Explore your creativity with us! The Museum offers year-round opportunities for different ages and all levels of experience. Learn new skills, techniques, and styles, and spend time in the Museum galleries and gardens to inspire your own artwork. Looking for a creative outlet for the kids, wanting to refine your skills, or seeking opportunities to explore together? You’ll find it here at the Cummer Museum.
Want to schedule a tour? Please visit our Tours page for information on School Tours, Teacher Resources, Adult Tours and other group offerings.
Art Classes at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens allow children, families, teens, and adults to explore their creative side while learning new skills, techniques, and styles. Students spend time in the Museum galleries and gardens to observe and study works of art and then take that inspiration back to the studio to create their own artwork. Each class is led by a local teaching artist.
Does your child love to paint, sculpt, draw, print, and more? Cultivate their creative abilities in our summer camp!
Art Connections, a nationally-recognized education center, enhances the cultural learning of visitors of all ages. Following a COVID-friendly refresh to minimize touchpoints and provide a more socially-distant space, Art Connectionshas reopened to provide opportunities for close-looking and artful thinking – skills and practices that visitors can take with them throughout the galleries and gardens and use to make deeper, more meaningful connections to the artworks.
Support for Art Connections generously provided by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver.
Support for the Music Room in Art Connections provided by the DuBow Family Foundation.
EXPLORING WITH KIDS
The Museum's "Exploring with Kids" guides are designed to help children and families slow down, enjoy and interact with art in meaningful ways. These guides are intended for families not just to use while visiting at the Museum, but also to take home with them.
A special thank you goes to the Chartrand Family Fund who provided the funding for this informative and fun guide!
ART MAKING AT HOME
"Art Making at Home" 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, as well as viturally explore parts of the Museum.
The Museum's "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!
COLOR THE CUMMER MUSEUM
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.
Please click on the tours below to access the educator packet with information about your visit to the Museum, as well as pre- and post-visit activities to use in your classroom.
Celebrating Us: Exploring Diversity through Art and Music is a virtual program designed for students with differing abilities and their classrooms and/or families. Developed by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in partnership with Connecting Thru Music and First Coast Music Therapy, Celebrating Us actively engages students with special needs (grades pre-K through 6) through art and music. Filmed at the Cummer, this fun, upbeat learning opportunity includes original songs written by a Music Therapist and artwork explorations led by a Museum Educator.
Celebrating Us is also a useful teaching and learning resource for general education students and can be a fun way for all students and families to learn about diversity.
• Episode 1 – Communication (featuring Don by Ben Durham and Stele of Iku and Mer-imat)
• Episode 2 – Unique Brains and Bodies (featuring James Caste untitled artworks and Art of Abstraction student installation)
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.
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.
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 2,500 children (pre-kindergarten through fifth grades) and nearly 150 teachers in six Title 1 schools, of which an average of 90 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Learn More
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 Michele Block Gan Yeladim (Hebrew for “Garden of Children”) Preschool early childhood program. Learn More
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. Learn More
Arts For All Festival
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville partner of Arts4All Florida, an statewide organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual Arts for All 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. Learn More