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Spiva Trivia Night

Every First Thurday (except July)

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.



Opening Reception:

Darral Dishman: Artist as Mentor & Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit

Fri, May 31, 5:30-7:30pm, Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5



Artists Talk: The Family as Mentor with Aston Stovern

Sat, June 1, 11am-12pm

As part of the Family Affair exhibit, Aston will discuss her work, as well as how her family has been a mentor to her as an artist.


FilmSpiva: 48-Hour Film Competition

Competition starts in Spiva Lobby: Thur, June 6, 6pm

Screening at Bookhouse Cinema: Thur, June 13, screenings at 5:30, 6:20, 7:10 and 8pm

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

Contestants will meet in the Main Gallery at 6pm, Thursday, June 6, 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 8. The cost is $20 per team.

Films will be screened at BookHouse Cinema, 715 E Broadway, on June 13 starting at 5:30pm. There will be three showing of all the films, 5:30pm, 6:20pm, 7:10 and 8pm 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 after the last showing. Anyone interested in sponsoring the competition or donating prizes should contact Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org.




Opening Reception:

Watercolors of Paul Jackson & The Photography of Richard Loftis

Fri, August 2, 5:30-7:30pm, Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5



Artist Talk: The Photography of Richard Loftis by J. Armin Rust

Sat, Aug 3, 11am-12pm

J. Armin Rust, collector and friend of Richard Loftis, presents a fascinating insight into the life and work of this well-known Kansas City photographer.



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