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 2012, the fourth 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. Right now the Blikopeners are working behind the scenes on the reopening. What will their opening party be like? How will the special Blikopeners hall be designed in the new museum? 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. Before the reopening, the 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
On Thursday the 29th of August the Stedelijk organized an introduction for a new Blikopener group. After a speech from museum director Karin van Gilst, the 140 candidates went into the museum to work on several assignments. Group 2013/2014 is now selected and will work in the museum on a regular basis until July 2014. The next application will be in August 2014.
SNS Reaal Fonds is the main patron of the Blikopeners.