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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

UPSTAIRS GALLERY | January 17 – February 15, 2018

Southwest Missouri Third Graders Collaboration

Sponsored by the General Mills Foundation

Spiva will be buzzing with the energy of more than 1,500 third graders from the surrounding area, who come to experience the magic of art for the annual Third Grade Field Trip.

Students will visit the Main Gallery and be immersed in gallery exploration, then head upstairs to the art studio for a hands-on artmaking experience. This year, we are excited to share the exhibit, Native American Contemporary. Students will view the artwork of 18 local, regional and national Native American artists through many mediums.

The Native American artists’ work will serve as the inspiration for the students’ work in the classroom, where they will create an individual, take-home piece and contribute to a large group masterpiece in the wonder and mystery of the Upstairs Gallery, aka “Secret Room” (shhh). This year will see the exciting addition of an artist in residence! Richard Zane Smith of Wyandotte, Okla.,will be at Spiva for the duration of the field trips, telling stories, working on ceramics, teaching the lesson, and speaking in the gallery. Be sure to welcome and say hello to this wonderful local artist.

This year’s program was designed by Josie Mai; Amber Mintert, assistant professor of art at Missouri Southern State University; Richard and Carol Smith; Spiva Program Director Jordan Murdock; and Spiva’s dedicated Education Committee.

To volunteer in the gallery or classroom during the Third Grade Field Trips, contact Sarah at sclements@spivaarts.org. If you have home-schooled children, you are welcome to participate. Contact Sarah to schedule a visit.


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