For more information or images, members of the media may contact:

Public Relations Coordinator, at 417.623.0183 or

CALL FOR AUTHORS of Poetry and Prose:
7th Annual 1000 Words event, 6:30 p.m., April 14
Authors: Register by April 10!

Posted: 3/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and the 85 images appearing in PhotoSpiva 2015 (Main Gallery, March 7-May 3) are waiting to inspire writers for the seventh annual 1000 Words event.

Authors are invited to pick one or two exhibited photos to use as springboards for poems or prose. The public is invited to attend the 1000 Words reading at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Main Gallery. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photos via QR codes.

Learn more: Authors should contact Shaun Conroy, or 417.623.0183, no later than April 10 to register for the event. 

Note to authors: Poems and essays do not need to 1000 words in lenght!

FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition
May 7-9

Posted: 3/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

Filmmakers, it's time to recruit your dream team: the screenwriters, actors, set designers and videographers who will help you create an award-winning three-minute film to enter in the sixth annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition in May.

Last year was the first year entries were screened at Central Christian Center, formerly the Fox Theater, at 415 S. Main St. In Conroy's opinion, "That new element made last year's competition the best so far. The filmmakers enjoyed seeing their work on the big screen and it was an opportunity for a lot of Joplin residents to see the inside of that grand old theater."

Contestants will meet in Spiva's Main Gallery at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 7, to receive this year's criteria. Then, they have 48 hours to complete their three-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6 p.m., Saturday, May 9.

Films will again be shown at Central Christian Center during the May 21 Third Thursday event. Winning films are determined by popular vote and awards will be presented t 8:30 that evening.

Learn more: contact Shaun Conroy,


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.