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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art on a riverfront campus offers more than 95,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

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Louise May 2016May has been a busy month so far for the Museum. Between the VSA Festival and wrapping up school tours before summer begins, the Docents have been putting in lots of hours on Campus. Louise Gentry is one of those docents who is always willing to jump in when needed! Here’s what makes her such a unique part of the group:

I am a retired educator.  I have worked in Libraries my whole career from college to elementary school.  This was a natural choice as curling up with a great book has been my favorite thing since childhood.  Growing up in the land of “snow and ice” up north gave me plenty of time to indulge in this pastime.  Plus, we had about three TV Channels, two of which were blurry, when I was growing up.

Working with children has always been second nature as an older child in a large family along with teaching school and Sunday school my adult life. Being a docent has been the perfect opportunity to learn about art and art history and share this knowledge with children these past 3+ years.

What blows me away is when the kids teach me something new and that happens almost every tour I give!  I am thrilled and amazed at the quality of the art work that 5 and 6 year-olds produce!

In my spare time I don’t read as much as before because we can enjoy the great outdoors here in Florida.  I am practically a native after 40 years.  I spend time in daily exercise classes and, of course, in spoiling my four grandchildren.

Thank you, Louise, for your service in helping further the Museum’s mission of “engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education.”

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Summer is almost here and so is Camp Cummer!



campcummer Children, rising 1st – 6th grade, experiment with different art mediums in the studio, explore the Cummer Gardens and Galleries, have free time in Art Connections, snack, lunch and much more! The Education staff creates dynamic lesson plans and art projects based off the Museum’s permanent collection, gardens, and traveling exhibitions that will stimulate your children’s creativity and imagination.


Children entering grades 1 through 6
Monday through Friday | 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Members $180, Non-Members $200 per week | Registration Required

Extended care is available!
8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m $20 per week
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. $30 per week

You may enroll your child for two sessions only –
one RED week and one BLUE week.

RED Week 1: June 13 through 17
BLUE Week 2: June 20 through 24
RED Week 3: June 27 through July 1
BLUE Week 4: July 11 through 15
RED Week 5: July 18 through 22
BLUE Week 6: July 25 through 29

Click here to sign up easily through the Museum’s online system!

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It’s hard to believe that April has passed and we are into May, however that means tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month and the Museum will be open for FREE! Come spend time wandering the gorgeous Gardens in bloom. Enjoy brunch on the Cafe patio with live music from Shawn Lightfoot. Wander the Mason Gallery to enjoy newly hung Museum favorites in a fresh space. Whatever you chose to do this weekend, hopefully it’s fun, relaxing, and artful!


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VSA 2016



C06A3774 Tomorrow kicks off the Museum’s 21st annual VSA Festival during which time over 2500 special needs students and their caregivers will visit over a four day period. The goal of VSA (also know as Very Special Arts) is to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. Cummer Museum Educators have developed a fantastic series of art experiences throughout the Galleries and Gardens and youth will have a chance to visit those stops for hands on activities that include collaging, printmaking, and clay, as well as a naturewalk through the Cummer Gardens C06A3925and a music and storytelling stop with Ajamu Mutima. Besides the work of dedicated Museum staff, over 1400 volunteers will give their time to ensure the execution of a successful, safe, and fun event! Citibank is celebrating it’s 20th year supporting VSA with volunteers and Bank of America, Deutsche C06A4044Bank and Florida Blue will also be sending staff to give their time this year. Although shuffling hundreds of children through a fine art Museum presents it’s own set of challenges, the impact of the experience on not only the participants but also all of the volunteers, teachers, parents and Museum staff makes for a very special, memorable, and heartwarming week on the Cummer Campus.

*Please note: The Museum and Cummer Cafe will still be open for regular business hours.

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Important Cummer Museum Update




A special announcement from the Chair of the Board of Trustees Ryan A. Schwartz and Director Hope McMath:

We are writing to you today as a member of the Cummer Museum family, to give you an update on the Museum’s future plans that continue to build on the recent expansion of community outreach, accessibility for all, quality public programming, and campus improvements.

This exciting plan includes the creation of a Garden Greenhouse and Learning Center, the renovation of Art Connections, the creation of additional galleries, and development of several dedicated staffing, program, maintenance and campus endowments to ensure long-term sustainability. As part of this vision, the former Woman’s Club building, located at the south end of the campus, was intended to be the place where public programming and events would take place, providing a center for arts and cultural initiatives for the entire community.

However, we are deeply disappointed to report that the Woman’s Club building has fallen victim to a major infestation of Formosan termites, which are a super-species pest that has been reported in other parts of Florida and now has been identified in infestations here in Jacksonville.

After working for months to consult with experts in the fields of both science and construction-related disciplines, and with careful consideration, the Board of Trustees passed a motion stating that the Board has “deemed the building formerly known as the Woman’s Club unsuitable for future utilization due to an infestation of wood-destroying Formosan termites. The treatment for such infestation has been determined to be unprecedented, unreliable, and cost-prohibitive, and therefore not in the best interest of creating and maintaining long-term, sustainable assets for the institution.”

However, a team will begin working immediately on the design of and fundraising for a new building, which will be able to advance the Museum’s goals and further its mission of engaging and inspiring through arts, gardens and education.

Many of our major donors to the original Woman’s Club project immediately embraced the idea of a new building once they realized the existing building could not be saved, and several donors have also come forward with additional pledges of support.

We look forward to seeing you in the Museum soon and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the growing excitement over the prospect of a more beautiful, more artful, more accessible, more activated, and more sustainable Cummer Museum.

Many thanks, as always, for your continued interest and ongoing support.

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Junior Docent Exhibition: An Odyssey



Written by: Museum Educator Karl Boecklen

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The 2015-2016 Junior Docents are putting the finishing touches on their 2016 exhibition. Individually charged with illustrating a scene from a favorite book, short story, or poem, they have collectively designed and installed their Photo 7vision, “An Odyssey”.

This is what they have to say about their showing:

An Odyssey is a long, wandering voyage, in which the hero changes with the challenges they face. These sketches were derived from scenes from literature and they are arranged to represent a story arc. The exhibit begins with pieces that represent the beginning of a journey, either physical or spiritual, then the exhibit transitions to pieces that portray chaos, characterized by an obstacle or a spiritual quest for the hero. The exhibit concludes with the resolution of this conflict with the world that it creates.Photo 4

The exhibition will be open to the public in the Art Connections Round Room Gallery from April 20th to April 24th. At that time, our Very Special Arts exhibition will be put in place for the month of May. The Junior Docent’s, “An Odyssey”, will return again starting June 1st and will remain throughout the summer months.

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