Serving as the heart of Joplin’s art community since 1947, Spiva invites visitors to discover, create, and collect art. Local, regional, national, and international talent is showcased here in rotating exhibits throughout the year. The center also hosts PhotoSpiva, the oldest continually-running photography competition west of the Mississippi River, with entries from artists from all over the country. Spiva also offers art classes in a variety of mediums. Located off the lobby of this art center, the gift shop features fun, useful, and eclectic original work by local and regional artists. Meeting space is available for events or groups. Open Tuesday through Saturday.