Last summer we published the city map 'Rijksakademie on the Map, 150 years of works in Amsterdam' showing some 450 works in public space by artists associated with the Rijksakademie from 1870 to the present. A selection of these artworks is now part of Groeistad.
Groeistad is an educational programme about heritage for pupils aged 6 to 12, which you wish you could have taken part in yourself. On the basis of a digital map filled with information about monuments, architecture, archaeological finds, art in public spaces, museum treasures and stories from and about the neighbourhood, children can explore their own neighbourhood and city. They can extend the map themselves, by adding photos and stories, and see what the city used to look like by superimposing historical maps over the current city. In the context of the 150th anniversary of the Rijksakademie, the Groeistad map has now been expanded to include a selection of around 100 works from 'Rijksakademie on the map'. In addition, a lesson is been developed to introduce school children to city sculptor Hildo Krop, by designing their own facade stone.
Groeistad is a collaborative project of Amsterdam Museum, Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsarchief and CBK Zuisoost.
With support from Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Mocca, Cultuureducatie met Kwaliteit, Fonds 21, Mondriaan Fonds, Rabobank, VSBfonds en ZABAWAS.