Mosaic Templars Building

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) was founded as the Mosaic Templars of America Center for African American Culture and Business Enterprise under Act 1176 of 2001. MTCC was created as a museum of Arkansas Heritage to honor the story of the Mosaic Templars of America and all of Arkansas's African American history. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience in Arkansas.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is to preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history and culture in Arkansas. The museum's exhibits highlight fraternal organizations, African American entrepreneurs as well as integration.

Hours & Admission

Tuesday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free museum parking

Admission
Galleries: Free
Grounds: Free
person in coat and hat looking at wall display of art images

Our History

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) was founded as the Mosaic Templars of America Center for African American Culture and Business Enterprise under Act 1176 of 2001. MTCC was created as a museum of Arkansas Heritage to honor the story of the Mosaic Templars of America and all of Arkansas's African American history. In April of 2020, after a multi-year process, MTCC became the third Black history institution in the South to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience in Arkansas. The Center’s name is taken from the Mosaic Templars of America, a black fraternal organization founded in Little Rock in 1883 whose headquarters sat on the prominent West Ninth and Broadway location.

 

We Have an Event Coming Up!

Items from the National Hip-Hop Museum

And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop

  • April 07, 2022
  • 05:00PM - 08:00PM
  • Corner of Broadway and historic Ninth St. in downtown Little Rock.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will open “And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop,” a traveling exhibit from the National Hip-Hop Museum’s Pop Up Experience, with a free event on Thursday, April 7. The opening event will begin at 5 p.m.

XTREME Hip Hop with Lamanda

XTREME Hip Hop with Lamanda

  • April 09, 2022
  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM

This event is in conjunction with our exhibit "And the Beat Don't Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop." Lamanda is a certified Xtreme Hip Hop instructor based in North Little Rock.

After Dark April Revised

MTCC After Dark: Hip-Hop Edition

  • April 21, 2022
  • 05:30PM - 08:00PM

This edition of MTCC After Dark is for everyone and anyone who loves Hip Hop and wants to learn more about its influence on all our lives.

MTCC RockIt Lab Colab

Rocketing to Success! Entrepreneur Showcase and Fair

  • May 07, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 02:00PM

Sat. May7, 2022, MTCC in collaboration with the Rock-It Lab will host a small business fair, featuring Arkansas Made Black Crafted vendors and participants in the Rock-It Lab entrepreneur development program.

Gabby

Custom Sneakers with Gabby

  • May 07, 2022
  • 11:00AM - 01:00PM

Custom Sneakers with Graffiti by Gabby is a workshop that gives anyone interested in this unique art form an introduction. This event has limited seating and tickets are $150.00 per person. Attendees will leave with a customized pair of sneakers.

Hip Hop Doc

Chat & Chew: History on your Plate – Marquese McFerguson

  • May 13, 2022
  • 12:00PM - 01:00PM

Our special guest: Dr. Marquese McFerguson, award winning poet, Hip Hop scholar and an assistant professor of intercultural communication at Florida Atlantic University, will discuss his top five albums and their cultural significance.

Top 5 Hip Hop

My Top 5: A Community Conversation – Marquese McFerguson

  • May 13, 2022
  • 06:00PM - 07:00PM

Dr. Marquese McFerguson, award winning poet, Hip Hop scholar and an assistant professor of intercultural communication at Florida Atlantic University, will host an innovative, community conversation focused on the cultural impact of Hip-Hop from East Coast to West Coast to the Dirty South and all points in between. Come with your top five albums and be ready to discuss.

4 core

4 Core & More: Elements of Hip Hop

  • May 14, 2022
  • 01:00PM - 02:00PM

One hour presentation explains the many creative displays and expressions that make up the culture of Hip-Hop including DJing, graffiti, break dancing, EMCEEing, as well as attitude, fashion, “dropping science” and more.

beat workshop

And the Beat Don’t Stop - Workshop

  • May 28, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Dazz from the rock ‘n soul woman-fronted duo & band Dazz & Brie leads a workshop designed to help kids 7-13 use their creativity to write hip-hop lyrics that they can perform at MTCC on June 25.

Beat performance

And the Beat Don’t Stop - Performance

  • June 25, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Attendees of the May 28th workshop perform at MTCC. In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council and the Hillary Rodham Clinton Library and Learning Center.

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