Engage

It is our mission to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. We believe that art can unite our community and inspire creativity, sincerity, and kindness. The Cummer Museum can continue to provide comfort, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection through our virtual presence. Here you will find innovative solutions to experience the Museum and its benefits from home. 

CULTURE & CONVERSATION

Culture & Conversation cultivates meaningful dialogue with diverse audiences and connects people to the arts, gardens, and each other. The Cummer Museum's Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion, Wanda Willis, is dedicated to and leads the Museum's efforts to cultivate meaningful partnerships and promote strong community engagement. Our vision is to be a socially responsible partner that connects diverse audiences and is inclusive and representative of our community. Our work is driven to foster a sense of belonging, connecting people to the arts, gardens, and each other; creating new relationships; and most importantly, welcoming everyone throughout our community. Click below to engage with Wanda, and check back often for more videos!

Upcoming events:

VIRTUAL ARTS4ALL

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville partner Arts4All Florida, a statewide organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual Arts4All Festival (formerly VSA Festival), which takes place in the spring of each year, invites Jacksonville-area students with disabilities to visit the Cummer Museum for a chance to experience art through all of their senses.

 
With this year's virtual Arts4All festival, you can enjoy the art stops at your own pace! Each art stop includes a video that will take you on an art exploration. Explorations can involve close observations of artworks, an artmaking activity, and opportunities to use all of your senses. 

ART MAKING AT HOME

The Museum's new Art Making at Home guide provides ideas and instructions for creating Museum inspired art projects from home. Choose one of the projects in the guide and get the whole family involved! Helpful hint - visit our YouTube Channel for an at-home tutorial.

We invite you to #ColorTheCummerMuseum collection by downloading, coloring, and reimagining works of art found in the Museum. Share them with us on social media using the hashtag above and you could see your designs featured on the Cummer Museum's page.

The new Cummer Museum Resource Guide is intended to be a starting point to online engagement. Looking for projects to create, livestream concerts to listen to, or curriculum based teaching tools? You'll find great suggestions here! 

 

VIRTUAL VIDEOS

Take a moment to learn with us! Our educational videos feature topics ranging from art history to art theory, from the colors on a color wheel to the development of a local park.

Elements of Art

Explore the Elements of Art through our art and gardens with museum educator, Danielle. Part one of this seven-part series focuses on the color wheel and is geared to students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

Artists Haunted by Florida's Memory

The founders of the Cummer Museum quickly became intrigued by the mystique of Florida. For nearly 60 years the Museum has developed a special collection of the art of Florida. From artists and alligators, to swamps and Seminoles, join Chief Curator, Holly Keris, for a discussion on Artists Haunted by Florida's Memory.

Conservation, Beautification, and a City Plan

Ninah Cummer was instrumental in conserving, preserving, and developing Jacksonville's green spaces. Conservation, Beautification, and a City Plan: Ninah Cummer and the Beautification of Jacksonville shows just how much of an imprint Mrs. Cummer made on the city and it's parks. Learn about the history of Riverside and how it shaped what the neighborhood looks like today.

More About Mildred

The Cummer Museum recently acquired “Magnetic Fields,” a work of art by abstract artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003), born in Jacksonville, Florida. The acquisition of Thompson’s ‘Magnetic Fields’ adds to the collection in significant ways. Not only is the work by a locally-born Black lesbian woman, it is an exceptional example of Abstract Expressionism from an overlooked figure in art history. The acquisition of this work exemplifies the institution’s commitment to creating a permanent collection that represents its community through artworks of exceptional aesthetic merit. Watch our video about Mildred Thompson and why we think this work is exceptional.

Charmion von Wiegand: Iterations of Abstraction in America in the 20th Century

Charmion von Wiegand worked as a newspaper reporter in NYC, and later in Moscow as a correspondent for Hearst Newspapers. She did not begin her artistic career until her early 30s. She would later serve as president of the American Abstract Artists association and became a champion for Abstract Expressionism. Her painting Night Environment in Manhattan is on long term loan to the Cummer Museum. Take a moment to hear from our curatorial assistant, Katy Martin-Beal, as she discusses Charmion von Wiegan's impact.

Lockdown Lectures

Enjoy free art history lessons from your couch! Dive deeper into works from the Cummer Museum’s permanent collection in a special partnership with Dr. Scott Brown, Professor of Art History at the University of North Florida, as his lectures take you from the American Revolution to the near contemporary moment. These special Zoom talks focus on ideas of American renewal and transformation. This lecture series is in three parts with focus on presidential portraiture, the iconic cowboy myth, and an African American artist engaged in interpreting the European past for the American future.

 

VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS

This virtual cooking class was born out of the understanding that at this time it’s essential that we keep our social distance while staying emotionally connected. Options for meal kits as well as virtual visits are available. Our Café is adapting to be more socially responsible in finding ways to best serve you, our valued community, and our amazing team! Chef’s Garden, our Café’s catering team, is taking even more precautions to ensure we are working to the highest levels of health and safety standard. Chef’s Garden’s Meal Delivery Program offers socially responsible dining options with ready to eat meals for your family dinners. View the full delivery menu here. To participate in a virtual cooking class click the link below.

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VIRTUAL TOURS

Permanent Collection

Explore the Cummer Museum on your own by browsing our Permanent Collection. Visit our YouTube Channel for vitural lectures on works in the permanent collection, or view our Visitor Experience Team's favorite works in the collection. We also have a feature on Jacksonville-born artist Mildred Thompson, whose abstract-focused works artistically interpret scientific and musical theories that are not visible to the naked eye. The Eclectic Ecology Virtual Tour allows you to venture through landscape perspectives from Ponce de Leon to Florida Man. The Royal Dish Interactive Tour provides a fascinating look at the history behind the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain.

Garden Tour

Experience the beauty of the Cummer Gardens in an entirely new way. The Interactive Garden Tour features a map of the Gardens and intriguing photos and facts about its plants, sculptures, and landmarks.

Private Exhibition Tours

Enjoy a virtual museum tour for your group, from the comfort of your home. Group participants will be provided a Zoom link to access an up close look at the exhibition. Call 904.899.6023 to book your tour!

  • Virtual Cross Pollination Tour | available beginning October 27, 2020 | $250.00
  • Virtual Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960 Tour | available beginning March 9, 2020 | $250.00
  • Virtual Rebecca Louise Law: The Journey Tour | available beginning July 20, 2021 | $250.00

 

Stay home, but stay social. Follow us on our social media channels to engage in conversations about the artworks you love, experience social media takeovers, watch live streams of the Gardens, and be the first to know of Museum updates and more!