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Application Deadline:
August 26, 2015

Posted: 8/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

Executive Director
Position Announcement & Description
Target Start Date: Fall 2015 

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (Spiva) is seeking an energetic, experienced and entrepreneurial Executive Director (ED) to lead the Center into an exciting future. Spiva is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional arts and education center that traces its roots to a group of artists who formed the Ozark Artists Guild in 1948. Over the last dozen years it has become the area’s “anchor” institution for the arts. Now located in the historic Cosgrove Building in downtown Joplin, this well-established 67-year-old institution offers year-round exhibitions and hands-on educational programs for all ages.

The Center houses three galleries, a gift shop, classrooms and a library/public meeting room and offers visual arts experiences to more than 12,000 patrons annually. In addition, Spiva has approximately 600 members and over 200 program and policy volunteers who contribute more than 2,400 volunteer hours per year. Art education programming provides learning opportunities year-round to over 1,000 students ranging in age from pre-school to senior citizens. Spiva is committed to art education and accessibility for everyone. Each year the Center holds a special exhibition and designs educational programming for more than 1,400 area third graders who experience what Spiva has to offer.

Support for the Center comes from a mix of individual and corporate gifts, exhibition sponsorships, grants from foundations and trusts, income from special fundraising events, and membership fees. Additional revenue is derived from class tuition, facility rental, sales of art and gift shop items, plus voluntary admissions contributions. Spiva's organizational assets total more than $1M.

The City of Joplin has a population of over 50,000 people and is a commercial, medical, educational and cultural hub for the area, offering quality of life amenities rare in a city of its size and providing services for more than eight times its population. Located in Southwest Missouri in the “four states” region encompassing Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas, Joplin attracts thousands of daily visitors who work here, shop here and enjoy the many attractions the city offers. During the day, the population swells to more than 200,000 people.

The mission of the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is to celebrate the creative experience. To that end, Spiva provides programming that promotes the arts, nurtures creative expression, and stimulates and educates it audiences. Spiva is a place to see, learn about, create, and collect art. It’s the place to be inspired.

The Executive Director (ED) provides leadership for day-to-day operations as well as direction to facilitate Spiva’s long-range plans. The director initiates and implements the organization’s overall vision and communicates that vision to the public. The ED is responsible for the Center’s financial integrity and, in collaboration with the board of directors, fundraising efforts. The ED supervises and manages a seven-person staff and interacts with artists, sponsors, donors, members, volunteers and the public. The staff includes a full-time Assistant Director. Six part-time positions include PR/Development Coordinator; Gallery/Gift Shop Coordinator; Bookkeeper; Weekend Coordinator; Education Coordinator; and Maintenance. The ED reports to the Executive Committee of Spiva’s Board of Directors. 

  • Coordinate operations and programming;
  • Hire, evaluate, manage and motivate staff;
  • Create positive and productive relationships with the working board of directors;
  • Work with the board to review and develop appropriate policies and practices;
  • Ensure security and maintenance of the facility.


  • Work with the treasurer and Finance Committee to develop the annual budget for presentation to the board for review and approval;
  • Administer the adopted budget and assure effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time;
  • Present monthly financial packet (balance sheet, account balances, profit and loss statements) to the treasurer for approval and distribution to the board;
  • Meet with the Endowment Trustees and provide support for Spiva’s endowment campaign efforts.


  • Work with members of the board to secure sponsorships for exhibitions and special programs;
  • Initiate and review grant applications and provide direction regarding specific grant-funded programs;
  • Seek, maintain and develop relationships with current and prospective funders;
  • Work with the Development Committee and Assistant Director to develop a fundraising plan;
  • Oversee and implement established fundraising events;
  • Evaluate and manage new, approved fundraising events.


  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop, implement, review and revise short- and long-term goals and strategies to further the organization;
  • Conduct focus groups as necessary to gauge community interest and needs.


