Category Heart of the City

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...

Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Neighborhoods

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Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Neighborhoods

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On November 29, 2018, the City of Columbia hosted a Fair Housing event: Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Neighborhoods, which featured a keynote address by Dr. Tiffany Manuel. Dr. Manuel is an experienced social scie...

Veterans Day Meet Up 2018

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Veterans Day Meet Up 2018

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Once again honoring the military service of city staff and family members who served, city employees were invited to gather to share stories and camaraderie over Friday morning coffee. New faces, new stories ...

CARE Interns Paint New Mural at Oak Towers

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CARE Interns Paint New Mural at Oak Towers

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A group of local artists surprised residents at Oak Towers with a new art mural. The City of Columbia Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE) interns trained with local nonprofit Jabberwocky Studios to learn about ...

Community Scholars 2018

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Community Scholars 2018

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For the second year in a row, a select group of local high school students have received a rare opportunity to explore what it is like to work for the City of Columbia. The 2018 Community Scholars program invited 15 i...

MKT Trail Mural at Elm Street Overpass

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MKT Trail Mural at Elm Street Overpass

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The third in a series of public art projects along the MKT Trail, the mural, "Nature is Our Shared Identity," was painted by students enrolled in Columbia Parks and Recreation's CARE program. The artists partnered wit...

CMCA Poverty Simulator

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CMCA Poverty Simulator

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City of Columbia Strategic Plan partner Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) conducts 3-hour poverty simulations based on real-world case studies of former clients. Poverty Simulations are designed for those who h...

The Lynn Street Project

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The Lynn Street Project

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The Columbia Community Land Trust is working on their first affordable housing project: The Lynn Street Cottages. By Winter 2018, eight new energy-efficient single-family homes will be available for low- to moderate-i...

Live Well By Faith Part 2

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Live Well By Faith Part 2

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Entering its second year, the new City program "Live Well By Faith" is transforming the lives of local residents. Funded by a two-year grant to address health disparities in the Black community, Health Educator Verna ...