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Spiva exhibit book on 2011 tornado available for the storm's third anniversary

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Spiva exhibit book on 2011 tornado available for the storm's third anniversary

In observance of the third anniversary of the deadly EF-5 tornado that devastated Joplin on May 22, 2011, Spiva Center for the Arts is making available a book that documents the hope and gratitude of survivors of the storm.

Dear World, From Joplin With Love documents an exhibit of the same name that Spiva hosted as part of the first anniversary of the storm. More than 100 tornado survivors, city officials, first responders, volunteers and others shared their stories and messages of strength and resilience through photographer Robert X. Fogarty's distinct message-on-skin portrait style.

Fogarty is the founder of Dear World, a photographic platform for sharing messages of survivors of great devastation from natural disasters. His projects have focused on New Orleans, Japan, Haiti, Tuscaloosa, and the Eastern Seaboard that was damaged Hurricane Sandy. His most recent Dear World project focused on remembrance of the Boston Marathon bombing.

While Fogarty photographed 116 people for the Joplin Dear World exhibit, Spiva had limited gallery space, so only 50 portraits could be included. The book includes all 116 photographs that were taken on location at sites throughout town and during two open photo sessions in which the public was invited to participate. The book also includes the narratives that were included in the exhibit.

The decision to create the book was an easy one, says Jo Mueller, Spiva executive director. "The work is too meaningful to relegate it to a one-time exhibit," she says. "The book allows us to fulfill Robert's purpose with his Dear World series: to communicate to the world and perhaps provide encouragement for communities that have faced their own devastating times. Three years, or even 10 years later, the book is still comforting."

The books, sponsored by Freeman Health System, sell for $25 and may be purchased at Spiva, 222 W. Third St. Books also may be ordered with credit card by phoning Spiva at 417-623-0183.

Spiva is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sundays. The Center is closed Mondays.

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