Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, April 01, 2020


Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 45 years, AAM’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability.

“Accreditation is an external validation that Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has policies and practices in place to deliver high quality programming and exhibits,” said Christina Shutt, the museum’s director.“It signifies our commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued improvement.”

In order to become accredited, the museum conducted a year of self-study and underwent a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considered the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether the museum should receive accreditation.From its initial phases, the process took about five years.

“I want to commend the museum’s staff for their diligence in pursuing accreditation,” said Jimmy Bryant, director of Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “This achievement reflects the team’s dedication tothe museum, its mission and the community it serves. My congratulations to Museum Director Christina Shutt and her staff on this great accomplishment.”

Of the 33,000 museums that are members of the AAM, only 1,087 are currently accredited. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is the ninth black culture/history institution to be accredited in the United States and the third to be accredited in the South.

“Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has earned a place among some of the most prestigious museums in the country, like the Frederick Douglass House and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

To celebrate, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is hosting a community festival at the museum from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30. More information about the event will be posted on the museum’s website ( and social media accounts.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is located at 501 W. Ninth St, Little Rock, AR 72201. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please email [email protected] or call (501) 683-3593.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating African American history and culture in Arkansas. 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.


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