To Spiva Membership and Patrons,

The health and safety of our patrons, staff and artists will always be of the utmost concern.  We are closely monitoring the regional response to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19.  At this time, there will be no change to our regular Tuesday through Saturday business hours.

Spiva has proactively been following CDC guidelines for business and school sanitation for more than 10 days.  Classes and meeting rooms are sanitized before and after being used.  Effective immediately, we will be instituting more stringent protocols, which will continue to be modified as the situation develops.

  • We will be requesting that each visitor sign-in when entering the building. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will also be available at all entry and exit points.
  • All meetings will have a “conference call” option.
  • Scheduled classes will be evaluated on an individual basis, but are planned to continue as usual.
  • Events and gatherings of more than 20 people are being suspended, to comply with social distancing recommendations.
  • Spiva had a busy couple of months planned and specific events will be postponed or rescheduled.
    • PhotoSpiva
      • Mar 20 The Opening Reception is canceled.  We hope to reschedule a reception before the exhibit closes.
      • Mar 21 Portfolio Reviews, Dr. April Watson’s Juror’s Talk and the Awards Ceremony have been canceled.  Again, our plan is to reschedule before the exhibit closes or possibly host virtual events on line.  At this time, Dr. Watson plans to travel to Joplin to judge the show, we will update you if that changes.
    • Small Works Auction
      • Mar 20 The Opening Reception is canceled.  We hope to reschedule a reception before the exhibit closes.
      • In person and on-line bidding will still be available.
    • Spiva in Bloom – All related events are postponed and will be rescheduled later this year.
      • Mar 26 Florists’ Reception
      • Mar 25 Luncheon
      • Mar 27 Workshop
    • 1st Thursday Trivia Night
      • Apr 2 This event will be limited to no more than 20 people.
    • PhotoSpiva Tweens
      • Apr 4 The Reception has been canceled, but the exhibit will be on display.  We will be in touch regarding awards.
    • 1, 000 Words Poetry Event
      • Apr 21 This event has been canceled and may be rescheduled later this year.

Any changes to events after April will be announced on a later date.  At this time, our plan is to remain open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.  We will continue to communicate as clearly and directly as possible about our schedules.  Please keep checking our website, Facebook page and Instagram account for updates.

Thank you for your support of the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, and we wish you and your families the best of health.


Steve Graddy                                                                    Susan Adams

President, Board of Directors                                     Interim Executive Director