Crowdfunding helps get new art complex closer to $16 million goal

Crowdfunding helps get new art complex closer to $16 million goal

Organizers say a crowdfunding effort for a new art and cultural center far exceeded expectations.

Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts (Spiva) have been raising money to build The Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex (The Cornell Complex). In June, it was announced that they were more than halfway to the $16 million goal.

“On June 3, 2019, Connect2Culture announced its fulfillment of the MOU and its current total in private commitments totaling $14,658,216 from 192 individuals and businesses at The Cornell Complex Launch Party.” (

That same day, they began a month-long crowdfunding effort. It started with a $5,000 match from an anonymous donor — making the initial goal for this specific campaign $10,000.

All crowdfunding contributions were accepted through “Cause Momentum,” a crowdfunding platform powered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Organizers say due to the generosity of the community, by July 3rd, a total of $20,710 had been raised in a month.

“C2C and Spiva would like to thank all generous donors who contributed to this crowdfunding project,” states organizers. “To date, including the crowdfunding effort contributions, a total of $14,756,070 has been pledged to the project by 234 individuals, businesses, foundations, and groups.”

The Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex will be built in the parking lot of the Memorial Hall in Joplin.

C2C and Spiva will each occupy one third of the 46,000 square foot building. The rest of the space will be shared.

The complex will feature a performance hall, outdoor ampitheater, a rooftop venue, galleries and community spaces.

“When completed, The Cornell Complex will advance the revitalization of downtown Joplin and provide a new home for area arts in a state-of-the-art facility,” states C2C.

Read more about the The Cornell Complex here.