The James E. Rohr Building at 805-807 Liberty Avenue is the permanent home for the Trust Arts Education Center. By his command they advanced into that state and restored obedience to the new law of the land – Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas – and thereby forever linked all of America and Freemasonry to a commitment to a free public education for all people.
Recognising in 2016 that his art career was moving him into new and exciting places, and that the Art Academy needed to function without the safety net he provided we had a two day residential to try and work out how to keep the Academy sustainable, and a new members drive was a part of it.
Nearly every school now offers at least some arts instruction and cultural programming, yet in 2007-08, only 45 percent of elementary schools and 33 percent of middle schools provided education in all four required art forms, according to an analysis by the New York City Department of Education , and only 34 percent of high schools offered students the opportunity to exceed the minimum graduation requirement.
Although most of their fellow students went on to University, some decided to take a different approach and chose to set up Islington Mill Art Academy beginning a project to experiment with what an art education could be, where it could take place and how it could be paid for.
A lay-preacher and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Hays also took a stand against many of his Southern Baptist cronies by leading the public charge against Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus who opposed providing public education equally to all races.