Museum affinity group announces new board members, officers leading to 10-year anniversary

Tyson Lusk, Monica Owens, and Beth Ann Rocheleau

Tyson Lusk, Monica Owens, and Beth Ann Rocheleau

Columbia, S.C. – The Friends of African American Art and Culture (FAAAC), an affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA), is pleased to welcome three new members to its board of directors for the 2020-2021 fiscal year:

Monica Owens – Program Manager, Alliant Health Solutions

Tyson Lusk – Assistant Director for Development, University of South Carolina Athletics

Beth Ann Rocheleau – Founder, Rockwater, Inc.
July also kicks off a year-long celebration for the FAAAC (pronounced “F-triple A-C”) leading up to their 10th anniversary celebration in 2021. The organization was established by the CMA to attract more diverse populations to the museum as visitors, members, and donors as well as to provide education on African American art and culture through its programming and initiatives.
FAAAC has also elected its new officers for 2020–2021:
President – Therese Griffin – Manager of Energy Efficiency and Demand Management, Dominion Energy South Carolina

Vice President – Vanesha Perrin – Director of the Office of Medicaid Services, SC Department of Education

Secretary – Waltene Whitmire – Partner, Integrity Tax and Bookkeeping

Treasurer – Delores Logan – Retired business owner
“As an affinity group, we have a great opportunity to attract diverse audiences and diverse perspectives to the museum,” says Griffin. “An art museum should be a place where the entire community can engage and feel represented in some way. We’re especially proud of the foresight that went into establishing FAAAC nearly 10 years ago and look forward to building on a strong foundation as we grow our membership and base of support.”

FAAAC membership is available to museum members for $15-$25, depending on your membership category. For more information on the FAAAC, go to

About the FAAAC
The Friends of African American Art and Culture (FAAAC) is a membership affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art. Members of the FAAAC are brought together across boundaries of gender, ethnicity, and age by their appreciation of the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans. The FAAAC seeks to educate, engage, and inspire the community and visitors of the museum.

About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit

SCBIZtv is part of the SC Biz News family, serving 100,000 high-level business execs throughout South Carolina. Click for more from SCBIZtv.