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The Emancipation Celebration Committee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts the annual Emancipation Park Days Celebration. Park Days began over 100 years ago, celebrating the freeing of the last slaves. This celebration is a 3 day event that is held locally in Ewert Park and is free and open to the public. At the event people can learn about African American history, culture and achievement through public speakers, music, food, dance and much more.

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is Joplin's independent community arts center.  Year round, exhibitions and special events in three galleries feature local, regional and nationally known artists; hands-on classes attract students of all ages.

The young child known as the "Plant Doctor" tended his secret garden while observing the day-to-day operations of a 19th century farm. Nature and nurture ultimately influenced George on his quest for education to becoming a renowned agricultural scientist, educator, and humanitarian.

CBA is a 501c3 that exists as a "Friends of the Park" association for the George Washington Carver National Monument.

Joplin Museum Complex is home to the Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum, Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum, The Empire District Electric Company Museum, The Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

The Wildcat Glades Friends Group was formed to protect the area known as Wildcat Park and the surrounding chert glade environment, habitat, and wildlife by promoting awareness and sustainability, providing education and recreation space and programs, and sponsoring nature-based activities.

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