Tune in every Tuesday at 2:00 pm on Instagram Live @ROMtoronto as ROM Kids Coordinator and Camp Director Kiron Mukherjee combines his passion for children’s education with storytelling to bring to life science, history and art for you and your loved ones in the comfort of your own home. Kiron will share activities, easy at-home crafts, behind the scenes anecdotes and fun facts—all connected to the ROM collections.
This time on the ROMKids Show we explore the world of something we’re now very familiar with—masks! Curator of Islamic Art & Culture, Dr. Fahmida Suleman joins us to talk about the history of masks made for medical use, why we need to wear a mask today, the powerful symbolism they can display, and the stories they can tell about our communities. Then we’ll design our own masks to tell our own stories!
- colouring materials
1. First, make sure to use a mask that you do need to use for real, practical use. Once you decorate your mask, your mask will no longer be effective in keeping you safe, as the markers and decoration will damage the mask material. This project is for decoration and display purposes only!
2. Think about all the masks you’ve seen over the last year. Some have messages, or images. What is something that you would want people to know about you through your mask? Maybe you want to display an image about something you love, or a message of something you support. Whatever it is, make it about you using markers and other colouring materials!
As the ROMKids Coordinator & Camp Director, Kiron is the public face of the Royal Ontario Museum’s family and children’s programs. Kiron started volunteering at the ROM at age 14 and has never looked back. Though he majored in history at York University, Kiron also considers his early years as a ROMKids camper to be a highly formative part of his education. Now, he strives to provide engaging and educational kids’ programming so that future generations can look back on their ROM experiences as fondly as he has.