About 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 are 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.
A bronze bust of each honoree has been sculpted and placed on a pedestal along with a plaque explaining their role as a champion for the marginalized group and placed in a sculpture park setting.
Pulling the art park together is 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 was the primary sculptor for the busts and the large dynamic sculpture anchoring the sculpture park, other artists and experts were involved with the fabrication and installation of the project.
“To celebrate the unity and awareness in our communities by recognizing and honoring courageous persons who sought justice and equality”
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.