The Blikopeners are young people (peer educators 15–19 years old) with a fresh perspective on art. They represent a wide variety of backgrounds, study a range of different courses and come from all over the Greater Amsterdam region.
BLIKOPENERS (EYE OPENERS)
The Blikopeners are young people (peer educators 15–19 years old) with a fresh perspective on art. They represent a wide variety of backgrounds, study a range of different courses and come from all over the Greater Amsterdam region. Blikopeners give tours, advice and critical opinions about all aspects of the museum. They also organize activities for people their own age. In short, they have the most enjoyable part-time jobs in the Netherlands!
The Blikopeners have open eyes and minds for art, design and the museum. Using their own personal experience and knowledge, they help to open other people’s eyes to the world of art. They engage young people in dialogue about art and museums, giving them more confidence to interpret art and form their own opinions about it. The Blikopeners have been active at the Stedelijk Museum since 2008. Every year a new group takes over. In September 2014, the sixth group of Blikopeners started work. Once a Blikopener, always a Blikopener! View the Blikopeners here.
The Blikopeners give tours, provide the museum with advice, give critical opinions and organize activities for people their age. In addition to planning events and organizing their program, they also work as peer educators as part of Stedelijk in the Classroom. Together with museum educators, they give lessons to students in both academic and professional areas about the video art collection. Blikopeners are also organizing workshops and events outside the museum’s walls with a variety of partners. For further information, see the Blikopeners’ agenda (NL).
INTRODUCTION BLIKOPENERS 2013-2014
In August the Stedelijk organizes an introduction for a new Blikopener group. After a speech from museum director Karin van Gilst, the 140 candidates go into the museum to work on several assignments. Group 2014/2015 is now selected and will work in the museum on a regular basis until July 2015. The next application will be in April 2015.
WHAT THE ART?!
Blikopeners on TV! Under the professional guidance of the Avro, the Blikopeners make their very own TV series What The Art?!. They edit, direct and present the program and, with their infectious enthusiasm, spotlight contemporary art. In each edition, Blikopeners visit a well-known artist or designer in his or her studio. Suitable visual arts teaching materials are developed for each edition, in which the featured artist gives students an assignment. What The Art?! airs from 24 August to 14 September in Avro’s Kunstuur. The series and teaching materials are also freely available online.
SNS Fonds 21 is the main patron of the Blikopeners.