Pop-up Event: Community Mask Making Inspired by Congo Masks

In the vast and culturally diverse Congolese region of Central Africa, masks function as performance objects in rituals, ceremonies, worship, and entertainment. Masks represent the artisans and performers who brought them to life, as well as varied communities, belief systems, and natural resources.

Be inspired and create a mask that reminds you of your community while listening to Congolese music. Learn more about the vast region and its many masking traditions by visiting VMFA’s exhibition Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa, on view through February 24.

See the dates below!

Saturday, Nov. 24, 12–2 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N Union St., Alexandria

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2–4 pm
with Culture4Mykids
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408-2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond

Wednesday, Nov 28, 5:30-7 pm
Northside Richmond Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
3601 Branch Avenue, Richmond

Saturday, Dec 1, 12-2 pm
with Afro Beta Drummers
Stony Point Fashion Park
9200 Stony Point Pkwy, Richmond

Saturday, Dec 1, 6-8 pm
Afrikana Film Festival
Grace Street Theatre
601 W Broad Street, Richmond

Saturday, Dec 8, 12-2 pm
with Culture4Mykids
Williamsburg Premium Outlets
5715 Richmond Road, Williamsburg

Saturday, Dec 15, 12-2 pm
Byrd Theater
2908 W Cary Street, Richmond

Tuesday, Dec 18, 6-8 pm
Libbie Mill Henrico County Public Library
2100 Libbie Lake E St, Richmond

Saturday, Dec 29, 2-4 pm
Elegba Folklore Society 2018 Capital City Kwanzaa Festival
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
1000 Mosby St, Richmond

Saturday, Jan 5, 11 am–1 pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond

Tuesday, Jan 8, 11 am–12 pm
Short Pump Town Center, Kid Club
11800 W Broad St., Richmond

Friday, Jan 11, 6–8 pm
Robinson Theater and Community Arts Center
2903 Q St, Richmond

Saturday, Jan 12, 1–3 pm
Meadowdale Library
4301 Meadowdale Blvd, Richmond

Wednesday, Jan 16, 6–8 pm | University of Richmond Basketball Game
The Robins Center
365 College Rd, Richmond

Friday, Jan 25, 6–8 pm | Mask Making & Wine Tasting
Urban Hang Suite
304 E. Broad St, Richmond

Saturday, Jan 26, 12–3 pm
Dance Showcase
Henrico High School
302 Azalea Avenue, Richmond

Sunday, Feb 3, 1–4pm
Open Studio Sunday with Hamilton Glass
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard, Richmond

Saturday, Feb 16, 6–8 pm | University of Richmond Basketball Game
The Robins Center
365 College Rd, Richmond