Celebrating Community Project Dedicates Installment of Bronze Sculptures
Sioux City, Iowa – Celebrating Community Project dedicates five bronze sculptures honoring the courage, sacrifice and selflessness of ordinary Siouxlanders Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The dedication ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. at the MLK Transportation Center in Sioux City, Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.
A short program, including special music, highlights the extraordinary contributions of each honoree. The honorees include: Native/Indigenous Americans: Susan LaFlesche Picotte, M.D.; Homeless Americans: Mike Wood; African Americans: Evelyn Freeman; Women’s Advocate: Marilyn Murphy; and Victims of Domestic Violence: Rhoda Tenuta. Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.
This milestone also marks renaming the project the “Rudy and Flora Lee Celebrating Community Project” in honor of their lifelong dedication to equality and justice. The sculpture park is open for public viewing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The project is being developed by Siouxland native and sculptor, Mark Avery and his wife, Terri. Inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” this unique project is about people, passion, art, education, history, survival, hope, and most of all inspiration. The project encourages individuals to recognize that we are more alike than we are different, to celebrate our differences, and reminds us that we can have a positive impact in the lives of others.
The NAACP and the Celebrating Community Foundation co-sponsored the sculpture park in cooperation with the City of Sioux City. Funding was provided through foundation grants, corporate donations and individual donations. No taxpayer funds were used for this project. Upon completion, this public art project will be given to the citizens of Sioux City.
Previously dedicated sculptures include honorees: Hispanic/Latino Americans: Tomasa Salas; Jewish Americans: Rabbi Albert Gordon; Asian Americans: Nguyen Thi Hong Cuc; Elderly: Beulah Webb; Children’s Advocate: George Boykin; Veterans: Sergeant First Class John Raymond Rice; Disabled Americans: Richard T. Owens; and Recovery from Addiction/Substance Abuse: Connie Spain.