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Programs Calendar

Spiva Trivia Night

Every First Thurday, 6-8pm

Are you and your friends looking for something new and fun to do during Downtown Joplin’s First Thursday? Look no further! We hold a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night that takes 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 60% 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.



Artist Talk with Ron Erwin & Thao Nguyen

Saturday, February 29, 11am-12pm

Local traveling photographers Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen will elaborate on their exhibit Flexible Itineraries: Far From the Madding Tourist Bus. A celebration of cultural diversity and social unity, this photography exhibit showcases their vibrant perspectives through the lens from around the world.


PhotoSpiva Kids Reception

Saturday, March 7, 12pm

Join us in celebrating and awarding the young artists that make our PhotoSpiva Kids exhibit a reality!



PhotoSpiva 2020 & Small Works Auction

Friday, March 20, 5:30-7:30pm

Mark your calendars! We will be opening some of the most anticipated exhibits of the year: the 44th Annual PhotoSpiva Exhibition, and Spiva’s Annual Small Works Auction.



PhotoSpiva 2020 Events:

Portfolio Reviews with April Watson | Saturday, March 21, 10am-3:30pm

Juror April Watson will conduct a limited number of individual portfolio reviews, 10-noon and 1-3:30. Fee for the private, 15-minute sessions is $25 ($15 for Spiva members). This is for any photographer interested, not just PhotoSpiva participants. To reserve your space, please email spiva@spivaarts.org with ‘portfolio review’ in the subject line. Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards Ceremony & Juror Talk | Saturday, March 21, 7pm

Join us as the final winners of PhotoSpiva 2020 are awarded and as Juror April Watson give us some insight into her selection process when curating.


Spiva in Bloom Events:

Florists Reception | Thursday, March 26, 5:30-7:30pm

Regional florists are invited to create a floral arrangement based on a work from PhotoSpiva 2020. Come see their artistic creations in a reception that is free and open to the public

Spiva in Bloom Luncheon | Friday, March 27, 11:30am-1pm

Enjoy a catered lunch in the Main Gallery surrounded by PhotoSpiva 2019. 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.

Floral Workshop | Saturday, March 28, 10:30am-12pm

Justin Thomas of the Wild Flower will guide you as you create your own floral arrangement. Flowers, vases and mimosas provided!




PhotoSpiva Tweens Reception

Saturday, April 4, 12pm

PhotoSpiva Tweens (ages 11-15) will be showcasing the work done in this fun class, and will be receiving awards on April 4th. The photos will be displayed in our Upstairs Gallery during the month of April.


1000 Words

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm, no cost

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and the myriad of images appearing in PhotoSpiva 2020 will be waiting to inspire writers for the 12th annual 1000 Words event.

Authors are invited to pick one or two exhibition photos to use as springboards for poems or prose. The public is invited to attend the 1000 Words reading in Spiva’s Main Gallery on April 21. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photos via QR codes. To learn more contact Shaun Conroy at sconroy@spivaarts.org or call 417-623-0183. NOTE: Poems and essays don’t need to be 1000 words in length!


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