Mission of the Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
The mission of the Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is to serve as a fundraising nonprofit to generate funds to address the unfunded priorities and needs of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center supports the MTCC through a multi-faceted approach to further education and outreach initiatives that increase awareness of the contributions made by Arkansas African Americans to the local community, state, region and world.
The Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, an independent 501 c 3 organization, goal is to develop and implement strategies to raise funds in support of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s mission to preserve, interpret and celebrate Arkansas's African American history and culture.
What We Do
The Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (FMTCC) accomplishes its mission by focusing on the following:
- Raising funds by conducting fundraising events or activities to support unfunded needs of the education program or activities of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
- Supporting and engaging in activities and events that generate awareness of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
- Providing financial support, when appropriate, to support the expansion of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
- Conducting an annual signature fundraising event that is in the spirit and of the caliber of the historic Ninth Street era.
In 2008, a group of citizens came together to plan and conduct grand opening events in recognition of the newly rebuilt Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC). This vision was successfully carried out in September 2008 with a gala featuring the Count Basie Orchestra and a day of public celebratory events. Members of this working group soon realized, there is more work to be done to support the MTCC.
In 2009, several members of the initial working group began to meet to discuss ways in which our community could financially support unfunded activities of the MTCC. From these discussions, the Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (FMTCC) was born. The purpose of the Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center non-profit 501 (C) (3) support Organization is to develop and implement strategies to raise funds in support of the MTCC and its mission. Specifically, the Friends will be recognized as an independent entity in its structure and operation.
Since its inception in 2009, FMTCC has hosted or sponsored several events to benefit programs of the MTCC including:
- General support of programs
- Support for receptions/special events
- Support for exhibits
- Support for summer camps/programs
- Support for Juneteenth
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) was founded as the Mosaic Templars of America Center for African American Culture and Business Enterprise under Act 1176 of 2001. MTCC was created as a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and it honors the story of the Mosaic Templars of America and all of Arkansas's African American history. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience in Arkansas. The Center’s name is taken from the Mosaic Templars of America and is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and celebrating African American history, culture and community in Arkansas from 1870 to the present.
Board of Directors
- Martie North Hamilton, President
- Tamika Silverman Edwards, Vice President
- Krishna Ellington, Secretary
- Jay Hartman, Treasurer
- Amy Cole
- Herb Rule
- Steven Wyrick
- John Bush III
- Angela Mattison-Shaw
- Ryan Davis
- Christina Shute, Ex Officio