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Let Your Voice Be Heard – Jacksonville Quality Forum



On Wednesday, March 9, the Museum will be hosting the Jacksonville Quality Forum at 6pm.  This is a discussion with mayoral candidates about the quality of life in Jacksonville.  This is YOUR chance to ask the candidates questions about the social issues that are important to you.  This is the forum to voice your questions and opinions about need for museums, arts, and culture as important factors in the quality of life in your community.  We invite everyone to join us at the Museum for this event.

Here is what some museum visitors have shared when asked: Why are museums important to you?”

“They educate for little money.”  – J. Harold Lowry

“They help me connect to the larger picture.  See the world through others’ eyes, the real and the abstract versions.  They make history tangible and accessible.”  -Dutchess Castle

“They are a beautiful and wonder-filled respite from the world.”  -TJ Howard

“They preserve beauty.”  -Katie Owen

“They are a chance for a rather unique experience–be it educational, recreational, or even a little bit of both.”  -Jamie Booth

“They give an opportunity to experience culture that may not be experienced otherwise.”  -Linda Resta Ingram

“Museums provoke thought and interest in a myriad of subjects.  This is most important when applied to children’s lives.  Especially when museums pursue community outreach, children can be shown how learning is fun, and that museums are perfect places in which to learn.  As adults, we can continue our love of learning in museums.  The collections can inspire us to be more than we were previously.  I have loved these things about museums since I was a small child.”  -Margareth C. Knippel Murphy

“They educate in the most pleasant of ways…….they encourage broader horizons.”  -Kathy McGarry Broderick

“Museums are important because they bring art to life for visitors of all ages!”  -Emily Magevny

Please join us at 6pm at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204.  Come prepared with questions on any social topic.  For ideas, please see the Sample Questions section of the Jacksonville Quality Forum page.

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