About MASK


MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) was founded on a belief that strengthening creativity of young people must be the priority of 21st century education.



The world where all people can realise their creativity for the advancement of individuals and society.




To champion education for creativity and develop effective creativity-learning resources.



To enable young people for success and economic self-sustainability.



  • Training young people and teachers
  • Developing creativity learning and teaching material, manuals, and toolkits
  • Engaging in policy dialogue and influence through production of exhibitions, conferences, and publications.



  • All children and young people aged 3 to 25 years old living in Africa.
  • Kenyan Ministry of Education and teachers in Kenya (and potentially other countries in Africa).
  • Local communities and society at large.



Traveling to Kenya to paint in 2006, London-based artist Alla Tkachuk volunteered art workshops in local schools and discovered that the aspects of education for creativity there were severely limited. This led Alla to establish the Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) in 2007.


MASK 's former students say

"MASK made me an entrepreneur and a leader. My village elders invited me to their meetings and ask me for "good ideas" to improve our community. I feel respected. I feel I make a difference. I love this creativity! Before MASK came I did not know I was creative." Joel, 22


"MASK developed my habit for innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug that my college intended to patent to sell to local manufacturers. I now work at a global corporation in Nairobi that selected me out of dozens candidates for my “creative attitude”. I come from a remote small village in Kenya. Creativity empowered me beyond my dreams." Hellen, 27.


More than a decade ago "MASK has started something which others are now beginning to recognise as an essential part of human growth and development."

MASK Trustee Dr Lyndsay Bird



Journalist and broadcaster

Jeff Koinange

The pioneer of Modern African Art, artist Ibrahim El-Salahi

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





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

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


MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734





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