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African Masks

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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Learn why African
artists use animals and other symbols as points of reference in mask-making,
and how masks are used in ceremonies. Discussion includes select examples from
countries in the Sub-Saharan region, and a closer look at the materials used, as
well as the role these masks play in life and seasonal cycles.

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About This Program


By Request: $145.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Distance Learning for adult audiences at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows lifelong learners to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history and visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive.

Please see the museum's website for information about virtual learning for K-12 students:

Arielle Levine

Program Details


1. Discuss lifestyle of West Africans 100 years ago.
2. Discuss why we wear masks today.
3. Introduce works from Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.


Students will explore the imagery and symbolism of African masks.
Students will learn why African artists use animals in some of their masks and how those masks are used in African ceremonies.
Students will learn how African masks are similar to and different from contemporary American masks.
Students will explore the many roles that masks play in African culture.