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This month we celebrate Elizabeth Adams, another dedicated Museum Docent! Below, in Elizabeth’s own words, she tells of what is important to her in her docent and personal life. Thank you Elizabeth for the love and time you pour into the Museum. It truly is priceless.

           When I first entered the Cummer Museum many years ago, I was impressed with its beautiful galleries and lush gardens.   Having been fortunate enough to have lived and toured in Europe for four years, I was no stranger to some of the finest art of our civilization. Needless to say, when I moved to Jacksonville and discovered the Cummer, I felt that I had found an “aesthetic jewel.”   Because I was busy with my teaching career, I wasn’t always able to spend much time at the museum; however, I knew as a young woman that one day I would make the Cummer a special part of my life. I fulfilled this wish in 2011, three months after I retired from the Clay County School system, and applied to be a Docent. In the four years that I have volunteered, I feel as if I have learned a great deal, not only about art but also about its significant role in the lives of young children. I love to see young people react to the visual world of the Cummer environment, and I feel blessed to be able to impart some of my knowledge to contribute to their enlightenment.

In addition to my time spent at the museum, I have continued in the classroom as a part-time composition and literature instructor at FSCJ. When I’m not practicing yoga, I love to read, shop, play the piano, and spend time with my friends and family. Travel is also important in my life; this past year I saw the Grand Canyon (first time!) and in May took a memorable trip to Ireland, the land of some of my ancestors!

I’ve enjoyed sharing this information with all my Docent friends and museum associates and look forward to September and the new school year!

-Elizabeth Adams, July 2015


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