Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Receives $250,000 Renovation Grant | KLRT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Little Rock’s Mosaic Templars Cultural Center announced some good news earlier this week in the form of a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The grant will be used for phase two of the center’s renovation project, specifically a redesign of the center’s permanent exhibit interpreting the African-American experience in Arkansas, as well as the development of new education and training programs. sensitization.

“The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is essential to telling the African-American history and culture of Arkansas,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help the Center reach more people with phase two of its renovation project, bolstering the center’s outreach and education efforts.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is a federal agency responsible for supporting museums, libraries, and related organizations.

The center takes its name from the Mosaic Templars of America, a black fraternal organization founded in Little Rock in 1883. Its headquarters was the building at West Ninth and Broadway streets that now houses the center.

“In 2023, the Mosaic Templars of America celebrates its 140th anniversary,” said Jimmy Bryant, director of Arkansas Heritage. “This grant will help the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center preserve its legacy, continuing to educate and inform Arkansans about the history of our state’s African American community.”

The renovation is expected to be completed in 2023.

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