The Pearl Street Gallery
100 Pearl Street Chelsea, MA 02150


The use of masks in rituals or ceremonies is a very ancient human practice across the world, although masks can also be worn for protection, in hunting, in sports, in feasts, or in wars – or simply used as ornamentation. Some ceremonial or decorative masks were not designed to be worn. Although the religious use of masks has waned, masks are used sometimes in drama therapy or psychotherapy.

"Chelsea Desea Sonar"- Chelsea Wants to Dream

This group was developed to address the mental health needs of the wave of unaccompanied minors who have settled in Chelsea. Led by an Art Therapist, the group's mission is to enable children to work through the effects of trauma they've experienced by making art in a safe space in which their feelings can be validated, build trust with others, create community, and tell their stories in order to promote healing, wellness, and integration into their new community of Chelsea. Mask making depicts the emotional reaction of both the child and parents have on their faces, when reunited, or how they felt when crossing the border from Central America to the United States.

Come see dozens of masks on display, each one tells a unique emotional story.
Exhibit curated by Melissa Clarke / Chelsea Collaborative