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Events CANCELED: Mask Arts Symposium/ArcheDream For Humankind/Blacklight Lecture and Demo.

CANCELED: Mask Arts Symposium/ArcheDream For Humankind/Blacklight Lecture and Demo.

Alan Bell

Tuesday, September 28

2021 Fringe Festival

2 hours


Asian Arts Initiative, Main TheaterMap

Wheelchair Accessible


ArcheDream for Humankind is a blacklight mask and dance theater company that uses archetypes as inspiration for our characters and stories. Alan Bell, mask creator and founder of ADHK, will give a talk about his approach to creating archetypal masks out of cardboard, the techniques and style he uses and how that ties into why he created a blacklight mask and dance theater company. Alan’s work spans over 20years and will be on display for audience members to enjoy.


Please note: All workshop participants of The Mask Arts Symposium will be able to join our free in-house “Finding Funding & Grants for Artists” workshop. They will also be invited to display their masks in our gallery during our open house Oct 1st & 2nd as well as perform and demonstrate their mask and theater work for a live audience.



Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 – 2:00pm

Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.

Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.





Alan Bell, Founder & Artistic Director, ArcheDream for Humankind
Patricia Dominguez, Director & Company member, ArcheDream for Humankind




Audience Instructions

Proof of  Covid 19 vaccination is required at the door for all Mask Arts Symposium workshops and on the Open House days as well.

Content Considerations

Appropriate for Ages 18+

About the Artists

Alan Bell is an artist, poet, writer & art historian. Alan has spent his life’s work creating art to unite people. Studying art from a young age, Alan uses his pen and pencil to challenge the inequalities of our society. A native of South Africa, Alan fled during the apartheid gaining political asylum in Amsterdam. There he opened up his home to refugees and began teaching art and giving lectures on art history. His interest in all forms of art, philosophy and psychology led him to the creation of black light mask theater. Using the black light was a way to enter the world of the unconscious thought, the archetypal characters become alive in ways they do not in the real light. Making its start in Amsterdam, the company toured Europe & South Africa. After Alan moved to the United States in 2000, the company continued touring nationally and internationally. He now serves as consultant and board member to the company and writes books for both children and adults discussing life topics.