Friends of Mosaic Templars

MTCC Friends

Join the Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

In 2008, a group of citizens came together to plan and conduct grand opening events in recognition of the newly rebuilt Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC). This vision was successfully carried out in September 2008 with a gala featuring the Count Basie Orchestra and a day of public celebratory events. Members of this working group soon realized, there is more work to be done to support the MTCC.

In 2009, several members of the initial working group began to meet to discuss ways in which our community could financially support unfunded activities of the MTCC. From these discussions, the Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (FMTCC) was born. With the mission of developing and implementing strategies to raise funds in support of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Friends Group as it is commonly referred, quickly decided to conduct an annual fundraiser to support programmatic needs of the MTCC.

In 2010, the FMTCC launched “An Evening with” as its signature annual fundraising event. The inaugural performer was the legendary Ramsey Lewis! Proceeds from this event have been used to support educational and public programs offered at MTCC. Other performers from “An Evening with” series include Najee (2011), Al Jarreau (2012), Ramona Smith (2013), The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour featuring Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis (2014), and Dianne Reeves (2015).

The FMTCC consists of a group of volunteers that make up its Board of Directors:

Board of Directors

Martie North Hamilton, President

Tamika Silverman Edwards, Vice President

Jay Hartman, Treasurer

Krishna Ellington, Secretary

John Bush III

Amy Cole

Steven Wyrick

Herb Rule

Angela Mattison-Shaw

Ryan Davis

Ex-Officio Christina Shutt, MTCC Director

Friends of MTCC is an independent organization designed to raise funds in support of MTCC in its mission to preserve, interpret and celebrate Arkansas’s African American history and culture. Your membership will enable MTCC to expand its educational programs and exhibits that tell the story of African American life and achievement in Arkansas. Learn more at

Complete a membership form and send to the address below with your membership dues.

Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
PO Box 3195
Little Rock, AR 72203-3195