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How and Why YOU Should Get Involved This Year at VSA 2014!



VSA 2012 053The Very Special Arts Festival (VSA Festival) is held at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens annually.  The Cummer is home ot the Jacksonville affiliate of VSA, an international organization that provides exciting opportunities in the arts to children with disabilities. Over a four day period, nearly 2000 children with mild to severe disabilities come to the museum to explore and create in the studios, galleries, gardens, and Art Connections. During their visit, the children strengthen their social skills outside of the classroom as well as discover talents in the arts.

If the above description inspires you, why not become a part of VSA 2014 here at The Cummer Museum? Not only will you have the opportunity to encouraging and inspiring these beautiful children, but the courage and talent of these children will change your life as well.

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“It was one of the most fun and inspiring events I’ve had the pleasure to attend in some time.  The work you are doing and opportunities being offered to our students through the Museum are simply remarkable.  Thank you again for allowing me to witness such a wonderful undertaking and for filling my heart with hope.”  -Josephine Jackson, J.D., Executive Director, Equity and Inclusion, Duval County Public Schools.

“This year I was fortunate enough to spend one day one-on-one with the children and the experience was very moving and unforgettable…I must say, it was a very poignant and rewarding experience for all of us volunteers.”  -Gee Gabbert, Volunteer.

“I know my students feel enriched by the kindness and encouragement of new friends (your volunteers).” -Anonymous Teacher.

“…These kids are smart and expressive and it is truly amazing.  People under estimate them because of their handicaps, but they will never realize how talented and bright these kids are unless they spend time with them.  It was an experience I will always cherish and never forget.”  –Patricia Ashley Ortiz, Volunteer.


This year, the festival will be held Tuesday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th. If you would like to be part of something special, this is your chance! Contact Jan Thomas at 904-355-0630 or and experience a festival you will never forget!



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