  • Work with the Exhibits Committee and Gallery Coordinator to research artists and develop exhibition schedules for the Main and Regional galleries;
  • Oversee exhibition logistics and expenses including, but not limited to, artists’ contracts; rental, shipping and insurance details; delivery, installation, and return of work; 
  • Approve content and final placement of artwork and ensure that high standards for installation and lighting are maintained.


  • Supervise programs and services that support Spiva’s mission, including exhibitions, education, membership, special events, gift shop, and volunteer recruitment, training and retention.


  • Promote Spiva programs and image through public speaking engagements, television and radio appearances, newspaper interviews, and gallery talks at opening receptions;
  • Oversee public relations efforts, including timely press releases, website and social media posts, and e-mail broadcasts to membership.
  • Provide copy and oversee production of all print materials, including newsletters, invitation postcards, posters, banners, signs and catalogs;
  • Work with Marketing Committee to develop additional avenues of publicity.


The ideal candidate will possess an understanding and appreciation for the arts plus a history of progressive leadership in a nonprofit organization. He/she will demonstrate a proven track record in managing revenue-producing programs, fundraising and grant writing, and will have excellent management skills. High-level interpersonal communication skills and a high degree of confidence when working with the public are critical. The ability to work independently, but in a team-oriented atmosphere, plus a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done, is vital. Computer proficiency is required.

Leading candidates will demonstrate imagination, vision, leadership, and a deep-rooted passion for the arts and for furthering a broad engagement between the arts and the communities Spiva serves. The successful candidate will be bold and creative in enhancing Spiva’s image as a vibrant community and regional arts center.

Three to five years’ experience in management, fundraising, and nonprofits is desired, including:
  • College degree in arts management, museum studies, business or a related field—or equivalent—master’s degree preferred;
  • Experience and strong interest in art;
  • Experience and enthusiasm for art education;
  • Experience creating and implementing effective marketing, advertising, and public relations programs and activities;
  • Proven experience working efficiently and effectively with a board of directors and volunteers;
  • Proven fundraising record plus vision and ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies;
  • Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organizational and budgeting/financial skills;
  • Ability to actively participate in Spiva events, including weekdays, some evenings and weekends.


  • Familiarity with, and history of active engagement in, the region’s arts community;
  • Familiarity with current and potential individual and institutional funding sources;
  • Ability to maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and competent staff;
  • Ability to maintain and enhance Spiva’s positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment to foster community engagement and membership;
  • Recognition of and ability to maintain high professional standards for the display of art to foster relationships with artists, curators, and other exhibiting organizations;
  • Awareness of and interest in trends (e.g., use of technology) to actively engage visitors and enhance the visitor experience;
  • Successful experience with capital campaigns as Spiva explores expanding and moving to a new facility.


Please submit resume with three professional references and cover letter describing your interest, experience, and recent salary history by email to or by mail to Brandon C. Davis, President,George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third Street, Joplin, MO 64801. No phone calls, please. For more information about Spiva please visit The Executive Director is an exempt, full-time employee. Spiva Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Posted: 8/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is an independent,not-for-profit regional art center that traces its roots to a group of artists who formed the Ozark Artists Guild in 1948. Now located in the historic Cosgrove Building in downtown Joplin, Spiva offers year-round exhibitions and educational programming for all ages. Spiva serves a large geographical area that stretches from southwest Missouri into southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. Facilities include three galleries, gift shop, classrooms, and the Rachel Salzer Art Library/public meeting room. 

Historically, Spiva’s support comes from a mix of individual and corporate gifts, exhibition sponsorships, grants from foundations and trusts, and membership contributions. Additional income is derived from exhibit admissions, class tuition, sales of art and gift shop sales.

Spiva is a place to experience, learn about, create and collect art. It’s a place to celebrate the creative experience!

The Education Coordinator position requires an energetic, creative self-starter, with a strong interest in arts education for adults and children, and classroom training and experience. This is a part-time paid Spiva staff position, demanding an estimated average of 20 hours per week, with a variable schedule.

