TAAC Introduction

 
In 1999, TRAHC African American Committee (TAAC) was established in Texarkana, Texas. 
The humanities are the focus with an emphasis on African American history, culture, and heritage.
 
The guiding principles are justice, freedom, courage, dignity, achievements and civil rights. 
The performing and visual arts are tools to share important history lessons with local and regional citizens. 
 
 
Annual Programs
 
 
The African American Voice: An Evening of Performance  with
Special Moments for Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. in January. 
 
                          The Regional Celebration of African American Artists Exhibit                                               in January through March. 
 
TAAC and TRAHC Exhibits' Opening, Special Afternoon in February.
 
Dr. Teretha F. Harper Reader's Theater
Voices of Freedom: Overcoming Barriers in May. 
 
Motown Revue in October 
 
Little Free Library Project at five community sites, all year.
 
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TAAC's 20th Year Anniversary, 2000-2020
 
                       Celebrating the accomplishments.                                                                                           Paving the way for the future.
 
 
Through the past twenty years, the TRAHC African American Committee's (TAAC) programs and services evolved and expanded. The mission is to tell the African American history, culture, and heritage through the performing and visual arts.  TAAC is a component of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Incorporated (TRAHC, Inc.).
 
In 2000, eight citizens started the work to create the TRAHC African American Outreach Committee.  They were Ruth Ellen Whitt, TRAHC CEO; Brian Goesl, TRAHC Assistant CEO; Joyce Campbell, TRAHC Board Member, and Secretary; Nita Fran Hutcheson, TRAHC Marketing Director; Marvin Brewster, Rita Williams, Edna Shepherd, and Elaine Denmon, TRAHC Board Members.
 
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 a hat's exhibit 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.
 
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.