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Programs Calendar

Traditional Longhouse Social Dance

Saturday, February 17, 7pm

Enjoy an evening of traditional Wyandotte social dances. Created for enjoyment and not ceremonial in nature, these dances often reflect the qualities and interactions of animals. Children love the alligator dance!



Lunch and Learn: Comics 101 Part 1 with Shaun Conroy

Friday, February 23, 12pm

Shaun Conroy will discuss a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary and methods of the medium of comics.



Traditional Wintertime Wyandotte Animal Stories with Richard and Carol Smith

Saturday, February 24, 11am

Telling stories through puppets, Richard and Carol Smith present Wyandot stories that have been told for hundreds of years.



Lunch and Learn: Comics 101 Part 2 with Shaun Conroy

Friday, March 2, 12pm

Shaun Conroy will continue to discuss a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary, and methods of the medium of comics.




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.





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.






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