Crowdfunding Results

Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts (Spiva) are pleased to announce that their month-long crowdfunding effort for The Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex (The Cornell Complex) far exceeded expectations.

The crowdfunding effort, held June 3–July 3, 2019, began with a $5,000 match from an anonymous donor – making the initial goal for this specific campaign $10,000 (i.e. $5,000 from the match, plus $5,000 in other contributions). All crowdfunding contributions were accepted through “Cause Momentum,” a crowdfunding platform powered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Due to the generosity of this community, the initial $5,000 was raised before deadline and the anonymous donor was inspired to match all donations, surpassing the initial $5,000 match, through the deadline (i.e. overall, the anonymous donor matched, dollar-for-dollar, for all donations to the month-long effort). By July 3, 2019, a grand total of $20,710 had been raised through the month-long crowdfunding effort.

The Cornell Complex Launch Party, hosted by C2C and Spiva on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the site location, was the official kick-off of this specific crowdfunding effort. The event attracted over 175 attendees, bringing together city and state officials, donors, arts and cultural organizations, and citizens in support of The Cornell Complex. It was there that C2C and Spiva announced they had exceeded the $14 million amount needed to fulfill the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Joplin and move forward with the project. Cash received, at that time, was reported totaling $5,132,783. Pledges from 192 individuals, businesses, foundations, and groups totaled $14,658,216. Efforts to continue positive momentum and reach the ultimate fundraising goal of $16 million for The Cornell Complex sparked the creation of this month-long crowdfunding effort.

C2C and Spiva would like to thank all generous donors who contributed to this crowdfunding project. Money raised during the month-long crowdfunding effort will contribute to the $16 million ultimately needed for the The Cornell Complex. 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.

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.

Crowdfunding Effort Announced

Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts (Spiva) hosted The Cornell Complex Launch Party on Monday, June 3, 2019 on the Memorial Hall parking lot. The event, attracting over 175 in attendance, brought together city and state officials, donors, arts and cultural organizations, and citizens in support of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex. There, C2C and Spiva announced they had exceeded the $14 million amount needed to fulfill the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Joplin and move forward with the project. Cash received was reported totaling $5,132,783. Pledges from 192 individuals, businesses, foundations, and groups totaled $14,658,216.

Fundamental donors for major aspects of the complex were recognized and honored, including: Harry M. Cornell (lead gift/naming rights), Dr. Lance and Sharon Beshore (Connect2Culture Performance Hall), Freeman Health System (Spiva Main Galleries), Leggett & Platt Incorporated (Festival Plaza/Amphitheater), Crossland Construction Company (Third Floor Rooftop Terrace Venue), and Harry M. Cornell (Spiva Permanent Collection Gallery).

Letters of intent were also signed by both the architects (DLR Group and Corner Greer and Associates) and the construction manager (Crossland Construction Company) for the project.

When completed, the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex will be a state-of-the-art facility with a modern performance hall, outdoor amphitheater, stunning rooftop terrace, and community spaces. It will also become a home for Connect2Culture and a new home for Spiva Center for the Arts.

Efforts to reach the ultimate goal of $16 million has spurred momentum and the creation of a month-long crowdfunding effort. Additionally, thanks to an anonymous donor, gifts received during this limited time will be matched (i.e. $10 = $20, $50 = $100, etc.). It is hoped that many more donors, contributing gifts of all sizes, will get involved at this time to take advantage of the match. Those interested in helping create a home for the arts in Joplin are encouraged to give now at https://cfozarks.org/cornellcomplex.

The Cornell Complex Launch Party

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Come visit the site of Joplin’s future home for the arts – the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex – for a launch party! Join Connect2Culture and Spiva Center for the Arts, and enjoy music, get the latest update, recognize donors, and preview next steps for this exciting project. Free and open to the public.

More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org,417.625.6683.