In April 2013, MASK's Director, Alla Tkachuk met with the Special Assistant to the President Barack Obama and Senior Director for African Affairs, Grant Harris at the White House in Washington DC. The Kenyan Ambassador to the USA, The Hon. Elkanah Odembo joined the meeting and introduced MASK. Education for creativity and innovation through the arts in Africa, MASK's programmes and the possible ways of collaboration were discussed.
MASK also presented President and his family with a few paintings by its pupils Duncan and Benson, the Kenyan artist Kivuthi Mbuno and Alla Tkachuk to which President and Michelle Obama have kindly replied, read below.
Ambassador Elkanah Odembo and Alla Tkachuk at the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Washington DC, April 2013