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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO


August 12 – September 30, 2023

WHO I AM: A Queer Perspective

Reception: August 15, 6-7pm

“The lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals rarely mirror those lived by the rest of society. JOMOEQ, a Joplin, Missouri community support group, and Spiva Center for the Arts are thrilled to present an opportunity for queer artists from all over the United States to exhibit works representing their personal viewpoints or journeys. The goal of WHO I AM: A Queer Perspective is to provide a formal space where queer art is not only wanted, but it can also express its ability to change lives for the better, making powerful wordless connections between artists and patrons. Be seen. Be understood. Be recognized.

It’s time to come together and celebrate our values, strengths, and love in an exploration of the queer experience. Standing as one against discrimination, allies at our sides, we can rise above the fray and share the healing and strengthening power we get from each other.

Displayed in the Jo Mueller Reserve Gallery at Joplin’s new Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, WHO I AM: A Queer Perspective is a first-of-its-kind show in the area.”

-Michael Gregory, JOMOEQ Secretary/Treasurer and exhibit organizer

Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters:

Sharon and Lance Beshore, Dr. Amy Kay Cole, Michael Gregory, Janet Earl, Coley’s Cookies, Bookhouse Cinema, and Mindy St. Clair

Image: “Myrtha and Miriam Reunited” by Alex Duncan












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