The world where creativity is widely understood, learned and practised.
To strengthen creativity in young people, and to champion creativity for socio-economic change.
Creativity is essential for transformation of lives of individuals and societies.
To contribute to young people's economic stabiltiy.
We work with young people aged 3-25 years of age, school and non-school goers, living in rural communities, disadvantaged, disabled, and victims of conflict and violence. Since 2006, MASK has worked in more than 20 schools in the Rift Valley area in Kenya, directly benefiting hundrends young people. The MASK Prize has attracted more than 4,500 participants in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa; more than 450,000 people viewed the MASK Prize exhibitions in the UK, USA ad Kenya.
Read our success stories.
MASK has enjoyed a critical acclaim in the national and specialist press
In 2006, London based artist, Alla Tkachuk, went to paint in Kenya. Traveling in rural communities, she began giving art workshops in schools and find out that art activities were limited. He passionate belief that art is key to one's creativity and, therefore, to development and success, she established MASK in 2009. "The purpose was, and still is, to develop young people's creativity in order to improve their lives", says Alla. Initially known as the Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK), and then the MASK School for Creativity and Innovation, it is now simply - MASK. MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734.
"MASK has started something which others are now beginning to recognise as an essential part of human growth and development."
Dr Lyndsay Bird, MASK Chair of Trustees
Africa's renowned journalist and broadcaster Jeff Koinange
African renowned artist Ibrahim El-Salahi
Dr Lyndsay Bird Chair of the Trustees
Charles Dance OBE
Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA
Special THANK YOU to our supporters and donors!
To succeed, young people need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative.