Masks might be worn to conceal your identity, amuse your friends, or terrify your enemies. Cultures around the world still create diverse and dynamic masks to express ideas, beliefs, identity, and feelings. October is a perfect month to investigate the history of mask-making and make your own.
Join us to create your own disguise—whatever your purpose! We’re collaborating with some of our favorite community partners this month to share the intrigue and mystery of masks.
Masks! A UMFA Exhibition at Discovery Gateway through October 2016
Have you ever worn a mask? How did it make you feel? Masks are incredible faces, diverse and dynamic, expressing different ideas, beliefs, and feelings from around the world. Through the month of October, the UMFA will exhibit a broad collection of masks from the Museum’s education collection. Explore the purpose and meaning of masks from many cultures—imagine what it would be like to become one of the many faces you see.
UMFA’s Third Saturday for Families
Dia de los Muertos Mask-making Activity
Saturday, October 15 | 1–4 pm | FREE
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex
Art Works for Kids Auditorium
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday honoring family and friends who have died. Mexican Day of the Dead sculpture will inspire your own paper skull mask creation. This event is sponsored in part by Wells Fargo.
Dia de los Muertos Mask-Making Workshops
Saturday, October 22 | 11 am–1 pm, 2–4 pm | FREE
Discovery Gateway, Beverly Taylor Sorenson ArtSpace for Children
Traditional Day of the Dead sculptures from our education collection will inspire your own paper skull mask creation. The workshop is conducted by education curators from the UMFA, in partnership with Discovery Gateway.
UMFA and Day-Riverside Library Branch
Mask-Making Family Activity
Monday, October 24 | 2–3:30 pm | FREE
Day-Riverside Branch of The Salt Lake City Public Library
Join us to view masks from all over the worl and discover why many cultures still make and wear masks. Let your imagination soar as you create your own mask at this family art-making activity sponsored by the UMFA and the Day-Riverside library branch.