About

Creativity for jobs and leadership

About MASK

 

BELIEF

Creativity is essential for transformation of lives of individuals and societies.

 

VISION

The world where creativity is widely understood, learned and practised.

 

MISSION

To champion creativity for socio-economic change, and the Right to Creativity for all.

 

AIM

To strengthen creativity of young people for socio-economic sustainability.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Running programmes building human capacity of students and teachers
  • Developing creativity pedagogical framework through publications, manuals and toolkits
  • Advocacy and networking activities with opinion and policy-makers

 

BENEFICIARIES

 

We work with young people from 3 to 25 years old, school and non-school goers, living in rural communities, disadvantaged, disabled, and victims of conflict and violence.

 

Since 2007, working in more than 20 schools in Kenya, MASK directly and indirectly benefed thouzants young people. ONe of its progrmame The MASK Prize has attracted more than 6,500 participants in East and South Africa. Its exhibitions have been seen by more than 450,000 people in Kenya and beyond.

 

MASK success stories

 

PROGRAMMES

 

PRESS

MASK has enjoyed a critical acclaim in the national and specialist press in Africa and beyond

 

HISTORY

In 2007, London based artist, Alla Tkachuk, went to paint in Kenya. Painting in rural communities, she began giving art workshops in schools, and discovered that art education in schools was virtually non-existent. Her belief that art is key to child’s development led her to officially establishing MASK in 2009. "The purpose was and still is to improve young people’s lives", says Alla. Initially known as the Mobile Art School in Kenya (M.A.S.K.), the organisation is now known as simply MASK.

"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

OUR TEAM

 

PATRONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa's renowned journalist and broadcaster Jeff Koinange

Renowned artist Ibrahim El-Salahi

TRUSTEES

Dr Lyndsay Bird Chair of the Trustees

Charles Dance OBE

Tim Dann

Professor David Dilks

 

SECRETARY

Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA

 

ADVISORS

  • Dr Chege Githiora, the Chairman of the Centre of African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
  • Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London, and author of Understanding Art Education (2010), Art Critics and Art Historians in Schools (2003), En-Quire: Critical Minds (2006), co-editor of Learning to Teach Art and Design in the Secondary School (2007) and Debates in Art and Design Education (2012), UK.
  • Mark Call
  • Thairu Ndungu

 

 

SUPPORTERS

Special THANK YOU to our supporters and donors!

To succeed, young people need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative.

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MASK is a UK registered charity in No 1128734