To parents, relatives and adult friends:
Welcome to Playful Performers. This exhibition is especially for children, their friends and the playful at heart. We invite you to see how children in Africa learn through playful inventiveness and creativity.
Masquerades are fun for everyone--young and old alike. Masquerades, however, also pay tribute to the community's culture and identity, effect change within the community and play a role in the education of African children. They teach children life's lessons, respect, how to work well together and important skills that will help them succeed as adults. Just like a piano recital or a ballet presentation, performing in a masquerade helps children develop their talents and build confidence.
Please look at the photographs, masks and costumes, read the text, take part in the hands-on activities and discuss what you learn with your young companions.