Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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2019 Celebration!

We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Artistic Director. In general, the Artistic Director is responsible for the creation of a 20-25 minute artistic presentation; the recruitment of volunteer musicians, actors, dancers and other artists as appropriate; scheduling rehearsals; and directing the artistic presentation at the celebration. A stipend of $2000 is provided with funds available for other program needs.

Download RFP Guide & Instructions.

The submission deadline is August 22. Questions can be sent to

An Annual Celebration of the Life and Teachings of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration brings people together from throughout our community to share breakfast and a special program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The theme for the 2018 Celebration was “Forward in Unity: Embracing Our Beloved Community.” The program included performances representing the rich diversity of our community, live music at the breakfast followed by the presentation of the 21st annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards. The keynote speaker was Kevin Powell, writer, humanitarian, and President of BK Nation.

View the full 2018 event video:

The 2018 Columbia Values Diversity Awards were presented to Veterans United Home Loans, Brian Jones, and Stacye Smith.

Mayor Treece with Veterans United award winners
Employees from 2018 Diversity Award winner Veterans United pose with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.
Stacye Smith & Brian Jones with Mayor Treece
2018 Diversity Award winners Stacye Smith and Brian Jones pose with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.

Please e-mail us at or call us at (573) 874-7311 if you would like more information or to be added to our 2019 Celebration mailing list.