MTCC Speaks at National Conference Thursday

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Director Christina Shutt and Christen Stanley, director of education, will speak at a national conference Thursday.Two Mosaic Templars Cultural Center staff members will make a virtual presentation Thursday, Aug. 6, during the 42nd Association of African American Museums Conference (AAAM).

“We are honored and excited to be among the museums showcased during the national conference,” Director Christina Shutt said. “At MTCC, we take pride in providing a quality museum experience for our patrons, while simultaneously finding ways to maintain self-care that strengthens and sustains our education, preservation, history, culture and social justice works.”

Shutt and Christen Stanley, director of education, will present “A Litany for Survival: Creating mental and emotional wellness for yourself, your staff and your public.” The discussion-based session will share resources and tips that promote wellness and mental and emotional healing for museum staff members and the community at large.

Black museums are routinely seen as a voice of validation and an epicenter of cultural pride. Black museums, like the MTCC, are community-based centers for Black experiences, history, culture, art and education. Some of this work can be stressful, and museums sometimes struggle with finding funding, presenting traumatic historical events, opening dialogues and creating safe places for African Americans. Self, staff and community mental health and wellness care are not self-indulgent but rather a form of preservation.

The AAAM is a nonprofit organization established to support African and African-American focused museums, both nationally and internationally. The organization also supports professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture, according to the AAAM website.

Shutt and Stanley will speak at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, during the virtual conference. The conference will be held Wednesday through Thursday. For more information or to register, visit the AAAM website at





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