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Celebrating Community in lowa

The Crisis Magazine | Fall 2014by: Lottie L. Joiner Sculpture Park in Sioux City, Iowa recognizes everyday heroes. In each state, city, small town or local community you’ll find those who mode a difference in the lives of others, stood up to power, took a stand for justice and fought for what was right. Sioux City, Iowa, is recognizing its local heroes with a sculpture park. According to the Celebrating Community Project website, the park will honor “the strength, commitment […]

Fundraising lag pushes back diversity sculpture project

Sioux City Journal | 11/01/14by: T.J. SIOUX CITY | An art installation promoting diversity at the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center may have to be pushed back to next year as fundraising efforts continue. So far, organizers have raised approximately $200,000 of the $500,000 needed to complete the Celebrating Community Project. But Flora Lee, president of the Celebrating Community Foundation, said the shortfall is only a delay. The group commissioned McCook Lake artist Mark Avery to sculpt 13 […]

Sculptures will enhance downtown, enrich community

Sioux City Journal | 5/28/14by: Editorial Praise is due organizers of the Celebrating Community Project. This wonderful collaboration of private and public sectors speaks to local art, history, culture and diversity and will contribute a new dimension to the continuing transformation of downtown. Earlier this month, the City Council formally accepted the donation of 13 bronze busts of, according to the project website, “… people who have taken selfless action to help those that have been marginalized in our […]

Sioux City Council accepts sculptures for diversity project

Sioux City Journal | 5/20/14by: Greg SIOUX CITY | Pedestrians on Nebraska Street could one day come face to face with the unsung leaders of the Siouxland community. The Sioux City Council on Monday formally accepted the donation of 13 bronze busts of people who dedicated their lives to represent minority and marginalized groups in Siouxland. The busts are being sculpted by Mark Avery, of McCook Lake, S.D. The Celebrating Community Project is planned for the east side of […]

Sioux City Council to take up agreement on sculpture project

Sioux City Journal | 5/19/14by: Greg SIOUX CITY | The City Council on Monday is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Celebrating Community Foundation and Mark Avery Studios that would advance installation of a tribute to brave Siouxlanders. The project would feature 13 bronze busts, created by sculptor Mark Avery, representing residents “who have taken selfless action to help those who have been marginalized in our community.” Those immortalized as bronze sculptures represented groups including the […]

Celebrating Community Project: Design Through Sculpture

Siouxland Magazine | Spring 2014 Isuueby: Jennifer, It only takes one person to make a ripple in the ocean of humanity and change the world.  That is the message that Celebrating Community Project, the NAACP, and local artis, Mark Avery, wants to convey through the thirteen bronze busts that will soon rest outside of the Martin Luther King Transportation Center Sioux City. The sculpture park started out as a simple idea to give back to those who shaped the […]

Park to feature ‘everyday heros’

The Des Moines Register | Published November 4, 2013Author: Barbara Rodriguez, Associated An Artist is highlighting the work of more than a dozen community leaders in the Sioux City area by creating bronze sculptures of the individuals for a diversity park. Mark Avery has spent countless hours in his studio meticulously sculpting busts of people he said have been champions of equality and justice, and have helped individuals marginalized in the community. “They’re really what we refer to as […]

Sioux City sculpture park seeks private donations

Sioux City Journal | Published October 26, 2013Author: Nate Private fundraising has started for a $540,000 sculpture park celebrating Sioux City’s cultural and racial diversity. Mark Avery, the lead artist for the Diversity Sculpture Park project, said about $70,000 has been raised through grants since April.  Private fundraising is expected to last through the next six months in order to raise the remainder of the funds. The park, to be located downtown along the Nebraska Street side of the […]

Diversity Sculpture Park will honor 14

Sioux City Journal | Published March 21, 2013Author: Lynn Mark Avery is on a spiritual quest to find the hearts and souls of 14 Siouxlanders. Before he beings fashioning each person’s likeness in clay, Avery needs to know more than what each one looked like. “I want to capture their personality, emotion and spirit, as well as their face in clay,” he told me Tuesday as he sculpted the head of the late community leader Marilyn Murphy. Murphy’s bust […]