For many people in Germany, preoccupation with art, visits to exhibitions and museums or cultural events in their vicinity are not part of their everyday life or their normal leisure time. Some are (too) serious and quiet in the almost holy halls and halls, where not only many younger museum-goers quickly get the impression that they are doing something wrong. Or stand out among people in their 50s and up, who stroll from exhibit to exhibit, exchange ideas in whispers and give as true connoisseurs.
Young people and art with a fun factor – they just don’t go together? Not correct! The Würzburg-based “MiKs – Young Friends of the Freundeskreis Kulturspeicher” are young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who, under the wing of the “Freundeskreis Kulturspeicher”, live out their interest in art and culture in the museum in the Kulturspeicher.
This “colorful mixed group”, which is joined by many art students and students from other subjects as well as young adults in training, also wants to support the museum in the Kulturspeicher financially with the membership fees. “The focus, however, is on offering peers easy, enjoyable access to cultural programs in a museum context, far removed from the conservative, school-based path,” explains Tamara Hauer. She acts together with Marika Berner, Fee Wedepohl and Katja Hock as MiKs spokeswoman.
Apparently the MiKs have mastered their club keyboard and know where and with what they should address those interested in art (or those in the future). To this end, the youth department of the Freundeskreis, which was founded in 2008 and now has over 80 members, always comes up with something new: it regularly invites you to theater plays, sensory tours, readings, film evenings and experiments relating to the current temporary exhibitions and the museum’s holdings. According to the long-time director of the Kulturspeicher Marlene Lauter, it is the first group of its kind in Bavaria.
The MiKs can also gain a lot of experience with the public if they actively participate in events in cooperation with the museum’s educational team or set up their own projects. Her credo: “Art is there for everyone – and we want to experience it together!”
The young circle of friends landed the greatest success so far in terms of self-promotion and member recruitment in the summer of last year with the “concrete party”. Of the almost 400 visitors to what was then the second open-air celebration, at which the roof terrace of the museum was transformed into a dance floor, 37 decided on the spot for the attractive club offer of the Junge Freunde: They can pay the reduced annual membership fee of 15 euros claim, have free entry to the Kulturspeicher, receive personal invitations to all exhibition openings and special events, can initiate activities in the museum and choose speakers from their group.
Tamara Hauer, who was attending the party at the time, did not take long to ask. The 22-year-old student of museum sciences, art history and history, who has been responsible for “so far very manageable” press work and art communication since March of the current Corona year, assures: “You absolutely don’t have to be an art freak to join us.”
But you should have fun sharing experiences and shared experiences. “For many, the group means friendships as well as acquaintances.”
On every second Tuesday of the month, at least the hard core comes together again at the regulars’ table in the Würzburg Café Standard, welcomes interested parties, ponders new ideas, organizes. “Despite the seriousness of the concerns, there is of course still time to fool around, chat and celebrate birthday parties. It should stay that way. “
Nevertheless, new members are important to bring in new impulses and their talents, who take part in the painting, drawing and sculpture workshops, which will hopefully be offered again soon, to deal with art. Not just with the one in the culture store. “Our program also includes insights into other cultural institutions in Würzburg and excursions to other cities.”
It makes sense to visit other “Young Friends” who, like the Würzburg family, are members of the Germany-wide “Young Friends Art Museums” network. Or to make contacts through this federal initiative so that when you change location you quickly meet people again for whom a visit to a museum is not part of the touristic must-see program.