  • With input from Spiva’s Education Committee and the Executive Director, design, schedule and organize year-round classes for all ages. (Highlights include summer Art Camps for preschoolers and 6- to 12-year-olds, Tween Lock-in, Art Lounge for teens, PhotoSpiva Kids and PhotoSpiva Tweens classes and exhibits, and the annual Third Grade Field Trips.)
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise art education instructional staff, including lead teachers and classroom assistants.
  • Recruit, train and supervise classroom volunteers.
  • Analyze revenue and program cost data to determine budget priorities.
  • Implement program plans according to approved budget: order needed materials, schedule events and handle administrative details such as background checks, teachers’ invoices and requests for reimbursement.
  • Update classes on Active Network website,, and in conjunction with PR Coordinator, on Facebook; coordinate cancellations with Bookkeeper and Assistant Director.
  • Order, organize and maintain art supply inventory.
  • Oversee classroom set up, organization, cleanup, and preparation for subsequent classes.  
  • Publicize programs through bi-monthly education flyers, newsletter articles, and effective displays for education case.
  • Register for, design and create annual spring/summer bulletin board at Joplin Public Library.
  • Work with Exhibits Coordinator on educational events related to exhibits (e.g., Art in the Afternoon, First Thursdays, Lunch& Learn gallery events and/or hands-on workshops with exhibiting artists).
  • Outreach: Work with the Joplin Schools art department (attend first meeting of the year to promote Spiva, meet teachers); represent Spiva as Bright Futures partner with Joplin Schools art department; work with area colleges to develop art education internship program.
  • Plan and implement professional development events for area art teachers.
  • Attend monthly Education Committee meetings, most exhibit openings and other special Spiva events as requested.


This individual may complete other duties as requested to support the work of Spiva. Priorities will be evaluated with the Executive Director.

Education: Bachelor's Degree (four year college or university), Missouri teacher certification preferred
Experience: One to two years related experience
Computer Skills: Proficient in Publisher, Word, Excel and Facebook
Interpersonal: Excellent communication and social skills

Part-time position, varied hours. Occasional evenings and weekends required.

E-mail resume, three professional references, and cover letter with salary history to, subject: Education Coordinator. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: Saturday, September 12

Posted: 7/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

The 2015 Small Works Auction will quickly be upon us! 

From September 17 through October 23, the Regional Focus Gallery will overflow with dazzling, original art by Spiva member artists. Would you like to participate?

Here’s how: 
  • Swing by Spiva, pick up guideline and one Masonite board – 12x12", 9x12", or 6x6". 
  • Create a work of art that makes you proud. 
  • Complete your entry form and tag (and suggest a “Buy it now” price). 
  • Donate your work to Spiva between Sept. 8 and 12. 
  • Party at the opening Sept 18. 
  • Party at the closing October 23.
  • Accept our enthusiastic thanks for your generosity! 

Deadline for entries: 5pm, Saturday, September 12. No exceptions!
Hours: Tues–Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5. Closed Mondays.
Our thanks to the artists who make the auction possible, Herrman Lumber Co. for supplying the hardboard, and to Choice Marketing, proud sponsors of the 2015 Small Works Auction!

Entry forms and memberships information available by emailing

Spiva Issues Wearable Art Challenge
Deadline: Sunday, September 6

Posted: 7/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

Off the Wall: Wearable Art is Spiva's sixth challenge for area artists. It's time to shake it up, get creative, and have fun constructing off-the-wall clothing and accessories for the exhibition that opens in the Main Gallery September 19.

Artists are invited to create gallery-worthy art to wear--fun, funky, elegant, outrageous. Conventional and/or unconventional materials may be used, and any type of apparel qualifies: clothing, hats, masks, over-the-top accessories, suits or separates. 

Individuals and teams of artists may enter up to two pieces for the exhibit. This includes single items or full ensembles. Artists are encouraged to collaborate and high school and university art students are invited to enter. Unless entries can be hung on walls or sit on pedestals, artists must provide their own form of display. 

