Creative Learning Alliance is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in their mission to engage
people of all ages in hands-on, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based learning driven
by curiosity and play. They have purchased the former Joplin Public Library, located at 300 S. Main, that will serve
as the future home of the as yet unnamed Science Center. This acquisition marks a pivotal moment in their
commitment to fostering scientific curiosity and knowledge in our region.
The new building boasts space that will be dedicated to open exploration, play, and learning for the families of
the region, offering a vast canvas for the creation of an innovative and immersive science center. This facility will
also enable expansion of educational programming, introduce regular open hours, and host birthday parties and
field trips, making science more accessible and engaging for people of all ages.
“We are excited to embark on this new chapter in our journey to inspire and educate future generations of
scientists, engineers, and innovators,” said Neely Myers, Creative Learning Alliance Executive Director. “This new
building represents not only a physical expansion but also a commitment to feeding the natural thirst of children
and families for knowledge and exploration.” Myers added “The acquisition of this new building has been made
possible through the generous support of donors and partners who share the vision of Creative Learning
Alliance. Without their unwavering commitment to STEAM education, none of this would be possible. We are in
the early stages of planning the transformation of this building into a vibrant science center and downtown
attraction, and we invite our community to join us on this exciting journey. Stay tuned for updates on our
progress and opportunities to get involved.”
Key highlights of the upcoming Science Center include:
Interactive Exhibits: The science center will feature hands-on, interactive exhibits covering a wide range
of STEAM disciplines.
Educational Programs: A diverse array of educational programs, playshops, and events designed to spark
curiosity and passion for STEAM among children, students, and adults will be scheduled.
Community Engagement: The center will serve as a hub for scientific discussion and discovery, fostering
collaboration and dialogue among scientists, educators, and the public.
Accessibility: Creative Learning Alliance is committed to ensuring that the science center is accessible to
all members of the region, including those with special needs, through inclusive design and
The Creative Learning Alliance is a hands-on STEAM based attraction that exercises curiosity, promotes
exploration, and develops imagination for people of all ages through interactivity. The nonprofit is run by a
volunteer board of directors working together to make this dream a reality for the region. Find the Creative
Learning Alliance at CreativeLearningAlliance.org or on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok
For more information about Creative Learning Alliance and the upcoming Science Center, please contact Neely