If you’re looking for an informative and creative way to commemorate Black History Month, the Trenton City Museum’s upcoming mask-making workshop is the perfect opportunity!

On Saturday, February 18th, the Trenton City Museum will host an African mask-making workshop. The workshop will take place from 11 am-1 pm at 299 Parkside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08606. This class is appropriate for all ages, meaning the entire family is invited to be part of the fun. In addition to making a mask of your own, guests will also have the opportunity to see and touch masks made by one of the museum’s artists. Once you have your inspiration, it’s time to get to work! Materials are included, and there is no cost to participate. Advanced registration is required, so if you plan on attending, please RSVP here: TCM – Register.

Masks are an essential aspect of many African cultures. Masks may be used for performative purposes and were frequently worn by dancers and incorporated into ceremonies. Beyond their visual beauty, masks also represent a profound spiritual significance, representing the unseen forces interconnected to the community. Masks can represent fertility, weddings, initiation rites, funerals, and more. With both ritualistic and artistic importance, masks hold significant meaning throughout the African continent and symbolize a profound connection with the spiritual realm. This workshop offers the opportunity to dive more into this beautiful culture and celebrate just one of the many incredible aspects of Black History Month.

The host for this afternoon is the Trenton City Museum, a beacon for arts and culture in the Capital City. Nestled in the hills of Cadwalader Park, the Ellarslie Mansion is one of our city’s finest gems. The museum boasts an incredible collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and art related to our great city. In addition to its expansive portfolio of artifacts, Trenton City Museum also regularly displays the works of current local artists, giving the next generation of Trentonian artists a chance to shine. The museum is also a regular host of events and educational opportunities, making it a fantastic venue to make memories with friends and family. So next time you’re in West Trenton, stop by the Trenton City Museum for a truly unforgettable experience.

Cultural appreciation is a connective experience and offers individuals from all walks of life the chance to more fully appreciate and understand the experiences of another culture’s traditions. This upcoming workshop will be as educational as it is enjoyable, so be sure to RSVP today! If you have any questions before the event, please get in touch with the Trenton City Museum at info@ellarslie.org or (609) 989-1191 for additional details. With an afternoon of culture, creativity, and inspiration ahead, we can hardly mask our excitement!

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