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The Culture and Mystery of Masks from around the World Masks are much more than just disguises--they can transform a person's face into a new powerful spirit. For thousands of years, people have created masks as a means of expression. They are treasured worldwide for their historical and cultural significance, teaching us how cultures deal with their lives and their environments. Masks are attributed to folklore, chiefs, shamans and religious leaders. They play a role in dance forms and storytelling and are used in agriculture, carnivals, celebrations, dance, death, fertility, hunting, initiation, midwinter observances, religion and theater. Carla Hanson, a K-State University music graduate, is curator of "Spirit of the Mask," a traveling mask exhibit. Her collection, representing more than 45 countries, numbers in the hundreds. She is currently studying with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts adding music and dance to her presentation. Johnson County Park and Recreation District, in partnership with The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas, are pleased to bring you a collection of courses designed for adult learners. Select from the opportunities below to create your own program of personal development. No homework. No tests. No pressure. It’s just learning for the joy of it.

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