Cornell Complex to break ground Feb. 1

Construction expected to finish late 2022

Connect2Culture: Cornell Complex

JOPLIN, Mo. –  A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex Feb. 1, 1:00 p.m. at the Complex site 212 West 7th Street, Joplin, MO. All attendees will be asked to wear masks and observe social distancing practices.

Complex will be a visual and performing arts center designed to bring more activities and entertainment to downtown Joplin. The multifunctional Complex will include a 470-seat highly adaptable performance hall with theatrical seating that can be converted into a flat floor configuration, a shared stage for both indoor and outdoor performances, new and expanded gallery spaces for Spiva Center for the Arts, an outdoor amphitheater/festival plaza with capacity to host 2,000 people, rooftop venues, potential office space for arts and cultural organizations, and more. Connect2Culture will manage all performance venues, while Spiva Center for the Arts will manage gallery and classroom spaces. It is anticipated that the Complex will be open to the public in late 2022.

Representatives of The Cornell Complex, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts will be attend the groundbreaking, as well as project architects and the construction manager. In the case of inclement weather, the groundbreaking ceremony will take place Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

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