About

MASK former students say:


 "MASK developed my habit of innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug which my college intended to patent. At my first job after only four months I was promoted to a supervisory position having suggested some innovative solutions, supervising a team of an all-men who have been at the company for years. I now work at a major global company that had chosen me out of more than 200 candidates for my "creative attitude”. MASK empowered me beyond my dreams."

Hellen, 28, Kenya

(Hellen went to a rural school where MASK ran its creativity club)

 


Welcome to MASK

 

MASK: Strengthen creativity for a better future



MASK strengthens creativity and innovation of young people to improve their learning, employability, entrepreneurial skill and leadership.

 

Technology in 21 century advances at a rate equivalent of the millennia of change compressed within a single lifespan. This surge brings great opportunities and creates new obstacles. Young people are faced with a particular challenge: to survive and succeed they will need to have strong creativity - the source of the powerful intellect, resilient personality and positive work ethics. Creativity today is their success tomorrow.


   

 

Learn about

creativity

in our press articles

and books

 

Celebrate creativity


if you are under 25

and live in Africa,

enter MASK Prize


 

Learn and teach creativity

in our clubs and

teacher-training

Share creativity


at our new

Museum of

Contemporary

African Art

for Youth

(coming soon)

Creativity is what separates those who are prepared for the work and life

in  21 century and those who are not

Artwork by MASK Prize participant Nicole Riziki, 19, Kenya

"MASK made an entrepreneur and a leader. Since finishing school I developed a couple of businesses, growing vegetables and a gym. I started teaching creativity at my local school, for which I get paid, and gathered parents to talk to them about goodness of creativity. My village elders invited me to their meetings and asked me to give them "good ideas" that can improve our community. I went to UNESCO in Paris to present MASK’s work. I feel respected. I feel I make difference. I love this creativity! But before MASK came I did not know I was creative!"

Joel, 20, Kenya

(Joel went to the same school as Hellen)

Artwork by MASK Prize participant Eddy Ochieng, 23, Kenya

About MASK


images below are works by MASK participants

Vision 


The advanced world where all young people can fully realise their creative potential

Beneficiaries


Children and young people  living in Africa


Teachers and education authorities in Africa


Local communities and society at large

History



MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) was founded in 2007 by London-based artist Alla Tkachuk. While painting in Kenya she volunteered art workshops in schools and discovered that the art practices that engender creativity were limited.


Mission 


To champion and provide education for creativity and to develop effective creativity-learning and creativity-teaching resources

Activities


Training young people and teachers


Developing learning and teaching materials


Engaging in policy dialogue through MASK exhibitions, conferences, and publications

Aim


To enable young people to achieve success and economic self -sustainability in 21 century through strong creativity

Programmes



Creativity Clubs


Creativity for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Clubs (CEL)


MASK Prize Creativity Platform


Training Teachers


Publications


Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY)

MASK work has been acknowledged by



Harvard University's Global Education Innovation Initiatives


Results for Development Institute's Center for Education Innovations


UNESCO InSEA (International Society for Education Through Art)

MASK Team



Patrons

The Pioneer of modern African art artist, Ibrahim El-Salahi

Kenyan leading journalist and broadcaster, Jeff Koinange

Sotherby's Director and Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art, Hannah O'Leary


Trustees

Dr Lyndsay Bird

Tim Dann

Professor David Dilks

Professor John Gruzelier

Charles Dance OBE


Secretary

Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA


Curiculum Advisor

Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London


Exhibitions curators

Raymond Mulinge and Watson Kanui, Nairobi


Volunteers

MASK Creativity Ambassadors, MASK Alumni

MASK Prize Judges Panel members

Exhibitions venue staff

Artists and schoolteachers


Donors and supporters

"MASK has started something which is now recognised as an essential part of human growth and development." Trustee Lyndsay Bird


“MASK's work is ground-breaking and important to the young Africans going forward.” Trustee Tim Dann

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MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734



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