Art Connections, the Cummer Museum’s interactive center, sets the stage for learning that takes place throughout the rest of the Museum. This space is great for people of all ages and provides the opportunity to explore art in a different way. If you’ve ever been touched by art, here is your chance to touch it back.
Using the Museum's own collection as its core, this chronological display packs more than 30,000 years of artistic history into 40 feet. Interactive stations allow visitors to view, listen, touch, and explore the relationship art has shared with science, technology, and culture since 35,000 B.C.
Gallery Under Five
One of several exhibitions for children ages 18 months through 5 years, this exhibition presents art on a smaller scale. Here, younger children can better appreciate art from the Museum in a setting where it's easier for them to see, and they won't feel intimidated by large objects.
Face to Face
Using a touchscreen, visitors can create their very own self-portraits, which can then be printed out and taken home. It's the perfect way to start an art experience – in familiar territory.
The Cummer Museum commissioned four separate artists to create works inspired by the Cummer Gardens, each in a medium of the artist's choosing. Visitors can view the art (a drawing, an oil painting, a relief print, and a clay vase) accompanied by videos featuring the artists discussing the various inspirations, tools, and techniques related to the media in which they work. It's a great way to learn about the creative process and how it varies from one individual to the next.
Learn the skills to make a more beautiful life at the Cummer Museum’s series of classes for adults. Classes are offered in acrylic painting, the history of Western art, and the history of Western gardens.
Classes and workshops for children provide budding young artists with the skills, technique, and perspective they need to enjoy a lifetime of artistic expression.
Immerse your child in summer art camp for a week of learning, adventure, and fun! Students will print, draw, paint, work with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the Cummer Museum’s galleries and gardens. Camp Cummer is for children entering grades 1 through 6 and registration is required.
Middle School Camp Cummer
Students will learn printmaking, drawing, painting, and clay techniques while being inspired by masterworks in the galleries and gardens. Middle School Camp Cummer is for students entering grades 6 through 9 and registration is required.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers educational school tours that allow students to experience original works of art and the historic Gardens. Tours are based on an integrated curriculum that supports state and national standards in the visual arts, math, science, language arts, and social studies. Trained Docents and Museum Educators lead students in meaningful discussions in the galleries and gardens, teach a hands-on art project, and help students explore Art Connections, the Museum's interactive center. School tours are offered September through May.
SUMMER STORYTELLING TOURS
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers educational summer storytelling tours that allow students to experience original works of art and the historic Gardens. Trained Docents and Museum Educators lead students in meaningful discussions in the galleries and gardens and help students explore Art Connections, the Museum's interactive center. Summer storytelling tours are offered June through August.
Cummer in the Classroom and the Weaver Academy of Art
Cummer in the Classroom and the Weaver Academy of Art are two comprehensive art education programs at the Cummer Museum that serve more than 3,000 children (pre-kindergarten through fifth grades) and nearly 200 teachers in nine Title 1 schools, of which an average of 90 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Cummer STEAM at the Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool
Early childhood is a time of exploration and discovery. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the Jewish Community Alliance are working together to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to the early childhood program at the Michele Block Gan Yeladim (Hebrew for “Garden of Children”) Preschool.
Classrooms invited to attend the annual VSA Festival are also given the opportunity to receive a school visit from a member of the Cummer Museum’s education team prior to the festival.
Women of Vision
The Women of Vision program is a unique initiative that brings the visual and literary arts to adult women who are blind and/or low-vision.
ADAPTIVE ART RESOURCES
Arts for All
Invented by Dwayne Szot and initially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cummer Museum is home to a range of Arts for All adaptive art-making equipment. These tools allow individuals with different levels of abilities to creatively express themselves through the visual arts. Rather than finding ways for people with disabilities to participate in activities for non-disabled people, Arts for All creates entirely new activities and projects for people with disabilities and invites those without disabilities to join in, resulting in a new and completely inclusive art form.
Tools and materials are available to area teacher and educators. To check out these items, email Matthew Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904.899.6002.
HEALing Arts is a partnership between the Cummer Museum and the HEAL Foundation. As a local nonprofit organization serving individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, the HEAL Foundation makes it possible for students with autism to experience the Museum’s annual VSA Festival and Camp Cummer.
VSA is an international organization that provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to tap into their creativity and realize the value of their own artistic abilities. This site provides lesson plans and best practices.
The website for the Florida Affiliate of VSA contains event and program information for Florida residents.
Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System is a support system for Exceptional Student Education professionals serving students in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties.
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is dedicated to promoting full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the arts community. The site contains an artist directory, online gallery, resources, bibliographies, and conference information.
The Inclusive Design Research Centre provides information on web accessibility, distance learning, and universal design.
The HEAL Foundation Healing Every Autistic Life is a local foundation serving the greater Jacksonville area that supports programs and partnerships for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Adaptive art-making tools and related products can be found at the following sites:
- The American Printing House for the Blind offers art history through touch and sound, created by Art Education for the Blind. This series combines tactile drawings, Braille text, and audio into art history texts.
- Able Data provides more than 24,000 adaptive products.
- Able Play rates play products for children with special needs.
- Dick Blick and Nasco sell adaptive art supplies and equipment.
- The Kennedy Center provides a full list of additional resources.