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More about Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Department of Arkansas Heritage

  • The MTCC officially opened its doors September 19, 2008, honoring the story of the Mosaic Templars of America and African Americans in Arkansas.
  • Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) is comprised of the MTCC, the Delta Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and the Arkansas State Archives.
  • A large majority of programs and events at MTCC and DAH are free to the public. 

How much will the renovations cost, and how are funds being raised?

  • To implement this update, MTCC needs to raise $3 million so we can begin construction on the new space.
  • Funds are being sought through fundraisers, petitioning individuals and corporate donations and grants. 

Why is the renovation needed?

  • The average lifespan for a museum exhibit is five to seven years. 
  • MTCC’s current 10-year-old educational first floor exhibit will be modernized and re-envisioned.
  • Building on the legacy established by the Mosaic Templars of America, the new space embraces inclusivity and widens its focus to reflect and share the complete story of black Arkansans from across the state.

Why Does MTCC seek donations for the Capital Campaign’s Renovation?

  • MTCC, through DAH, is fortunate to have baseline funding that covers salaries, operations, some education programs, etc.
  • Current financial contributions and public-private public partnerships allow the museum to offer free admission to the Museum and to events such as Juneteenth, which is attended by thousands of people from across the state.
  • Implementing other educational programs, creating exhibitions and increasing our collections are supported by revenue from the gift shop, rental fees, and federal and private funding. 

Where do donations go towards in the renovation, and what is the benefit?

  • Donors assist by financially supporting fabrication and research, object acquisitions or other essential exhibition material.
  • Donations to the capital campaign are recognized in various ways and are contingent on the amount given.