Welcome! I am Richard Wayne Griffin, Ph.D., PG, CPSSc, a professor and professional geoscientist. Beyond my academic pursuits, I take great pride in being the Founder and CEO of ARC Communications, LLC, nestled in the heart of Texas. Your presence on our website is truly appreciated, and I sincerely thank you for investing your valuable time with us.
For 33 years, I have witnessed high school students transition to a college campus, only to find themselves placed in remedial (developmental) reading, writing, and math classes that do not contribute to their degree requirements. It has been disheartening to observe these students, who should have mastered reading skills in elementary school, struggle due to inadequate preparation.
I firmly believe that strong reading skills form the foundation for improved writing and math abilities. Clear comprehension of what you’re reading helps people develop logical thought processes and gives them the confidence to express themselves both orally and in writing.
My passion for reading ignited at a young age. According to my mother, I learned to read by the age of three, and I cannot recall a time when I ever declared, “I don’t like to read.” As an adult, my challenge lies in finding enough time each day to delve into the wealth of fascinating articles that arrive electronically.
When a student who is performing poorly on assignments and clearly neglecting the assigned readings asserts a dislike for reading, it often indicates a deficiency in reading skills rather than a genuine aversion. In such cases, the student may use the “I don’t like to read” statement as a defense mechanism to mask their struggles with reading and comprehension.
We understand that strong youth grow into resilient adults, who in turn build robust communities that support all citizens as they remain steadfast in their dedication to their state, nation, and global community. While it may appear simplistic, I believe that if each of us diligently fulfills our individual responsibilities, the resulting synergistic collaborations will ultimately contribute to a more harmonious world. This is a world where individuals possess self-assurance and the ability to positively contribute to the well-being of humanity as a whole.
As an educator and research scientist, my focus centers around addressing critical issues and finding solutions that strengthen our communities, our nation, and global society. Extensive travels have enriched my understanding of diverse cultures and biodiversity. These experiences have fueled my desire to share knowledge through educational programs.
I founded ARC Communications, LLC, in 2010, in response to a book my wife wrote about her educational experiences as a young girl in the South during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement. ARC’s primary objective is to inspire and empower youth from an early age, equipping them with the tools necessary to thrive in an ever-evolving world.
At ARC, we specialize in two core areas:
The first area revolves around the seamless integration of educational and entertainment technologies. Through the art of storytelling, innovative learning tools, and captivating 2D and 3D animation, we engage audiences in exploring STEAAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Agriculture, and Math) content. Our goal is to create immersive experiences that educate and entertain simultaneously.
The second area focuses on the development of ARC Team Sports (Aerial Ring Challenge™), which is set to launch in 2025. In 2003, I initiated the process of crafting the rules and establishing the logistical framework for the sport. However, various life circumstances hindered my progress along the way. Stay tuned for further details and updates on this exciting venture as ARC continues to unveil its innovative developments and initiatives.
Since our inception, ARC has flourished as an inclusive alliance, bringing together visionary individuals from the United States and twenty other countries. This diverse collective comprises talented legal professionals, educators, sports professionals, artists, animators, and creative minds, all united in their passion for blending education and entertainment.
Under the ARC umbrella, we have nurtured several successful ventures. These include our book publishing imprint, ARC Communications, LLC, the renowned Little Flower Dolls® brand, and the award-winning Little Flower Literacy Project, which includes the Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club Educational Series, led by Dr. Takeda LeGrand, EJD. Designed for middle school-aged children (8–12 years old), Little Flower® offers an imaginative and educational experience. It comprises a captivating chapter storybook, an art-inspired curriculum aligned with academic standards, an enchanting collectible doll, and engaging animated content. Little Flower® aims to educate young minds about the Civil Rights Movement while promoting essential values such as anti-bullying, inclusion, and equality.
In 2016, my wife, Dr. Florita Bell Griffin, the Creative Director of Little Flower®, received the esteemed Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. This recognition highlighted the exceptional contributions of The Little Flower Literacy Project to African American Literature.
In 2023, ARC achieved another milestone with the successful completion of Interview With A King – An animated short film. Produced and co-directed by Florita, alongside fellow director, screenwriter, and Executive Producer Major General Barrye L. Price, Ph.D., U.S. Army Retired, this project showcases our dedication to creating captivating and educational content that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and animation. Together, Dr. Griffin and General Price have crafted an extraordinary cinematic experience that engages and enlightens audiences.
At ARC, we remain committed to our mission of blending education and entertainment, and we look forward to unveiling more innovative projects that captivate, educate, and inspire audiences worldwide.