The Black History Commission of Arkansas and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Advisory Board plan to work together to find ways to preserve and promote African American History in Arkansas.
Several members of the Black History Commission of Arkansas attended the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Advisory Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the cultural center at 501 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock.
“I’m glad to have this joint meeting,” said Ryan Davis, chairman of the MTCC Advisory Board as of January. “One of the pieces of the Black History Commission’s mission is to propagate the teaching of black history – black Arkansas history in particular – in Arkansas schools. I’m grateful Mosaic Templars also reflects part of that same mission, and I’m grateful to discuss our overlapping missions.”
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history and culture in Arkansas. The Black History Commission collects materials on Arkansas’s black history and history makers for the Arkansas State Archives and works to raise awareness of the contributions and impact of African Americans on Arkansas history.
Commissioners said they are interested in finding ways to work with MTCC to promote and preserve African American history in Arkansas. That partnership could include Curtis Sykes grants, which the Black History Commission of Arkansas awards quarterly.
The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program offers grants of up to $3,500 to provide support for African American historical preservation and public programming projects in Arkansas. The most recent awardees include two book projects and a play, which will be at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Feb. 28 and 29.
MTCC has been working with its sister agencies, including the Arkansas Arts Council, to bring new and exciting exhibitions to the museum, said MTCC Director Christina Shutt. Collaboration with the Black History Commission that could increase education and public outreach for African American history and culture would be welcomed, added Carla Coleman, Black History Commission of Arkansas chair.
The Black History Commission of Arkansas will meet next at noon Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Arkansas State Archives. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Advisory Board will meet next at noon Tuesday, April 14, at the center. The meetings are open to the public.