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MTCC to host workshop series for Women's History Month

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Friday, February 17, 2017

In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will present a series of workshops centered on our “Arkansas Made, Black Crafted” initiative.
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MTCC, ESSE Purse Museum honor African American women in new exhibit

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, January 25, 2017


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MTCC will publish book of recipes, memories

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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Pie Contest Winners Announced

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center celebrated its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 4, which included the 5th annual“Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest, featuring an array of traditional and non-traditional sweet potato pie recipes by professional and amateur bakers.

The Sweet Potato Pie Contest is an important annual event at MTCC that not only celebrates Arkansas’s “sweet potato pie king,” Robert “Say” McIntosh, but also honors the African American and southern cultural traditions surrounding sweet potato pie.

The competition was judged by a panel of local celebrity judges that selected first- and second-place winners in both categories. Additionally, the crowd had the opportunity to sample each contestant’s pie and cast a vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award.

The 2016 winners are as follows:

People's Choice:

Latrice Catering

Amateur Classification:

First Place, Tamara Kelley

Second Place, Shanna McCoy

Professional Classification:

First Place, Honey Pies

Second Place, Lily Chanel Sweets

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Razorback Foundation, MTCC to host free program

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Join Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Razorback Foundation and four former University of Arkansas athletes on Sept. 29 for a discussion on how their experience as Razorbacks prepared them for life. Muskie Harris (football), Allie Freeman (basketball), Celia Anderson (basketball) and Terry Prentice (track & field) will be the featured panelists.  Read More

MTCC ‘Creativity on the Spectrum’ aims for inclusivity

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

As part of a broader initiative to make the museum more inclusive, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) will host “Creativity on the Spectrum” on Oct. 11.
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MTCC to debut Creativity Arkansas 2016 at 8th anniversary celebration

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) will unveil the 2016 Creativity Arkansas collection at an opening reception and anniversary celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Creativity Arkansas pieces will be part of MTCC’s fall exhibit, “Treasured Memories: My Life, My Story,” which comprises two parts: this year’s additions to the Creative Arkansas collection as well as other pieces recently acquired by the museum.

This year’s Creativity Arkansas artists are Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Latoya Hobbs, Delita Martin, Aj Smith and Rex Deloney.

MTCC opened its doors in September 2008, and the opening of the art exhibit is part of activities marking the museum’s 8th anniversary celebration. Free and open to the public, the reception will feature refreshments, interactive displays and live music by Kemistri featuring Nicky Parrish.

“Treasured Memories: My Life, My Story” will be on display through the end of the year.

The Creativity Arkansas collection began in 2008 and showcases artwork created by African American artists with a connection to Arkansas. The collection celebrates the history of the state through vivid works in a variety of media. Consistent with the vision of MTCC, the collection preserves and documents Arkansas history through the visual arts.

Artwork acquired for Creativity Arkansas is used for MTCC’s educational programming and periodically serves as inspiration for new public programs. The entire collection is funded through a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

For more information, please visit mosaictemplarscenter.com or call (501) 683-3593.

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‘Foot Soldiers for Freedom’ exhibit opens June 3

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Arkansas’s museum of African American history and culture, is pleased to announce its newest exhibit, “Foot Soldiers for Freedom: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Arkansas.”


This exhibit chronicles lesser-known events and the experiences of many everyday people that were part of the struggle for civil rights in Arkansas. “Foot Soldiers for Freedom” is the result of a collaborative effort between the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Black History Commission of Arkansas and many local and state historians and scholars.

MTCC will host the exhibit from June 3-July 13. Visitors are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about what life was like in Arkansas during the Civil Rights Movement.

For more information, call MTCC at 501-683-3593 or visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com. MTCC is located at 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.

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MTCC to celebrate Juneteenth with community celebration

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Join the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) for its annual Juneteenth celebration on June 18.


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of Juneteenth as a celebration of African American emancipation has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

“As Arkansas’s African American history museum, it’s important for MTCC to share the complete narrative of the African American experience in the state,” Quantia Fletcher, MTCC assistant director, said. “It’s truly amazing to think that the descendants of enslaved people are now entrepreneurs, politicians, scientists, educators, leaders and innovators in various fields. We think that’s worthy of celebration.”

To celebrate the holiday, MTCC will host a free street festival on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will include vendors, food trucks, live music, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, kids zone and more.

“We are proud to host one of the state’s largest Juneteenth celebrations,” Stacy Hurst, Department of Arkansas Heritage director, said. “This event is an exciting opportunity to celebrate African American heritage and culture.”

Attendees are also invited to view the Kinsey Collection, a unique exhibit showcasing the intersection of art and history. The Kinsey Collection includes historical documents and artifacts from Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alain Locke, Malcolm X and many more, as well as works of art by important African American artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Norman Lewis and Artis Lane.

For more information, call MTCC at 501-683-3593 or visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com. MTCC is located at 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.
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New director named at MTCC

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, recently named Christina Thompson Shutt as director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC).Shutt is currently the associate librarian for special collections and instruction at Hendrix College in Conway where she is responsible for promoting use of the archival collections and library services, developing and managing special collections, creating exhibits and conducting educational initiatives. Prior to Hendrix, Christina worked at the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., as well as the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Archives at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Shutt holds a B.A. in history from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., and an M.S. in library science/archive management from Simmons College in Boston, as well as an M.A. in history from Simmons College. Shutt will join MTCC on June 6.

“We are thrilled that Christina is coming on board to lead Mosaic Templars as director,” said Hurst. “Her enthusiasm, experience and passion for history will be a great asset to MTCC as it grows into its second decade and pursues its mission of telling the story of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present.”

The other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage are the Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

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