In spring 2013, area K-12 students will participate in the Seventh 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 February 24, 2013 (Jewish Year 5773). 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. The show is on display in the Education, Brodsky and Special Exhibition Galleries from February 24 – April 7, 2013.
The masks are juried by a panel of local art experts in separate age divisions with all masks competing for the “Best in Show” award.
Click here to view the entire Seventh Annual Purim Mask Invitational exhibit virtually.