Cultural Affairs Archives

Things to Do in Columbia: First Fridays

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Things to Do in Columbia: First Fridays

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Head down to the North Village Arts District on the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to experience a one-of-a-kind FREE art crawl. Galleries, shops and business will be open to the public with music, ...

Behind the Scenes: Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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Behind the Scenes: Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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For 24 years, the city of Columbia has come together to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also to continue his dream of a diverse and inclusive community. This year a record-breaking 1100...

Traffic Box Art: Breaking the Rules

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Traffic Box Art: Breaking the Rules

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Each year the City of Columbia, Missouri, invites artists living in mid-Missouri to create art on traffic signal boxes in the heart of our downtown area. The City Channel sat down with 2018 winner Brittany Williamson ...

Columbia Values Diversity: Student Writings 2018

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Columbia Values Diversity: Student Writings 2018

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This video was included as part of the 25th Annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration. Students in grades 4–12 were invited to submit original essays or poetry for possible publication in the 2018 Columbia Values D...

New MKT Trail Mural to be Unveiled Aug. 1

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New MKT Trail Mural to be Unveiled Aug. 1

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The Stewart Road Underpass along the MKT Trail just got a little brighter. Join us on Tuesday, August 1, at 5 p.m. for the public unveiling of the Stewart Road Mural, "Make a Brighter Future," painted by young and eme...

40th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show (2017)

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40th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show (2017)

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Mark your calendars! The Heritage Festival and Craft Show is this weekend Sept. 16 & 17 from 10 am to 5 pm. Live entertainment, education, shopping, and dining come together at historic Nifong Park for two days pr...

Strategic Plan 2018 Update

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Strategic Plan 2018 Update

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Three years ago, in 2015, City Manager Mike Matthes announced a citywide strategic plan to reduce economic inequality in Columbia, Missouri. Each year, an annual report is presented to Council to recap the progress ma...

2020 Columbia Values Diversity Award Winner Nikki McGruder

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2020 Columbia Values Diversity Award Winner Nikki McGruder

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Each year, the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration Planning Committee recognizes citizens who make significant contributions to our community through the Columbia Values Diversity Award program. This year's recipien...

Traffic Box Art: A Brush with History

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Traffic Box Art: A Brush with History

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Amanda Harms is a writer, illustrator, and now, traffic box artist. Harms, who believes that it’s never too late to start something new, explains how she juggles her family, career, and creative interests. You can fin...

Student Diversity Writing 2019

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Student Diversity Writing 2019

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This video was included as part of the 26th Annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration. Students in grades 4–12 were invited to submit original essays or poetry for possible publication in the 2019 Columbia Values D...