Christina Shutt, director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, will talk about how Arkansas’s museum dedicated to African American history and culture supports the arts at 1 p.m. Thursday on the main Facebook page of the Arkansas Arts Council. Shutt is the guest speaker for the Arts Council\u0027s free, weekly livestream show, ARTalks.
The museum recently unveiled the exhibition, “We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas,” by artist and veteran Ed Drew. Shutt strives to infuse history with voices from other perspectives in the museum’s exhibitions and virtual programming. On Nov. 11, the museum will premiere a live Facebook event for Veterans Day that celebrates all veterans in Arkansas.
Shutt is a community leader and frequently gives presentations or sits on panels concerning the African American experience, cultural influences and history. She is the powerhouse behind the present collection of and preservation of material related to the African American experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The museum is asking for true-story submissions for “Covid in Black,” a program meant to collect experiences of African Americans in the current political, social and historical climate.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating African American history and culture in Arkansas. The Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum are also parts of Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.