TAAC Introduction

Annual Programs
October, Motown Revue.
 
January, The African American Voice: An Evening of Performance with Special Moments for Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. 
 
 January - March, The Regional Celebration of African American Artists Exhibition.
 
 February, Special Afternoon, Openings for the TAAC, and TRAHC Exhibitions.  
 
May, Dr. Teretha F. Harper Reader's Theater Voices of Freedom: Overcoming Barriers.   
 
All year, Little Free Library Project at five community sites and the Regional Arts Center.
 
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In 1999, TRAHC African American Committee (TAAC) was established in Texarkana, Texas.  TAAC's mission is to tell the African American history, culture, and heritage through the performing and visual arts.  The guiding principles are freedom, justice, peace, dignity, courage, civil rights, and achievements.
In 2000, TRAHC officers and six board members started the work to create the TRAHC African American Outreach Committee (TAAOC).  They were Ruth Ellen Whitt, TRAHC CEO; Brian Goesl, Community Development Director; Joyce Campbell, TRAHC Board Member, and Secretary; Nita Fran Hutcheson, TRAHC Marketing Director; Dr.George Bohmfalk, Marvin Brewster, Elaine Denmon, Edna Shepherd, and Rita Williams,  TRAHC Board Members.
Rev. Joyce Campbell was the chairperson and played a key role to organize and launch the new city-wide organization.  Jo Ann Rice took the leadership role for the new group in 2004. Al Davis, Dr. Teretha F. Harper, Robert Jones, Melva Flowers, and Ermer Pondexter joined the work. 
Dr. Teretha F. Harper took the leadership role in 2006-2013.  The executive committee members were Lillie Young (Secretary), Maxine Crittenden (Treasurer), Treva West,  Rhonda Dolberry, Alfie Dixon, Donna McCraney, Chiquita Burks, Vicki Parks, Genia Bullock, Delphynne Davis, Dr. Cheryl Stuart, Al Davis, Dr. Brian Matthews, Marvin H. Williams, Dr. James P. Larkins, Warren A. Smith III, and Dr. Warren A. Smith, Jr. TRAHC staff members were Nita Fran Hutcheson and David Murphy, Marketing Directors; Treva West and Bryan Phillips, Community Development Directors, and Traci Pittman.
 
Dr. Genia Bullock assumed the chairperson's role in 2013 to present. The current TAAC Executive Committee Members are Treva West (Co-Chairperson), Lillie Young (Secretary), Dr. Teretha F. Harper, Cynthia Henderson, Barbara Larry, Rhonda Dolberry, Chiquita Burks, Vicki Parks, Virginia Temple, Beatrice Ross, Pastor Warren A. Smith III, and Dr. Warren A. Smith, Jr. TRAHC staff members were Amy Donohue and Dr. Becky Black, Community Development Directors. 
Through the past twenty years, the TRAHC African American Committee's (TAAC) programs and services evolved and expanded. TAAC is a component of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Incorporated (TRAHC, Inc.).

This year is TAAC's 20th Anniversary.  In chronological order, here is a glimpse of TAAC's work for the past twenty years.  The African American Voice: An Evening of Performance was the first program.  Later, the title changed to include with Special Moments for Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
 
The Regional Celebration of African American Artists Exhibits expanded to include the Children's Reading and Art Workshops, Special Afternoon, and receptions for TRAHC and TAAC's Artists Exhibits.
 
The Meet and Greet Hour evolved to the Motown Revue.  Motown is TAAC's annual fundraiser event to support the five free of admission annual programs. 
 
A play, Crowns: Hats African American Women Wear to Church, and an exhibition with the same title was the forerunner to reader's theater.  The reader's theater, Voices of Freedom: Overcoming Barriers became Dr. Teretha F. Harper Reader's Theater, Voices of Freedom: Overcoming Barriers.
 
TAAC' Book Club morphed to the Young Children's Books and Arts Program at Pecan Ridge to the Little Free Library Project at the city's five community centers and the Regional Arts Center. 
 
Some of TRAHC and TAAC's joint efforts were street parties for Sinbad and The Temptations at the Perot Theater; TAAC sponsor in part for Perot Theater Series; TRAHC's Women for the Arts (WFA) High Teas and Picasso Parties; WFA Celebrity Artists Project; and, the Scott Joplin Mural refurbishing.  TAAC created biographical panels for Otis Williams (The Temptations) and Fayrene Williams at the Cultural Center in the Rosehill neighborhood. TAAC sponsored community-based art projects at Miles Chapel CME Church and Sandflat Glendale Shannon  Center.
 
The work on the mission will continue for the next twenty years with learning, discovery, action, and growth to help build communities.