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Connect2Culture hosts Grand Opening of Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex

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Cornell Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Joplin’s Arts and Entertainment non-profit, Connect2Culture, celebrated a significant milestone this weekend with the opening of the Cornell Complex. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro was there and filed this report.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the 47,000-square-foot complex on 7th Street between S. Wall and S. Joplin Avenue took place on February 1st of last year.

Just days after the Joplin city council approved a memorandum of understanding to gift the land, the complex was built on 100’s of guests, art lovers, and children turned out for the opening—Executive Director of Connect2Culture Emily Frankoski speaking at the ribbon cutting Saturday afternoon.

“We are so thankful to so many people who helped us realize this, this wonderful facility. And Connect 2 Culture is so thankful to finally have a space of our own to call home. You know, being in this kind of space, this intentional home to the arts, will allow us to greatly expand all of our performance offerings. Usually, we have 4 to 6 shows a year. Now we’re going to 16+.”

Connect2Culture and ProMusica Joplin will host the Schumann Quartet and pianist Jon Nakamatsu at the Cornell Complex tomorrow night. The performance is free to attend, but you are encouraged to register. Information at ProMusicaJoplin.org/events.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.