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