes. The event is growing and getting better every year.”

Contestants will meet in the Main Gallery at 6pm, Thursday, June 7, to receive this year’s criteria. They then have 48 hours to complete a 3-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6pm, Saturday, June 9. The cost is $10 per team.

Films will be screened at BookHouse Cinema, 715 E Broadway, on June 14 starting at 5:30pm. There will be three showing of all the films, 5:30pm, 6:15pm and 7 pm with an awards ceremony after the final showing. Winning films are determined by a panel of jurors as well as a people’s choice award chosen by popular vote and awards will be presented at 7:30pm that evening. Anyone interested in sponsoring the competition or donating prizes should contact Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org.



Sketchbook Artist Panel

Saturday, June 9, 11am – 12pm

Join some of our Spiva Sketchbook Artists as they discuss a unique look into the process of an artist, and how they began their sketchbook journeys. Panelists include Nellie Mitchell, Bess Lanyon, Linda Ellard-Brown and Natalie Wiseman.




Artist Talk with Andrew Batcheller

Saturday, June 23, 11am – 12pm

Beloved local artist Andrew Batcheller will speak about his latest collection of small paintings he calls “Promontory”.



Main Gallery Dinner

Monday, June 25, 7-9 pm

Experience five courses and wine pairings by Chef Dale Davis of Indigo Sky Casino and Debbie Blackmon with Macadoodles
Dine in the Main Gallery surrounded by the current exhibit Food for Thought
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




Charlotte Street Foundation Panel

Monday, June 30, 11am-12pm

Join Artists Glyneisha Johnson, Ruben Bryan Castillo, Rebeka Peck Moguel and Curator Patrick Alexander as they discuss their work and the inspirational possibilities that come from an artist residency such as this.





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