About the Project

arc2About the Celebrating Community Project

The Celebrating Community Project applauds the strength, commitment and fortitude of common, ordinary people who represent the best of humanity in Siouxland. These are people who have taken selfless action to help those that have been marginalized in our community. They will be honored for demonstrating an unrivaled commitment to helping others. Some have accomplished small tasks that are great and noble, and others have made a positive difference through acts of courage and sacrifice. The one thing they have in common is that they have given their energy, and heart to advocate for equal opportunity and justice for the members of their community.

Each Honoree will have a bronze bust sculpted and placed on pedestals along with a plaque that will explain their role as a champion for the marginalized group and placed in a sculpture park setting.

Pulling the art park together will be a large sculpted arc displaying the inspirational sculpture park theme:
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

In the beginning!

The project is the brain child of Mark and Terri Avery. Mark sculpted a bust of Martin Luther King that he and Terri donated to the NAACP to grace the front of Sioux City’s Martin Luther King Transportation Center. From this project the idea for the sculpture park was ignited and a committee was formed once Flora Lee and the NCAAP signed on to help drive the project.    Visit Local NCAAP’s website… Visit National NCAAP’s website…

While Mark will be the primary sculptor for the busts, and the large dynamic sculpture anchoring the sculpture park, other sculptors will be hired to assist with the welding and the casting of the bronzes.

Thanks to the enthusiasm for the project additional phases are being discussed which would open opportunities for the talents of many artists in the future.

Project Mission

“To celebrate the unity and awareness in our communities by recognizing and honoring courageous persons who sought justice and equality”

The Impact

It is our hope that the project will educate and engage the observer in the essential connection of good intent, causing them to pause and pay closer attention to every life.

Behind the Project!
The Celebrating Community Sculpture Park Project is being developed through a partnership with the NAACP and the Celebrating Community Foundation: a non-profit 510(c)(3) (tax-exempt organization), made up of a diverse group of Siouxland Citizens who see this project as a way to honor those marginalized in our community and the collective quest for justice and equal opportunity that is a rich and important part of our heritage.