Cultural Affairs Archives

MKT Mural: We Are All Crew

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MKT Mural: We Are All Crew

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The latest MKT trail mural, located near the Elm Street underpass, was a collaboration between the Union of Concerned Scientists and Resident Arts. The design was inspired by a quote by the Canadian futurist and philo...

2019 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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2019 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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The 2019 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration was held the morning of Thursday, January 17, at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, Missouri. This year's theme: The Power of Diversity. The Columbia Values Diversi...

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...

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...

Community Painting Opportunity

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Community Painting Opportunity

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Resident Arts invites all members of the public to participate in a new mural being painted on the wall of the Elm Street underpass of the MKT Trail. In the event of pos...

2018 Heritage Festival and Craft Show

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2018 Heritage Festival and Craft Show

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A look back at this year's Heritage Festival and Craft Show, where visitors were "taken back to the traditions of the past." The Heritage Festival featured tons of fun and informative activities for all ages: Traditio...

Third MKT Trail Mural to be Unveiled Aug. 1

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Third MKT Trail Mural to be Unveiled Aug. 1

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The third in a series of murals along the MKT Trail will be unveiled in a public ceremony Wednesday, August 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at Flat Branch Park near the Elm Street underpass. Reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,...

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...

Things to Do in Columbia: Explore First Fridays on St. James Street

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Things to Do in Columbia: Explore First Fridays on St. James Street

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Each first Friday of the month, locals and visitors explore the North Village Arts District to experience a one-of-a-kind FREE art crawl. Amidst the galleries, businesses, and shops open to the public, one unique craf...

2018 Art in the Park

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2018 Art in the Park

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The 2018 Art in the Park festival celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. The event took place in Stephens Lake Park and featured artwork by local and national artists, live music, food vendors and a children's act...