A gift totaling $5,000 in support of the Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center in downtown Joplin was announced Wednesday, December 27, 11:30 a.m. at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (222 West 3rd St, Joplin, MO 64801). This generous gift was given by David E. Martin of Overland Park, Kansas.
"We are so appreciative of this contribution from Mr. Martin,” said Clifford Wert, President and CFO, Connect2Culture. “Every dollar amount is so important in helping us to ultimately construct this new facility in the heart of Downtown Joplin. No doubt others will indeed be encouraged by this gift to join in!”
“David is a longtime friend of Spiva,” added Josie Mai, Executive Director, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. “He collects, views, and appreciates art as a way of life. Spiva is thrilled with the news of his donation, and we feel it is very fitting; he puts his money where his mouth and heart is."
This contribution marks the second gift announced jointly by Connect2Culture and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts for funding of the proposed $14 - $16 million Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center. The lead gift of $5 million, given by Harry M. Cornell, Jr., was announced December 14, 2017.
Plans for the Center include a multi-functional 500-seat performing arts venue that presents varied opportunities for usage, an expanded home for George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, and an 1,800 - 2,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater/festival plaza to be located in the present parking lot in front of Memorial Hall. Connect2Culture will operate the 500-seat venue and the festival plaza, while George A. Spiva Center for the Arts will manage and control their venue.
To discuss gifts to the project and naming opportunities, interested donors can contact Clifford Wert, (417) 439-0385 or Sharon Beshore, (417) 437-1772.
*Photo (from left to right): Erin Slifka, Cleo Copeland, Sharon Beshore, Josie Mai, David E. Martin, Jo Mueller, Clifford Wert, and Emily Frankoski.