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Art museums regularly join forces with many different partners, from social service organizations to K-12 schools to universities, to leverage the core capacities of both organizations and serve a wider range of participants or a specific audience. Partnerships have many different objectives, from providing solace and a creative outlet to Senior Populations, to promote critical thinking skills in young adult art critiques. No matter the main objective, all of these programs are designed to improve the quality of life of participants and positively impact their communities.  Mary Allen Museum for African American Art and History values the power of  institutional partnerships as they are proven necessary in making both sustainable social and economic impact for the community.  Below you will find an abridged listing of our partnerships currently in the process, If you know of any social organizations, businesses or service agencies that are looking to collaborate with Non for profit Cultural institutions see link below. 

Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Architecture Division works to preserve and protect Texas' diverse architectural heritage by monitoring historical landmarks, awarding preservation grant funds for restoration work on historical structures, and offering advice and technical consultation for the restoration of or changes made to the state's architectural resources.

Crockett Economic & Industrial Development Corporation

In 1995, the voters of Crockett approved a one-half percent sales tax earmarked to promote economic growth in the area. CEIDC was created to administer and oversee the expenditure of those funds. The funds are used to offer attractive incentive packages to qualified businesses interested in locating or expanding an operation in Houston County.
CEIDC has the power to:   

  • Offer aggressive Incentive Packages to attract new businesses to Crockett

  • Negotiate with the local, state, and federal governments to provide financial assistance to your company

  • Submit tax applications to the city and county to reduce your initial investment in establishing a facility in the area.

Amistad Research Center
Following the Civil War, history credits the proliferation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as having pioneered the course of Black education in America. Recognizing the importance of conserving ethnic and racial history in America, the Amistad Research Center has contributed to the preservation of the history behind these phenomenal institutions and the era in which they flourished. Remarkably, a large percentage of these trailblazing institutions still remain active today. Yet, with the passing of time, some HBCUs have closed and are now classified as defunct, such as the Mary Allen College in Crockett, Texas. The Mary Allen College records is one of the largest HBCU collections housed at the Amistad Research Center. Remnants of the institution’s documentation were donated to Amistad in 2004 by Agnes Bell Rhoder and Claudette Hurd (Dawson-Aleem), the beneficiary of the collection.

Thirty-five linear feet in size, the collection contains rare photos, letters and memos associated with the noteworthy civil rights activist, Authorine Lucy Foster, who worked on the campus of Mary Allen College after making history as the first African American female student to integrate the University of Alabama in 1956. The collection also includes correspondence between one of the colleges’ presidents and the eminent Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who in 1945 became the first African American to be elected into Congress from New York City.

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