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The Museum Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities




Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Nearly a billion people live with a disability – that is roughly 15% of the world’s population! People with different abilities can face many challenges and barriers in their everyday lives that others do not. The Cummer Museum believes that art is for all people and constantly looks for ways to remove barriers and ease challenges for persons with disabilities to engage with and create art.

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

On Tuesday, December 4 the Museum will be celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Artwork created by Women of Vision, a monthly arts program for women with low vision or blindness will be on display. Also, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an open studio where visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the Museum’s programs for persons with disabilities including Women of Vision, Museum Access for Kids, the annual Arts4All Festival (formerly the VSA Festival), and outreach to the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind.

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

During open studio, visitors can explore adaptive art-making tools to create their own artwork and explore tactile images of the Museum’s permanent collection. Tactile images in the Education Department’s collection include 3-D renderings of paintings and raised line drawings, and allow visitors with low vision or blindness to experience “seeing” a work of art through sense of touch rather than sight.

Please join us on December 4 for this free and exciting event!

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Inspired Palates: A Dinner Party Series




Clutch your pearls and fill your glasses! The Cummer Museum is throwing a dinner party! This avant-garde series of dinners will inspire your palate and spark your creative energies, all to support bringing an exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions and related programming to the Jacksonville community. The Cummers were known to be legendary hosts. Here is your chance to join the Museum in celebration of the stories behind the artwork featured in the Museum’s annual exhibition calendar.

The Cummer Museum invites guests to celebrate Japanese art, culture, and cuisine at Artful Umami: A Japanese Dinner Party in honor of Fields of Color: The Art of Japanese Printmaking, currently on view at the Museum. It is easy to get lost in the silky pastels and striking compositions featured in these colorful prints. Luminous lanterns, cunning kitsune, and cherry-blossom-lined landscapes invite visitors to peer into popular scenes from Japan’s Edo Period. Just take care you are not spirited away. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite hue and enjoy an evening of beautiful music, colorful performances, umami-packed food, and of course, sake in appreciation of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. 

Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art calls on viewers to contemplate crime through a series of “remixed” images. This exhibition depicts the story of one of the most thrilling art heists in history in which 13 works of art, including pieces from masters like Rembrandt and Degas, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. This infamous burglary case remains unsolved. In this vein, the Cummer Museum invites guests to solve a most-puzzling mystery when they join the Museum for A Captivating Caper: A Mystery Dinner Party. Festivities include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music. Hats, monocles, and false mustaches are encouraged. Just don’t get caught red-handed at this exciting event! 

With masterpieces on view from artists like Renoir and Degas, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse will certainly make quite an impression. Visitors will be surrounded by dazzling interpretations of light, color, and texture from some of the biggest icons of French Impressionism. As a complement to this exhibition, the Museum  is calling all Francophiles to be our guest at Soirée Bohème: A French Dinner Party. The decadent menu is sure to delight and the music will have guests dancing the can-can. Frills, ruffles, and anything très chic are encouraged. 

All Dinner Party guests will enjoy beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, themed music, artful experiences, and dinner. VIP guests will enjoy a private art tour with selections chosen to complement each event, along with a signature cocktail prior to the start of the evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets to a single dinner or all three. Visit our website for more information.

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Kids Free November at the Cummer Museum!



Kids get in free at the Cummer Museum and many other locations around town this November! In partnership with Visit Jacksonville, the Museum will offer free admission throughout the month of November to children ages 12 and under. To learn more about Kids Free November and all of the great places around town you can visit with your little ones, pop over the Visit Jacksonville’s website for all the details.

A young boy and young girl imitating a work of art in a museum.

While you are at the Museum, check out the newly opened Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman. The exhibition highlights this Green Cove Springs native’s nationally and internationally acclaimed artwork and legacy. The Museum also features an interactive learning center, excellent for visitors of all ages to explore art in unique ways. Interactive Family Backpacks are available for use by families with young children and encourage kids to discover art through activities and materials created specifically for young visitors. The backpacks were created through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

This offer runs from November 1 through November 30. So visit once, or visit often. Bring up to five children (12 and under) for free per adult paying regular admission. No coupon is necessary.

This offer cannot be combined with other discounts/offers or special events and may not be used for schools, organizations, or associations.
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Art Beyond Sight and the Women of Vision Program




Woman with low vision creating a work of art depicting a flower with bright purple printmaking ink.

“The Cummer Museum is where I come to be with my family that I don’t live with at home. We just share, and the women are visually impaired, so we all understand where everybody’s been.” — Renee Byrd, a participant in the Women of Vision program at the Museum

The Women of Vision program celebrates the communicative power and beauty of the visual and literary arts through emotional responses by women who each have low vision or blindness. On a personal level, the program offers to the women a place for camaraderie as indicated by Byrd.

Three women with low vision creating works of art with printmaking ink.

The women meet monthly on Friday afternoons. The program is separated into two portions – group sharing session focused on a creative writing exercise, followed by an art-making project. Every October, the Cummer Museum displays the artwork created by the Women in recognition of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month.

“When the Museum mats and frames these pictures and we have an exhibit, they look like a million bucks,” said co-founder Sister Elizabeth Fiorite.

Women with low vision engaged in a touch tour of an outdoor sculpture of a bird.

The women also spend time in the galleries and outdoor spaces at the Museum, engaged in interactive touch tours that allow them to experience works of art through their other senses.

Stop by the Cummer Museum to view two- and three-dimensional works of art from Women of Vision on display through January 2019.

*Quotes obtained from “Cummer Museum Makes Visual Art Accessible To Those Who Can’t See” by Jessica Palombo on WJCT on October 27, 2016.
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Did you know? | Marie Laurencin



Did you know that Marie Laurencin was part of the exciting Paris art scene of the early 20th century? She hung out with some of the most famous names of her day: Picasso, Braque, Gleizes, and Metzinger. She had a passionate love affair with famous poet, playright, supporter of cubism, and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire, who served in the first World War, dying two years later of the Spanish Flu. She went on to be one of the most important modern artists of her generation. We are lucky to have one of Laurencin’s works on view in our permanent collection.

Marie Laurencin (French, 1885 – 1956), Femme et Mandolin (Woman with Guitar), 1943, Oil on canvas, 33 ¾ x 29 ⅜ in., Gift of Jack and Marcelle Bear in honor of John S. Bunker, AG.1995.2.1

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Welcome Kim Kuta Dring!



Kim Kuta Dring recently joined the Cummer Museum team as Director of Education, overseeing the school, adult, family, outreach, and docent programs as well as Museum Education staff.

“I’m honored to carry on the tradition of educational excellence that the Cummer Museum has established throughout the years. I look forward to collaborating with local organizations to provide greater access to the Museum’s art and historic gardens in Jacksonville and surrounding communities,” said Kuta Dring.

Kim Kuta Dring received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and a graduate degree in Biology from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Prior to joining the team, she was the Director of Learning and Experience at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut for 14 years where she led the Education and Visitor Experience teams, oversaw the planning and delivery of hands-on STEAM-based experiences and exhibits, developed and maintained relationships in the community, and was a member of the senior management team. She also worked at other non-profit education organizations including Audubon Greenwich in Greenwich Connecticut, Sherwood Eddy YMCA in Jacksonville, Illinois, and Stokes Nature Center in Logan, Utah.

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