"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)
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.
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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
images below are works by MASK participants
The advanced world where all young people can fully realise their creative potential
Children and young people living in Africa
Teachers and education authorities in Africa
Local communities and society at large
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.
To champion and provide education for creativity and to develop effective creativity-learning and creativity-teaching resources
Training young people and teachers
Developing learning and teaching materials
Engaging in policy dialogue through MASK exhibitions, conferences, and publications
To enable young people to achieve success and economic self -sustainability in 21 century through strong creativity
Creativity for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Clubs (CEL)
MASK Prize Creativity Platform
Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY)
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
Dr Lyndsay Bird
Professor David Dilks
Professor John Gruzelier
Charles Dance OBE
Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA
Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London
Raymond Mulinge and Watson Kanui, Nairobi
MASK Creativity Ambassadors, MASK Alumni
MASK Prize Judges Panel members
Exhibitions venue staff
Artists and schoolteachers
"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