Young Curators

In The Water Drop, the children are in charge. At the heart of our interactive program is our Young Curators initiative, which invites a group of school children from Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Estonia to co-curate a series of exhibitions. The first is opening at Gerðarsafn in Kópavogur, Iceland on the World Environment Day on June 19th this year. 

Thirteen children from ages 9 to 12 were selected from an Open Call the in autumn 2020. The Young Curators have since early 2021 been taking part in local workshops in their respective museums (or online due to covid19 regulations). The workshops are led  by local educational facilitators and curator Chuz Martinez. The aim of the process is to co-curate a series of exhibitions connecting Nordic children’s literature and the UN Development goals. The first of these exhibitions will open in June 2021 at the contemporary art museum Gerðarsafn in Kópavogur and be inspired by the UN SDG 14: Life Below Water. 

 

Building new methodolog: Open Questioning Mindset and The Young Curators 

Open Questioning Mindset is a method proposed by philosopher Peter Worley and The Philosophy Foundation that invites children to make it easier to have a say. Exactly this is key in making an iniative like the Young Curators possible. Peter Worley and his team are working in close collaboration with the facilitators of the Young Curators it making it even easier for children to get their ideas made into reality. Building on this method The Water Drop team is developing a new methodology that makes it possible for children to be co-creators in shaping cultural activities. We believe so much in the power of children that we hope that other cultural and educational institutions as well as museums will try this out as well. To help them along the way we will be launching educational tool kits for eveyone to use. 

 

How can you get involved?

There is many ways to get involved in the Water Drop project and Young Curators. Children aged 9 to 12 interested in getting involved will have a another chance to apply for the open call for the Young Curators later this year. But there is other ways too: during the length of The Water Drop project several workshops will invite children (and adults) to participate and shape The Water Drop project and future exhibitions. 

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