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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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Affinity Group Update – Cummer Amelia



Congratulations to Cummer Amelia, the Museum’s affinity group on Amelia Island, for raising more support for the Museum this year than ever before. From developing new partnerships, to strengthening the connection with local residents, and executing successful events and programs, Cummer Amelia has contributed more than $35,000 to the Museum from their activities and raised more than $53,000 from in-kind support.

This year, Cummer Amelia has engaged its members through a variety of programmatic options, including the following options:

Cummer Amelia’s third annual Garden Walk supported school tours for Nassau County students. The event featured a presentation by Omni Chef Daven Wardynski, and provided art demonstrations, live music, food, and drinks along the tour of private home gardens.

The Cummer Amelia lecture series celebrated the arts and gardens through a sequence of inspiring learning opportunities and provided guests insight into exhibitions and the permanent collection at the Museum.

Cocktails & Canvases was a luxurious weekend in partnership with Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, where visual arts, signature cocktails, and customized delicacies came together providing guests an immersive experience in an exclusive coastal setting.

Be A Kid For A Day engaged donors to the Cummer Amelia educational outreach fund to experience the Museum in the same way as the third-graders that they sponsored for school tours, featuring a gallery tour, a garden walk, playtime in Art Connections, creations of an art project, and refreshments.

Special thanks to Cummer Amelia committee members for their hard work and dedication, to Becky and Tom Grimes for hosting a successful private event, to Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort for assisting with two major events, and to Cummer Amelia’s president Judy Pillans for her incredible leadership and passion for the Museum.

Deremer Studios Commercial Photograph – Amelia Island

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Join Us Today!




Would you like to have free annual admission to one of the finest art collections, gardens, and educational programs in the southeast – the Cummer Museum? Take your family to new worlds by experiencing works of art from across the globe from the past as well as the present. Enrich the lives of your children by exploring the Museum’s broad range of exhibitions and our Art Connections Interactive Center.

Members also receive free admission to more than 150 Southeast U.S. Reciprocal Museums. With Family Membership, you and your family will receive reciprocal membership to more than 850 institutions as well as nearly 300 gardens across North America.

What about invitations to exclusive exhibition opening events and special invitations to programs and events? As a Museum member, you will be able to experience exhibitions before they open to the public, as well as in-depth information about the exhibitions from curators, artists, and more.

Would you enjoy discount prices for concerts, lectures, garden programs, adult classes, the Cummer Café, and the Cummer Shop? The Cummer Museum is more than a Museum, offering opportunities for visitors to engage in events including talks from renowned artists and curators, and even opportunities for visitors to create their own works of art.

If you said yes to any of these questions, then we invite you to become a member today! Annual memberships start as low as $50! Seniors (62+), military, educators, and students receive a 10% discount for joining. For further information click the link below, email, or call 904.899.6007.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Grant



If you enjoy lectures and performances featuring national talent, presentations about Nazi art looting during World War II, the History of Western Gardens lecture series, or meaningful panel discussions like the ones presented in conjunction with LIFTWhitfield Lovell: Deep River, or Reflections and believe, like we do, that they are a vital part of the Museum’s offerings, we invite you participate in a special Challenge Grant Matching opportunity.

In 2015, the Museum received a prestigious, four-year challenge grant, one of only fifteen granted nation-wide, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This grant will build a $2 million endowment that will stay in place in perpetuity, and up to 5% of the interest will be drawn out yearly to build sustainability for the Museum and ensure quality programming for years to come. The Museum met last year’s challenge and has until July 31, 2017 to raise the $375,000 in pledges needed for this year’s match. We have already raised $310,000, and we need your help to complete the challenge quickly. Visit the link below to give online today or call the Advancement office at 904.899.6025.

This is an exciting time to build a vibrant, artful, sustainable future for the Cummer Museum. We appreciate your consideration of this chance to extend the impact of your generosity through this matching grant, and for all you do every day to support our beloved institution.


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Family Activity Series: Cairo, Egypt



For this series, each geographical stop is paired with an item. Each item is significant and serves a specific function in ancient Islamic tradition. In order to complete each activity, please print the post and enjoy. The first stop in our activity series is Cairo, Egypt.

A minbar is a pulpit that is used by the prayer leader, (Imam), to lead prayer, give guidance to his listeners, and to give speeches. This particular minbar door is made from several different kinds of wood from several eras. Some of the intricate details are said to have come from original minbars! At the bottom of the door, there is a secret inscription that says, “Honor to our master the sultan the king… Al Zahir Baquq. God magnify his victory.”


Examine the mesmerizing details of the door on the left. Now look away and try and recreate the door from your memory using the outline on the right. How did you do? What did you remember? What did you forget?

Let’s continue on our journey! Next stop? Iznik, Turkey.


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Accessibility Outreach



The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to living its mission, “to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education.” This mission extends to all people, including those with disabilities who represent an integral part of the diverse visitors to the Museum. In some cases however, it is necessary for the staff of the Cummer Museum to go beyond its walls and out into the community to reach these populations in their schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. The outreach programs of the Museum’s Education Department are a vital component for ensuring access and engagement for all.

Outreach visits are designed to connect audiences to the Museum and are often carried out to prepare visitors for an upcoming trip to the Museum. Museum Educators often travel to sites to share photographs and stories that demonstrate the experience of visiting the Museum. In many cases when working with school children, the Educator will also lead the participants in an art-making activity that relates to the themes of the presentation.

In preparation for the annual VSA Festival, the Museum offers outreach visits to a select number of the participating schools. During these visits a Museum Educator shows the students and staff exactly what they will do and see during their Festival visit, answers any questions they have, and carries out a brief art lesson.

Stephanie Triay, a teacher whose students participated in the Museum Access for Kids program at the Museum, stated, “The classroom outreach program was very effective. The students definitely had a better appreciation for the visual arts at the end of the program. It definitely benefited their self-esteem and confidence being out in the community. The population I teach doesn’t get to go out on trips like this often.” These visits serve to inform students and teachers but also to create a deeper connection between the Museum and individuals whose opportunities for onsite visits may be limited.


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Ink, Silk, and Gold: A Family Activity Series



Islam is one of the most practiced religions in the world. If you practice Islam, your day starts with a call to prayer. Let the new exhibition Ink, Silk, and, Gold: Islamic Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston call you to the Cummer Museum.

Ink, Silk, and Gold will feature Islamic works of art dating from the 8th century to the 21st century. Though these pieces are from across the world, this is the first exhibition to be dedicated to showing the artwork as a collection.

The exhibition features golden-tipped pages from the Qur’an, ceramic pieces, and other items of various media that represent ancient Islamic tradition and culture. The Museum of Fine Arts began collecting these pieces over 130 years ago.

The exhibition is paired with a Family Guide that is available for pick up at the exhibition. The guide serves as an interactive activity packet as you navigate the exhibition geographically and chronologically. The activities in the guide will use ancient facts, cultural traditions, and artistic activities to educate the whole family. The activities are broken down into a series of posts:

  1. Family Activity Series: Cairo, Egypt
  2. Family Activity Series: Iznik, Turkey
  3. Family Activity Series: Northern India
  4. Family Activity Series: Spain and Northwestern Africa
  5. Family Activity Series: Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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