Private: Sixth Annual Purim Mask Invitational

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In spring 2012, area K-12 students participated in the Sixth Annual Purim Mask Invitational, with the opportunity to have their creations displayed for several weeks within the museum.  On Purim, it is a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the Megillat Esther (The Book of Esther) that tells the story of Purim read aloud. Due to Esther’s disguising her identity as a Jewess, it has become custom to dress up and mask one’s identity during the Purim feast. Students create wearable masks recognizing Purim, a joyful holiday occurring on March 8, 2012 (Jewish Year 5772). The majority of students in Tulsa area schools are from faiths other than Judaism and are often unaware of Jewish culture and traditions. In creating a mask for Purim and learning the story of Esther and other Purim traditions, students are able to learn more about other cultures and religions. Furthermore, the exhibition of student art work in the Museum encourages art appreciation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]