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Honoring Men of Color

This year Community Celebration of Place explored new creative processes in developing this year’s theme, Honoring Men of Color. Our students were young male men of color who had the opportunity to hear and honor Elders Edgar Young Jr., David Branch and Reverend Richard Coleman at Lucy Craft Laney Community School. The entire creative process was captured by innovative filmmaker ADDAM in “Honoring Men of Color: Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song.”

We developed new artistic alliances with some of the great young talent in the Twin Cities area. Toki Wright, noted Hip-Hop artist, came in to teach and help create musical works with Julia Sewell, founder of SWAG (Scholars Working to Ascend a Generation). Jeremiah Bey, visual artist and storyteller, worked with the young men to create drawings depicting the lyrics of their original songs.

The students recorded their original works at the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA recording studio, an event that was a delight to the young men involved.

These recordings with the student based artwork are now featured on the following YouTube videos:

It’s Difficult to Go From A Boy To A Man

We Are Rich People

Just Be Proud


Honoring Men of ColorAll three songs were published in a beautiful book, Honoring Men of Color by Young Men of Color. This book, along with audio CD, were featured at a school celebration that reversed our usual approach and honored the students.

News & Events

Cashton, WI - 8th Grade Leadership will host a Cashton Community Celebration in honor of Mrs. Marian Sullivan Schwarz’s 104th Birthday at the Cashton Community Hall on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  

Community Celebration of Place is partnering with Little Free Library on Saturday, May 21, in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first-ever Little Free Library Festival.

Join highly acclaimed author Kent Nerburn and Larry Long, Executive Director of Community Celebration of Palce for an evening of songs, stories and music.

Save Our History!

During 2017-2018, it is a primary program of Community Celebration of Place to transfer their collection into archives that will be open to the public for generations to come

We can not do this work without you.


My heartfelt thanks to Larry Long and all the voices from which our history continues to generate encouragement, enthusiasm and wisdom.

Arlo Guthrie, Songwriter, Son of Woody Guthrie

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