The Creative Learning Alliance was built from the Vision 2022 Quality of Life Destination Committee. In May 2017, Vision Joplin 2022 presented several recommendations to the city council. These recommendations were compiled by nearly 150 community members serving on various committees: governance, health and wellness, job growth, marketing and branding, and quality of life. Among these ideas, one concept that was well received and supported by City Council was that of a children’s museum. Since then, a group of professionals, concerned citizens and educators have been exploring, and actively pursuing, the creation of a hands-on, STEAM-based attraction.
- Our vision is to engage people of all ages in hands-on learning, driven by curiosity and play.
- Our mission is to create a hands-on, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) based attraction that exercises curiosity, promotes exploration, and develops imagination through interactivity.
The Science Center
Among other things, these are some benefits noted in a feasibilty study done on the proposed science center in Joplin:
- Educational opportunities — the center will serve as an educational and professional development resource for current and future generations. Specifically, the center has the opportunity to provide science lab space for elementary aged children and provide additional arts programming that may not be regionally available in all schools.
- Family Resource — currently, there are limited options where family activities and children’s play can take place and the center will act as a key space for families to gather and spend time together.
- Economic benefits — the center will support the area’s economic development in several ways. It will be an attraction that brings new visitors to the region and provides a destination for area residents to visit rather than traveling to facilities outside of the area. The center will highlight the area’s brand as an attractive place to live and visit. It will support positive educational outcomes for area children in their formative years. It will also add to the existing roster of educational and cultural attractions, which could spur further development in addition to complementing the existing mix.
- 2021: launch website and social media, recruit volunteers, determine location of center, develop concept renderings
- 2022: Deploy mobile museum, launch capital campaign, build a parent/youth advisory board
- 2023: Hire an Executive Director, break ground
- 2024: Construction
- 2025: Grand opening