The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center received a $300,000 grant from Union Pacific on Monday (July 8), which increased its capital campaign coffers too $796,000.
“Vibrant spaces that celebrate cultural diversity and social interaction enrich lives,” said Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Lance Fritz. “At Union Pacific, we believe an inclusive culture is paramount to our success, and this exhibit is a perfect example of what communities can accomplish with that mindset.”
The current capital campaign aims to raise money to upgrade exhibits and construction in the museum located on 9th Street in downtown Little Rock.
AT&T Arkansas President Ronald Dedman will chair the campaign, which has a $3 million goal.
“We’re so pleased that Ronnie has agreed to serve as chair,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism. “His leadership is much appreciated.”
“We appreciate the support the capital campaign has received so far from Union Pacific, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council,” Dedman said, in reference to two other grants the group has received. “We hope that others will join us in our efforts to help MTCC reach more diverse and widespread audiences with its message about the African American experience in Arkansas.”
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism, is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating African American history and culture in Arkansas.