Entries may be submitted during regular gallery hours from Sunday, Aug. 30, through 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. There is no entry fee and Spiva membership is not required.

Email for an entry form.


Posted: 3/15/2015 12:00:00 AM


Taylor Alumbaugh  Taylor is an Art Education major at MSSU who has taught for Spiva’s Third Grade Field Trip program for the last two years. Her parents and two siblings are teachers and she is itching to share her passion for art with others. She is always looking for and driven by inspiration. She is excited about teaching the summer Drawing Camp and preschool camps. In her spare time,she loves staying active with sports and thrift-shopping for new craft projects.

Amber Baker –Amber is a graduate of MSSU with a BS in Art Education. She is a talented anime artist, and enjoys working with clay. Amber has taught Spiva’s Creation Station class, summer camps, anime, and clay classes. In her spare time she enjoys making steampunk jewelry and drawing anime.

Michelle Blevins – Michelle is finishing her third year as an elementary school teacher and has taught preschool for 1 year at MSSU. She has assisted with many of Spiva’s summer camps and is excited to teach our preschool camp, Animal Planet. Michelle loves animals and is looking forward to making new Spiva camp memories.

Lindsay BowersLindsay is a graduate of University of Missouri–St. Louis with a BFA in Graphic Design. She is a student at Missouri State University's Master of Arts in Teaching program. Lindsay has taught numerous children's classes at Spiva, including Creation Station, preschool camps and summer camps for 6- to 12-year-olds. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and making cards.

Carrie Cavitt – "Miss Carrie," owner of the Plaid Giraffe Preschool, has taught and loved   preschool children in the area for over 20 years. Miss Carrie has been teaching summer art courses to children at Spiva for over five years. She loves to teach children to use their       imaginations to create art in fun and different ways.

Beth Christodoulou Lawson – Beth teaches art at Carthage Middle School and the Arts and Crafts class at MSSU. She enjoys teaching, especially fiber arts.Some of the classes she has taught at Spiva Center for the Arts include Fiber Arts Camp, Silk Scarf Sun Prints, and Music and Mayhem.

Jane McCaulley – Art has always been Jane's passion. Jane is retired from 36 years of teaching art in the public schools of Indiana. She has seven years’ experience with fused glass. Jane loves teaching fused glass and mosaics to young and old.This is her sixth year teaching at Spiva.

Jesse McCormick – A Carthage native, Jesse spent most of his working life in California as an engineer. He returned to the Midwest in 2003 to focus on his career in art, and he now resides in Carterville. Jesse has taught the Memories in the Making® class at Spiva since its inception.

Karalee McDonaldKaralee graduated from MSSU with a degree in art education. In her   spare time she loves to paint and do fused glass. She is Spiva's education coordinator, and every chance she gets, she is in the classroom doing what she loves– teaching.

Amber Mintert – Amber is associate professor of art education at MSSU. She taught 
at Webb City High School for 10 years and at Crowder College for five. Her credentials include a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education K-12 from MSU and a Masters in Secondary Education from PSU. This is her third year teaching at Spiva.

Allison Rogers – Allison is a fun combination of teacher and artist. She has taught in public schools for 10 years and loves taking every opportunity to expand her students' love of art. This is Allison's third year teaching Spiva's summer Photography Camp. In her spare time she loves photography and bookmaking.

Lacey Santillan Lacey has taught art in the Joplin school district for four years and currently teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3-D art at Joplin High School. She really enjoys 3-D art and for the past four years has shared her love of ceramics with Spiva’s youngest students, tots aged three to five.

Sarah Serio Sarah is a working artist in ceramics who also exhibits nationally in printmaking. She is president of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, serves on the Neosho Arts Council Board of Directors, and is a member of Spiva Center for the Arts, Mid-America Print Council, Midwest Clay Artists,and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.