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
Dr Lyndsay Bird Chair of the Trustees
Charles Dance OBE
Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA
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.
To succeed, young people need to be creative - inventive, resourceful and imaginative.