Connect 2 Culture broke ground and history in downtown Joplin on Monday during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex. The non-profit arts agency has raised funds for over a decade and looked at several sites before deciding on the former parking lot of Memorial Hall. President of the Cornell Complex and Chair of Connect2Culture Sharon Beshore speaking at Monday’s event. ”The vision for this public/private initiative started a long time ago in 2009. It was a long and winding road that we traveled. And we ended up having a tornado if you can remember that.” Once completed, the 37,000 square foot complex will include a 470 indoor performance hall in addition to an outdoor amphitheater that could accommodate as many as 2,200 visitors. The Cornell Complex will be the new home of Connect 2 Culture and the Spiva Center for the Arts. It’s expected to be completed in late 2022.